Companies around the world are stopping drug testing and firing workers due to global labor shortages
As employers face a global labor shortage due to the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of companies around the world have eliminated marijuana drug testing as an incentive to build their workforce.
The agency ManpowerGroup, published a survey this week that found that 9 percent of more than 45.00 companies in 43 countries were willing to ignore recreational drug use if it means filling job openings.
The investigation comes after Amazon announced it would stop testing its marijuana candidates in June, signaling other major employers to follow suit.
The global talent shortage shows no signs of slowing down, with 69 percent of employers reporting difficulties filling positions. “Employment prospects are optimistic, especially for employers who are willing to adapt to a new world of work and provide incentives to attract and retain the talent needed.”
Amazon announced in June that it would no longer test its applicants for marijuana. A recent survey of global employers found that thousands have followed suit
Another study by the Current Consulting Group found that a major reason employers are doing away with testing is that too many job applicants test positive for marijuana use.
Current Consulting Group’s Annual Drug Testing for Employers survey also found that of the companies that abolished their drug testing policies in 2021, 36 percent of them did so because they were unable to fill positions due to high marijuana positives.
About 42 percent of them were also concerned about lawsuits and legal liability for testing for the drug, as more and more states have passed legislation decriminalizing recreational marijuana use.
So far, 19 states have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use.
Dave Clark, Amazon CEO of Worldwide Consumer, said that marijuana would be treated the same as alcohol consumption and would no longer be tested during employee screenings.
He added that the drug would still be subject to impairment checks when an incident at work is reported.
Earlier this month, Amazon asked its delivery partners to prominently advertise that they do not screen applicants for marijuana use, which Amazon says would increase the number of applications by 400 percent. Bloomberg reported.
In addition, the company says THC screening can reduce potential employees by as much as 30 percent.
Amazon Claims Marijuana Testing Can Reduce Potential Employees by as Much as 30 Percent
Amazon urged its driving partners to prominently advertise their new testing policy
Apcore Logistics, a delivery partner based in Portland, Oregon, had placed an ad on the LinkedIn job site for delivery drivers.
At the top of the list was in bold, “No THC drug testing.”
Another Portland-based company, Lattitude Logistics, posted an ad on Indeed with similar language.
At the top it says ‘NO TESTING Cannabis!’ with an addendum ‘Bonuses every Paycheck!’
Advertisements with prominent language are already appearing for job seekers who might otherwise think twice before applying
Around the world in Western Australia, employers said drug testing has caused headaches to fill labor shortages after the state government introduced a mandatory drug testing policy in 2020, despite marijuana being decriminalized in Australia. Sin reported.
“We’ve tried a lot of different media, different kinds of advertising, different angles, word of mouth — not even a phone call,” Steve McKenny, the owner of a butchery business, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
‘If we apply, we quickly get 40 or 50 applicants. But when the sign says “must submit to drug testing,” it’s only four or five.”