TO INCLUDE PERIODIC DRUG TESTING AMONG THE CONDITIONS REQUIRED FOR ELIGIBILITY TO RECEIVE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFITS IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT RECIPIENTS ARE ABLE AND AVAILABLE TO WORK.
Amends GS 96-13 to add to the requirements for unemployment benefits eligibility that the claimant submit to and pass a drug test. Provides that the drug test shall not be required if the former employer does not agree to pay for it. Permits an employer to request and pay for a drug test at the appeal stage. Provides for random drug testing of existing claimants. Permits claimants to refute a drug test result and submit results of a second drug test at claimant’s expense. Provides for benefit suspension for claimants failing or refusing a pre- or post-hire drug test. Allows for a claimant denied benefits for reasons relating to drug testing to reapply for benefits, and provides exceptions for benefits denial under certain circumstances, including participation in drug treatment, failure of the test due to lawful drug use, and a negative drug test result in a follow-up test. Requires certain rulemaking by the Employment Security Commission to carry out the Act’s purposes. Defines “drug test.”
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