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Revised June 9, 2014



Disqualifications

voluntarily Quitting a job or reduction in work effort without Good Cause


What is considered quitting a job or reduction in work effort without good cause?

 

How do I disqualify a client for a job quit or reduction in work effort without good cause?

 

How do I lift the disqualification for a job quit or reduction in work effort without good cause after the last day of the penalty period?

 

How do I lift the disqualification for a job quit or reduction in work effort without good cause before the last day of the penalty period, before the penalty is imposed, or disqualifications done in error?  


 

What is considered quitting a job or reduction in work effort without good cause?

 

·         For details about what is considered quitting a job or reducing work effort without good cause, refer to the following EAZ Manual/WAC sections:

 

o    WAC 388-444-0060 What is unsuitable employment for Basic Food work requirements?

 

o    WAC 388-444-0065 Am I eligible for Basic Food if I quit my job or reduce my work effort?

 

o    WAC 388-444-0070 What is good cause for quitting my job or reducing my work effort?

 

·         Quitting or reducing work effort from a current job without good cause applies only to Basic Food cases.

 


How do I disqualify a client for a job quit or reduction in work effort without good cause?

 

·         For new applicants: Click the Start Interview link in the Pending Applications section of the Case Actions page.

 

·         For a client already receiving Basic Food: In the Change of Circumstances section of the Case Actions page, select the change month from the drop-down list then click the Start Changes link.

 

 

·         Follow the steps below to disqualify a client for job quit or reduction in work effort without good cause:

 

1.    From within the Navigation Pane, click Income to advance to the Income summary page.

 

2.    In the Earned Income section of the Income  summary page:

 

o    If previous employment exists, click the employer name to access the Earned Income Details page.

 

o    To add new employment information, see How do I add details?

 

3.    On the Earned Income Details page, complete the following mandatory fields:

 

o    In the Employer section:

 

¨        Employer Name – Enter the employer’s name.

 

o    In the Income section:

 

¨        Type – Select the type of Income from the drop-down list. For applicants select Earned Income (EI). For recipients select Earned Income (EI) or Self-Employment Earned Income (SE).

 

¨        Begin Date – Enter the (MM/DD/YYY) the client’s job began.

 

¨        End Date – Enter the (MM/DD/YYYY) the client’s income ended.

 

¨        Method – Select the budgeting method from the drop-down list.

 

¨        Frequency – Select the frequency type form the drop-down list.

 

¨        Wage Rate/per – Enter the rate amount and select the wage frequency from the drop-down list.

 

¨        Part/Full Time – Select Part Time (PT) or Full Time (FT) employment as defined by the employer.

 

o    In the Job Quit / Reduction in Work Effort section:

 

¨        Job Quit / Reduction in Work Effort – Select the appropriate job quit or reduction indicator.

 

¨        Date – Enter the (MM/DD/YYY) the client voluntarily quit or reduced employment hours.

 

¨        Offense # – Enter the number of times (1, 2, or 3) the client has quit or reduced their work effort without good cause.

 

¨        Wages/Hrs  Select Yes if the client was working over 30 hours per week or had income equal to the federal minimum wage times 30, prior to the job quit or reduction. Otherwise select No.

 

¨        Good Cause – Select Yes or No to indicate whether the client did or did not have good cause for quitting a job or reducing their work effort.

 

·          Based on the information entered, ACES calculates the length of disqualification. See EA-Z Manual WAC 388-444-0075 What are the penalties if I quit a job or reduce my work effort without good cause?

 

·         On the Eligibility Details page the following information displays in the Clients section:

 

o    FS E&T Disqualified (FD) in the Financial Responsibility field.

 

o    In the Status field:

 

¨        Active (A) if the AU remains open with other eligible household members.

 

¨        Denied (D) if all household members are denied.

 

o    Reason field:

 

¨        Voluntary Quit (219) or

 

¨        FS Voluntary Quit – 2nd Offense (260) or

 

¨        FS Voluntary Quit – 3rd Offense or Subsequent Offense (261).

 

·         After the change is committed the Sanctions summary page displays the following information in the Penalty section:

 

o    Clients name.

 

o    Assistance Unit type Food in the Program column.

 

o    Voluntary Quit (V) in the Type column.

 

o    The last month of the sanction (MM/DD/YYYY) displays in the End Date column.

 


NOTE:

If the client is coded on the Work Registration / Participation pageas exempt, the system will not disqualify them from the Basic Food.


How do I lift the disqualification for a job quit or reduction in work effort without good cause after the last day of the penalty period?

 

·         For denied or closed AUs, take the following steps:

 

1.    Reopen the previously denied Basic Food AU. See the Re-Open chapter.

 

o    The Application Date is the [date the client is no longer in disqualification status and again eligible to receive benefits].

 

2.    On the Income summary page in the Earned Income section, click the checkbox in the right hand column to delete the employer and job quit information for each month being processed. 

 

o    The Job Quit / Reduction in Work Effort Offense # field is accumulative and does not delete. This helps workers track the number of offenses. 

 

3.    After all pending months have been processed, follow the instructions in the Finalize chapter.

 

·         For open AUs, take the following steps:

 

1.    From the Case Actions page for the head of household;

 

o    In the Change of Circumstances section select the appropriate month from the Benefit Month drop down menu.

 

o    Click the Start Changes link.

 

2.    On the Income summary page in the Earned Income section, click the checkbox in the right hand column to delete the employer and job quit information for each month being processed. 

 

o    The Job Quit / Reduction in Work Effort Offense # field is accumulative and does not delete. This helps workers track the number of offenses. 

 

3.    The Eligibility Details page displays:

 

o    Recipient (RE) in the Clients section.

 

4.    Click Confirm Benefits to return to the Eligibility page.

 

5.    On the Eligibility page, click Commit Changes.

 


How do I lift the disqualification for a job quit or reduction in work effort without good cause before the last day of the penalty period, before the penalty is imposed, or disqualifications done in error?

 

·         For denied or closed AUs, take the following steps:

 

1.    Reopen the previously denied Basic Food AU. See the Re-Open chapter.

 

o    The Application Date is the [date the client is no longer in disqualification status and again eligible to receive benefits].

 

2.    On the Income summary page in the Earned Income section, click the checkbox in the right hand column to delete the employer and job quit information for each month being processed.

 

o    The Job Quit / Reduction in Work Effort Offense # field is accumulative and does not delete. This helps workers track the number of offenses. 

 

o    If the disqualification was imposed in error or has not yet been imposed decrement the Job Quit / Reduction in Work Effort Offense # field on the Earned Income Details page to the appropriate number of offenses.

 

3.    On the Sanctions summary page for each appropriate month, in the Penalty section click the checkbox next to the sanction to be deleted.

 

4.    After all pending months have been processed, follow the instructions in the Finalize chapter.

 

·         For open AUs, take the following steps:

 

1. From the Case Actions page for the head of household;

 

o    In the Change of Circumstances section, select the appropriate month from the Benefit Month drop down menu.

 

o    Click the Start Changes link.

 

2.    On the Income summary page in the Earned Income section, click the checkbox in the right hand column to delete the employer and job quit information for each month being processed.

 

o    The Job Quit / Reduction in Work Effort Offense # field is accumulative and does not delete. This helps workers track the number of offenses. 

 

o    If the disqualification was imposed in error or has not yet been imposed, decrement the Job Quit / Reduction in Work Effort Offense # field on the Earned Income Details page to the appropriate number of offenses.

 

3.    On the Sanctions summary page for each appropriate month, in the Penalty section click the checkbox next to the sanction to be deleted.

 

4.    On the Eligibility Details page, click Confirm Benefits.

 

5.    On the Eligibility page, click Commit Changes.

 

·         When the voluntary quit or reduction in work information is deleted in an historical month ACES creates a BEG.  Determine if the BEG is appropriate and confirm or ignore the issuance as appropriate.  See Benefit Error Group (BEG).

 

 

Modification Date: June 9, 2014