U-Haul announced that it will begin to decline job applicants that are nicotine users.
The nicotine-free hiring policy will go into effect in 21 states on Feb. 1. The employment of team members hired prior to that date will not be impacted by the policy.
Twenty-one states will be implementing this policy: Arizona, Alabama, Alaska, 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 those 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.
U-Haul said this is in effort to be one of the healthiest corporate cultures in the U.S. and Canada.