(A) What is the food assistance employment and training program? The food assistance employment and training program requires mandatory nonexempt work registrants in receipt of food assistance to participate in employment and training.
(B) What requirements must the county agencies meet for the food assistance employment and training program?
(1) The county agency shall develop written standards, criteria, and procedures for the operation of the employment and training program. The standards shall include an explanation of each participating individual's rights under the amendments to Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADAAA) and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (2008), including the right to request reasonable modification in program activities.
(2) The county agency shall establish a procedure that ensures a contractor or agency operating a component of its employment and training program notifies the county agency within ten days when a mandatory participant fails to comply with the employment and training requirements.
(3) The county agency and/or contract providers shall meet any reporting requirements pursuant to the provisions of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, Pub.L.No. 110-246, (10/2008).
(4) Each employable and volunteer individual shall be informed in writing of their rights and responsibilities concerning the employment and training program prior to or during the appraisal. Failure or refusal to meet these responsibilities could result in sanctions which would adversely affect the amount of food assistance benefits.
(a) The rights of food assistance employment and training participants shall include, but are not limited to:
(i) Receiving copies of all employability plans.
(ii) Notification of the right to request a state hearing on issues related to participation in the food assistance employment and training program and failure or refusal to participate.
(iii) Nondiscrimination in food assistance employment and training program assignments.
(iv) Receiving supportive services, pursuant to the provisions of rule 5101:4-3-32 of the Administrative Code, for the authorized food assistance employment and training program activity.
(v) Filing a conciliation request pursuant to rule 5101:4-3-38 of the Administrative Code.
(vi) Accepting employment pursuant to the requirements of rule 5101:4-3-11.1 of the Administrative Code.
(b) The responsibilities of food assistance employment and training participants shall include, but are not limited to:
(i) Reporting to the appraisal and other appointments with the county agency program staff or providers.
(ii) Reporting to the work experience program (WEP), education, training, supportive service, or job search sites at the scheduled dates and times.
(iii) Obeying the rules at the work site, following instructions, and otherwise demonstrating acceptable work habits and behavior.
(iv) Providing the county agency with information relevant to securing or retaining employment and providing supplemental information as requested.
(v) Notifying the immediate supervisor, other designated individual, or the county agency staff of the reason for nonparticipation as scheduled.
(vi) Participating in food assistance employment and training program activities for the scheduled number of hours as assigned.
(vii) Accepting necessary supportive services determined to be needed for participation.
(viii) Reporting any changes which would affect the individual's ability to participate in the food assistance employment and training program.
(ix) Providing the county agency with documentation of attendance and participation in a food assistance employment and training program activity as requested.
(x) Providing a good cause reason for nonparticipation as required pursuant to the provisions of rule 5101:4-3-11.1 of the Administrative Code.
(xi) Contacting the county agency, unless otherwise instructed by the county agency, if a monthly scheduling notice or the participant expense allowance has not been received.
(xii) Reporting to a job site, to an employer for a scheduled job interview or to any related subsequent interviews or testing appointments when referred by the county agency or its designee.
(xiii) Accepting a bona fide offer of employment pursuant to rule 5101:4-3-11.1 of the Administrative Code.
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 01/01/2018
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 5101.54
Rule Amplifies: 5101.54, 5107.40, 5107.69
Prior Effective Dates: 3/1/83, 7/1/84, 8/1/85, 3/1/87, 12/1/87 (EMER.), 2/15/88, 6/30/89 (EMER.) 09/23/89, 4/2/90, 11/1/90, 5/1/92, 11/1/92, 9/1/93, 2/1/94 (EMER.), 4/15/94, 12/1/95 (EMER.), 2/19/96, 10/1/97 (EMER.), 12/20/97, 01/20/03, 10/1/07, 1/1/13, 10/1/14