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Snyder Signs Law to End Jobless Benefits to Drug Users

Bill Pugliano, Getty Images
Bill Pugliano, Getty Images

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has signed a law that will deny unemployment benefits to job seekers who have failed company drug tests. The drug-testing law is a one-year pilot program. It permits employers to report if an individual seeking work refuses a drug test or fails a drug test. The individual would then be disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits.

The bill is part of an package of reforms to unemployment insurance. The remainder of the bills will bring Michigan in line with federal requirements and help prevent fraud. Governor Snyder said “these are necessary updates to make sure Michigan is in line with federal requirements. They will also help strengthen the unemployment insurance system by reducing fraud.”

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