NNS to Remain A Drug-Free Workplace

Published June 15, 2021

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam recently signed legislation legalizing marijuana in the commonwealth beginning July 1. As a federal contractor, Newport News Shipbuilding is required to abide by federal laws including the Controlled Substances Act and the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act, which requires the company to maintain a drug-free workplace. Therefore, NNS’ policy on the possession or use of marijuana will not change, and the company will maintain its current drug and alcohol testing posture. That is, a positive test for marijuana will result in a failed drug test, which may lead to disciplinary action including discharge. See the Distribution A memo for more information.