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· Amazon relaxes a warehouse rule and also will no longer test for pot
· Amazon backs federal marijuana legalization bill, changes drug testing policy
Amazon relaxes a warehouse rule and also will no longer test for pot
By Katherine Anne Long, Seattle Times (WA)
June 1, 2021
Amazon is easing up on its use of a tool that dings warehouse workers for taking breaks, after a state regulator last month found a “direct connection” between high injury rates at Amazon facilities and the company’s relentless pace of work.
Amazon will scale back its monitoring of employees’ “time off task,” a measure of worker productivity, Amazon logistics chief Dave Clark announced in a blog post Tuesday. Employees begin accruing time off their tasks when they stop engaging with Amazon’s software — for instance, by scanning packages — for a certain length of time, often five minutes. Workers who rack up enough time off task can be disciplined or fired...
... In the same blog post, Clark also announced Amazon will no longer screen job applicants for marijuana use, so long as they aren’t applying for a position behind the wheel of a car or truck...
... Amazon changed course on employees’ pot use “given where state laws are moving across the U.S.,” Clark wrote in the blog post. Marijuana is legal for adult consumption in 16 states — including Washington — and Washington, D.C.
A New York man sued Amazon in March, saying the company yanked his job offer at an Amazon warehouse after he tested positive for marijuana. The city banned employers from testing job applicants for cannabis last year...
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Amazon backs federal marijuana legalization bill, changes drug testing policy
Jacob Knutson, Axios
Jun 1, 2021
Amazon's worldwide consumer CEO Dave Clark announced in a blog post Tuesday that the company has endorsed a federal bill to legalize marijuana and will no longer screen certain workers for the drug.
Why it matters: Amazon is the second-largest private employer in the U.S. behind Walmart. Its drug policy change use may nudge other employers into adopting similar policies.
What they're saying: "In the past, like many employers, we’ve disqualified people from working at Amazon if they tested positive for marijuana use. However, given where state laws are moving across the U.S., we’ve changed course," Clark wrote.
· "And because we know that this issue is bigger than Amazon, our public policy team will be actively supporting The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2021 (MORE Act) — federal legislation that would legalize marijuana at the federal level, expunge criminal records, and invest in impacted communities," he added.
The company will still screen workers...
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