1105.025.50 Resolving Noncompliance with Work Registration

IM-#113 december 29, 2008 IM-#98 August 31, 2005,  IM-#103 October 4, 2004,  IM-#9, February 6, 2002IM-#32 April 1, 1999

Work registration non-compliance may be resolved by:

All initial applications non-timely reapplications including a sanctioned EU member are pended for verification of compliance with METP requirements for 30 days. Timely reapplications including a sanctioned individual are pended until the end of the certification for compliance. If the sanctioned individual complies within 30 days of the date of an initial/non-timely application or by the end of the certification for timely reapplications, go to the Sanction/Disqualification (FMAM) screen and end the sanction following the instructions outlined in the Updating/Ending a Sanction or Disqualification user guide. FAMIS determines the individual is eligible for benefits from the date of application when making an initial application and the first month of the new certification for timely/non-timely reapplications if s/he has served the mandatory length of sanction.

NOTE: The compliance date can be prior to the sanction start date. This occurs when an individual complies before the start date of the sanction but after the conciliation period and adverse action period have expired. These sanctions are ended (not deleted) because the sanction must still be recorded.

If the individual does not comply by the 30th day or end of the certification period, FAMIS rejects the individual and approves the remaining EU members if there is no other outstanding verification and they are eligible for benefits. If a one person EU, FAMIS rejects the application.

If a sanctioned EU member who is included in an active EU complies with METP requirements, go to the Sanction/Disqualification (FMAM) screen and enter the compliance date and reason. The individual becomes eligible for benefits the month following the end of the sanction if s/he has served the mandatory length of sanction. If the sanctioned individual has not served the mandatory length of sanction, s/he remains ineligible for benefits until the mandatory sanction has been served.

A sanction may be cured or ended during the conciliation and adverse action period. If the non-complying EU member complies or becomes exempt or excluded before the expiration of the FA-510 Adverse Action Notice, go to the Sanction/Disqualification (FMAM) screen and delete the sanction (refer to the Deleting a Sanction or Disqualification user guide). Once the adverse action has expired, the sanction is imposed unless it is later verified the individual complied (not became exempt or excluded) prior to the expiration of the FA-510, Adverse Action notice.

If the individual became exempt, excluded, or had good cause prior to the sanction, but did not notify FSD of the exemption, exclusion, or good cause, the sanction is imposed. End the sanction with the date of the report as the compliance date.

1105.025.50.05 Exemption or Exclusion from Work Registration

IM-#143 December 5, 2005IM-#98 August 31, 2005,  IM-#103 October 4, 2004

If the participant meets an exemption or exclusion from work registration the noncompliance is cured. When the participant meets another work registration exemption or exclusion go to the Employment Assessment (FMMS) screen and add the appropriate work assessment code and status. If the individual is already sanctioned, go to the Sanction/Disqualification (FMAM) screen and end the sanction (refer to the Updating/Ending a Sanction or Disqualification user guide). If the Adverse Action (FA-510) has been sent but has not expired, go to the Sanction/Disqualification (FMAM) screen and delete the sanction.

NOTE: Those individuals who failed without good cause to comply with Temporary Assistance work requirements or unemployment compensation requirements must meet another work registration exemption or exclusion to cure or end their sanction during the time they are in non-compliance with Temporary Assistance or unemployment compensation. Do not enter the exemption code indicating the non-complying individual is subject to Temporary Assistance work requirements when the sanctioned person continues receiving benefits for other EU members.

EXAMPLE: Casey D is sanctioned by Temporary Assistance for non-compliance with Temporary Assistance work requirements. She continues receiving Temporary Assistance for her daughters Missy age 4 and Dawn age 7. Casey is not exempt from food stamp work registration because she is subject to Temporary Assistance work requirements. However, she is exempt from food stamp work registration because she is caring for a child under the age of six. Casey should not be sanctioned because she meets the work registration exemption for caring for a child under age six.

EXAMPLE: Thora A is sanctioned by Temporary Assistance for non-compliance with Temporary Assistance work requirements. She continues receiving Temporary Assistance for her son Tyler age 13. Thora is not exempt from food stamp work registration because she is subject to Temporary Assistance work requirements. She does not meet another food stamp work registration exemption. Therefore, Thora must be sanctioned for food stamps.

If the non-complying member has good cause and the good cause is expected to last less than 60 days, change the work assessment code of the non-complying member to code 18, the status to EXC, and enter “Y” in the Good Cause field on the Employment Assessment (FMMS) screen.

Following resolution of the temporary circumstance for non-compliance with work registration activities, change code 18 back to code 22 and the status to MAN (mandatory) or MIV (mandatory immediate volunteer). The individual is now able to comply.

If the good cause is expected to last more than 60 days, change the individual's work assessment code to the appropriate exemption or exclusion code.

1105.025.50.10 Registering for Work

IM-#98 August 31, 2005,  IM-#103 October 4, 2004

When an EU member agrees to be registered for work, go to the Employment Assessment (FMMS) screen and change the EU member's status to MAN. If the sanction (WRC) has been imposed, go to the Sanction/Disqualification (FMAM) screen and end date the sanction as outlined in the Updating/Ending a Sanction or Disqualification user guide. If the EU member agrees to be registered for work before the sanction is imposed, delete the sanction as outlined in the Deleting a Sanction or Disqualification user guide.

1105.025.50.15 Participating in an Employment and Training Program

FNS May 25, 2016, IM-#3 January 09, 2009  IM-#98 August 31, 2005,  IM-#103 October 4, 2004

The Missouri Employment and Training Program is voluntary. EU members previously sanctioned for non-compliance with DWD (METP) and those who were sanctioned due to refusal of training (RTT) should have the sanction ended. If the EU member does not meet a work registration exemption, enter a work assessment code 22 on the Employment Assessment (FMMS) screen. The individual's status is MAN.

1105.025.50.20 Providing Sufficient Information to Determine Employment Status or Job Availability

IM-#98 August 31, 2005,  IM-#103 October 4, 2004

When an EU member who is being sanctioned or is sanctioned because s/he would not provide sufficient information to determine employment status or job availability, agrees to provide information needed to make the determination, go to the Employment Assessment (FMMS) screen, add the appropriate work assessment code, and change the individual's status from MNC to the appropriate code. If the individual agrees to provide information within 30 days from the date of application, go to the Sanction/Disqualification (FMAM) screen and delete the sanction. Refer to Deleting a Sanction or Disqualification user guide. If eligible, the individual is eligible for benefits for the month of application if s/he has served the mandatory sanction period.

If the individual is included in an active EU when s/he provides sufficient information to determine employment status or job availability, end the sanction. The individual is eligible for benefits the month following the month in which s/he complies. FAMIS adds the individual to the EU for the month following the month in which s/he complied.

1105.025.50.25 Complying with Temporary Assistance Work Requirement or Unemployment Compensation Requirements

IM-#98 August 31, 2005,  IM-#103 October 4, 2004

When a sanctioned EU member complies with Temporary Assistance Work Requirement or Unemployment Compensation Requirements, end the sanction. Go to the Employment Assessment (FMMS) screen and enter work assessment code 16 for the individual who is complying with Temporary Assistance, or work assessment code 19 for the individual who is complying with Unemployment Compensation requirements, and change the status from MNC to EXE. Go to the Sanction/Disqualification screen, enter the end date, and type or prompt for reason code MAE (meets an exemption). Upon compliance with Temporary Assistance Work Requirement or Unemployment Compensation Requirements, the individual is again exempt.

1105.025.50.30 Going to Work

IM-#98 August 31, 2005,  IM-#103 October 4, 2004

Voluntary job quit sanctions can be cured or ended when it is verified when the individual will start a new job, the number of hours to be worked, and the rate of pay. The individual must work at least 30 hours per week at minimum wage or earn wages equivalent to the Federal minimum wage times 30 hours a week. The individual becomes exempt from work registration. When it is determined a sanctioned individual is exempt from work registration, update his/her work assessment code on the Employment Assessment (FMMS) screen. Go to the Sanction/Disqualification (FMAM) screen and enter reason code MAE (meets and exemption) and the end date. Complete an eligibility determination to add the individual back to the benefits.

NOTE: A voluntary job quit sanction cannot be ended by referring the individual to DWD to be registered for work.

1105.025.50.35 Increasing the Number of Hours Worked

IM-#98 August 31, 2005,  IM-#103 October 4, 2004

A work effort reduction sanction is cured or ended when the EU member who voluntarily reduced the number of hours worked to less than 30 hours per week, increases the number of hours worked to 30 or more hours per week.

NOTE: A work effort reduction sanction cannot be ended by referring the individual to DWD to be registered for work.