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Michigan Governor signs law ending jobless aid to drug users

A new Michigan law denies unemployment benefits to job seekers who fail company drug tests.


Michigan Gov. 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.

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