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U.S. Department of Labor
Wage and Hour Division
Release Number: 13-1616-BOS/BOS 2013-139

Date: 

Sept. 4, 2013

Contact: 

Ted Fitzgerald or Andre J. Bowser

Phone: 

617-565-2075 or 617-565-2074

US Department of Labor to offer free compliance seminar on wages for workers with disabilities

Seminar in Providence, RI, on special minimum wages section of the FLSA

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division will offer a comprehensive compliance seminar for employers, community rehabilitation programs and other stakeholders on rules governing the payment of special minimum wages to workers with disabilities.

The seminar, “Understanding Special Minimum Wages under Section 14(c) of the FLSA”, will be held Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 9:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT at the Providence Public Library, 150 Empire St., Providence, R.I. 02903. There is no charge for this seminar, and guardians and family members of workers with disabilities are encouraged to attend.

Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act authorizes employers who apply for and receive certificates from the Wage and Hour Division to pay special minimum wages, generally less than the federal minimum wage, to workers whose earning or productive capacity in the job they are performing is impaired by a physical or mental disability. Wage and Hour Division is diligent in enforcing all certificate requirements to protect both workers and employers.

“The Labor Department is committed to ensuring that all of our stakeholders – employers, community rehabilitation programs, advocates, workers and other interested parties – fully understand the rules that apply to employing workers with disabilities at special minimum wages,” said Laura Fortman, principal deputy administrator of the Wage and Hour Division. “We are pleased to provide this free seminar and offer this training, which is a key component of the department’s ongoing effort to increase awareness and enhance compliance with our regulations.”

Topics will include the certification process, performing prevailing wage surveys and conducting time studies. Participants will learn about common compliance problems for Section 14(c) certificate holders, such as calculating commensurate wages and accurately tracking hours worked. A roundtable discussion will offer participants the opportunity to share the compliance challenges that they face as well as the best practices they developed to surmount these challenges.

The seminar will also include a video presentation from the department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, which discusses new initiatives designed to help people with significant disabilities achieve integrated, full-wage employment.

There is no fee to attend this conference; however, space is limited. Registration can be completed online at http://www.dol.gov/WHD/specialemployment/FreeSeminar_Section14c.htm, and an email will be sent to confirm registration. On-site registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Sept. 17. Members of the public with questions about the conference should call 267-687-4048.

For more information on Section 14(c) of the FLSA and other federal wage laws administered by the Wage and Hour Division, call the department’s toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243) or visit the agency’s website at http://www.dol.gov/whd.

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