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MFIP EMPLOYED EXTENSION CATEGORY

ISSUE DATE: 01/2015

MFIP:
See 0011.30 (60-Month Lifetime Limit) for an explanation of the 60-month lifetime limit and exceptions. See 0011.33 (MFIP Hardship Extensions) for general information and requirements for hardship extensions.

Also see 0011.33.03.03 (Limited Work Due to Illness/Disability), 0011.33.06 (MFIP Hard to Employ Extension Category), 0011.33.09 (MFIP Ill/Incapacitated Extension Category).

To be eligible for the “employed” extension category, the participant(s) must be in compliance 10 out of the last 12 months immediately preceding the participant’s 61st month, and meet ALL the following conditions. Only consider the months that the participant actually received MFIP (cash OR food portion):

1-PARENT UNITS

The participant must be in compliance with all program requirements in the 60th month. Being in compliance means the participant is not in sanction for non-cooperation with ANY MFIP program requirement, including non-cooperation with child support.

AND

The participant must participate in work activities at least 30 hours per week per month, 25 of which on average must be employment. Participants must meet minimum work requirements, and they are NOT exempt from ES requirements.


When the participant has accepted a job that begins during the 60th or 61st month, there must be a reasonable expectation that the participant will work an average of 30 hours per week (or 25 hours of work plus 5 hours of another work activity) in the upcoming month. DHS recommends that the decision be based on the participant’s current employment situation and/or employment offer.

2-PARENT UNITS

The participant(s) must be in compliance with all program requirements in the 60th month. If BOTH parents reach month 60 at the same time, they both MUST be in compliance in the 60th month. If 1 or both parent(s) are not in compliance in month 60, the unit is not eligible for an extension. Being in compliance means the participant(s) is not in sanction for non-cooperation with ANY MFIP program requirement, including non-cooperation with child support.

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When both parents reach month 60 at the same time, both parents must be in compliance 10 out of the last 12 months. If 1 parent does not meet this requirement, the unit has the option to remove (disqualify) that caregiver and extend the remainder of the unit under the employed category. Deem the disqualified caregiver’s income to the MFIP unit members. The remaining caregiver in the unit must participate in at least 30 hours of work activities per week, of which an average of at least 25 each week must be employment. See 0011.33.02 (MFIP Hardship Extensions Removing 1 Parent).

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When only 1 parent in a 2-parent unit has reached month 60, only that parent must be in compliance 10 out of the last 12 months. If the parent who reaches month 60 does not meet criteria for an extension he/she may be removed. The case then follows pre-60 month policies. Deem the disqualified caregiver’s income to the MFIP unit members. The remaining caregiver in the unit who has not reached month 60 does not need to meet extension criteria until he/she reaches month 60. See 0011.33.02 (MFIP Hardship Extensions Removing 1 Parent).

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When only 1 parent qualifies for the employed extension and the other parent is extended in another category, the employed parent must be participating in at least 30 hours of work activities per week, of which an average of at least 25 each week must be employment.

The participants must participate in work activities at least 55 hours per week per month, 45 of which on average must be employment. Hours may be divided between the 2 parents in any way that works for that unit’s particular situation and should be documented in the Employment Plan. These participants must meet minimum work requirements, and they are NOT exempt from ES requirements.

When a participant in a 2-parent unit has accepted a job that begins during the 60th or 61st month, there must be a reasonable expectation that the participants will work an average of 55 hours per week (or 45 hours of work plus 10 hours of another work activity) in the upcoming month. DHS recommends that the decision be based on the participant’s current employment situation and/or employment offer.

In some instances 2-parent units failing to comply with Employment Services requirements, and thus facing a disqualification from MFIP, may have the option to remove the non-compliant caregiver from the grant and continue MFIP for the remainder of the unit. See 0011.33.02 (MFIP Hardship Extensions Removing 1 Parent) for more information.


NOTE:
In 2-parent families where only 1 parent is post-60 month status and the 2nd parent is pre-60 month status, follow the single parent minimum hourly requirements for each parent.


LOSS OF EMPLOYMENT


If the loss of employment is involuntary (for example, layoffs including seasonal work) the participant is not subject to the hourly employment requirement for 1 month (30 days), but must meet all remaining requirements in the participant’s Employment Plan. In cases where participants claim an involuntary loss of employment that is not documented, have them sign a statement that they are unemployed through no fault of their own. Counties and ES providers have flexibility to do as much verification as they deem necessary. Falsifying the statement will result in a sanction.

Begin the post-60 month sanction process when:

The loss of employment is voluntary.

OR

The loss of employment is involuntary and after 30 days from the last date of employment the participant fails to meet the hourly requirement.


The 1-month exemption provision is available to a 1-parent assistance unit twice (separate incidents) in a 12-month period. The 1-month exemption provision is available to a 2-parent assistance unit twice per parent in a 12-month period.

If a participant has been in sanction for 3 or more of the 12 months immediately preceding the 61st month and is able to document that the sanction was incorrectly applied or that he/she had good cause for the non-compliance, consider the participant in compliance for the purpose of establishing eligibility for an employed hardship extension. Considering the participant in compliance under this item IS an adjustment of a previous sanction period. However, DO NOT recalculate benefits or issue supplements unless the participant submitted a timely appeal.

If a participant is complying with a child protection plan, the number of hours required under that plan counts toward the number of hours of employment required in the employed extension category. For purposes of the employed extension category, employment means:

Subsidized private sector or public sector employment, including Grant Diversion.

Unsubsidized employment.

On-the-job training.

Apprenticeship.

Work study.

OR

A combination of any of the bulleted items above.

OR

Providing child care services to another participant who is working in a community service program, if it is in combination with paid employment.


Participants who have verification from their health care provider that the number of hours they may work is limited due to illness or disability may qualify for an MFIP hardship extension as long as they work at least the number of hours specified by the health care provider. See 0011.33.03.03 (Limited Work Due to Illness/Disability).

The child under 12-month ES exemption does not apply under this extension.


DWP, SNAP, MSA, GA, GRH:

No provisions.

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