Wisconsin Department of Children and Families
Wisconsin Works (W-2) Manual
184.108.40.206 Difficulty Completing Assigned Activities
CSJCommunity Service Job and W-2 TW-2 Transition participants must participate in all assigned work training activities or education and training activities outlined in the EPEmployability Plan. Payments for CSJ and W-2 T participants who fail to participate in assigned activities are reduced by $5.00 per hour for hours missed without good cause. (See 11.2.1)
If a W-2Wisconsin Works participant cannot participate in an assigned activity, the agency must encourage the participant to call the FEPFinancial and Employment Planner prior to the activity start time. This will help a participant to develop the skills needed to manage issues that arise and prepare for workplace expectations. However, the FEP must not penalize the participant if she or he fails to call the FEP prior to the activity time. A participant has 7 working days after an absence from a W-2 assigned activity to notify his or her worker of the reason for the absence. The FEP can then determine whether the reason meets one of the W-2 good cause reasons. (See 11.2.2)
Participants placed in CMCCustodial Parent of an Infant and ARPAt Risk Pregnancy placements are not subject to W-2 hourly payment reductions by the W-2 agency. CMC and ARP participants do not have participation requirements and cannot be subject to a payment reduction.
On a regular basis, a FEP must work with participants who are not attending scheduled W-2 activities to identify any barriers that might exist and take steps to address those barriers.
W-2 informal assessment policy requires FEPs to conduct ongoing informal assessments, which includes discussing with the participant any underlying causes of nonparticipation. The FEP and participant must discuss the appropriateness of the assigned activities, the need for additional supportive services, and the provision of accommodations that will allow the individual to participate. (See 5.2.1)
In addition, a pattern of nonparticipation without good cause is one reason the FEP may consider re-administering the BSTBarrier Screening Tool as it is helpful in identifying potential barriers that may be affecting a participant’s abilities to work or participate in work training activities. (See 5.4.1)
page last updated in Release # 14-01
Release Date: 01/24/14
Effective Date: 01/24/14