States could win new powers to make people pee in cups when they’re laid off, thanks to a new regulation the Trump administration may soon put into effect.
A new drug testing regime would be yet another favor from the administration for employers at the expense of employees.
The rule itself would not automatically impose drug tests on the jobless but would let states screen people who file claims for unemployment benefits ― fulfilling a GOP dream from the Obama years. In the wake of the Great Recession, after the national unemployment rate surged to 10%, several Republican-led states clamored for the right to obtain the bodily fluids of people laid off through no fault of their own.
The U.S. Labor Department finalized the rule this week and sent it to the White House for review. A spokesperson for the administration declined to comment.
As part of a compromise bill that extended federal unemployment benefits in 2012, Democrats in Congress agreed to give states some flexibility on testing, but only for workers in fields where such tests are regularly conducted.