Individuals currently collecting unemployment benefits who fail or refuse to take a pre-employment drug test would no longer be eligible for benefits under a bill sponsored by state Rep. Ken Goike.
The House Commerce Committee today heard testimony on House Bill 4952, which would treat a positive drug test or refusal to take a drug test without good cause as a refusal of suitable employment, which disqualifies an individual from receiving unemployment benefits. Goike introduced the bill after hearing from a business in his district that had to turn away over 50 job applicants who failed drug tests as part of the pre-employment process, but remained eligible to claim unemployment benefits.
“It’s simple: the law states if you aren’t willing and able to accept work, you aren’t qualified for unemployment benefits,” said Goike, R-Ray Township. “In my opinion if you fail a drug test, you aren’t truly available for work. Individuals need to be responsible for their actions, especially if they are looking for work.
“These benefits are meant to help people in their time of need, not to support individuals who are unwilling to look for work. By making individuals take responsibility for their actions, we are also able to save employers money, which will help them create jobs and pay better wages to the workers they currently have.”