Basic Food Work Requirements - Good Cause for Non-Participation
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Basic Food Work Requirements - Good Cause for Non-Participation

Revised October 14, 2013


WAC 388-444-0050What is good cause for failing to meet Basic Food work requirements?

WAC 388-444-0050

WAC 388-444-0050

Effective October 1, 2010

WAC 388-444-0050 What is good cause for failing to meet Basic Food work requirements?

1)    If we have registered you for work, you may have a good reason (good cause) for refusing or failing to meet work requirements under WAC 388-444-0005.

2)    Good cause reasons include, but are not limited to:

a.    You were injured or ill;

b.    A household member who needs your help was injured or ill;

c.    A household emergency;

d.    The unavailability of transportation; or

e.    Lack of adequate dependent care for children six through twelve years of age.

3)    If we determine that you do not have good cause for failing or refusing to meet the work requirements under WAC 388-444-0005, you will be disqualified from receiving Basic Food as described under WAC 388-444-0055.

This is a reprint of the official rule as published by the Office of the Code Reviser. If there are previous versions of this rule, they can be found using the Legislative Search page.


When you are informed that a non-exempt Basic Food client has not complied with work requirements:


For Mandatory Work Registrants

  1. Begin the good cause process no later than 10 calendar days from the date you are notified on noncompliance, by sending a letter to the client. The letter must include:
    1. A description of the non-compliance; and
    2. The date by which the client must contact the worker to provide good cause for non-compliance. (This date should not exceed 10 calendar days from the date the notice is sent.)

NOTE: If the client does not respond within 10 calendar days, determine that good cause does not exist. Refer to step 3. below.

  1. Determine good cause for clients not meeting the work registration requirements described in WAC 388-444-0005, #3.
  2. When good cause does not exist the client must be disqualified. See Section G, Disqualification.
  3. Inform disqualified clients how they may regain eligibility for Basic Food.
  4. Volunteers for Basic Food E&T components (services) who fail to participate are not disqualified.


  1. A non-participating ABAWD uses a month of the 3-month eligibility. There is no Good Cause determination.
  2. Record non-qualifying work months as described in Section E, ABAWDS.
Modification Date: October 14, 2013