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The city council in Washington, D.C. unanimously handed a bill Tuesday that, if approved by Mayor Muriel Bowser, would stop companies from firing employees who fail marijuana drug tests.
The invoice, named the Hashish Work Protections Modification Act of 2022, would also ban employers from firing or refusing to retain the services of an worker since of their leisure or health-related marijuana use.
There are exceptions, even though.
Employers will not be considered in violation of the laws if they are performing below federal recommendations, or if an employee consumed cannabis at do the job or whilst executing do the job-relevant obligations.
The invoice also prohibits the “possession, storage, shipping, transfer, screen, transportation, sale, order, or developing of hashish at the employee’s area of work,” it states.
Businesses should consider “healthcare marijuana to address a disability in the similar method as it would address the lawful use of a managed material approved by or taken under the supervision of a certified wellbeing care specialist,” the bill says.
The bill does not cover men and women functioning in “safety-delicate” occupations, these as police, safety guards, building workers, individuals who run heavy machinery, well being treatment staff, caretakers, or gasoline and power enterprise personnel.
Also excluded from the laws are staff of the federal govt and D.C.’s courts. It does, having said that, protect other District govt personnel.
If the invoice passes, companies have 60 times to notify their workforce of their new legal rights underneath the laws and whether they are selected as safety-sensitive personnel.
Thereafter, businesses ought to provide that similar observe annually and for just about every new seek the services of.
If an employer violates the regulation, an personnel has up to a yr from the day of noncompliance to file a grievance with D.C.’s Place of work of Human Legal rights. Businesses could encounter fines of up to $5,000, and ought to pay out the employee’s lost wages and attorney’s charges.
The monthly bill has been despatched to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser for approval. If she indications it, the monthly bill will come to be law soon after a 60-day congressional overview and the bill’s publication in the District of Columbia Sign up.
Leisure cannabis use has been legal in D.C. since 2015. Any person about the age of 21 can have up to two ounces of marijuana, give absent up to 1 ounce to a different person of age, mature up to six cannabis vegetation and have marijuana-connected paraphernalia, these as bongs and rolling papers.
It is however illegal to offer marijuana, use marijuana on general public home and operate a car or boat beneath the impact of marijuana.