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Name: Family Support Act of 1988. Public Law 100-485 (H.R. 1720).
Country: United States of America
Subject(s): Social assistance and services; Employment policy, promotion of employment and employment services
Type of legislation: Law, Act
Adopted on: 1988-10-13
Entry into force:
Published on: U.S. Code Congressional and Administrative News, 1988-12, No. 9, p. 102 STAT. 2343
ISN: USA-1988-L-7255
Bibliography: U.S. Code Congressional and Administrative News, 1988-12, No. 9, p. 102 STAT. 2343
Abstract/Citation: Provides for restructuring the welfare system by introducing a new Job Opportunities and Basic Skills (JOBS) programme, requiring states to offer recipients basic education and training for employment in exchange for receiving federal money to cover welfare costs. In two-parent families on welfare, either the father or the mother will be given 60 days to search employment; if none is found he or she will be required to work at least 16 hours per week in unpaid community or local government service. Most welfare recipients with children aged three or older will have to participate in education, training or employment programmes; child-care assistance will be provided. In addition, the law requires the states to automatically deduct court-ordered child support payments from the wages of an absentee parent. The various measures are to be phased in over a period ending October 1994.

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