Nevada: Employers Cannot Decline Job Applicants Based on a Positive Marijuana Testing


All Employers of NV Employees


January 1, 2020


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Effective January 1, 2020, Nevada will be the first state in the country to prohibit employers from failing or refusing to hire an applicant on the basis of failing a pre-employment marijuana test.  The new law does not apply to certain occupations, such as EMTs, firefighters, and any position that drives vehicles in which drug testing is required by federal or state law.  Furthermore, employers are able to reject job applicants if positive marijuana usage puts others’ safety at risk.

Employees will have the ability to challenge the results of pre-employment drug testing required by employers within the first 30 days of hiring.  The challenging employee must pay for a second screening test, but the results must be considered by the employer.  This challenge provision does not apply if it conflicts with an employment contract, collective bargaining agreement, or federal or state requirements, or to any positions funded by federal grants.

Action Items

  1. Read AB 132 here.
  2. Update background screening procedures for and train hiring managers on the new restrictions.
  3. Subscribers can call our HR On-Call Hotline at (888) 378-2456 for further assistance.

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