(a) Applicability. Deprivation for the child(ren) may be established when both the natural or adoptive parents are residing with the child(ren) and the parent determined to be the principal wage earner (PWE) meets the conditions to qualify as unemployed. If one of the parents is an ineligible alien, unemployment as the reason for deprivation is not ruled out.
(b) PWE. The PWE is defined as the parent who earned the greater amount of gross income during the 24-month period ending with the month prior to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) application. This determination is made regardless of when the parent's relationship began or when the parent(s) began residing with the child(ren). The employment or receipt of unemployment insurance benefits of the parent not determined to be the PWE is not a factor in determining deprivation. The amount, dates, and sources of earnings used in determining which parent is the PWE must be documented. It is the assistance unit's responsibility to provide the documentation to the best of the assistance unit's ability. Acceptable documentation includes Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) case records, employer(s) contact, wage stubs for the 24‑month period, Income Eligibility Verification System (IEVS), Oklahoma Wage Link (OWL), Oklahoma Wage (OWG) and, if self-employed, gross and net earnings from tax returns or business records. The assistance unit must be involved in determining which parent is the PWE. • 1
(1) If both parents earned an identical amount of income in the 24-month period, the PWE is the parent who earned the greater amount of income in the last six months of the 24-month period.
(2) If the income in the six-month period is identical, either parent may be designated the PWE. The designation must be the one most advantageous to the assistance unit.
(3) The designation of the PWE is permanent and remains effective as long as the deprivation remains unemployment and the assistance unit remains eligible for and continues to receive TANF benefits. If the TANF case is closed and a new application is filed at a later date, the PWE must be redetermined.
(c) Conditions the PWE must meet prior to certification. The PWE must meet the conditions described in (1) - (3) of this subsection for deprivation to be established.
(d) UIB eligibility. The PWE is required to apply for and accept UIB which the PWE is eligible or potentially eligible to receive. Thirty days are allowed for verification of a UIB application to be furnished. Ineligible aliens are not required to apply for UIB.
(e) Ineligible alien status. If the PWE is an ineligible alien, the PWE's needs are not included in the assistance unit. • 8 The PWE is not required to participate in TANF Work activities but the PWE's spouse or other parent included in the assistance unit is required to participate in TANF Work activities unless otherwise exempt. If both parents are ineligible aliens, the family does not qualify as a two-parent family as the work requirement cannot be met.
(f) Striker status. The assistance unit is not eligible for TANF for any month in which the natural or adoptive parent is participating in a strike on the last day of the month. • 9
(g) Changes after certification. After initial eligibility the two-parent family must meet the conditions listed in (1) and (2) of this subsection.