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9.15 Authorized Hours - Employment

ISSUE DATE: 12/2015

Authorize no more than 120 hours per child every bi-weekly period.

If a MFIP/DWP family has an approved Employment Plan with an employment activity, authorize the number of hours needed for the employment activity or for support of the employment activity, as indicated by the Employment Services worker. The number of hours authorized for each child should be the number of hours that care is needed to support the parental authorized activities, excluding the hours that the child does not need child care or the hours that the provider is unavailable. The child may not need child care due to the child being in school. See Chapter 9.12 (Authorized Hours –Students)

EMPLOYMENT

Participants who do NOT have an approved MFIP/DWP Employment Plan must work at least an average of 20 hours per week and receive at least the applicable minimum wage to receive child care during employment hours. When a participant has multiple employment activities, the hours worked at the different employment activities may be combined to meet the 20 hours per week at the applicable minimum wage requirement. See Chapter 6.16 (Applicable Minimum Wage).

Work with the participant to determine a length of time, not to exceed 6 months, over which the number of hours worked weekly can be averaged to determine if the participant meets the requirement to work an average of 20 hours per week at the applicable minimum wage.

When the participant works for an hourly wage, child care should be authorized for the number of hours scheduled to be worked, including break and meal time during the employment, and up to two hours per day for travel time.

When the participant does not work for an hourly wage, authorize child care for the LESSER of:

The number of hours spent in the employment activity, plus meal/break time and up to two hours per day for travel time,

OR

The number of hours determined by dividing the annual gross earned income from the employment activity by 52 weeks and then by the applicable minimum wage, plus up to one hour per eight hours worked for meals/breaks, and up to two hours per day for travel time.

STUDENTS AND EMPLOYMENT

Students are not required to work.

If a full-time student that does NOT have an approved MFIP/DWP Employment Plan chooses to work and requests child care assistance during their employment time, they are required to work an average 10 hours per week at the applicable minimum wage.

If a part-time student that does NOT have an approved MFIP/DWP Employment Plan chooses to work and requests child care assistance during their employment time, they are required to work an average 20 hours per week at the applicable minimum wage.

NOTE: Because schools have differing definitions of full-time and part-time students, rely on the terminology of the specific school for determination. If you have questions about a student’s status, contact the school or ask the student to do so for more information.

There is no minimum number of credits that a student must have to be considered part-time. A part-time student is considered anything less than full-time.

CHILD CARE IN SUPPORT OF EMPLOYMENT

For participants that do NOT have an approved MFIP/DWP Employment Plan, authorize child care assistance in support of employment for non-work hours if necessary if the following conditions are met:

The child care in support of employment or in combination with the employment activity does not exceed the amount of child care that would normally be granted for child care during employment.

The family meets all eligibility requirements.

The employed person cannot reasonably modify the non-work schedule to provide child care.



LEGAL AUTHORITY

Minnesota Statutes 119B.10
Minnesota Statutes 119B.10

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