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Unemployment Reform Package Passed in Michigan State Senate

On the outside, looking into the Michigan State Senate.
On the outside, looking into the Michigan State Senate.

UNDATED (WHTC) -- The Michigan State Senate passed a reform package on Thursday that would affect unemployment benefits.  House Bill 4952 states that if a person accepting benefits fails to take or pass a required drug test from a potential employer, that person would be considered for one year to have refused suitable work and therefore would be ineligible to collect.  Five other bills in the package are also attached to unemployment reform but the drug test portion caused the most debate.  Also in the package; a requirement that amounts recovered by the UIA in cases involving violations be split, with 15 percent of the amount credited to the UI Compensation Fund and provisions deleted under which benefits are considered proper if the UIA does not receive different information within 10 days after mailing a monetary determination.

Story by:  Diane E Coston