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Governor Walker Approves Drug Testing for Unemployment Insurance Requirement

 Governor Scott Walker has approved a rule which requires certain Wisconsin citizens receiving unemployment insurance (UI) to pass a drug test.

The requirement was submitted by the Department of Workforce Development (DWD).

“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 this newly approved rule, if someone on UI 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 UI benefits. Those who fail the drug test must comply with substance abuse treatment and a job skills assessment to remain eligible for UI benefits. The rule will take effect with official publication later this week. 

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