Amazon.com Inc. stopped testing for the presence of cannabis this summer, as did other companies facing a tight labor market and compliance challenges as more states legalize marijuana.
Amazon announced the change in its drug-use policy to the world. Other companies are keeping it quieter.
“In the past, like many employers, we’ve disqualified people from working at Amazon if they tested positive for marijuana use,” Dave Clark, Amazon worldwide consumer chief executive officer, said in a statement. “However, given where state laws are moving across the U.S., we’ve changed course.”
Amazon also reinstated the employment eligibility of former workers and applicants terminated during random or pre-employment cannabis screenings, Beth Galetti, Amazon senior vice president of human resources, said in a September statement.
Amazon’s move to adjust its testing policy reflects the compliance complexities companies operating in several states face when implementing a central drug-use policy. The challenge is exacerbated by the current labor shortage. Companies impose drug-use policies to help keep workplaces safe. But many companies are having difficulty recruiting and retaining employees, particularly younger workers. […]