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Labor Department re-considers drug test rule for unemployment pay

The Trump administration is looking to expand drug testing for unemployment benefits about a year after killing an Obama-era rule that limited the ability of states to screen applicants, according to The Hill. The U.S. Labor Department has indicated it would broaden the number of occupations that can drug test for unemployment. The 2016 rule repealed…

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Texas approve drug tests for unemployment applicants

drug testing for welfare recipients when lawmakers approved a bill last week that would require drug testing for some of those seeking unemployment benefits. Under the bill, first-time unemployment applicants who are looking for jobs in fields that require drug testing (e.g. trucking, aviation or hazardous material industries) must undergo a preliminary written screening test.…

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North Carolina passes background check requirement for welfare applicants

Texas lawmakers enacted a similar regulation. The North Carolina bill passed last week requires all social services employees to perform background checks to screen welfare and food stamp applicants with outstanding arrest warrants and other active violations. Social services employees would have to report applicants to law enforcement. The bill, proposed by Republican Dean Arp,…

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Texas bill to require drug screening for welfare recipients

NBC News, a new bill was moved forward that, if implemented, will require welfare applicants to submit to drug testing. Senator Jane Nelson authorized the bill which has already been approved by the state senate’s Health and Human Services Committee. If passed by the full senate, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) applicants will be…

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Rep.: If you drug test for welfare, drug test politicians too

drug screening for welfare recipients would only be fair if applied to all who receive taxpayer dollars – including elected officials, said Rep. Joe Deshotel (D-Beaumont). The bill, filed last month by Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound), would authorize the use of drug screening for recipients of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program and unemployment benefits, according to…

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Florida welfare drug testing law heads to appeals court

drug test, and the ultimate outcome could affect similar efforts in other states. Florida’s law, adopted in 2011, required welfare applicants to pay for and pass a drug test to receive benefits. It was in effect from July through October last year before it was temporarily blocked by a federal judge who said welfare drug testing…

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Tennessee studies welfare drug testing in six other states

The Tennessean. Legislation approved this year mandates the drug-testing program and gives the Department of Human Services until January 2014 to finalize a plan. Over the next two years, the department must submit quarterly progress reports to two General Assembly committees. “The Department hopes to gain insight on how other states have implemented their policy…

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Florida welfare recipients refusing drug tests

Welfare drug testing is nothing new. It has been causing debate for a while now, as we see drug testing for welfare recipients legislation being introduced in states across the country. Florida has certainly been one of the key states in this debate. The debate has taken another turn, as Rep. Paige Kreegel claimed last week that…

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Tennessee wants drug testing for all who receive benefits

drug testing for welfare recipients. But it doesn’t stop there. He also said tentatively that it’s “fine with me” if corporate executives whose businesses are awarded millions of dollars in state taxpayer cash as incentives to create jobs in Tennessee are subjected to the same drug tests as the recipients of welfare and food stamps…

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