Thursday, March 15, 2012

House Bill 1256 Passed as Amended / YOU Fail Drug Test - YOU get NO Unemployment Benefits


JACKSON, MS -  The Mississippi Legislature, in 2012 Regular Session has passed House Bill 1256 as amended that provides an individual who is not hired for an otherwise suitable position, due to a positive drug test, is to be disqualified from receiving employment compensation benefits.  The full amended law can be read by clicking here.   
The Title: AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 71-5-513, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE THAT AN INDIVIDUAL WHO IS NOT HIRED FOR AN OTHERWISE SUITABLE POSITION DUE TO A POSITIVE TEST FOR ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES, INCLUDING DRUGS, SHALL, FOR PURPOSES OF THE MISSISSIPPI EMPLOYMENT SECURITY LAW, BE DEEMED TO HAVE FAILED TO ACCEPT SUITABLE WORK WHEN OFFERED HIM AND AS SUCH SUBJECT TO DISQUALIFICATION FROM RECEIVING EMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION BENEFITS; TO PROVIDE THAT A DISQUALIFIED INDIVIDUAL MAY PROVIDE INFORMATION TO END THE DISQUALIFICATION PERIOD EARLY BY SUBMITTING ACCEPTABLE PROOF TO THE MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT SECURITY OF A NEGATIVE TEST RESULT FROM A TESTING FACILITY APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT; TO PROVIDE THAT AT ANY TIME DURING OR AFTER THE ASSESSED DISQUALIFICATION PERIOD, THE MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT SECURITY MAY REQUIRE THE INDIVIDUAL TO SUBMIT ACCEPTABLE PROOF TO THE DEPARTMENT OF A NEGATIVE TEST RESULT FROM A TESTING FACILITY APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT IN ORDER TO REINSTATE THE INDIVIDUAL AND RESUME THE ISSUANCE OF BENEFITS UNDER MISSISSIPPI EMPLOYMENT SECURITY LAW; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES. 

Source: Public Records