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In the age of legal marijuana, many employers drop ‘zero tolerance’ drug tests

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Posted By: zoidberg, 4/17/2019 11:53:12 AM

When Rye Electric was founded in Orange County five years ago, it screened all prospective workers for drugs. If a test showed traces of cannabis, the applicant was nixed. But the fast-growing construction company, which has a millennial-heavy workforce, has since adapted to the times. "We still do the tests," Chief Executive Chris Golden said, "but we choose to look the other way on marijuana." Some 20 of the company´s 150 workers were hired despite flunking a pre-employment screening for cannabis. "We let them know they can´t do it on the job and we trust them not to," Golden said.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: DVC 4/17/2019 12:10:53 PM (No. 36732)
Yeah, stoned employees are the way to succeed in business.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Stencil 4/17/2019 12:26:49 PM (No. 36735)
I understand the idea behind drug-screening and insurability, I just don´t see it as sufficient cause to trample the privacy and dignity of employees. Smart management, given leeway, can discern characteristics that make workers more of a danger to themselves, others, and property. Perhaps the pendulum of invasive testing will swing back a bit.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Smart11344 4/17/2019 12:41:02 PM (No. 36729)
You trust pot heads???? You must be a far left progressive.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: DVC 4/17/2019 1:57:58 PM (No. 36733)
The few sensible people that I know who ´did pot´ have long since quit, eventually recognizing that it (in the words of one early 30s friend) "mostly makes you stupid".

The ones who continue with it, really are stupid, and steadily stupider. Apparently some employers want that in an employee.

Like, wow, man.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: berthabutt 4/17/2019 2:48:37 PM (No. 36734)
Many employers will be held liable for damage or injury caused by that employee who tests positive.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: ARKfamily 4/17/2019 3:33:56 PM (No. 36731)
I had the same thought process as #5 and found #2 puzzling and maybe alarming. There are many employees who have never owned a business and don´t understand the liabilities business owners may face if found at fault.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: lazlototh 4/17/2019 4:13:52 PM (No. 36728)
I interpreted #5 as a reason NOT to test.

I´ve managed people across a broad range of jobs in my lifetime. Generally someone who has a problem will have impaired overall performance and it will take care of itself. I appreciate the liability issue but if you don´t hire someone who failed a pot test you´re very likely to get sued in a jurisdiction where it´s legal too.

And I work in a gigantic multinational company that reserves the right to drug test upon suspicion but doesn´t routinely drug test - to my knowledge that hasn´t resulted in increased employer-based liability for acts and omissions of the employees.

If I ran a business now I´d be inclined, if it wasn´t directly related to the job (e.g., truck driver, air pilot) not to drug test and when I did I´d exclude THC testing if pot was legal in my state. I wouldn´t want the liability associated with knowing or with being sued for excluding the person.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Folsomguy 4/17/2019 4:21:25 PM (No. 36736)
I would treat pot the same as booze. Don´t bring it to work and don´t work affected by it.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: NYbob 4/17/2019 7:16:13 PM (No. 36730)
Whatever. You will take a supervised test if you want to mine coal in western PA. You pass and understand responsibility and work, you can easily make $100,000. You prefer to get high once in awhile or everyday, that´s your problem, but you aren´t going to operate potentially dangerous machinery and endanger others.

That is confusing to many who think TV culture is the real world and every other ´expert´ saying pot is not a big deal. Reality in many ways in many places tosses that right out of the window. Reality doesn´t care how cool or uncool it is.
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