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Gov. Walker Approves Drug Test Rules For Unemployment Benefits

Gov. Scott Walker

Some people will have to pass drug tests or get treatment to secure unemployment benefits starting this week as Governor Scott Walker recently approved a rule implementing drug screening requirements for unemployment benefits.

“This new rule brings us one step closer to moving Wisconsinites from government dependence to true independence,” Governor Walker said in a press release. “We frequently hear from employers that they have good-paying jobs, but they need their workers to be drug-free. This rule is a common-sense reform which strengthens our workforce by helping people find and keep a family supporting job.”

Republican lawmakers approved a law allowing such tests last year, but it couldn’t take effect until Walker approved administrative rules on the issue. Under this newly approved rule, if someone on Unemployment Insurance fails a drug test or refuses to take one from an employer as part of an offer of employment, he or she can be denied Unemployment Insurance benefits. Those who fail the drug test must comply with substance abuse treatment and a job skills assessment to remain eligible for Unemployment benefits.