WAC 388-444-0005

Effective November 22, 2013

WAC 388-444-0005 Am I required to work or look for work in order to be eligible for Basic Food?

Some people must register for work to receive Basic Food.


1)     If you receive Basic Food, we register you for work if you are:


a.    Age  sixteen through fifty-nine with dependents;


b.    Age sixteen or seventeen, not attending secondary school and not the head-of-household;


c.    Age fifty through fifty-nine with no dependents; or


d.    Age eighteen through forty-nine, able-bodied and with no dependents as provided in WAC 388-444-0030.


2)    Unless you are exempt from work registration under WAC 388-444-0010, we register you for work:


a.     When you apply for Basic Food benefits or are added to someone's assistance unit; and


b.    Every twelve months thereafter.


3)    If we register you for work, you must:


a.    Contact us as required;


b.    Provide information regarding your employment status and availability for work if we ask for it;


c.    Report to an employer if we refer you;


d.    Not voluntarily quit a job or reduce your work effort as defined under WAC 388-444-0065  unless you have good cause under WAC 388-444-0070; and


e.    Accept a bona fide offer of suitable employment. We define unsuitable employment under WAC 388-444-0060.

4)     If we register you for work, you must meet all of the requirements under subsection (3) of this section.  If you do not meet these requirements, we disqualify you from receiving benefits as described in WAC 388-444-0055, unless you meet the good cause conditions as defined in WAC 388-444-0050.


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