Walker approves drug testing for unemployment

Walker approves drug testing for unemployment
Posted at 4:18 PM, May 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-04 17:42:14-04

MADISON -- Governor Scott Walker recently approved an emergency rule submitted by the Department of Workforce Development which requires some receiving unemployment benefits to submit to drug tests.

“This new rule brings us one step closer to moving Wisconsinites from government dependence to true independence,” Governor Walker said. “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.”

Under the new rule, if someone is on unemployment insurance and fails a drug test, or refuses to take one from an employer who's offering it as part of an offer of employment, he or she can now be denied benefits.

Those who fail the tests must sign up for substance abuse treatment and a job skills test to remain eligible for the benefits. The rule is expected to take effect later this week.

Similar rules that would allow drug testing for food stamps have been enacted in several states and proposed in the U.S. House, but have not been implemented in Wisconsin.