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340:50-5-92. Determination of good cause for voluntary quit or reduction in work effort

Revised 9-17-18

When the worker determines a non-exempt adult household member voluntarily quit his or her employment or reduced his or her work effort, the worker must determine if he or she had good cause for doing so.The worker uses information provided by the household member and the employer to determine if the voluntary quit or reduction in work effort is with good cause.Per Section 273.7(i) of Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations (7 C.F.R. § 273.7(i)), good cause for leaving employment or reducing work effort includes:

(1) discrimination by an employer based on age, race, sex, color, disability, religious creed, national origin, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity;

(2) work demands or conditions that render continued employment unreasonable, such as working without being paid on schedule;

(3) acceptance by an adult household member of other employment or enrollment at least half-time in any recognized school, training program, or institution of higher education, requiring the household member to leave employment;

(4) acceptance by an adult household member of other employment or enrollment at least half-time in any recognized school, training program, or institution of higher education in another county or area requiring the household to move and thereby requiring another adult household member to leave employment;

(5) resignations by persons under 60 years of age that are recognized by the employer as retirement;

(6) employment that becomes unsuitable after the acceptance of such employment because it no longer meets the criteria of suitable employment per 7 C.F.R. § 273.7(h) and Oklahoma Administrative Code 340:50-5-85(c);

(7) leaving employment after accepting a bona fide offer of employment of more than 30 hours a week or in which the weekly earnings are equivalent to the federal minimum wage multiplied by 30 hours because the agreed upon work hours or weekly earnings do not materialize;

(8) leaving a job in connection with patterns of employment in which workers frequently move from one employer to another, such as migrant farm labor or construction work.There may be some circumstances where households apply for food benefits between jobs, particularly in cases where work may not yet be available at the new job site.When employment at the new job site has not started, the voluntary quit is considered with good cause when it is part of the pattern of that type of employment; or

(9) circumstances beyond the person's control, such as, but not limited to:

(A) illness;

(B) illness of another household member sufficiently serious to require the presence of the registrant;

(C) unavailability of transportation;

(D) lack of adequate child care for children who are between 6 and 12 years of age; or

(E) an unanticipated emergency.

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