As used in the subchapter, unless the context requires otherwise, the following definitions apply:

(1) "Act" means the Displaced Homemaker Act, 1983 Mont. Laws, Ch. 709.

(2) "Counseling" means the process of assisting participants in realistically assessing their needs, abilities, and potential; of providing guidance in the development of vocational goals and the means to achieve them; and of helping with the solution of a variety of individual problems occurring during participation.

(3) "Employability development plan" (EDP) means a written plan for each participant which outlines the steps necessary to obtain unsubsidized employment.

(4) "Participant" means an individual who is determined eligible and is enrolled into any employment, training or services program.

(5) "Performance standards" means factors used to evaluate the performance of programs.

(6) "Placement" means the act of securing unsubsidized employment for or by a participant.

(7) "Program" means a multipurpose service program established by the commissioner to serve displaced homemakers.

(8) "Underemployed individuals" means:

(a) persons who are working part time but seeking full time work; or

(b) persons who are working full time but whose current annualized wage rate is not in excess of "for a family of one" the higher of either:

(i) the poverty level, or

(ii) 70% of the lower living standard income level.

(9) "Unemployed individuals" means individuals who are without jobs and who want and are available for work. The determination of whether individuals are without jobs shall be made in accordance with the criteria used by the bureau of labor statistics of the department of labor and industry in defining individuals as unemployed.

(10) "Operational costs" mean the total budget to operate the state displaced homemaker program, including administration, training and services.

History: 39-7-306, MCA; IMP, 39-7-301 through 39-7-310, MCA; NEW, 1983 MAR p. 1536, Eff. 10/28/83.