Wisconsin Department of Children and Families
Wisconsin Works (W-2) Manual
188.8.131.52 Restoring 24-Month Time Limits
Participation in a TEMPTrial Employment Match Program, CSJCommunity Service Job, or W-2 TW-2 Transition employment position is limited to 24 cumulative months. Each employment position has its own 24-month placement time limit and, therefore, a participant has 24 months in each of the placement types. If the individual’s payment is reduced, even to $0, the month in the placement still counts toward the 24-month placement time limit. There are also times when a participant is in a CMCCustodial Parent of an Infant placement and the month(s) counts toward a 24-month placement time limit. (See 2.10.8)
The 24-month placement time limit is determined by the employment position placement on the last business day of the month. If the W-2 placement on the last business day of the month is not a TEMP, CSJ, or W-2 T, the most recent employment position placement will determine the 24-month placement time limit. The month will still count toward the appropriate 24-month placement time limit if the individual participated even one day during that month in a TEMP, CSJ or W-2 T.
The 2009-2011 Biennial Budget (2009 Wisconsin Act 28) eliminated the 24-month placement time limit for Trial Jobs, CSJ, and W-2 T employment positions, and, in some instances, CMC placements effective October 30, 2009.
The 2011-2013 Biennial Budget (2011 Wisconsin Act 32) restored the 24-month placement time limit for Trial Jobs, CSJ, W-2 T, and, in some instances, CMC placements effective January 1, 2012. The restored language is the same language that was eliminated under 2009 Wisconsin Act 28.
For a 26-month time period (November 2009 through December 2011), there were no 24-month employment position placement time limits. However, while the 24-month placement time limit was eliminated during this time period, the Department of Children and Families continued to count months that participants accumulated in these W-2 employment positions for both federal and state time limits (as applicable) in CARES and displays this count in the Time Limit Tracking application under the category of NO24.
Last Updated: 08/07/17
Policy Effective Date: 08/07/17