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California employers will soon be banned from screening workers for marijuana.

Employers in California will soon be banned from screening workers for marijuana under a new law, which takes effect on January 1, 2020.

This new law, Assembly Bill 2188, signed by Governor Gavin Newsom, prevents employers from setting conditions of employment based on cannabis use while employees are away from work. The law protects employees from being hired or fired based on their off-work cannabis use.

There are some exemptions to the law. For example, employers can still test staff working in construction or positions requiring a federal background investigation. Additionally, the law does not prevent employees from using marijuana at work, working while impaired, or having marijuana.

The new law aims to protect workers’ rights and ensure that they are not discriminated against for their off-work cannabis use. If you have any questions about how this new law may affect you, or if you believe your employer has violated the law, please contact The Law Offices of Albert Perez for a free consultation. 626-919-1991 or email us at


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