1240-01-49-.03 - FAMILIES FIRST WORK REQUIREMENT PROVISIONS

1240-01-49-.03. FAMILIES FIRST WORK REQUIREMENT PROVISIONS

(1) An individual, unless otherwise exempt, will be required to participate in work or work-related activities for thirty (30) hours per week as set forth in his/her Personal Responsibility Plan (PRP). At least twenty (20) hours must be spent working in core activities; the remaining ten (10) hours must be spent in core or non-core activities.

(2) Activities that will be included as a part of the Families First work requirements include:

(a) Core Activities. Core Activities must be used to meet the first twenty (20) hours of the work requirement and can be used to meet the entire work requirement. The use of core activities to meet the Families First work requirement is subject to allowances or restrictions on these activities, as defined by federal law and regulation. Unless expanded through federal law or regulation, core activities are:

1. Unsubsidized Employment.

2. Job search and job readiness assistance.

3. Work Experience.

4. Community Service.

5. Vocational Education.

6. On-the-job training.

7. Subsidized work. Families First participants can be placed in private or public sector subsidized work positions.

(b) Non-core Activities. Non-core activities can be used to fulfill up to ten (10) hours of the Families First work requirement as long as the recipient is engaged in twenty (20) hours of core activities. The use of non-core activities to meet the Families First work requirement is subject to allowances or restrictions on these activities, as defined by federal law and regulation. Unless expanded through federal law or regulation, non-core activities are:

1. Job Skills Training Directly Related to Employment.

2. Education Directly Related to Employment.

3. Satisfactory attendance at secondary school or in a GED course, for those who do not yet have a high school diploma.

(c) Reserved for future use.

(d) Reserved for future use.

(e) Reserved for future use.

(f) Reserved for future use.

(g) Reserved for future use.

(h) Reserved for future use.

(i) Reserved for future use.

(j) Reserved for future use.

(k) Reserved for future use.

(3) Reserved for future use

(4) The Families First work requirement can be met through satisfactory attendance at secondary school, in the case of a minor parent recipient who:

(a) has not completed secondary school; and

(b) is a caretaker who is nineteen (19) years of age or younger.

(5) A minor parent who is eligible as a dependent child must attend school. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in the needs of the non-compliant individual being removed from the grant.

(6) A caretaker who is in the residential program at Renewal House is in compliance with the Families First work requirement if she is in good standing with Renewal House program requirements.

(7) Participation in Vocational Rehabilitation services will meet the Families First work requirement.

(Original rule filed December 2, 1996; effective February 15, 1997. Public necessity rule filed July 2, 2007; expired December 14, 2007. Amendment filed October 1, 2007; effective December 15, 2007.)

Authority: T.C.A. §§ 4-5-201 et seq., 4-5-202, 4-5-209, 71-1-105, 71-3-152, 71-3-153 and 71-3-154; 71-3-158(d)(2)(D); 42 U.S.C. §§ 601 et seq., 42 U.S.C. § 602, 42 U.S.C. § 607(c), (d)(1) through (12) and (e), 42 U.S.C. § 608, 42 U.S.C. § 609; Public Acts of 1996, Chapter 950, and 45 CFR 250.30 through 32; 45 CFR 234.60, § 1115 of the Social Security Act; 45 C.F.R. § 260.30, 45 C.F.R. § 260.31, 45 C.F.R. § 261.2(b) through (m), 45 C.F.R. § 261.2(n), 45 C.F.R. § 261.10, 45 C.F.R. § 261.30, 45 C.F.R. § 261.31 and 45 C.F.R. § 261.32; Deficit Reduction Act 2005 ( Pub. L. 109-171 §§ 7101 and 7102, February 8, 2006); 71 Federal Register 37454 (June 29, 2006); and Acts 2007, Chapter 31.

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