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

1105.025.35.05 Good Cause for Voluntary Job Quit or Work Effort Reduction

IM-#5 January 13, 2009IM-#103 October 4, 2004,  IM-#32 April 1, 1999

Determine if voluntary job quit or work effort reduction was with or without good cause. Good cause for leaving employment or reducing the number of hours worked includes:

  • Discrimination by an employer based on age, race, sex, color, handicap, religious beliefs, national origin, or political beliefs.
  • Work demands or conditions that render continued employment unreasonable, such as working without getting paid on schedule.
  • Employment that becomes unsuitable by not meeting suitable employment criteria after the acceptance of employment.
  • Employment is not considered suitable if the daily commuting time exceeds two hours per day. Consider quitting a job to move to another location, including moves within the state, as good cause if commuting time exceeds two hours per day.
  • Circumstances beyond the member’s control such as illness, illness of another EU member sufficiently serious to require the presence of the member, unavailability of transportation, unanticipated emergency, and unsuitability of work.
  • Acceptance by the member of employment, or enrollment at least half-time in any recognized school, training program, or institution of higher education that requires the member to leave employment.
  • Acceptance by any other EU member of employment, or enrollment at least half-time in any recognized school, training program, or institution of higher education in another county or similar political subdivision that requires the EU to move thereby requires another member to leave employment.
  • Resignations by persons under the age of 60 that are recognized by the employer as retirement.
  • Acceptance of a bona fide offer of employment of more than 30 hours a week or in which the weekly earnings are equal to the federal minimum wage multiplied by 30 hours that, because of circumstances beyond the control of the member, subsequently either does not materialize or results in employment of less than 30 hours a week or weekly earnings of less than the federal minimum wage multiplied by 30 hours.
  • Leaving a job in connection with patterns of employment in which the workers frequently move from one employer to another such as migrant farm labor or construction work. Some circumstances may exist where EUs apply for food stamp benefits between jobs particularly in cases where work may not yet be available at the new job site. Even though employment at the new site has not actually begun, consider quitting previous employment with good cause if it is part of the pattern of that type of employment.
  • Lack of adequate childcare for children who have reached age 6 years but are less than 12 years of age.