Volunteer to Succeed:  TAFDC Community Service and FLSA with Child Support

 

When there is a child support obligation on file, the absent parent’s child support obligation less their Deficit Reduction Act (DEFRA) payment (paid on the 15th of each month based on the previous month’s child support payment) is included in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) calculation.  The FLSA hours will display on the Activity Sequence List page, on the Work Requirement – TAFDC page and on the What If… page Calculation tab.

The absent parent obligation amount is updated monthly based on information received from the Department of Revenue (DOR).  Changes in an obligation amount populated by a batch job on the Agreement tab of the Absence page will initiate an FLSA calculation.

The FLSA calculation with child support is performed in the following manner:

  1. a determination of the child support monthly amount (DOR Obligation Amount) is made

  2. the DEFRA amount paid to the client, if applicable, is subtracted from the Obligation Amount

  3. the remaining child support (if any) is subtracted from the client’s TAFDC monthly grant

  4. the client’s SNAP monthly benefit amount is added to the remainder (Step 3)

  5. the amount in Step 4 is divided by the current Massachusetts minimum wage

  6. that amount is divided by 4.333

The result of this calculation determines the maximum weekly hours the client may participate in community service.

If the FLSA hours meet or exceed the client’s work program requirement, the applicant or client may meet the work program requirement with community service alone.  If the FLSA hours are less than the client’s work program requirement, the client must meet the work program requirement by:

 

For example, a client receives a cash grant of $688 and SNAP benefits of $516. There is a monthly Child Support Obligation Amount of $275, resulting in a $50 DEFRA payment. BEACON will subtract the $50 DEFRA payment from the child support ($275 - $50 = $225). Subtract the remaining child support from the client’s TAFDC monthly grant ($688 - $225 = $463). Add that amount to the client’s SNAP benefits monthly amount ($463 + $516 = $979) and divide the result by $15.00 (the Massachusetts minimum wage). That number is then divided by 4.333 (weeks). The result is 15.06, rounded down to 15 FLSA hours. This client cannot meet the work program requirement with community service participation alone.

 

Depending on the client’s 20 or 30-hour work program requirement, they may:

For example, a client with a 30-hour work program requirement receives a cash grant of $1,223 and SNAP benefits of $1,339. There is a monthly Child Support Obligation Amount of $100, resulting in a $50 DEFRA payment. BEACON will subtract the $50 DEFRA payment from the child support ($100 - $50 = $50). Subtract the remaining child support from the client’s TAFDC monthly grant ($1,223 - $50 = $1,173). Add that amount to the client’s SNAP benefits monthly amount ($1,173 + $1,339 = $2,512) and divide the result by $15.00 (the Massachusetts minimum wage). That number is then divided by 4.333 (weeks). The result is 38.6 rounded down to 38 FLSA hours. This client can meet the work program requirement with community service participation alone.

 

Note

The FLSA hours are recalculated when there is a grant change request released in Interview Wrapup and/or there is a change in the Massachusetts minimum wage. These clients are listed on the View:  ESP APs Requiring an Appointment for FLSA.

 

 

Community Service and FLSA Policy and Procedures

 

 

  Last Update:  January 5, 2023