New Rule Lets States Expand Drug Testing as Requirement for Unemployment Benefits

A new rule published by the Department of Labor allows states to expand the number of people who must pass drug tests before they can receive unemployment benefits, Vox reports.

In 2016, the Obama administration placed strict limits on drug testing for unemployment claims. States could only deny benefits to workers in high-risk jobs such as law enforcement and childcare, or to workers who were fired because they tested positive for drugs.

Republicans revoked the Obama administration rule soon after President Trump took office. The latest rule allows states to test all laid-off workers who work for companies that normally require job applicants to pass drug tests.

“This final rule represents a not-so-subtle attack on the character of unemployed Americans,” Michele Evermore, a policy analyst at the National Employment Law Project, told Vox. “Drug testing is simply a lazy way of blaming the victims of larger economic trends or corporate practices such as downsizing, outsourcing, and offshoring.”

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