IV. Hours Engaged in Work/Work-Like Activities

A. Holidays

Absences due to recognized holidays will not be counted as an absence when the customer was scheduled to participate in an activity but was not able to meet requirements due to the holiday.

  1. The customer's participation hours will not be reduced for absences due to holidays.
  2. Only 10 holidays per year may be counted. The 10 recognized holidays are as follows:
  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Presidents' Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans' Day
  • Thanksgiving Day - Thursday
  • Thanksgiving Day - Friday
  • Christmas Day

B. Absences

The Provider is responsible for indicating, for each absence, the number of absent hours and the reason for each absence in the "comments" section of the weekly attendance and activity report.  FCRC caseworkers are responsible for determining when hours of excused absence result in the customer meeting the participation requirement.  Providers should work with customers to make up missed hours.

C. Method for Calculating Average Hours Per Week

For calculating the average hours per week, for weeks that fall across more than one month, Illinois will include the week in the month in which the Friday falls.

D. Deeming

Families whose grant and SNAP benefit calculation results in less than 20 required hours will be deemed to have met participation requirements when the total monthly hours or average weekly hours are equal to or greater than the maximum hours allowed under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).