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Use of Production Aids or Jigs When Determining Piece Rates Under FLSA Section 14(c)
There are circumstances where production aids or modifications (jigs or fixtures) must be used to accommodate the special needs of workers with the most severe disabilities or to help them be more productive. A separate time study does not have to be made utilizing these special modifications.
Generally if a jig would increase the productivity of a worker with a disability, yet impede the work of the worker who does not have a disability, the Wage and Hour Division will not question the standard setters use or nonuse of the jig during the time study.
The following is an example of the use of a jig:
However, as in the example above, the employer has the option of conducting a second time study in which the worker who does not have a disability uses the jig, because this would have the effect of increasing the wages of the worker with a disability. In this situation, the employer would be paying more than the law requires.
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