U-Haul to decline job applications from nicotine users

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Starting Feb. 1 U-Haul will decline job applications from people who are nicotine users.

In a press release dated Dec. 30, 2019, the company says the move is part of its nicotine-free hiring policy that will go into effect in 21 states. U-Haul did note that those hired before Feb. 1 will not be impacted by the policy.

Alaska is among the 21 states where it is lawful to decline hiring individuals who use nicotine products.

Other states where the policy will be enacted are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.

“We are deeply invested in the well-being of our Team Members,” stated Jessica Lopez, U-Haul Chief of Staff in the press release. “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.”

Currently, U-Haul has a wellness program in place tailored to help employees quit using nicotine, as well as other health, nutrition, and fitness initiatives.

Those looking to work for U-Haul in the states listed above 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.

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