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Issue Alert - 02-09-08

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Date:

Oct 01, 2002

Issue Summary:

SER applicants who have quit a job in the past 90 days will no longer be automatically denied SER

Persons Affected:

SER applicants who have quit a job in the past 90 days


Background

State Emergency Relief (SER)

What's Happening?

FIA has changed the policy. Now, if FIA will no longer deny a SER application simply based on the fact that the applicant quit a job within 90 days prior to the SER application. In addition, job quit is no longer considered when determining whether an applicant had good cause for not meeting a required payment.

What Should Advocates Do?

Advocates should inform clients who have recently been denied SER because of a job quit and who are still in need of emergency assistance to reapply for SER. Clients should be reminded that a job quit can still lead to termination from or disqualification from other types of benefits, such as FIP and FAP (Food Stamps).

What Should Clients Do?

Clients who have recently been denied SER because they had quit a job in the past 90 days should reapply for SER.

Finding Help

Most legal aid and legal services office handle these type of cases, and they do not charge a fee. You can locate the "free" legal services or legal aid office that serves your county on the Michigan Legal Assistance Network website (http://www.mlan.net/locate.html) or look in the yellow pages under "attorneys" or call the toll-free lawyer referral number, (800) 968-0738