If a person
is not exempt from employment and training requirements, the NJ SNAP EPT worker
shall be responsible for screening (assessing) that person and, if appropriate,
referring him or her to an NJ SNAP EPT component within 10 days of the initial
assessment. Upon entry into each component, the registrant participant or
volunteer shall be informed, either orally or in writing, of the requirements
of the component, what will constitute noncompliance and the sanctions for
noncompliance. The CWA shall take appropriate disqualification action within 10
working days after learning of noncompliance.
1. An NJ SNAP EPT worker is an employee of
the LWD or of the CWA, or any of the designated agencies contracted with the
CWA or LWD, to provide NJ SNAP EPT services.
2. Assessment is defined as an in-depth
evaluation of employability skills coupled with counseling on how and where to
search for employment. If combined with work experience, employment search or
training, an assessment of this nature could constitute part of an employment
and training component.
Work registrants shall:
1. Report, at the direction of the NJ SNAP
EPT worker, to an assessment interview and/or to an NJ SNAP EPT
2. Participate in an
employment and training program activity, if assigned;
3. Respond to a request from the NJ SNAP EPT
worker for supplemental information regarding employment status or availability
Report to an employer
to whom referred by the NJ SNAP EPT worker if the potential employment meets
the suitability requirements described at
5. Accept a bona fide offer of suitable
employment at a wage not less than the higher of either the applicable State or
Federal minimum wage.
Employment and training programs are as
1. Persons required to register for
work and not exempted from placement in an NJ SNAP EPT component shall be
subject to the employment and training requirements for that individual. Such
individuals are referred to as NJ SNAP EPT mandatory participants.
Employment and training programs may
include, but are not limited to, approved:
iii. Employment activity;
iv. On-the-job training when approved under
the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA);
v. Work experience; or
vi. Other activity that will lead to gainful
to comply without good cause with the employment and training requirements
shall result in disqualification of the individual in accordance with the
The number of months a participant spends
in an NJ SNAP EPT component shall be determined by the NJ SNAP EPT worker. The
NJ SNAP EPT worker shall also determine the number of successive components in
which a participant may be placed.
number of required hours in any work or training component, or combination of
components, shall be an average of 30 hours of activity per week per
participant per month, not to exceed 120 hours per month.
ii. The household's monthly total work
experience component hours shall not exceed the household's monthly total of
cash assistance, plus emergency assistance, plus the NJ SNAP benefit, divided
by the higher of the State or Federal minimum wage.
iii. The total hours of participation in NJ
SNAP EPT for any household member individually in any month, together with any
hours worked for compensation in cash or in kind, shall not exceed 120 hours
Participants in an employment and training program, including volunteers, shall
receive a participant allowance provided through the CWA for costs of
transportation, or other costs that are reasonably necessary and directly
related to participation in the employment and training programs at a rate of
up to $ 6.00 per day, not to exceed $ 120.00 per month per participant.
Reimbursement above $ 120.00 per month per participant may be issued on a
case-by-case basis with the approval of DFD. Dependent care expenses shall not
be reimbursed through this allowance, but shall be reimbursed in accordance
with (c)6 below.
reimburse NJ SNAP EPT participants for the cost of dependent care it determines
to be necessary for the participation of a household member in an NJ SNAP EPT
activity up to the actual cost of dependent care, or the applicable payment
rate for child care, whichever is lowest. The payment rates for child care are
established in accordance with the Child Care and Development Block Grant
provisions and are set forth by the New Jersey Department of Human Services
(DHS) at N.J.A.C. 10:15. The CWA shall provide a dependent care reimbursement
to an NJ SNAP EPT participant for all dependents requiring care unless
prohibited at N.J.A.C. 10:15 or at (c)6i through ix below. The dependent care
reimbursement is in addition to the transportation allowance described in (c)5
above. A recipient shall be deferred from NJ SNAP EPT participation if the
household's dependent care expenses would exceed the DHS Maximum Reimbursement
Rates. Deferment shall continue until either a suitable NJ SNAP EPT component
is available, or the household's dependent care circumstances change, so that
monthly dependent care expenses no longer exceed the DHS maximum reimbursement
amount. Households receiving WFNJ/TANF benefits are not entitled to the
dependent care reimbursement. When a child becomes 13 years of age, the
dependent care reimbursement shall continue to be provided until the
household's next recertification.
i. The CWA
shall not provide a reimbursement for a dependent age 13 or older unless the
dependent is physically and/or mentally incapable of caring for him- or herself
or is under court supervision. The CWA shall provide a reimbursement for all
dependents who are physically and/or mentally incapable of caring for
themselves or who are under court supervision, regardless of age, if dependent
care is necessary for the participation of a household member in an NJ SNAP EPT
ii. The CWA shall obtain
verification of the physical and/or mental incapacity for dependents age 13 or
older if the physical and/or mental incapacity is questionable. The CWA shall
verify a court-imposed requirement for the supervision of a dependent age 13 or
older if the need for dependent care is questionable.
iii. If more than one household member is
required to participate in an NJ SNAP EPT activity, the CWA shall reimburse the
actual cost of dependent care or the applicable payment rate for child care,
whichever is lowest, for each dependent in the household, regardless of the
number of household members participating in an NJ SNAP EPT activity.
iv. An individual who is the caretaker
relative of a dependent in a family receiving cash assistance under Title IV-A
of the Social Security Act in a local area where an employment, training, or
educational program under Title IV-A is in operation, is not eligible for such
v. An NJ SNAP EPT
participant is not entitled to the dependent care reimbursement if a member of
the NJ SNAP EPT participant's NJ SNAP household provides the dependent care
vi. The CWA shall verify
the participant's need for dependent care and the cost of the dependent care
prior to the issuance of the reimbursement. The verification shall include the
name and address of the dependent care provider, the cost and hours of service
(for example, five hours per day, five days per week for two weeks).
vii. A participant shall not be reimbursed
for dependent care services beyond that which is required for participation in
the NJ SNAP EPT activity.
dependent care is provided or arranged by the CWA or a State contracted agency,
the dependent care shall meet all applicable standards of State and local law,
including requirements designed to ensure basic health and safety protections
(for example, fire safety).
NJ SNAP EPT participant may refuse available appropriate dependent care as
provided or arranged for by the CWA or a State contracted agency, if the
participant can arrange other dependent care or can show that such refusal will
not prevent or interfere with participation in the NJ SNAP EPT activity as
may elect to voluntarily participate in available work and training programs.
i. The NJ SNAP EPT worker shall permit, to
the extent practicable, persons exempt from work registration or employment and
training requirements or those not exempt who have complied or are complying
with the requirements, to participate in any employment and training program
ii. Voluntary participants
in an NJ SNAP EPT component shall not be disqualified for failure to comply
with work and training requirements.
iii. The hours of participation or work of a
volunteer may not exceed the hours required of NJ SNAP EPT mandatory
participants as specified in (c)4 above.