Amazon has made a decision to hire marijuana users as deliverers and eliminate anti-doping for employees. This is the first time that an online retailer has ever hired cannabis users.
It is no secret that one of the consequences of the Covid-19 epidemic on American industry is a labor shortage. In light of this, Amazon suggested a controversial solution: employ marijuana users as distributors and remove cannabis antidoping. Jeff Bezos’ business agreed in June to cease testing existing and prospective employees for marijuana. According to letters seen by Bloomberg, Amazon is now urging its delivery partners to do the same. The ecommerce behemoth asked these small companies, who utilize Amazon trucks to deliver goods locally, to make a public announcement that they would no longer screen applicants for marijuana usage.
This is done in order to boost the number of job applications and employees. According to statistics provided by the source from Amazon, this move may result in a 400% surge in job applications. The business argues, on the other hand, that the detection of marijuana lowers the pool of prospective employees by as much as 30%. According to Bloomberg, most of the candidates failed the drug test because they used cannabis. There are more authorized drivers now that it just checks for other drugs like opiates and amphetamines.
It’s not as simple as it seems to hire cannabis users.
Many delivery partners would rather keep their employment standards tight and continue to practice cannabis anti-doping. This is due to the fact that, on the one hand, marijuana is still illegal in many states and is not yet legal at the federal level in the United States. As a result, it will be difficult to level the playing field throughout the nation.
Another issue that concerns small delivery businesses is the insurance and liability implications of this, since some drivers may consume cannabis before embarking on a delivery route.
“It will be my responsibility, not Amazon’s,” one unnamed delivery partner told the publication, “if one of my drivers wrecks and kills someone and tests positive for marijuana.”
Although the business has modified its policies and will now employ marijuana users, this does not imply that they will be permitted to work while under the influence of the drug. Employees who eat it during business hours are subject to a “zero tolerance” policy, according to Amazon.
“If a delivery partner works while under the influence and tests positive after an accident or reasonable suspicion,” an Amazon spokesperson stated in a statement.
Employees are urging them to do so.
Amazon isn’t the only business providing new work incentives in response to a labor shortage. Target Corp. said earlier this month that it will pay for its workers’ college tuition, while Applebee’s gave free snacks to job applicants as part of its plan to hire 10,000 new employees.
Amazon, for its part, intends to hire about 55,000 employees globally this year. In fact, it has stated that it would create about 400 jobs in Mexico, the most of which will be in technical and administrative roles. In addition, it has been employing tens of thousands of employees for its warehouses as the number of orders placed increases.
With the Christmas shopping season rapidly approaching, companies are racing against the clock to meet demand. This entails not only having the goods in stock, but also having enough personnel to ensure that the logistics run smoothly from the warehouses to the end consumer’s door. To put it another way, Santa Claus has reduced his elf recruiting requirements in order to preserve Christmas.