Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn
On December 30, 2019, U-Haul International – a moving equipment and storage rental company committed to promoting and empowering a healthy workforce – announced it would be the first major company in its field to implement a nicotine-free hiring policy that will take effect in 21 states on February 1, 2020.
The 21 states where it is lawful to decline hiring individuals who use nicotine products are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.
Individuals seeking U-Haul jobs in these 21 states will see statements regarding the nicotine-free hiring policy on applications and will be questioned about nicotine use. In states where testing is allowed, applicants must consent to submit to nicotine screening in the future to be considered.
“Nicotine products are addictive and pose a variety of serious health risks. This policy is a responsible step in fostering a culture of wellness at U-Haul, with the goal of helping our Team Members on their health journey,” U-Haul Chief of Staff Jessica Lopez stated in a news release from U-Haul.
The employment of U-Haul Team Members hired prior to February 1, 2020, will not be impacted by the policy. Headquartered in Phoenix since 1967, U-Haul employs more than 30,000 people across the U.S. and Canada, and is among Arizona’s largest employers with 4,000-plus Team Members.
U-Haul offers Team Members an array of benefits and resources through its “Healthier You” program designed to assist them in four areas: health, mindset, nutrition and fitness. “If we take care for our Team Members, they will take care of our customers,” Lopez added in the news release.
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