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Welfare Reforming the Workplace

Protecting the Employment Rights of Welfare Recipients, Immigrants, and Displaced Workers

By Sharon M. Dietrich, Maurice Emsellem & Karen Kithan Yau

Workfare has taken on new dimensions with the work requirements mandated by the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant. This article examines the mechanics and implications of these requirements, the elimination of employment protections for workfare participants, the expansion of workfare into the private sector, and ways to maximize training opportunities in light of TANF's mechanisms for discouraging education and training in favor of immediate work.

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