49.155(6d)(b) (b) If the department intends to take any of the actions under par. (a), the department shall submit to the joint committee on finance a report that sets out its plan for implementing the cost-saving measures.
49.155(6g) (6g)Authorized child care hours.
49.155(6g)(a)1.1. In this paragraph, “department" means the department or the county department or agency determining and authorizing the amount of child care for which an individual may receive a subsidy under this section.
49.155(6g)(a)2. 2. Except as provided in subd. 3., the department shall authorize no more than 12 hours of child care per day per child.
49.155(6g)(a)3. 3. The department may authorize more than 12 hours, not exceeding 16 hours, of child care per day for a child whose parent provides written documentation of work or transportation requirements that exceed 12 hours in a day.
49.155(6g)(a)4. 4. If the authorized hours of child care per day for a child will be reduced from more than 12 to 12 or less because the child's parent does not provide the written documentation required under subd. 3., the department shall provide to the child's parent who is receiving the subsidy under this section and to the child's child care provider 4 weeks' notice of the reduction in authorized hours before actually reducing the child's authorized hours.
49.155(6g)(a)5. 5. The department shall take into consideration child learning and development and shall promote continuity of care when authorizing hours of child care. The department is not required to limit authorized hours based on the individual's schedule of activities under sub. (1m) (a) or the number of hours the individual spends in those activities.
49.155(6g)(am) (am) If payment to a child care provider is based on authorized hours of child care, the department shall do all of the following with respect to establishing and adjusting the number of authorized hours per child:
49.155(6g)(am)1. 1. The department shall track a child's hourly usage of child care authorizations over a 6-week period.
49.155(6g)(am)2. 2. If the child's hourly usage tracked under subd. 1. is less than 60 percent of the authorized hours of child care, the department shall reduce the authorized hours of child care for the child to 90 percent of the maximum number of hours of child care that the child attended during that 6-week period.
49.155(6g)(am)3. 3. The department shall provide written notice of the proposed adjustment under subd. 2. to the child's parent who is receiving the subsidy under this section, the child's child care provider, and the applicable county department or agency.
49.155(6g)(am)4. 4. The department shall provide a grace period after the number of authorized hours are reduced under subd. 2., during which time the child care subsidy amount paid to the child care provider for the child shall remain the same as before the reduction in authorized hours was made.
49.155(6g)(b) (b) The department shall exclude from a child's hourly usage calculation under par. (am) 2., all of the following:
49.155(6g)(b)1. 1. One week per year of vacation time for the child's child care provider.
49.155(6g)(b)2. 2. One week per year of sick time for the child's child care provider.
49.155(6g)(b)3. 3. Two weeks per year of vacation time for the child's parent who is receiving the subsidy under this section with the child.
49.155(6g)(b)4. 4. Any reduction in hours due to a temporary break from an authorized activity.
49.155(6g)(c) (c) The department shall promulgate rules that specify how the requirements under this subsection will be implemented.
49.155(6m) (6m)Child care provider record keeping. With respect to attendance records, a child care provider shall do all of the following:
49.155(6m)(a) (a) Maintain a written record of the daily hours of attendance of each child for whom the provider is providing care under this section, including the actual arrival and departure times for each child.
49.155(6m)(b) (b) Retain the written daily attendance records under par. (a) for each child for at least 3 years after the child's last day of attendance, regardless of whether the child care provider is still receiving or eligible to receive payments under this section.
49.155(7) (7)Refusal of payment to child care providers.
49.155(7)(a)1.1. If a person subject to a background check under s. 48.686 (2) who operates, works at, or resides at a child care provider is convicted or adjudicated delinquent for committing a serious crime, as defined in s. 48.686 (1) (c), or if the department provides written notice under s. 48.686 (4p) that the person is ineligible to operate, work at, or reside at the child care provider, the department or the county department under s. 46.215, 46.22, or 46.23 shall refuse to allow payment to the child care provider for any child care provided under this section beginning on the date of the conviction or delinquency adjudication.
49.155(7)(a)2. 2. If a person subject to a background check under s. 48.686 (2) who operates, works at, or resides at a child care provider is the subject of a pending criminal charge or delinquency petition alleging that the person has committed a serious crime, as defined in s. 48.686 (1) (c), the department or the county department under s. 46.215, 46.22, or 46.23 shall immediately refuse to allow payment to the child care provider for any child care provided under this section until the department obtains information regarding the final disposition of the charge or delinquency petition indicating that the person is not ineligible to operate, work at, or reside at the child care provider.
49.155(7)(b)1.1. If a person subject to a background check under s. 48.686 (2) who operates, works at, or resides at a child care provider has been convicted or adjudicated delinquent for committing an offense that is not a serious crime, as defined in s. 48.686 (1) (c), but the department determines under s. 48.686 (5m) that the offense substantially relates to the care of children or the department determines that the offense substantially relates to the operation of a business, the department or the county department under s. 46.215, 46.22, or 46.23 may refuse to allow payment to the child care provider for child care provided under this section.
49.155(7)(b)2. 2. If a person subject to a background check under s. 48.686 (2) who operates, works at, or resides at a child care provider is the subject of a pending criminal charge or delinquency petition for committing an offense that is not a serious crime, as defined in s. 48.686 (1) (c), but the department determines under s. 48.686 (5m) that the offense substantially relates to the care of children or the department determines that the offense substantially relates to the operation of a business, the department or the county department under s. 46.215, 46.22, or 46.23 may refuse to allow payment to the child care provider for child care provided under this section.
49.155(7m) (7m)Penalties.
49.155(7m)(a) (a) The department shall by rule establish policies and procedures permitting the department to do all of the following if a child care provider submits false, misleading, or irregular information to the department or if a child care provider fails to comply with the terms of the program under this section and fails to provide to the satisfaction of the department an explanation for the noncompliance:
49.155(7m)(a)1. 1. Recoup payments made to the child care provider.
49.155(7m)(a)2. 2. Withhold payments to be made to the child care provider.
49.155(7m)(a)3. 3. Impose a forfeiture on the child care provider.
49.155(7m)(b) (b) The penalties under par. (a) may be imposed on any child care provider subject to this section. Any officer, director, or employee of a child care provider that is a corporation, and any member, manager, or employee of a child care provider that is a limited liability company, who holds at least 20 percent of the ownership interest of the corporation or limited liability company and who has control or supervision of or responsibility for operating the child care business, including reporting for and receipt of payments under this section, may be found personally liable for such amounts, including overpayments made under this section, if the business, corporation, or limited liability company is unable to pay such amounts to the department. Ownership interest of a corporation or limited liability company includes ownership or control, directly or indirectly, by legally enforceable means or otherwise, by the individual, by the individual's spouse or child, by the individual's parent if the individual is under age 18, or by a combination of 2 or more of them, and such ownership interest of a parent corporation or limited liability company of which the corporation or limited liability company unable to pay such amounts is a wholly owned subsidiary. The personal liability of the officers, directors, and employees of a corporation and of the members, managers, and employees of a limited liability company as provided in this paragraph is an independent obligation and survives dissolution, reorganization, bankruptcy, receivership, assignment for the benefit of creditors, judicially confirmed extension or composition, or any analogous situation of the corporation or limited liability company.
49.155 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. DCF 201 and s. DCF 101.26, Wis. adm. code.
49.155 Annotation It was reasonable for the department to construe sub. (1m) (a) 2. as limiting eligible employment to only “qualified" employers, meaning legitimate employers with a verified legal status. It is reasonable to expect that eligibility for child-care benefits requires legitimate, documented employment with an employer who complies with legal employment requirements. Mata v. Department of Children and Families, 2014 WI App 69, 354 Wis. 2d 486, 849 N.W.2d 908, 13-2013.
49.157 49.157 Wisconsin works; transportation assistance. A Wisconsin works agency may provide transportation assistance in the manner prescribed by the department. The Wisconsin works agency shall limit any financial assistance granted under this subsection to financial assistance for public transportation if a form of public transportation that meets the needs of the participant is available.
49.157 History History: 1995 a. 289.
49.159 49.159 Wisconsin works; noncustodial and minor and other custodial parents.
49.159(1)(1)Noncustodial parents.
49.159(1)(a)(a) An individual who would be eligible under s. 49.145 except that the individual is the noncustodial parent of a dependent child is eligible for services and benefits under par. (b) if the individual is subject to a child support order, the individual satisfies all of the requirements related to substance abuse screening, testing, and treatment under s. 49.162 that apply to the individual, and any of the following applies to the custodial parent of the dependent child:
49.159(1)(a)1. 1. The custodial parent is receiving case management services under s. 49.147 (2) (am).
49.159(1)(a)2. 2. The custodial parent is participating in a Wisconsin Works employment position.
49.159(1)(a)3. 3. The custodial parent is receiving a grant under s. 49.148 (1m).
49.159(1)(a)4. 4. The custodial parent is receiving a subsidy for child care for the dependent child under s. 49.155.
49.159(1)(b) (b) A Wisconsin Works agency may provide to an individual who is eligible under par. (a) any of the following services or benefits:
49.159(1)(b)1. 1. Job search assistance and case management designed to enable the individual to obtain and retain employment.
49.159(1)(b)2. 2. Placement in one job under s. 49.147 (3).
49.159(1)(b)3. 3. A stipend in an amount determined by the Wisconsin Works agency for not more than 4 months. A stipend under this subdivision terminates if the individual is placed in a job under s. 49.147 (3) or obtains unsubsidized employment, as defined in s. 49.147 (1).
49.159(2) (2)Minor custodial parents; financial and employment counseling. A custodial parent who is under the age of 18 is eligible, regardless of that individual's or that individual's parent's income or assets, to meet with a financial and employment planner. The financial and employment planner may provide the individual with information regarding Wisconsin works eligibility, available child care services, employment and financial planning, family planning services, as defined in s. 253.07 (1) (b), community resources, eligibility for food stamps and other food and nutrition programs.
49.159(3) (3)Other custodial parents. A custodial parent in a Wisconsin Works group in which the other custodial parent is a participant in a Wisconsin Works employment position or is receiving case management services under s. 49.147 (2) (am) is eligible for employment training and job search assistance services provided by the Wisconsin Works agency.
49.159(4) (4)Pregnant women. A pregnant woman whose pregnancy is medically verified, who would be eligible under s. 49.145 except that she is not a custodial parent of a dependent child, and who does not satisfy the requirements under s. 49.148 (1m) (a) 2. is eligible for employment training and job search assistance services provided by the Wisconsin Works agency.
49.161 49.161 Wisconsin works; overpayments.
49.161(1)(1)Trial employment match program jobs overpayments. Notwithstanding s. 49.96, the department shall recover an overpayment of benefits paid under s. 49.148 (1) (a) from an individual who receives benefits paid under s. 49.148 (1) (a). The value of the benefit liable for recovery under this subsection may not exceed the amount that the department paid in wage subsidies with respect to that participant while the participant was ineligible to participate. The department shall promulgate rules establishing policies and procedures for administrating this subsection.
49.161(2) (2)Community service jobs and transitional placements overpayments. Except as provided in sub. (3), the department shall recover an overpayment of benefits paid under s. 49.148 (1) (b) or (c) from an individual who continues to receive benefits under s. 49.148 (1) (b)and (c) by reducing the amount of the individual's benefit payment by no more than 10 percent.
49.161(3) (3)Overpayments caused by intentional program violations. If an overpayment under sub. (1) or (2) is the result of an intentional violation of ss. 49.141 to 49.161 or of rules promulgated by the department under those sections, the department shall recover the overpayment by deducting an amount from the benefits received under s. 49.148 (1) (a), (b) or (c), until the overpayment is recovered. The amount to be deducted each month may not exceed the following:
49.161(3)(a) (a) For intentional program violations resulting in an overpayment that is less than $300, 10 percent of the amount of the monthly benefit payment.
49.161(3)(b) (b) For intentional program violations resulting in an overpayment that is at least $300 but less than $1,000, $75.
49.161(3)(c) (c) For intentional program violations resulting in an overpayment that is at least $1,000 but less than $2,500, $100.
49.161(3)(d) (d) For intentional program violations resulting in an overpayment that is $2,500 or more, $200.
49.161 History History: 1995 a. 289; 1997 a. 27; 1999 a. 9; 2013 a. 20.
49.161 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also s. DCF 101.23, Wis. adm. code.
49.162 49.162 Substance abuse screening and testing for certain work experience programs.
49.162(1)(1)In this section:
49.162(1)(a) (a) “Administering agency" means the department or an agency with which the department contracts to administer a program.
49.162(1)(b) (b) “Controlled substance" has the meaning given in s. 961.01 (4).
49.162(1)(bg) (bg) “Controlled substance abuse screening” means a questionnaire, a criminal background check, or any other controlled substance abuse screening mechanism identified by the department by rule.
49.162(1)(bm) (bm) “Dependent child” has the meaning given in s. 49.141 (1) (c).
49.162(1)(br) (br) “Group member” means an adult member of an individual's Wisconsin Works group whose income or assets are included in determining the individual's eligibility for a program.
49.162(1)(c) (c) “Program" means any of the following:
49.162(1)(c)1. 1. Services and benefits under s. 49.159 (1) (b).
49.162(1)(c)2. 2. The Transform Milwaukee Jobs program or the Transitional Jobs program under s. 49.163.
49.162(1)(c)3. 3. A work experience and job training program under s. 49.36.
49.162(1)(c)4. 4. A Wisconsin Works employment position.
49.162(1)(c)4m. 4m. The Hire Heroes program under s. 106.38.
49.162 Note NOTE: Subd. 4m. was created as subd. 4. by 2017 Wis. Act 195 and renumbered to subd. 4m. by the legislative reference bureau under s. 13.92 (1) (bm) 2.
49.162(1)(e) (e) “Wisconsin Works" has the meaning given in s. 49.141 (1) (p).
49.162(1)(f) (f) “Wisconsin Works employment position" has the meaning given in s. 49.141 (1) (r).
49.162(1)(g) (g) “Wisconsin Works group” has the meaning given in s. 49.141 (1) (s).
49.162(2) (2)
49.162(2)(a)(a) Except as provided in sub. (2m), in order to participate in a program, an individual who applies to participate in a program or who registers for a program under sub. (1) (c) 3. and, with respect to an individual applying for a program under sub. (1) (c) 4., all of the individual's group members shall complete controlled substance abuse screening. If, on the basis of the screening results, the administering agency determines that there is a reasonable suspicion that an individual who is otherwise eligible for a program or any of the individual's group members is abusing a controlled substance, the administering agency shall require the individual or group member to undergo a test for the use of a controlled substance.
49.162(2)(b) (b) Except as provided in sub. (4m), if the individual or group member refuses to submit to a test under par. (a), the individual is not eligible to participate in a program until the individual or group member complies with the requirement to undergo a test for the use of a controlled substance.
49.162(2m) (2m)
49.162(2m)(a)(a) The screening and testing requirements under sub. (2) do not apply to an individual if the individual is any of the following:
49.162(2m)(a)1. 1. A custodial parent of a child who is 8 weeks old or less.
49.162(2m)(a)2. 2. A woman who is in a pregnancy that is medically verified and that is shown by medical documentation to be at risk.
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 18 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on August 19, 2019. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after August 19, 2019, are designated by NOTES. (Published 8-19-19)