DOL's Wage and Hour Division and National Disability Rights Network Sign Agreement

Posted by Alexandra Kielty - On January 04, 2016 (EST)

On December 16, 2015, the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) entered into an agreement with the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor concerning Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Section 14(c) permits employers to pay wages less than the federal minimum wage, after receipt of a certificate from the Department of Labor, to individuals whose earning or productive capacity is impacted by a physical or mental disability for the work that is to be performed. NDRN, made up of the nationwide network of Protection and Advocacy agencies, has for years investigated instances of abuse and exploitation of workers with disabilities by employers, including employers who hold 14(c) certificates. The agreement demonstrates the commitment of the WHD, NDRN and P&A agencies to protect the rights of workers with disabilities. The agreement:

-- 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 Wage and Hour Division.

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