Government
8:26 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Drug test failures mean no unemployment benefits

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has signed a law denying unemployment benefits to job seekers who fail company drug tests.  

The measure signed Tuesday is part of a package that gives the state more flexibility to reclaim fraudulent payments. Most bills bring Michigan in line with federal requirements, though the drug-testing law is separate.

Businesses don't have to notify the state when job applicants fail a drug test or decline to take it. But if companies pass along the information, applicants not hired because of a failed drug test will lose their checks.

The drug-testing law is in effect for one year as a pilot program.

Roughly 112,000 Michigan residents are receiving unemployment insurance benefits. The maximum benefit is $362 a week.