NYC Council Bans Marijuana Testing of Prospective Employees

The New York City Council recently passed a Local Law, Int. 1445-2019, that will ban pre-employment testing for marijuana usage. Specifically, it amends sections 8-102 and 8-107 of the New York City Administrative Code.

The Council summarizes the legislation as follows:

This proposed bill would prohibit New York City employers from requiring a prospective employee to submit to testing for the presence of any tetrahydrocannabinols (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana, in such prospective employee’s system as a condition of employment. Exceptions are provided for safety and security sensitive jobs, and those tied to a federal or state contract or grant.

By its terms it will take effect 1 year after it becomes law.