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ISSUE DATE: 10/2003

A participant may claim good cause for failure to comply with Refugee Employment Services (RES) requirements. Do not impose a sanction if it is determined that the participant has good cause for non-compliance with RES participation.

Good cause exists when:

The job does not meet the definition of suitable employment. For the purpose of this determination, employment is NOT suitable if:


The hourly gross wages are less than the federal or state minimum wage for that type of employment, whichever applies.


The work is not within the client's physical and mental capacity.


The work does not meet health and safety standards established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.


There is discrimination at the work site on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, religion, or place of national origin.

The participant is ill or injured.

A spouse is ill and needs care by the participant.

The participant is unable to secure the necessary transportation.

The participant is in an emergency situation as determined by the agency.

The schedule of the Employment Services conflicts with judicial proceedings.

The participant is willing to accept suitable employment but employment is not available.

The participant documents other verifiable impediments beyond his or her control.

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