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

1105.025.50.05 Exemption or Exclusion from Work Registration

IM-#143 December 5, 2005,  IM-#98 August 31, 2005,  IM-#103 October 4, 2004

If the participant meets an exemption or exclusion from work registration the noncompliance is cured. When the participant meets another work registration exemption or exclusion go to the Employment Assessment (FMMS) screen and add the appropriate work assessment code and status. If the individual is already sanctioned, go to the Sanction/Disqualification (FMAM) screen and end the sanction (refer to the Updating/Ending a Sanction or Disqualification user guide). If the Adverse Action (FA-510) has been sent but has not expired, go to the Sanction/Disqualification (FMAM) screen and delete the sanction.

NOTE: Those individuals who failed without good cause to comply with Temporary Assistance work requirements or unemployment compensation requirements must meet another work registration exemption or exclusion to cure or end their sanction during the time they are in non-compliance with Temporary Assistance or unemployment compensation. Do not enter the exemption code indicating the non-complying individual is subject to Temporary Assistance work requirements when the sanctioned person continues receiving benefits for other EU members.

EXAMPLE: Casey D is sanctioned by Temporary Assistance for non-compliance with Temporary Assistance work requirements. She continues receiving Temporary Assistance for her daughters Missy age 4 and Dawn age 7. Casey is not exempt from food stamp work registration because she is subject to Temporary Assistance work requirements. However, she is exempt from food stamp work registration because she is caring for a child under the age of six. Casey should not be sanctioned because she meets the work registration exemption for caring for a child under age six.

EXAMPLE: Thora A is sanctioned by Temporary Assistance for non-compliance with Temporary Assistance work requirements. She continues receiving Temporary Assistance for her son Tyler age 13. Thora is not exempt from food stamp work registration because she is subject to Temporary Assistance work requirements. She does not meet another food stamp work registration exemption. Therefore, Thora must be sanctioned for food stamps.

If the non-complying member has good cause and the good cause is expected to last less than 60 days, change the work assessment code of the non-complying member to code 18, the status to EXC, and enter “Y” in the Good Cause field on the Employment Assessment (FMMS) screen.

Following resolution of the temporary circumstance for non-compliance with work registration activities, change code 18 back to code 22 and the status to MAN (mandatory) or MIV (mandatory immediate volunteer). The individual is now able to comply.

If the good cause is expected to last more than 60 days, change the individual’s work assessment code to the appropriate exemption or exclusion code.