Amazon is urging its delivery partners to stop screening would-be drivers for cannabis use in a bid to attract more applicants.
Bloomberg reports the company has suggested partners “prominently advertise” a non-testing approach which it claims can boost applications by as much as 400%.
On the other hand, Amazon said screening for cannabis cuts the prospective worker pool by up to 30%. The company is struggling to recruit drivers in the wake of Covid-19.
A spokeswoman said cannabis testing has disproportionately affected communities of colour and stalled job growth, but insisted the company has zero tolerance for employees working while impaired.
She added: “If a delivery associate is impaired at work and tests positive post-accident or due to reasonable suspicion, that person would no longer be permitted to perform services for Amazon.”