(NZ) Welfare drug tests may break privacy law

Forcing beneficiaries to take drug tests under tough new welfare rules is potentially illegal, the Privacy Commissioner says. In a submission to the Government's latest round of welfare reforms, commissioner Marie Shroff says making beneficiaries take pre-employment drug tests could violate their privacy.

It could also leave beneficiaries in a "catch-22" situation, caught between an unlawful drug test and the threat of losing their benefit, she said. The Government's latest welfare reforms - contained in the Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill - will create three new benefit categories with a greater focus on finding work. The bill passed its first reading in September but has faced opposition at the select committee hearings, with some claiming it breaches human rights obligations.
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