Good news for California employees who also happen to be cannabis enthusiasts: A bill that would bar companies from asking job candidates about previous marijuana use has already passed the state senate and has sailed through its second California Assembly committee. The bill would expand existing worker protections that were passed last year prohibiting employers from discriminating against employees who are shown (either by drug test, admission, or some other means) to have used marijuana off-the-clock. (There are some exceptions, such as workers in building and construction trades or those that require federal background checks or a certain level of security clearance.)
Our Los Angeles cannabis business lawyers also practice employment law, so this is doubly good news.
After Senate Bill 700 cleared the state senate, it passed the Labor and Employment Committee, and then also the Judiciary Committee by a margin of 8-2. Now, it goes to the Appropriations Committee. If it passes there, it can advance to the floor. If the Assembly approves the measure, it will then be sent to the governor’s office for consideration. If it does manage to pass, its effective date would be Jan. 1, 2024.
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