Virginia “Bans the Box” for Marijuana Disclosures on Employment Applications

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Virginia “Bans the Box” for Marijuana Disclosures on Employment Applications

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Effective July 1, 2020, employers in Virginia will be barred from requiring job applicants to disclose information regarding an arrest, criminal charge, or conviction for simple possession of marijuana. This recent update is a result of simple possession of marijuana being decriminalized in May.

Employers located in Virginia should review their current screening policies and make the appropriate adjustments to stay in compliance. It should be noted that Virginia employers are subject to criminal penalties including fines and possible jail time if they willfully violate the new law. CRC will monitor this trend and post updates as they occur. If you have any questions about your current drug testing policies or you’re in the market to work with a accredited background screening agency, please reach out to CRC’s Business Development team and they’ll be happy to assist.


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