Unemployment Compensation Drug Test Rules

This rule defines the occupations eligible for drug testing as a precondition for receiving unemployment compensation benefits.

This rule has been repealed.

H.J. Res. 42 is sponsored by U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas).
S.J. Res. 23 is sponsored by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

Occupations listed by the U.S. Department of Labor that may regularly require drug testing those that require carrying a firearm, aviation flight crews, air traffic controllers, commercial drivers, railroad crews, pipeline crew members and commercial maritime crew members.


States Have Green Light to Drug Test the Unemployed
Think Progress: May 11, 2017

Republicans Are Allowing States to Drug Test People Applying for Unemployment Benefits
Salon: May 11, 2017

Republicans Are Killing This Regulation in Order to Save It
The Huffington Post: April 19, 2017

Why Yes, Members of Congress Would Be Happy to Take Drug Tests
The Huffington Post: March 22, 2017

A Small But Crucial Detail Could Block Trump’s Plan to Drug-Test People for Unemployment Benefits
Quartz: March 22, 2017

Unemployed? Congress Wants to Make It Easier for States to Drug Test You to Collect Benefits.
Vox: March 20, 2017

Congress Wants to Drug Test People Applying for Unemployment
ATTN: March 20, 2017

Congress Approves of Drug Test Measure That Vilifies Unemployed Workers
Truthout: March 16, 2017

Is the GOP Drug-Testing Plan About to Backfire?
Politico: March 15, 2017