Employment LawScene Alert: Wisconsin to Implement Drug Testing Rules for Unemployment Recipients

On Wednesday, May 4, 2016, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker approved an emergency rule submitted by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. Under this emergency rule, certain individuals receiving unemployment benefits will be required to be drug free in order to continue receiving unemployment benefits.

Specifically, the new rule will require individuals who are receiving unemployment benefits to pass a pre-employment drug screen for new employment where such drug screens are a condition of employment if they want to remain eligible to receive unemployment benefits. Those who fail the drug screen must comply with substance abuse treatment and a job skills assessment to remain eligible for unemployment benefits.  Also, individuals who refuse to take a pre-employment drug screen as part of an offer of new employment may be denied unemployment benefits. The new rule will take effect upon official publication later this week.


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