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Work Registration Exemptions

Work registration imposes additional obligations on SNAP recipients.  SNAP recipients who meet certain exemptions do not have to comply with Work Registration.  Policy exempts them from this work requirement.  See the following chart for the available exemptions.

You must exempt household members from Work Registration work requirements when the household member

Household Member Characteristic FACS Coding Option IMS Code
is younger than 16 or older than 59 years of age. DOES NOT MEET AGE REQUIREMENTS  A
is 16 and 17 years old and not the head of the household. PERSON 16 OR 17 YEARS OF AGE NOT HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD B
cares for a child 5 years of age or younger who is also in the SNAP household (this exemption applies to only one adult per child under age six).  cares for an incapacitated person of any age regardless of whether they reside with the person being exempted.  CARETAKER C
has a pending application or receives unemployment insurance benefits (UIB). UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION APPLICANT OR RECIPIENT U
is physically or mentally incapable of gainful employment on a temporary or permanent basis. receives a benefit from a federal or state benefit program due to disability. PHYSICALLY OR MENTALLY INCAPACITATED I
receives Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and is exempt from, registered, or participating in the TANF Work Program. TANF WORK REGISTRANT T
regularly participates in a drug or alcohol treatment or rehabilitation on a resident or non-resident basis. ALCOHOLIC OR DRUG TREATMENT PROGRAM P
attends a recognized school, training program, or institution of higher education at least half-time. STUDENT EXEMPTION S
works at least 30 hours per week or receives pay equaling at least 30 hours per week times the federal minimum wage ($7.25 current federal minimum wage * 30 hours per week = $217.50 weekly gross earnings * 4.3 weekly conversion factor from Policy = $935.25 monthly gross earnings). is self-employed and verifies the client works a minimum of 30 hours weekly or earns at least the equivalent of 30 hours per week times the federal minimum wage ($7.25 current federal minimum wage * 30 hours per week = $217.50 weekly gross earnings * 4.3 weekly conversion factor from Policy = $935.25 monthly gross earnings). performs 30 hours of in-kind labor, unpaid labor, or volunteer work for a religious or community organization per week. is a migrant or seasonal farm worker who is under contract or similar agreement with an employer or crew chief to begin employment of 30 hours or more per week within 30-calendar days. EMPLOYED PERSON E

If a household member does not meet any of these exemptions, then you must either register the client for Work Registration or disqualify the client from the SNAP benefit.

Help!!!  How do I record the client’s exempt status in FACS???  You can find instructions for Coding Work Registration in this Handbook.  The household's circumstances changed during the certification period.  What happens when the client loses their exemption???  What am I supposed to do???  You can see the Work Registration Status Changes section of this Handbook or consult Quest.  What if the client fails or refuses to meet their Work Registration obligations during the certification???  You find this information in the Handbook as well.
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