Current through Register Vol. 54, No. 7, April 4, 2022
required to register for work shall be subject to an independent job search or
other appropriate NJ SNAP Employment and Training Program (NJ SNAP ETP)
During the initial
assessment interview, the LWD worker shall determine the job search
requirements of each work registrant and shall provide each registrant with
written notification regarding his or her job search requirements, procedures
to be followed and the consequences of failure to comply. Based on the
capabilities and characteristics of the registrant, the LWD worker shall
determine the extent of appropriate LWD activity for each work registrant.
1. Those registrants that have no apparent
substantial barriers to employment shall be considered job ready.
2. Persons on temporary layoff or expecting
to return to work within 60 days, shall be considered non-job ready for 60 days
from the date of initial registration. At the end of the 60 day period, such
persons shall be contacted to redetermine appropriateness for participation in
1. The determination of exempt status shall
be made by the CWA at the time of the work registration. This is done to
preclude the need of such registrants to travel to the LWD office for an
interview, unless it is impossible for the CWA to determine exempt status from
the information provided at the time of work registration.
Those work registrants for whom a job
search is determined to be impractical, specifically including registrants
residing an unreasonable distance from the LWD office location or considered to
be unsuitable for participation in any efforts toward employment due to a
permanent condition of unemployability shall be considered exempt. Such
exemption shall be subject to reevaluation at the time of the individual's next
i. A distance shall be
considered unreasonable if the round trip exceeds two hours by reasonably
available public or private transportation.
3. Migrant and seasonal farmworkers away from
their usual place of residence and following the work stream shall also be
registrants with substantial barriers to employment such as, but not limited
to, medical or social problems documented in writing, language or other serious
problems, that alone or in conjunction with adverse labor market conditions
would make them difficult to place shall be considered exempt. Such exemption
shall be subject to reevaluation at the time of the individual's next
Persons determined to be job ready or persons losing exempt status or
reentering the program after a period of absence shall be subject to and must
comply with a job search for a minimum of eight weeks each 12 months. The LWD
office may require that the eight week period be one continuous period, or that
it be divided into two separate job search periods which total eight weeks.
Registrants shall contact, as required by
LWD, up to a minimum of 24 prospective employers during the eight week period.
If the job search period is shortened, the number of required job contacts
shall be reduced on a pro rata basis, to the maximum extent practicable.
i. A referral to an employer shall be
considered a job contact provided the registrant presents himself or herself to
the employer as available for employment.
To be considered a job contact initiated
by the registrant, the registrant must present himself or herself to the
employer as available for work and the employer must ordinarily employ persons
in areas of work that the registrant is reasonably qualified for by means of
experience, training or ability and is not considered unsuitable employment in
iii. Depending upon the position being
sought, the job contact requirements may be fulfilled by either a personal
visit to the prospective employer or another method of application which is
considered by the LWD office to be generally accepted practice.
iv. The work registrant cannot contact the
same employer in subsequent weeks unless the initial contact indicated that
vacancies in suitable job positions may soon exist.
Reporting job contacts to the LWD office.
i. Twice during the eight week job search
period the work registrant shall report at a prescheduled time to the LWD
worker, the result of all job search contacts. If the eight week job search
activity is divided into two separate periods, the LWD worker may require the
registrant to report once during each period of job search activity.
ii. Job contacts shall be reported in writing
in a manner prescribed by LWD. At the time of the initial interview with the
LWD worker, the work registrant shall be informed about the manner of
reporting. While such reporting will not require the employer's written
confirmation of the job contact, the registrant shall be required to sign
written documentation to attest to its validity. The written report shall be
submitted to the LWD worker at the work registrant's follow-up interview. The
registrant shall be responsible for providing LWD, upon reasonable request, any
additional information regarding job contacts.
The LWD worker shall determine if the
work registrant has completed the assigned number of job contacts.
1. If the registrant was assigned a
continuous job search period of less than eight weeks, the registrant shall
have two additional weeks to complete any missed contacts.
2. If the registrant was assigned a single
continuous eight week job search period, no additional time shall be allowed
unless the LWD worker fails to accept, for reasons such as suitability or
manner of contact, a job contact(s) reported by the registrant. In such
instances, the work registrant shall be allowed an additional two weeks to make
up the disallowed contact(s).
Persons failing to complete the required number of job contacts, with good
cause, shall be excused from completion of the job search
4. If a registrant
believes that a LWD determination is improper, review of the determination may
be obtained from a designated LWD official not involved in the original
determination. For example, if the registrant believes he or she has been
improperly assigned to a job search category or assigned an improper number of
job search contacts, or that an action which should have been counted as a
contact was not, a review may be obtained. This also applies to an LWD
determination that noncompliance was not for good cause.
(f) A complete file on each work registrant
shall be maintained by the LWD office.
N.J. Admin. Code §
Amended by R.1989 d.121,
See: 20 N.J.R. 2689(a), 21 N.J.R. 511(b).
section was originally 3.19(g).
Amended by R.1998 d.498, effective
N.J.R. 1928(a), 30 N.J.R. 3669(b).
Substituted references to DOL
for references to FSETP throughout; rewrote (a); in (b), substituted a
reference to DOL activity for a reference to E&T activity in the
introductory paragraph; and in (c)2, substituted a reference to the DOL office
location for a reference to the E&T location.
N.J.A.C. 10:87-10.17 and amended by R.2004 d.181, effective
N.J.R. 28(a), 36 N.J.R. 2425(a).
Deleted the introductory phrases
throughout; in (d)1ii, amended the N.J.A.C. reference. Former N.J.A.C.
10:87-10.12, Verification of voluntary quit and good cause, recodified to
Amended by R.2007 d.129, effective
N.J.R. 4374(a), 39 N.J.R. 1719(a).
Substituted "LWD" for "DOL"
throughout; and rewrote (c)1.
See: 44 N.J.R. 1529(a).