Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Manual – Table of Contents

1105.025.10.05 Determining Good Cause for Job Quit, Reduced Work Hours or Refusal of an Offer of Suitable Employment

IM-#33 June 24, 2014

Determine if the there was good cause when an EU member:

  • voluntarily quit employment,
  • reduced work hours below 30 hours/week or earnings below 30 hours per week times the federal minimum wage, or
  • refused an offer of suitable employment.

Consider all reported facts and individual circumstances when making this determination.

Reasons for Good Cause include, but are not limited to:

  • Job did not meet¬†suitable employment¬†criteria
  • A person resigns at the demand of the employer.
  • Discrimination by an employer based on age, race, sex, color, handicap, religious beliefs, national origin or political beliefs;
  • Unreasonable work demands or conditions made continued employment unreasonable. For example, working without being paid on schedule.
  • Acceptance of other employment at a wage equivalent to working 30 hours/week at federal minimum wage.
  • Reduced work hours under 30 hours/week, but wage earned is equivalent to working 30 hrs/week, at federal minimum wage, or above.
  • Enrolled at least half-time in any recognized school, training program or institution of higher education.
  • Changes in the household impacted access to current employment. For example, the Food Stamp EU moved to another community because a member accepted a new job or enrolled at least half-time in a recognized school, training program, or institution of higher education.
  • Quit a job or reduced hours due to personal health reasons or health reasons of others.
  • Resignation of someone under age 60, which the employer recognizes as retirement.
  • Quit in the context of the natural pattern of employment, such as migrant or construction labor.
  • Hours of employment were reduced because of demands of the employer and the employer remains the same.
  • Quit unsubsidized employment to join a volunteer program, such as VISTA, AMERICORPS, etc.
  • Unavailability of transportation.
  • Inadequate child care for children under age 12.
  • Self employment ended.
  • Other circumstances where the agency determines there is good cause.