Work requirements

Work requirements

Many income and work support programs include a component aimed to increase the employment and earnings of participants. For example, in the most recent year, states reported spending $557 million of TANF and related state spending on employment and training programs.

CLASP advocates for high-quality employment programs for recipients of work support programs, informed by understanding of both the labor market and the circumstances of recipients, and provides technical assistance to states and localities on how to operate such programs within the framework of the federal programs. CLASP opposes work requirements with harsh sanctions that act as a barrier to access to benefits.

Recently renewed efforts to impose work requirements to receive public benefits reflect a profound misunderstanding of the realities of low-wage jobs. Strong evidence shows that work requirements frequently lead to a loss of benefits, which only makes it harder to work. Further, there is little evidence that work requirements increase employment outcomes or reduce poverty. Finally, work requirements create an unnecessary burden for workers and state governments.

Click here for an overview of CLASP's work in this area.


Mar 30, 2018 | Testimony/Comments | CLASP

CLASP submitted comments to Alabama on their section 1115 demonstration waiver proposal.

Mar 28, 2018 | Testimony/Comments | CLASP

CLASP submitted comments on the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (RIN: 0584-AE57) regarding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) time limit.

Elizabeth Lower-Basch presented on how work requirements don't work for a webinar hosted by the Coalition on Human Needs and Heartland Alliance in March 2018.

Mar 14, 2018 | Testimony/Comments | CLASP

CLASP submitted comments to CMS on Ohio's section 1115 demonstration waiver proposal

Feb 26, 2018 | Fact Sheet | CLASP

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps low-income families and individuals purchase food. It's our nation’s largest program to combat hunger, feeding 42 million people each year. Most SNAP recipients are children, seniors, or people with disabilities. Those who don't fall in these categories are expected to work.  And most, in fact, do.

Feb 21, 2018 | Testimony/Comments | CLASP

CLASP submitted comments to CMS on Mississippi's section 1115 demonstration waiver amendment application.

Feb 21, 2018 | Testimony/Comments | CLASP

CLASP submitted comments to CMS on Wisconsin's proposal to extend their section 1115 demonstration waiver.

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