Reminder: NYC Marijuana Testing Ban Effective May 10, 2020

May 21st, 2020 | Angela Preston, Senior Vice President and Counsel, Corporate Ethics and Compliance with Ryan Hannan, Compliance Associate

On April 9, 2019, the New York City Council passed Int. 1445-A which amends Section 8-107 of the New York City Administrative Code by adding subdivision 31 to specifically prohibit employers, labor organizations, employment agencies, or their agents from requiring job applicants to submit to testing for the presence of any marijuana or tetrahydrocannabinols (THC) as a condition of employment.

Ban Effective on May 10, 2020

As a reminder, the ban took effect on May 10, 2020. For more details, see Sterling’s from May 2019 with a summary of the ordinance.

New York City employers should review their drug testing practices and consult with their legal counsel to avert prohibited testing. Sterling clients may contact their account representative if alterations to their services are needed.

The full text of Int. No. 1445-A can be found Here.

The information contained herein is for informational purposes only. Clients are encouraged to consult with their legal counsel on the impact of this law.  Sterling is not a law firm, and none of the information contained in this notice is intended as legal advice.

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