Now that cannabis is legal, should I hire potheads?


We have offices in New York and New Jersey. Marijuana sales are now legal in New Jersey, so do I have to hire people who smoke weed in New Jersey too? Can I have different drug testing policies in different locations?

Let me be frank here. You don’t have to hire someone you don’t want. You simply cannot refuse to hire someone for a protected reason. Employment laws vary from state to state, so yes, you must have policies that comply with local laws. That said, in New York and New Jersey, you are not allowed to test cannabis, either before hiring or with current employees. You cannot take any adverse employment action for using cannabis outside of work. However, you can take action for work use or work impairment. How are employers supposed to know if job performance is impaired because of cannabis? Unless you have a video of them rolling a joint and getting to work, good luck. Can you refuse to hire someone because they show up for an interview smelling of cannabis? Good luck. I went for a walk in Central Park to get some fresh air, quite hard to find in New York and now impossible due to the stench of cannabis. Thank you, lawmakers.

I applied for a job and was asked to answer a bunch of questions via webcam – not to an interviewer, but just to be recorded. So I was basically talking to myself. How lazy is HR that you can’t even show up for a short interview?

You know, it’s so easy to take pictures of HR. Anyone who complains about a woke work culture mockingly says “oooh, we’re going to report you to HR.” Every talk show host laughs at HR. TV shows and movies make fun of HR. My mom doesn’t care about HR! You try to sit around listening to boring candidates buzzing around endlessly, embellishing things they say they’ve done for jobs they can’t do. (Wow – that was so good.) The reality is that these online job boards have made the volume of applicants overwhelming. So either we need to hire even more HR people (gasp!) or we add a screening process at the start of the process to see who is close to deserving a meeting. With . . . HOUR.

How lazy is HR that they can’t even show up for a short interview?
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Gregory Giangrande has over 25 years of experience as a human resources manager. Listen to Greg Weds. at 9:35 a.m. on iHeartRadio 710 WOR with Len Berman and Michael Riedel. Email: [email protected] To follow: and on Twitter: @GregGiangrande


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