Nevada cannabis laws

Jun 11, 2019
Nevada Employers Banned from Refusing to Hire Applicants Who Fail Drug Test

Nevada has become the first state to ban employers from refusing to hire job applicants who fail a marijuana screening test.

Gov. Steve Sisolak signed the law on June 5, and it will take effect at the start of 2020.

The law states, “It is unlawful for any employer in this state to fail or refuse to hire a prospective employee because the prospective employee submitted to a screening test and the results of the screening test indicate the presence of marijuana.”

There are some exceptions. The law does not apply to prospective firefighters, EMTs, employees who operate a motor vehicle, or those who “could adversely affect the safety of others.”

The law also states that if an employer requires an applicant to submit to a screening test within the first 30 days of employment, the person has the right to submit to an additional screening test to rebut the results, at their own expense.

The employer must accept the results of the additional screening test, the law adds.