Earlier this week, the National Disabilities Rights Network (NDRN) and the Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced an agreement concerning Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The agreement will strengthen collaborative efforts between the NDRN, the WHD, and Protection and Advocacy (P & A) agencies in protecting the rights of workers with disabilities and preventing exploitation.
The Fair Labor Standards Act, originally passed in 1938, allows employers to obtain a certificate from the Department of Labor permitting them to pay wages less than the federal minimum wage to individuals whose earning or productive capacity is impacted by a physical or mental disability for the work that is to be performed.
Under the agreement, the NDRN, the WHD, and P & A agencies will collaborate to ensure proper implementation, oversight, and enforcement of the section 14(c) subminimum wage program.
-Improves the sharing of information between NDRN, the P&As and the Wage and Hour Division on potential violations of subminimum wage certificates by employers;
-Utilizes the resources, knowledge, and expertise of the P&As on disability issues in each particular jurisdiction, such as locations of suspected wage and hour violations.
-Supports exchanging information about the laws and regulations of common concern to NDRN, the P&As, and the WHD.
INARF applauds the efforts of the National Disabilities Rights Network, the Department of Labor, and the Protection and Advocacy agencies to protect the rights on workers with disabilities. We are pleased to provide information on this agreement, keeping members abreast of national advocacy efforts to address industry issues. As additional information and the agreement become available, INARF will share them with members.