In New York, a law forbidding preemployment marijuana testing for job seekers came into force on May 10.
However, as reported by the New York Commission on Human Rights, an employer can still screen current employees for drug use. The new law applies only to job seekers. In addition, an employer may discipline existing employees for bringing drugs into the workplace or coming to work under the influence of marijuana.
There are some exceptions to the law that prohibits the testing of job applicants for marijuana. Testing is permissible, for example, for: flight crews and train dispatchers; subject to a government contract or grant; police officers and investigators; certain workers on construction sites; workers in public works; child and vulnerable care workers; health workers; and workers in managerial positions.