Yonker applauds reform to unemployment policies

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Measures will protect job creators from fraud

State Rep. Ken Yonker today praised passage of a package of bills to reform Michigan’s unemployment insurance process, including a bill that denies benefits to a worker who fails or refuses to take a drug test as a condition of employment.

The House today passed House Bills 4949-4954 dealing with a variety of unemployment reform issues. HB 4952 establishes a pilot program that treats 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.

“We have worked hard to return economic stability and progress to our state, and this is another effort to protect taxpayers from fraud,” said Yonker, R-Caledonia. “If job seekers do not meet the requirements of unemployment by refusing to take a drug test, they are not making themselves available for that job, and should not be entitled to receive benefits.”

Yonker said the legislation is a continuing effort on the part of lawmakers to protect taxpayer dollars and make state government more effective and efficient.

“Studies show that up to 10 percent of unemployment benefits are misappropriated, and our goal is to continue to cut down on that type of fraud and abuse,” Yonker said. “This package of bills is a good step in that direction.”

The bills now go to the Senate for consideration.

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