California employers will soon be banned from screening workers for marijuana under a new law.
Assembly Bill 2188, signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, prevents employers from setting terms of employment based on cannabis use while away from the workplace. It also prevents them from hiring or firing on that basis.
However, there are legal exceptions. Employers can test employees who work in construction or in positions that require federal background screening or clearance.
The law still prohibits employees from using marijuana while on the job, working with disabilities, and being in possession of marijuana while on the job.
Newsom signed other similar bills into law. Senate Bill 1186 prevents local governments from banning shipments of medical marijuana, while Assembly Bill 1706 allows people to have old marijuana conviction files sealed or erased.
The laws are expected to come into force in 2024. Marijuana is still illegal at the federal level.
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