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DCF 101.21(1)(a)4. 4. “Individual” means a participant in a Wisconsin works employment position or a second parent in the participant's Wisconsin works group who is subject to a work requirement under s. DCF 101.27.
DCF 101.21(1)(a)5. 5. “Misconduct” means one or more actions or conduct evincing such willful or wanton disregard of an employer's interests as is found in deliberate violations or disregard of standards of behavior which an employer has a right to expect of its employees, or in carelessness or negligence of such degree or recurrence as to manifest culpability, wrongful intent, or evil design of equal severity to such disregard, or to show an intentional and substantial disregard of an employer's interests, or of an employee's duties and obligations to an employer. In addition, “misconduct” includes any of the following:
DCF 101.21(1)(a)5.a. a. A violation by an individual of an employer's reasonable written policies concerning the use of alcohol beverages, controlled substances defined in s. 961.01(4), Stats., or controlled substance analogs defined in s. 961.01 (4m), Stats.
DCF 101.21(1)(a)5.b. b. Theft of an employer's property or services with intent to deprive the employer of the property or services permanently, theft of currency of any value, felonious conduct connected with an individual's employment with an employer, or intentional or negligent conduct by an individual that causes substantial damage to an employer's property.
DCF 101.21(1)(a)5.c. c. Conviction of an individual of a crime, while on or off duty, if the individual is unable to perform the duties that the individual performs for an employer due to the conviction.
DCF 101.21(1)(a)5.d. d. One or more threats or acts of harassment, assault, or other physical violence by an individual at an employment site.
DCF 101.21(1)(a)5.e. e. Use of profane or abusive language directed toward staff or others at an employment site.
DCF 101.21(1)(a)6. 6. “Participation period” means the 16th of one month to the 15th of the next month.
DCF 101.21(1)(a)7. 7. “Training” means education or training assigned by the Wisconsin works agency under s. 49.147 (3) (am), (4) (am), or (5) (bm), Stats.
DCF 101.21(1)(b) (b) A Wisconsin works agency shall provide to each individual in the program a written description of the following:
DCF 101.21(1)(b)1. 1. The individual's obligation to participate in assigned activities.
DCF 101.21(1)(b)2. 2. The actions under par. (c) that demonstrate a refusal to participate.
DCF 101.21(1)(b)3. 3. The individual's ineligibility to participate in the Wisconsin works program for 3 months if an individual in the Wisconsin works group demonstrates a refusal to participate.
DCF 101.21(1)(c) (c) An individual demonstrates a refusal to participate if the individual does any of the following:
DCF 101.21(1)(c)1. 1. Is discharged from employment for misconduct or engages in misconduct on the premises of an employer.
DCF 101.21(1)(c)2. 2. Fails to appear or appears more than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time of an interview with a prospective employer, a job fair, or a meeting with a prospective employer that was arranged by the Wisconsin works agency.
DCF 101.21(1)(c)3. 3. Leaves an interview or a meeting with a prospective employer prior to the conclusion of the interview or meeting.
DCF 101.21(1)(c)4. 4. Appears for an interview or a meeting with a prospective employer wearing inappropriate attire or exhibiting inappropriate grooming after receiving written or oral directions or training on appropriate attire and grooming.
DCF 101.21(1)(c)5. 5. Fails to complete a job application required by a prospective employer.
DCF 101.21(1)(c)6. 6. Communicates to a prospective employer an unreasonable requirement for salary, hours of employment, or working conditions that disqualifies the individual from employment with that employer.
DCF 101.21(1)(c)7. 7. Provides incorrect or incomplete information regarding employment qualifications in an interview or job application that disqualifies the individual from employment with the prospective employer after receiving written or oral directions or training from the Wisconsin works agency regarding interviewing and filling out employment applications.
DCF 101.21(1)(c)8. 8. Voluntarily leaves appropriate employment or refuses a bona fide offer of appropriate employment.
DCF 101.21(1)(c)9. 9. Is a member of a Wisconsin works group whose benefit has been reduced by 20 percent or more under s. 49.148 (1) (b) or (c), Stats., for 2 consecutive participation periods or for 3 non-consecutive participation periods in a rolling 6-month period.
DCF 101.21(1)(c)10. 10. Refuses or fails to follow a verbal or written direction from Wisconsin works agency staff or staff at an employment site.
DCF 101.21(1)(c)11. 11. Uses vulgar or profane language or engages in abusive behavior directed towards staff or others in the Wisconsin works agency or employment site.
DCF 101.21(1)(c)12. 12. Violates written work rules developed by the employer, if the work rules were provided to the individual and there is a signed acknowledgement of receipt of the work rules in the individual's case record.
DCF 101.21(1)(d) (d) Notwithstanding par. (c) (intro.), an individual who does any of the actions specified in par. (c) 1. to 12. does not demonstrate a refusal to participate if the Wisconsin works agency determines that the individual has good cause under s. DCF 101.20.
DCF 101.21(2) (2) Intentional program violations. If a court finds or it is determined after an administrative hearing that an individual who is a member of a Wisconsin works group applying for or receiving benefits under ss. 49.141 to 49.161, Stats., for the purpose of establishing or maintaining eligibility for those benefits or for the purpose of increasing the value of those benefits, has intentionally violated, on 3 separate occasions, any provision in ss. 49.141 to 49.161, Stats., or this chapter, the Wisconsin works agency may permanently deny benefits under ss. 49.141 to 49.161, Stats., to the individual.
DCF 101.21 History History: Cr. Register, October, 1997, No. 502, eff. 11-1-97; am. (1) (a) and (b) (intro.), Register, July, 2000, No. 535, eff. 8-1-00; corrections in (1) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register November 2008 No. 635; CR 17-066: r. and recr. (1) Register July 2018 No. 751, eff. 8-1-18; correction in (1) (a) (intro.) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register July 2018 No. 751.
DCF 101.22 DCF 101.22Review of agency decisions.
DCF 101.22(1)(1)Petition for review. Any individual whose application for Wisconsin works under s. 49.147 (1) to (5), Stats., and s. DCF 101.06 is not acted upon by the Wisconsin works agency with reasonable promptness after the filing of the application, or is denied in whole or in part, whose benefit is modified or canceled, or who believes that the benefit was calculated incorrectly, may petition the Wisconsin works agency for a review of such action. Review is unavailable if the action by the Wisconsin works agency occurred more than 45 days prior to submission of the petition for review.
DCF 101.22(2) (2) Review.
DCF 101.22(2)(a)(a) Upon a timely petition under sub. (1), the Wisconsin works agency shall give the applicant or participant reasonable notice and opportunity for a review. The Wisconsin works agency shall render its decision as soon as possible after the review and shall send a certified copy of its decision to the applicant or participant. The Wisconsin works agency shall deny a petition for a review or shall refuse to grant relief if the petitioner does any of the following:
DCF 101.22(2)(a)1. 1. Withdraws the petition in writing.
DCF 101.22(2)(a)2. 2. Abandons the petition. Abandonment occurs if the petitioner fails to appear in person or by representative at a scheduled review without good cause under s. DCF 101.20.
DCF 101.22(2)(b) (b) The department may review a decision of a Wisconsin works agency under par. (a) if any of the following occurs:
DCF 101.22(2)(b)1. 1. Within 15 days of receiving the decision of the Wisconsin works agency, the applicant or participant petitions the department for a review of that decision.
DCF 101.22(2)(b)2. 2. The Wisconsin works agency requests the department to review the decision of the Wisconsin works agency.
DCF 101.22(2)(c) (c) The department shall review a Wisconsin work's agency decision to deny an application based solely on the determination of financial ineligibility if any of the following occurs:
DCF 101.22(2)(c)1. 1. Within 15 days after receiving the decision of the Wisconsin works agency, the applicant petitions the department for a review of the decision.
DCF 101.22(2)(c)2. 2. The Wisconsin works agency requests the department to review the decision of the Wisconsin works agency.
DCF 101.22 History History: Cr. Register, October, 1997, No. 502, eff. 11-1-97; CR 02-050: r. (3) Register January 2003 No. 565, eff. 2-1-03; corrections in (1) and (2) (a) 2. made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register November 2008 No. 635.
DCF 101.23 DCF 101.23Recovery of overpayments.
DCF 101.23(1)(1)Definitions. In this section:
DCF 101.23(1)(a) (a) “Administrative error" means an error committed by an agency or the department in determining benefits given under s. 49.148, 49.155, 49.157, or 49.19, Stats., that results in an overpayment.
DCF 101.23(1)(b) (b) “Client error" means an error caused by an individual who is a member of a W-2 or AFDC group reporting incorrect information or failing to report information due to misunderstanding or mistake that results in an overpayment under s. 49.148, 49.155, 49.157, or 49.19, Stats.
DCF 101.23(1)(c) (c) “Complies with the payment schedule" as used in s. 49.195 (3m) (h), Stats., means the debtor submits each payment due on an overpayment so that it is received by the department by the due date every month over the life of the debt.
DCF 101.23(1)(d) (d) “Debtor" means a liable person who received an overpayment of benefits under s. 49.148, 49.155, 49.157, or 49.19, Stats., and has not repaid it in full.
DCF 101.23(1)(e) (e) “Disposable earnings" means that part of the earnings of any debtor after the deduction from those earnings of any amounts required by law to be withheld, any life, health, dental or similar type of insurance premiums, union dues, any amount necessary to comply with a court order to contribute to the support of minor children, and any levy, wage assignment, or garnishment executed prior to the date of a levy under this section.
DCF 101.23(1)(f) (f) “Intentional program violation" means an individual who is a member of a W-2 or AFDC group intentionally made a false or misleading statement or misrepresented, concealed, or withheld facts that resulted in an overpayment under s. 49.148, 49.155, 49.157, or 49.19, Stats. An intentional program violation may be determined based on an administrative hearing, a court finding, a signed waiver of an administrative hearing for an alleged intentional program violation, or a consent agreement in lieu of prosecution based on the same facts or events as the intentional program violation.
DCF 101.23(1)(g) (g) “Overpayment" or “debt" means any benefit or payment received under s. 49.148, 49.155, 49.157, or 49.19, Stats., in an amount greater than the amount that the individual, AFDC assistance group, or W-2 group was eligible to receive under applicable statutes and rules, regardless of the reason for the overpayment. An overpayment may be the result of client error, administrative error, or intentional program violation.
DCF 101.23(1)(h) (h) “Recoupment" means the process of repayment of an overpayment by the department withholding a portion of a W-2 participant's grant under s. 49.148, Stats.
DCF 101.23(2) (2) Overpayment determination and notice.
DCF 101.23(2)(a) (a) A county, tribal governing body, W-2 agency, or the department shall determine whether an overpayment has been made under s. 49.148, 49.155, 49.157, or 49.19, Stats., and if so, the amount of the overpayment.
DCF 101.23(2)(b) (b) The county, tribal governing body, W-2 agency, or department shall send notice of the overpayment at the address of a debtor as it appears on the records of the department. Documentation that a county, tribal governing body, W-2 agency, or the department properly mailed the notice to the address of the debtor as it appears on the records of the department and that it was not returned as undeliverable shall be prima facie evidence that notice was delivered and received.
DCF 101.23(2)(c) (c) The notice shall include the reason for the overpayment, the time period in which the overpayment occurred, the amount of the overpayment, and notice of the right to appeal the overpayment determination.
DCF 101.23(2)(d) (d) The department shall give the debtor an opportunity for review following the procedure specified under s. 49.152 (2), Stats., if the debtor received the overpayment under s. 49.148 or 49.157, Stats., or for a hearing under ch. 227, Stats., if the debtor received an overpayment under s. 49.155 or 49.19, Stats.
DCF 101.23(3) (3) Liability.
DCF 101.23(3)(a)(a) Liability shall extend to any parent, nonmarital coparent, or stepparent whose family receives benefits under s. 49.148, 49.155, 49.157, or 49.19, Stats., during the period that he or she is an adult member of the same household, but his or her liability is limited to such period. For the purpose of determining liability for an overpayment of a child care subsidy under s. 49.155, Stats., “parent" has the meaning given in s. 49.155 (1) (c), Stats.
DCF 101.23(3)(b) (b) Liability for repayment of an overpayment shall be joint and several.
DCF 101.23(3)(c) (c) Liability for overpayments caused by administrative error shall be limited to one year prior to the date that the agency or department discovers the error for overpayments determined on or after August 1, 2005.
DCF 101.23(4) (4) Simultaneous collection. A county, tribal governing body, W-2 agency, or the department may recover an overpayment by more than one method of collection at the same time.
DCF 101.23(5) (5) Recoupment from current w-2 participants.
DCF 101.23(5)(a) (a) Administrative error and client error.
DCF 101.23(5)(a)1. 1. If any overpayment of benefits paid under s. DCF 101.18 (1) (b) or (c) is due to administrative error or client error, the W-2 agency or the department shall recoup the overpayment from a debtor who continues to receive benefits under s. DCF 101.18 (1) (b) or (c) by reducing the amount of the benefits amount by no more than 10%.
DCF 101.23(5)(a)2. 2. The debtor may make a voluntary repayment in addition to the amount withheld from the benefit under subd. 1.
DCF 101.23(5)(a)3. 3. The county, tribal governing body, or W–2 agency shall ask a debtor who has received an overpayment to voluntarily repay the overpayment. If the debtor fails to pay voluntarily, the county, tribal governing body, or W–2 agency shall refer the debt to the department for further collection efforts.
DCF 101.23(5)(b) (b) Overpayments caused by intentional program violations. If an overpayment of benefits under s. DCF 101.18 (1) (a), (b), or (c), is the result of an intentional violation of ss. 49.141 to 49.161, Stats., or this chapter, the W–2 agency or the department shall recoup the overpayment from the debtor by deducting an amount from the debtor's benefits received under s. DCF 101.18 (1) (a), (b), or (c) until the overpayment is recovered. The amount to be deducted each month may not exceed the following:
DCF 101.23(5)(b)1. 1. For intentional program violations resulting in an overpayment that is less than $300, the amount to be deducted may not exceed 10% of the monthly benefit payment.
DCF 101.23(5)(b)2. 2. For intentional program violations resulting in an overpayment that is at least $300 but less than $1,000, the amount to be deducted may not exceed $75.
DCF 101.23(5)(b)3. 3. For intentional program violations resulting in an overpayment that is at least $1,000 but less than $2,500, the amount to be deducted may not exceed $100.
DCF 101.23(5)(b)4. 4. For intentional program violations resulting in an overpayment that is $2,500 or more, the amount to be deducted may not exceed $200.
DCF 101.23(6) (6) Trial job overpayments. The W–2 agency shall recover any overpayment of benefits paid under s. DCF 101.18 (1) (a) from the debtor. The W-2 agency may not recover more than the amount that the W-2 agency or the department paid in wage subsidies for the debtor while the debtor was ineligible to participate under s. DCF 101.16 (2). The W–2 agency shall ask a former participant in a trial job who received overpayments to voluntarily repay the overpayment. If a former participant does not voluntarily repay the overpayment, the W–2 agency shall refer the debt to the department for further collection action.
DCF 101.23(7) (7) Effect of restitution payments. A debtor's payments to the department as part of a restitution agreement under s. 973.20, Stats., arising out of the facts or events that are the basis for the overpayment owed to the department shall be applied to the liability owed to the department, but a debtor's completion of probation or fulfillment of the restitution agreement shall not limit or impair the ability of the department to collect any remaining balance on the debt.
DCF 101.23(8) (8) Delinquency. A debt shall be considered delinquent if the department does not receive a debtor's payment by the due date 3 times over the life of the debt. A delinquent debt may be subject to warrant and execution under s. 49.195 (3m), Stats.; levy under s. 49.195 (3n), Stats.; setoff against a refund under ss. 49.85 and 71.93, Stats.; and other authorized collection methods. The department may recover a delinquent debt by more than one means of collection at the same time. A delinquent debt retains delinquent status regardless of any future payment on the debt.
DCF 101.23 Note Note: The limitation on using warrant and execution and levy only when a debtor has not complied with the payment schedule 3 times is not required by statute. Because the department is limiting the use of warrant and execution and levy to debtors who have not complied with a payment schedule, the withdrawal of a warrant when the debtor does comply with the payment schedule under s. 49.195 (3m) (h), Stats., will not occur.
DCF 101.23(9) (9) Warrant and execution under section 49.195 (3m), stats.
DCF 101.23(9)(a)(a) Creation of lien.
DCF 101.23(9)(a)1.1. If a debt for repayment of an overpayment under s. 49.148, 49.155, 49.157, or 49.19, Stats., is delinquent under sub. (8) and no review or appeal rights under sub. (2) are pending and the time for requesting a review has expired, the department may issue a warrant directed to the clerk of circuit court of any county.
DCF 101.23(9)(a)2. 2. The clerk of circuit court shall enter in the judgment and lien docket the name of the debtor named in the warrant, the amount for which the warrant is issued, and the date on which the clerk entered the information.
DCF 101.23(9)(a)3. 3. The department shall pay the fees required under s. 814.61 (5), Stats., for entering the warrant and shall collect the fees from the debtor named in the warrant when satisfaction or release is presented for entry.
DCF 101.23(9)(a)4. 4. A warrant issued under subd. 2. shall be considered in all respects a final judgment constituting a perfected lien upon the debtor's right, title, and interest in all real and personal property located in the county in which the warrant is entered.
DCF 101.23(9)(a)5. 5. The department shall provide the debtor with notice and an opportunity for a hearing under ch. 227, Stats., when a warrant has been issued. The debtor may request a hearing under ch. 227, Stats., within 20 days from the date on the notice. The appeal shall be limited to questions of prior payment of the debt that the department is proceeding against and mistaken identity of the debtor. The department may not withdraw a warrant based on a request for hearing.
DCF 101.23(9)(b) (b) Execution of the warrant.
DCF 101.23(9)(b)1.1. After the warrant is issued and no review or appeal rights under par. (a) 4. are pending and the time for requesting a review has expired, the department may file an execution with the clerk of circuit court for filing with the sheriff of the county, commanding the sheriff to execute the warrant and sell sufficient real and personal property of the debtor to pay the amount stated in the warrant in the same manner as upon an execution against property issued upon the judgment of a court of record, and to return the warrant to the department and pay to it the money collected by virtue of the warrant within 90 days after receipt of the warrant. The execution may not command the sheriff to levy upon or sell any property that is exempt from execution under ss. 815.18 (3) and 815.20, Stats.
DCF 101.23(9)(b)2. 2. The department shall provide the debtor with notice and an opportunity for a hearing under ch. 227, Stats., before property is seized. The debtor may request a hearing under ch. 227, Stats., within 20 days from the date on the notice. The appeal shall be limited to questions of prior payment of the debt that the department is proceeding against and mistaken identity of the debtor. The department may not cease enforcement or seizure based on a request for hearing.
DCF 101.23(9)(b)3. 3. The department shall provide the debtor with notice and an opportunity for a hearing under ch. 227, Stats., before seized property is sold. The debtor may request a hearing under ch. 227, Stats., within 20 days from the date on the notice. The appeal shall be limited to questions of prior payment of the debt that the department is proceeding against and mistaken identity of the debtor. If a hearing is requested, the department shall notify the sheriff that seized property may not be sold before the hearing decision is issued or the hearing request is withdrawn.
DCF 101.23(9)(c) (c) Satisfaction of the warrant. When the amount set forth in the warrant and all costs due the department have been paid to it, the department shall issue a satisfaction of the warrant and file it with the clerk of circuit court. The clerk of circuit court shall immediately enter a satisfaction of the judgment on the judgment and lien docket. The department shall send a copy of the satisfaction to the person named in the warrant.
DCF 101.23(10) (10) Levy under section 49.195 (3n), stats.
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