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Pre-employment drug testing for jobseekers

28 August 2012.

From July 2013 people who refuse to apply for drug-tested jobs will face sanctions

Beneficiaries with work expectations will face sanctions if they refuse to apply for drug-tested jobs, says Social Development Minister Paula Bennett.

“Welfare reforms are resetting expectations and obligations and recreational drug use is simply not an acceptable excuse for avoiding available work.”

Under the current welfare system an unemployment beneficiary can decline to apply for an available drug-tested job, because they won’t pass the test, without consequence.

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Documents

Welfare Reform Paper D - Pre-employment Drug Testing Requirements

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