7 CFR § 273.7(a)(1)(i) and(b)(2)(i)-(ii) and (c)(1)-(2)

Applicants or recipients are registered for work by signing the W-1E, Application. 

Determine the work registration status of each individual: 

  • at application, 
  • renewal, 
  • when a member is added to the EDG, and 
  • when a member is no longer exempt. 

Code each individual’s work registration status in ImpaCT.

Work Registration Notification 

7 CFR § 273.7(c)(1)

Explain the following information to mandatory registrants: 

  • the work requirements, 
  • the individual’s rights and responsibilities, and
  • the penalties for failing to comply with the work requirements.  

Explain the information: 

  • at application,
  • renewal,
  • when adding a new EDG member, and
  • when an individual loses their work registration exemption.

Note: The work registration information is also provided in the SNAP notice, as required.

Work Registration Changes

7 CFR § 273.7(b)(2)(i)-(ii)

Review work registration status when changes are reported and, if necessary, update the work registration code in ImpaCT when acting on that change. Individuals losing their exemption must register at the next renewal.

Work Registration Exemptions

7 CFR § 273.7(b)(1)(i)-(viii)

Exempt Individuals

Verification Required

Age 15 or younger

If questionable

Age 16 or 17, and

  • a child who lives with a parent, or 
  • lives with and is under the parental control of an adult who is not their parent.  See Relationships. Or
  • not the head of household.

If questionable 

Age 16 or 17, and is the head of household, and 

  • attending school at least half-time, or
  • enrolled in a training or employment program at least half-time.


Age 60 or older – exempt starting the month of the individual’s birthday

If questionable

Caring for an incapacitated individual


Caring for a child under age 6

  • The exemption remains until the next renewal when the child turns 6 in the benefit period. 
  • Only one parent or caretaker per child may receive this exemption. 

If questionable

Complying with work participation requirements for TFA benefits. 

If questionable

Drug or alcohol addiction and rehabilitation program participant.

  • Participation can be either as a resident of the treatment center or an outpatient basis.
  • The program must be certified by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS).


Employed or self-employed and working a minimum of 30 hours weekly or receiving earnings that are at least equal to the Federal minimum wage multiplied by 30 hours.

  • Fluctuating work hours should be averaged to arrive at a reasonable estimate of hours expected to be worked in a week.
  • Volunteer hours or hours worked for in-kind benefits are not included in the 30 hours per week calculation. 


Migrant or seasonal farmworkers who are under contract, or similar agreement, with an employer or crew chief to start work within 30 days.


Physically or mentally unfit for work. 

  • The unfitness may be temporary or permanent.
  • Exempt persons with a pending SSI disability application. Change work registration status if the application is denied.


Student enrolled at least half-time in a school, training program, or institution of higher education.

  • Includes adults going to high school classes half-time or more, or home-schooled if the home school has been recognized as an acceptable secondary education provider.
  • Exemption continues during vacations and breaks when the student intends to register and attend at least half-time for the next school term. 
  • Exemption ends when the student graduates, is suspended, expelled, drops out, or changes enrollment to less than half-time.


Receiving or has applied for unemployment compensation benefits (UCB) and is complying with work requirements.  The individual must register for work with Department of Labor (DOL) as part of the UCB application process.  

If questionable

Work Requirements

7 CFR § 273.7(a)(1)(i)-(vii) and (b)(iii) and (v)

Work requirements apply to mandatory registrants only

A mandatory registrant must:

  • accept a job offer unless the job is unsuitable;
  • comply with TFA work requirements;
  • comply with UCB requirements; 
  • provide employment status or availability for work information, upon request; and
  • report to an employer if referred by DSS, a DSS contractor, or DOL, unless the employment is unsuitable.