Job search activities include locating, contacting, preparing for interviews and interviewing with potential employers and travel time associated with these activities.
For MFIP/DWP participants without an approved Employment Plan and BSF, TY, and TYE participants, authorize job search according to the following three requirements:
If a family reapplies for CCAP within the same calendar year when job search hours were used, so has less than 240 hours of job search available, the remaining available job search hours must be authorized at a lower amount to cover at least 12 weeks of child care, See Chapter 22.214.171.124 (Job Search at application and redetermination).
Do not authorize job search in combination with other activities. See Chapter 126.96.36.199 (Combination of Activities Examples).
Job search is not limited to 240 hours per calendar year and can be authorized at any time during the 12-month eligibility period (not just at redetermination and application) if included in an approved MFIP or DWP Employment Plan. Authorize care according to the approved Employment Plan.
Job search hours should be counted using only the hours of child care authorized for the job search activity (including travel time, if needed). For example, if the parent is authorized for six hours per day of child care for the job search activity and the provider charges a daily rate, count only six hours of job search toward the 240 hours allowed per year.
If the amount of child care authorized is being reduced, a 15-day notice is required. During the notice period, count only the hours the parent is job searching toward the 240 hours allowed per year. For example, if 40 hours of care biweekly was previously authorized and care is being decreased to 20 hours biweekly, pay the 40 hours of care through the required notice period but only count the 20 hours used for job search toward the 240 hours allowed per year. Hours authorized for job search should only be reduced at the parent’s request.
Do not verify the actual numbers spent on job search or require families to submit job search logs.
Minnesota Statutes 119B.10, subd.1
Minnesota Rules 3400.0040, subp.15a