IM-143 10/01/99 FS REV. FOR DIRECT JOB SUITABLE EMPL. - FS REV #42
|FOOD STAMP POLICY REVISION FOR DIRECT
JOB PLACEMENT SUITABLE EMPLOYMENT
FOOD STAMP MANUAL REVISION #42
|Missouri Senate Bill 387 addresses the
Temporary Assistance Direct Job Placement Program (DJP). Memorandum
IM-109 dated August 13, 1999, addresses the changes to the Temporary Assistance
Direct Job Placement Program. Food stamp DJP policy is revised to
be in alignment with the revised Temporary Assistance policy. Do
not sanction individuals who refuse employment or an offer of employment
when referred to employment through Direct Job Placement and there are
three or fewer employers participating in DJP within the travel timeframes
of the participant's home.
The travel timeframes are as follows:
There may be instances when it will be necessary to contact a neighboring county to determine if there are more than three employers participating in DJP within travel timeframes of the participant's home. If there are not more than three participating employers within the travel timeframes, do not sanction the participant for refusing employment or an offer of employment. If there are more than three employers within travel timeframes participating in DJP and the participant refuses employment or an offer of employment, begin the conciliation and sanctioning process.
IMNL Section 1105.025.35 is revised to reflect these changes.
Distribution # 3
|activities or receipt of Unemployment
Compensation, end the conciliation process.
2. Did the noncomplying member have good cause for failure to comply with work registration (METP)?1105.025.30.25 Work Registration (METP) Noncompliance Sanctions
IM-#32 April 1, 1999
Sanctions for noncompliance with work registration (METP) will be applied as follows:
1. For the first failure-to-comply occurrence, sanction the individual until compliance.
a minimum of six months or until compliance, whichever is longer.If during a METP noncompliance disqualification period an individual meets an exemption from work registration requirements, the individual may resume participation in the Food Stamp Program if otherwise eligible. Meeting an exemption ends this sanction for the individual. The disqualification period does not resume if later the individual no longer meets an exemption.
Work Registration (METP) -- Suitable Employment
Do not consider employment suitable if:
1. the wage offered is less than the applicable federal minimum wage (or training wage) or 80 percent of the federal minimum wage (or training wage) if minimum wage is not applicable;
a) EXCEPTION: the employment or offer of employment is a result of a Direct Job Placement referral and the commuting time from the participants home to the job, including time to transport a child to and from a child care facility, exceeds two hours per day or the participant is walking to work and the round trip is more than four miles. This exception applies if there are three or fewer employers participating in Direct Job Placement within two hours of the participant's home.
9. the working hours, or nature of the employment, interferes with the member's religious observances, convictions, or beliefs;
1. To determine good cause, consider all circumstances, including information submitted by the household. Good cause is:
a. a circumstance beyond the members' control. This can include, but is not limited to, illness or illness of another household member requiring the individual's presence in the home;
3. The caseworker determines good cause for registrants who do not comply with DJP activities, at the point of referral for JTPA, and anytime they are participating in the ABE component. Refer to the DJP, JTPA, and ABE component descriptions for noncompliance procedures. Registrants in these components who do not comply after beginning the component, are subject to disqualification penalties.
A household member not working because of a strike or a lockout at his/her place of employment is not considered in violation of work registration requirements solely for that reason unless the strike is in violation of the Taft-Hartley Act or an injunction has been issued under Section 10 of the Railway Labor Act. To enjoin a strike under the Taft-Hartley Act or Section 10 of the Railway Labor Act, the appropriate federal court must determine, upon petition of the President of the United States, that a strike or a threatened strike affecting an entire industry or a substantial part of it, jeopardizes the national health or safety or essential transportation service.
For example, in the case of the United
Steel Workers of America vs. U.S., the Taft-Hartley Act was invoked.
In these situations, the entire household of the work registrant refusing
an offer of employment at the struck plant is disqualified unless it can
be shown that the striker is exempt from registration the day before the
strike for a reason other than employment. Even a limited issuance
to the household could undermine the intent of federal legislation at a
time of national crises and could prolong the strike enjoined by court
Work Effort Reduction
An individual who voluntarily and without good cause reduces his/her work effort, and after the reduction, is working less than 30 hours per week, is determined to be ineligible to participate in the Food Stamp Program. These individuals are subject to the disqualification penalties outlined in Work Registration (METP) Noncompliance Sanctions.
Explore situations in which the participant reports a change that indicates the number of hours worked per week have been reduced to less than 30 hours per week. For example, a reported change in income may indicate a reduction in the number of hours worked per week. Explore work effort reduction at application, recertification, and when a change is reported.
If it is determined the participant voluntarily reduced his/her work effort to less than 30 hours per week, explore good cause. See Determining Good Cause for Work Registration (METP) Components. If the participant did not have good cause for the reduction, apply the sanctions outlined in Work Registration (METP) Noncompliance Sanctions.
VOLUNTARY JOB QUIT
Voluntary job quit provisions and sanctioning
policies apply to all household members. If any household member
voluntarily and without good cause quits a job, that individual is subject
to sanctioning. The rest of the household remains eligible.
Job Quit Sanctions
Job quit is considered "a violation of" or "noncompliance with" work registration. Apply the appropriate sanction for noncompliance with work registration.