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July 16, 2013


Scott Allen or Rhonda Burke


(312) 353-6976

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U.S. Department of Labor
Wage and Hour Division
Release Number: 13-1270-CHI

US Labor Department to offer compliance seminar on special minimum wages in Chicago on July 25

CHICAGO -- 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 Fair Labor Standards Act,” will be held July 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT at the Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal Building, 77 W. Jackson St., Room 326, Chicago, Ill. 60604. There is no charge to attend, and guardians and family members of workers with disabilities are also encouraged to attend.

Section 14(c) of the FLSA 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.

Training will cover topics including the certification process, performing prevailing wage surveys and conducting time studies. Participants will also learn about common compliance problems for Section 14(c) certificate holders, such as calculating commensurate wages and accurately tracking hours worked.

The seminar will also include a round-table discussion that will provide participants the opportunity to share the compliance challenges that they face, as well as their best practices developed to surmount these challenges.

There is no fee to attend this conference; however, space is limited. Registration can be completed online at An email will be sent to confirm registration. Members of the public with questions about the conference should call (312) 596-7203

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 For more information about the FLSA, including youth employment regulations, and other federal wage laws, call the Wage and Hour Division’s toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). Information also is available at


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