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CalWORKs Employment Services Mandatory Participation

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CalWORKs Employment Services Mandatory Participation
Published on: 3/13/2012 12:00 AM
Participation in the CalWORKs program is mandatory unless a client is exempt.  Clients in one-parent households are required to participate 32 hours per week.  Clients in two-parent households must participate 35 hours per week. A client's cash grant will be lowered if he or she refuses or fails to meet program requirements without a good reason.  If a client is sanctioned, the participant will need to meet program requirements prior to their sanction removed. 
 
Clients may be eligible for an exemption from mandatory participation if they:
  • Are under 16 years of age or 60 years or older.
  • Are 16, 17, or 18 years old and go to school (not college) full time.
  • Are pregnant and a doctor states they cannot work or participate in CalWORKs Employment Services.
  • Have a disability that is expected to last at least 30 days that would keep them from participating in CalWORKs Employment Services and they are getting or trying to get medical help.
  • Have a disability that is expected to last at least 30 days that would keep them from participating in CalWORKs Employment Services and they are getting or trying to get medical help.
  • Are a non-parent relative caring for a child who is a dependent of the court or a child at risk of placement in foster care.
  • Must stay home to take care of another member of the household who is ill or incapacitated.
  • Are a parent or caretaker relative of a child 6 months or younger and are providing care for that child.
Two new temporary exemptions were implemented that will end on June 20, 2011 or until the family no longer qualifies for the exemption.  A caretaker/parent of:
  • Two or more children under 6 years of age are providing care for that child.
  • A child between 12-23 months old and are providing care for that child.