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Trump Administration to Steal Unemployment Benefits Over Unnecessary Drug Tests


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#1 LFC

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Posted 04 October 2019 - 04:04 PM

Once again the cruelty is the point. This is pure vindictiveness. I wonder how the red states are going to react when the economy turns down and they find out the Trump administration has stolen their paid for benefits.

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The Trump administration just made it harder for laid-off workers to get government assistance.

The Department of Labor published a new rule Friday that will allow states to expand the number of people who have to pass drug tests to get unemployment benefits. Jobless workers who fail the test would be blocked from getting the assistance, which employers pay for through payroll taxes — money that most workers are entitled to receive when they are fired.

The move is a dramatic reversal from the Obama administration, which in 2016 placed strict limits on drug testing for unemployment claims. States could only deny benefits to workers in a few high-risk jobs (like law enforcement and childcare) or to employees who were fired because they tested positive for drugs.

Republicans revoked the Obama-era rule soon after Trump took office, and now the Trump administration is moving in the opposite direction. The latest rule would let states test all laid-off employees who work for companies that normally require job applicants to pass drug tests. That includes testing for marijuana, opioids, or any other class of illegal (and in some states, legal) substances.

Workers’ rights advocates called the rule “invasive” and “unconstitutional.”

“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, wrote in a statement to 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.”

The rule is harsh. It would deny government help to a much larger group of workers who just lost their main source of income. It also gives employers an incentive to start requiring drug tests at work, since unemployment insurance costs are lower if workers are more likely to be denied benefits.

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Posted 04 October 2019 - 04:10 PM

Funny thing, them rednecks like to smoke pot, do meth and opioides. First they lose snap, now this. Couldnt happen to a nicer group of folks.
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Posted 04 October 2019 - 04:13 PM

View PostTraveler, on 04 October 2019 - 04:10 PM, said:

Funny thing, them rednecks like to smoke pot, do meth and opioides. First they lose snap, now this. Couldnt happen to a nicer group of folks.

Don't complain if that's what you voted for. Or if you didn't vote.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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