Pre-Employment Drug Testing Program
Under a new Unemployment Insurance (UI) initiative, Wisconsin employers may report the name of anyone who either fails or refuses to take a pre-employment drug test that is a condition of the offer of employment. UI makes it easy for employers to report this information and will keep the information secure and confidential.
What is the Pre-Employment Drug Testing Program?
Failing or refusing to take a pre-employment drug test is presumed to be a refusal of suitable work.
If a claimant fails a pre-employment drug test (without a valid prescription) and has not established that they had good cause, the claimant will be offered the option to attend treatment and complete a skills assessment before UI benefits are denied.
- If the claimant agrees to undergo drug treatment and complete a skills assessment, and does so in the required timeframes, they
may continue to collect UI benefits while they address the underlying barriers preventing them from being work-ready. UI will furnish the claimant with referrals and instructions so they can complete the assessment and access treatment directly.
- If the claimant does not agree to treatment, they cannot continue to collect UI benefits.
For more information please visit UI Handbook for Employers (Section 1 - Benefits, Part 7 - Eligibility Issues).
How to Submit a Failed or Refused Pre-Employment Drug Testing Form?
- For a failed drug test:
Fill out the Employer Reported Positive Result, form UCB-18103-E
(within 3 business days of receiving the positive result from a DHHS certified lab)
- For a refused drug test:
Fill out the Employer Reported Refusal to Submit, form UCB-18102-E
(within 3 business days of the applicant refusal)
Send by mail to:
Department of Workforce Development
P.O. Box 7905
Madison, WI 53707
or fax to:
For additional questions specific to pre-employment drug testing, please email UIDrugTest@dwd.wi.gov.