What’s In Store for People Who Get WorkFirst NJ
If you are applying for or receiving Work First New Jersey benefits (GA or TANF) you may be required to participate in a work program. The county and municipal welfare offices and the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) are now working jointly to provide WorkFirst NJ (welfare) customers with services. Although each county has its own plan, some things are the same throughout the state.
The Welfare Office Must:
The welfare case manager and the One-Stop case manager are supposed to coordinate their efforts to provide you with better services overall.
The One-Stop Career Center Must:
Provide you with a case manager who will determine what your job skills are, what you are interested in, and what you may need in order to get a good job.
Provide training in a variety of skills that will give you the tools to get the job that you want.
Help you get more education, including college, if that is what you want.
Provide ongoing support and services after you have a job to help you keep the job or help you get a better job.
What You Should Know About Your Participation
How to Solve a Problem
If the welfare office or One-Stop does (or doesn’t) do something with your case that you think is wrong, you can challenge their decision.
Problems with the Welfare Office or One-Stop can be Resolved through a Fair Hearing
How do I get a fair hearing?
(If any of these methods seems too slow, try a different one.)
When do I have to ask for a fair hearing?
At a hearing, an administrative law judge will listen to both sides and will make an initial decision. The Division of Family Development will review the judge’s findings and send you a final decision within 45 days.
If you don’t like the decision from the fair hearing, you can appeal it
You have 45 days from the final decision to appeal. You can contact your local Legal Services office for more information about appeals. The name, address, and telephone number for the Legal Services office will be on the notice that you get from the welfare office. Or call LSNJ’s hotline at 1-888-LSNJ LAW (1-888-576-5529) to get additional information about your rights.
Sample Request for a Fair Hearing
REQUEST FOR A FAIR HEARING
CASE NO. ___________________
( ) I WANT A FAIR HEARING BECAUSE: _______________
( ) I WISH TO CONTINUE RECEIVING BENEFITS UNTIL A HEARING IS HELD (IF APPLICABLE)
( ) I DO NOT WISH TO CONTINUE RECEIVING BENEFITS UNTIL A HEARING IS HELD.
This information last reviewed: Jul 11, 2022