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U.S. Department of Labor
Wage and Hour Division
Release Number: 12-1092-NEW/BOS 2012-109

Date: 

June 13, 2012

Contact: 

Ted Fitzgerald

Phone: 

617-565-2075

US Labor Department to offer free compliance seminar June 21 in Spencerport for Western New York employers of workers with disabilities


Training to focus on Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act

NEW YORK -- The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division will offer a free compliance seminar on Thursday, June 21, to assist employers and community rehabilitation programs in Western New York with the requirements of Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

“The Federal Compliance Seminar: Special Minimum Wages to Workers with Disabilities Under Section 14(c) of the FLSA” will be held from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. EDT at the BOCES 2 Educational Services Center, conference room 2, 3599 Big Ridge Road, Spencerport, N.Y. 14559. Guardians and family members of workers with disabilities also are encouraged to attend, and the event is open to the media.

“The Department of Labor 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 Nancy J. Leppink, deputy administrator of the Wage and Hour Division. “We are pleased to provide this free seminar and to offer this training, which is a key component of the department’s ongoing effort to foster good jobs and meaningful employment through increased awareness and enhanced compliance with our regulations.”

Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act authorizes employers, after receiving a certificate from the Wage and Hour Division, to pay special minimum wages - that is, wages less than the federal minimum wage - to employees who have disabilities.

Topics to be covered include becoming certified, performing prevailing wage surveys and conducting time studies. Other special topics for Section 14(c) certificate holders also will be addressed, including several issues where Wage and Hour Division staff have found compliance problems in past years, such as calculating commensurate wages and accurately tracking hours worked. Representatives from the department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy will be on hand to discuss new initiatives designed to help people with significant disabilities achieve integrated, full-wage employment.

Additionally, the seminar will include a round-table discussion to provide participants with the opportunity to share the challenges that they face regarding the requirements of their special minimum wage certificates, as well as best practices they have developed to remain in compliance.

There is no fee to attend; 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. Members of the public with questions about the conference should call 267-687-4048. Members of the media wishing to attend should notify Ted Fitzgerald in the Labor Department’s Office of Public Affairs using the contact information above.

For more information on Section 14(c) of the FLSA and other federal wage laws administered by the Wage and Hour Division, the public can 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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