A Potential End to Subminimum Wage
Great news for those living in the U.S.! A new bill called the Transformation to Competitive Employment Act, or. S. 260, was recently introduced in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill would prevent the Labor Department from issuing 14(c) certificates, which allow employers to pay people with disabilities less than the federal minimum wage of 7.25 USD per hour.
The bill would also establish a technical assistance center to aid the phasing out of 14(c) certificates. The center would help companies transition from subminimum wage to a business model that emphasizes full integration for employees with disabilities.
Another bill introduced, called the Raise the Wage Act or H.R. 582, would raise the federal minimum wage to 15 USD per hour. This bill also includes a plan to phase out 14(c) certificates. Fingers crossed that one of these bills makes it through!
For more information, check out this article by Disability Scoop.
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