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Amazon is throwing its weight behind federal laws to legalize marijuana and pledging to now not display screen a few of its staff for the drug.
In a blog post Tuesday, Amazon’s client boss, Dave Clark, stated the corporate helps the Marijuana Alternative Reinvestment and Expungement Act, reintroduced in the House late last month. The MORE Act would decriminalize hashish on the federal degree, expunge prison information and put money into impacted communities.
“We hope that different employers will be a part of us, and that policymakers will act swiftly to cross this legislation,” Clark wrote.
Amazon stated it could regulate its company drug testing coverage for a few of its staff. The corporate will now not embrace marijuana in its drug screening program for any positions not regulated by the Division of Transportation, Clark stated.
“Up to now, like many employers, we have disqualified folks from working at Amazon in the event that they examined optimistic for marijuana use,” Clark stated. “Nevertheless, given the place state legal guidelines are transferring throughout the U.S., we have modified course.”
Clark stated Amazon can also be altering its system that measures employee productiveness, often called “day off activity.”
Amazon tracks productiveness charges amongst its warehouse staff, logging the variety of packages they choose, pack and stow every hour. If staff take a break from scanning packages for too lengthy, Amazon’s inner methods will log it as a day off activity and generate a warning, which might later result in firings.
The measurement system was designed to determine points with staff’ instruments and “solely secondarily to determine under-performing staff,” Clark stated.
Beginning immediately, Clark stated, Amazon will measure day off duties over an extended time interval. “We imagine this alteration will assist make sure the Time without work Activity coverage is utilized in the way in which it was meant,” he added.
Amazon’s day off activity coverage has previously come under scrutiny from staff and labor advocacy teams who argue it makes working situations extra strenuous and that it is used as a software to surveil staff. These teams have additionally stated Amazon’s relentless tempo of labor contributes to rising injury rates amongst staff.
In his closing letter to shareholders in April, outgoing CEO Jeff Bezos argued that Amazon’s efficiency objectives aren’t unreasonable. Nevertheless, he acknowledged that Amazon wants “a greater imaginative and prescient for workers’ success” and vowed to make the corporate “Earth’s Finest Employer and Earth’s Most secure Place to Work.”