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256J.49 Employment and training services; definitions.

Subdivision 1. Scope. The terms used in sections 256J.50 to 256J.72 have the meanings given them in this section.

Subd. 1a. Repealed, 1Sp2003 c 14 art 1 s 107

Subd. 2. Repealed, 1Sp2003 c 14 art 1 s 107

Subd. 3. Employment and training services. "Employment and training services" means programs, activities and services that are designed to assist participants in obtaining and retaining employment.

Subd. 4. Employment and training service provider. "Employment and training service provider" means:

(1) a public, private, or nonprofit employment and training agency certified by the commissioner of economic security under sections 268.0122, subdivision 3, and 268.871, subdivision 1, or is approved under section 256J.51 and is included in the county service agreement submitted under section 256J.626, subdivision 4;

(2) a public, private, or nonprofit agency that is not certified by the commissioner under clause (1), but with which a county has contracted to provide employment and training services and which is included in the county's service agreement submitted under section 256J.626, subdivision 4; or

(3) a county agency, if the county has opted to provide employment and training services and the county has indicated that fact in the service agreement submitted under section 256J.626, subdivision 4.

Notwithstanding section 268.871, an employment and training services provider meeting this definition may deliver employment and training services under this chapter.

Subd. 5. Employment plan. "Employment plan" means a plan developed by the job counselor and the participant which identifies the participant's most direct path to unsubsidized employment, lists the specific steps that the caregiver will take on that path, and includes a timetable for the completion of each step. The plan should also identify any subsequent steps that support long-term economic stability. For participants who request and qualify for a family violence waiver, an employment plan must be developed by the job counselor and the participant, and in consultation with a person trained in domestic violence and follow the employment plan provisions in section 256J.521, subdivision 3.

Subd. 6. Repealed, 1Sp2003 c 14 art 1 s 107

Subd. 6a. Functional work literacy. "Functional work literacy" means an intensive English as a second language program that is work focused and offers at least 20 hours of class time per week.

Subd. 7. Repealed, 1Sp2003 c 14 art 1 s 107

Subd. 8. Job counselor. "Job counselor" means a staff person employed by or under contract with the employment and training services provider who delivers services as specified in sections 256J.50 to 256J.55.

Subd. 9. Participant. "Participant" means a recipient of MFIP assistance who participates or is required to participate in employment and training services under sections 256J.515 to 256J.57 and 256J.95.

Subd. 10. Provider. "Provider" means an employment and training service provider.

Subd. 11. Repealed, 1Sp2001 c 9 art 10 s 67

Subd. 12. Suitable employment. "Suitable employment" means employment that:

(1) is within the participant's physical and mental abilities;

(2) pays hourly gross wages of not less than the applicable state or federal minimum wage;

(3) meets health and safety standards set by federal, state and county agencies; and

(4) complies with federal, state, and local antidiscrimination laws.

Subd. 12a. Supported work. "Supported work" means a subsidized or unsubsidized work experience placement with a public or private sector employer, which may include services such as individualized supervision and job coaching to support the participant on the job.

Subd. 13. Work activity. "Work activity" means any activity in a participant's approved employment plan that leads to employment. For purposes of the MFIP program, this includes activities that meet the definition of work activity under the participation requirements of TANF. Work activity includes:

(1) unsubsidized employment, including work study and paid apprenticeships or internships;

(2) subsidized private sector or public sector employment, including grant diversion as specified in section 256J.69, on-the-job training as specified in section 256J.66, the self-employment investment demonstration program (SEID) as specified in section 256J.65, paid work experience, and supported work when a wage subsidy is provided;

(3) unpaid work experience, including community service, volunteer work, the community work experience program as specified in section 256J.67, unpaid apprenticeships or internships, and supported work when a wage subsidy is not provided;

(4) job search including job readiness assistance, job clubs, job placement, job-related counseling, and job retention services;

(5) job readiness education, including English as a second language (ESL) or functional work literacy classes as limited by the provisions of section 256J.531, subdivision 2, general educational development (GED) course work, high school completion, and adult basic education as limited by the provisions of section 256J.531, subdivision 1;

(6) job skills training directly related to employment, including education and training that can reasonably be expected to lead to employment, as limited by the provisions of section 256J.53;

(7) providing child care services to a participant who is working in a community service program;

(8) activities included in the employment plan that is developed under section 256J.521, subdivision 3; and

(9) preemployment activities including chemical and mental health assessments, treatment, and services; learning disabilities services; child protective services; family stabilization services; or other programs designed to enhance employability.

HIST: 1997 c 85 art 1 s 39; 1997 c 200 art 6 s 1 1998 c 407 art 6 s 90; 2000 c 488 art 10 s 16; 1Sp2001 c 9 art 10 s 35-37,66; 2002 c 379 art 1 s 113; 1Sp2003 c 14 art 1 s 65-70