The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved legislation reforming unemployment policies that include denying unemployment benefits to anyone who fails or refuses to take a drug test as a condition of employment, state Rep. Dan Lauwers announced.
The legislation disqualifies anyone from receiving unemployment benefits if they fail or refuse to take a drug test as part of an application for employment, unless good cause is shown.
“Michigan taxpayers deserve to know their hard-earned tax dollars are not being used to support someone’s drug habit, but for people who are sincerely looking for work,” said Lauwers, R-Brockway Township. “We made a commitment to the people of Michigan to be good stewards of their tax dollars, and these reforms are will help the state be as efficient as possible.”
House Bills 4949-54 also:
Require claimants to repay the entire amount of benefits that were improperly paid to them – dating back to when they were improperly paid, not just amounts received after the Unemployment Insurance Agency was notified;
Require employers to respond to requests for information necessary to determine claims within a reasonable amount of time. If employers do not respond, any benefits paid as a result – even if they are improperly paid – will be charged to the employer’s account as if they were properly paid; and
Allow the agency to keep 85 percent of fraudulent funds recovered in their penalty and interest account, but require 15 percent to go back into the trust fund; previously the agency kept 100 percent of recovered funds in the penalties and interest account.
The bills now go to the Senate for consideration.