The Amazon was one of the first to attend. Stopping staff testing for recreational drug use. A survey shows that 45.000 companies in 43 countries are willing to stop testing for recreational drug use to fill vacant positions. Many companies are already putting their money where their mouth is.
Need breaks laws, it turns out once again. Amazon led the wave after announcing in June that it would no longer test cannabis when screening potential staff. Another employer survey found that a third of companies that want to get rid of testing want to do so because of the high marijuana positives in job applicants' tests.
Mass demand for staff due to Covid
As employers face a global labor shortage due to the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of companies around the world have phased out marijuana testing. So that this is no longer an obstacle for appointing new people.
Employment agency ManpowerGroup released a survey this week that found that 9 percent of more than 45,00 companies in 43 countries were willing to ignore recreational drug use if it means filling job openings. 36 percent of companies abolished the testing policy in 2021 due to the large amount of positive tests that failed applicants.
New cannabis laws without drug testing
About 42 percent of them were also concerned about lawsuits and legal liability for cannabis testing, as more and more states have passed legislation decriminalizing recreational marijuana use. So far, 19 states have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use. Dave Clark, Amazon's CEO of Worldwide Consumer, said marijuana would be treated in the same way as alcohol consumption and would no longer be tested during employee screenings.
Earlier this month, Amazon asked its partners to prominently advertise that they do not screen job applicants for marijuana use, which Amazon says would boost job applications. In addition, the company says THC screening can reduce potential employees by as much as 30 percent. Apcore Logistics, a delivery partner based in Portland, Oregon, had placed an ad on the LinkedIn job site for delivery drivers. At the top of the list was in bold, "No THC drug testing."
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