This week in Homebase News we cover CBD use and marijuana pre-employment testing, New York City’s lawsuit against Chipotle, Jersey Mike’s nationwide training, and more. Read below to get the details on these stories and other happenings involving local businesses and hourly workers.
Maine Employment Law Disconnect Highlighted After CBD Use Costs Woman a Job
A Maine resident who worked as a temp at a company that runs hospitals lost not only the opportunity to move into a permanent position, but also her temporary job after failing a urine test due to her legal use of CBD for pain relief.
The incident highlights a disconnect between Maine and federal laws regarding marijuana. While medical and recreational use of marijuana is legal in Maine, it is a Schedule 1 drug under federal law.
The difference means murky waters when it comes to employment law. Maine generally bars marijuana from pre-employment drug testing except for candidates required to be tested under federal rules.
“What I can say with certainty is that there is some uncertainty,” Maine lawyer Michael Buescher said. “The rules and regulations right now are in flux. There’s a lot of uncertainty and it’s confusing.”
Chipotle First Chain to be Hit With NYC Fair Workweek Lawsuit
According to the lawsuit (which was based on more than 30 worker complaints), Chipotle violated “nearly every aspect” of the Fair Workweek Law, including failing to provide schedules two weeks in advance, failing to provide good faith estimates of schedules, failing to offer newly-available shifts to current employees, and failing to get consent or pay premiums for last-minute schedule changes.
Chipotle said they have been working with city officials to comply with the law.
“We believe the filing of charges was unnecessary,” Chipotle Chief Reputation Officer Laurie Schalow said. “Chipotle employees know that Chipotle is committed to creating a safe and engaging work environment. They also know that Chipotle is committed to complying with all laws, rules and regulations pertinent to our business.”
Amazon Plans Nationwide Job Fairs to Fill 30K Jobs
Amazon is planning job fairs across the U.S. to fill more than 30,000 positions by early next year.
The online giant is looking to hire employees ranging from software engineers to warehouse workers, and hopes to combat the unemployment rate (which is at a 50-year low) with the nationwide job fairs.
The hiring events will take place Sept. 17 in Arlington, Virginia (the new home of Amazon’s second headquarters); Boston; Chicago; Dallas; Nashville, Tennessee, and Seattle.
“I encourage anyone willing to think big and move fast to apply for a job with us,” Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos said. “You’ll get to invent and see Amazon making even bolder bets on behalf of our customers.”
Jersey Mike’s Hosts Company-wide Training to Combat Turnover Rate
Every single Jersey Mike’s employee in the U.S. recently took part in a training session focused on operational execution to get a leg up on high competition and turnover rates.
More than 20,000 employees at 1,600 locations were part of the inaugural “Brand Promise Day” that held the objective of honing the skills necessary to “make the best sub sandwich on the planet,” according to President Hoyt Jones.
Jones said Jersey Mike’s can attribute its lower-than-average turnover rates in large part to proper training.
“There is a direct correlation between training and lower turnover. We’re doing this training for the right reasons and that is trying to make sure our employees have higher job satisfaction,” he said. “If they do, they’ll stick around and they’ll do a great job for us. Anytime you pay attention to an employee and help them do their job better, they’ll reward you with loyalty and they’ll take care of the customers better.”