Oregon Department of Human Services, Self-Sufficiency Programs

Rule Rule 461-130-0315
Requirements for Mandatory Employment Program Clients; Pre-TANF, REF, SNAP, TANF


The following provisions apply to a mandatory (see OAR 461-130-0305 (General Provisions; Employment Programs)) client:

(1)

A mandatory client selected by the Department to participate in an employment program of the Pre-TANF, REF, SNAP, or TANF programs must do all of the following:

(a)

In the Pre-TANF or TANF programs, a JOBS eligible (see OAR 461-130-0310 (Participation Classifications: Exempt, Mandatory, and Volunteer)) individual must:

(A)

Accept a bona fide offer of employment, whether temporary, permanent, full‑time, part‑time, or seasonal.

(B)

Schedule and keep required employment-related appointments and interviews.

(C)

Notify the Department’s case manager or the JOBS contractor of the reason for not keeping employment-related appointments and interviews, not attending scheduled classes and activities, or not completing case management activities. Notification must be made within three working days from the date of a missed appointment, interview, class, or activity (see OAR 461-001-0025 (Definitions of Terms, Components, and Activities; JOBS, Pre-TANF, TANF)).

(D)

Provide the Department, in the manner the Department requires, with verifiable documentation of JOBS participation hours, including paid work, job search, and educational participation hours.

(E)

In the TANF program, complete each activity (see OAR 461-001-0025 (Definitions of Terms, Components, and Activities; JOBS, Pre-TANF, TANF)) specified on the case plan (see OAR 461-001-0025 (Definitions of Terms, Components, and Activities; JOBS, Pre-TANF, TANF)).

(b)

In the REF program, an REP individual must:

(A)

Accept a bona fide offer of employment, whether temporary, permanent, full time, part time, or seasonal.

(B)

Schedule and keep required employment-related appointments and interviews.

(C)

Notify the Department’s case manager or the REP contractor of the reason for not keeping employment-related appointments and interviews, not attending scheduled classes and activities, or not completing case management activities. Notification must be made within three working days from the date of a missed appointment, interview, class, or activity.

(D)

Provide the Department, in the manner the Department requires, with verifiable documentation of REP participation hours, including paid work, job search, and educational participation hours.

(E)

Complete each activity specified on the case plan.

(c)

In the SNAP program:

(A)

Register for the SNAP Employment and Training program (see OAR 461-130-0305 (General Provisions; Employment Programs)).

(B)

Assist the Department in the exempt (see OAR 461-130-0305 (General Provisions; Employment Programs)) or mandatory determination.

(C)

Accept a bona fide offer of employment, whether temporary, permanent, full-time, part-time, or seasonal.

(D)

Maintain employment:

(i)

A client meeting the requirements of subparagraph (iii) of this paragraph fails to maintain employment when the criteria in at least one of the following sub-subparagraphs is met:

(I)

Voluntarily leaving a job 30 days or less prior to the filing date (see OAR 461-115-0040 (Filing Date; REF, SNAP, TANF)) for SNAP benefits as provided in OAR 461-135-0521 (Job Quit by Applicants; SNAP) or at any time thereafter;

(II)

Being dismissed for striking while a federal, state, or county employee; or

(III)

Reducing hours of work to less than 30 each week as defined in OAR 461-135-0521 (Job Quit by Applicants; SNAP).

(ii)

The following changes in employment status do not constitute failure to maintain employment:

(I)

An employer reduces a client’s hours of work;

(II)

An employer fires a client from a job;

(III)

A client terminates a self‑employment enterprise; and

(IV)

A client resigns from a job at the demand of the employer.

(iii)

Subparagraph (i) of this paragraph applies only if the client meets at least one of the following requirements. The client --

(I)

Had a job that averaged not less than 30 hours each week or had provided average weekly earnings not less than the federal minimum wage multiplied by 30 hours, and the client quit the job without good cause (see OAR 461-130-0327 (Good Cause)); or

(II)

Quits working under a JOBS Plus agreement more than twice (see OAR 461‑190‑0426).

(E)

An ABAWD residing in one of the SNAP time limit areas (see OAR 461-135-0520 (Time Limit and Special Requirements for ABAWD; SNAP)) must do all of the following:

(i)

Schedule and keep required employment-related appointments and interviews.

(ii)

Complete all work activities and components specified in the case plan (see OAR 461-001-0020 (Definitions; SNAP Employment and Training Components and Activities)).

(iii)

Provide the Department, in the manner required, with verifiable documentation of participation hours.

(iv)

Notify the Department or the SNAP Employment and Training contractor of the reason for not doing the employment-related activities as set forth on the case plan.

(2)

In the Pre-TANFand TANF programs, a JOBS eligible individual who fails to meet a participation requirement without good cause is subject to disqualification in accordance with OAR 461-130-0330 (Disqualifications; Pre-TANF, REF, SNAP, TANF) only after the re-engagement process under OAR 461-190-0231 (Re-engagement; JOBS, Pre-TANF, REP, SFPSS, TA-DVS) has been completed.

(3)

In the REF program, an REP individual who fails to meet a participation requirement without good cause is subject to disqualification in accordance with OAR 461-130-0330 (Disqualifications; Pre-TANF, REF, SNAP, TANF) only after the re-engagement process under OAR 461-190-0231 (Re-engagement; JOBS, Pre-TANF, REP, SFPSS, TA-DVS) has been completed.
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