US Department of Labor

DOL releases final subminimum wage rules

Friday, September 9, 2016The Department of Labor has released new regulations, clarifying the obligations of government agencies and businesses with 14(c) certificates to workers with disabilities being paid subminimum wages. Section 14(c) refers to the provision of the New Deal-era Fair Labor Standards…

DOL revokes West Virginia nonprofit’s subminimum wage certificate

Tuesday, August 30, 2016A West Virginia nonprofit will no longer be allowed to pay certain workers with disabilities salaries below the $7.25 federal minimum wage, the Department of Labor announced August 11. The Buckhannon-Upshur Work Adjustment Center previously was the holder of a…

Disability unemployment rate drops below 10 percent

Friday, June 10, 2016The Department of Labor’s disappointing May jobs report is sending mixed signals for the employment prospects for people with disabilities. The unemployment rate for people with disabilities dropped to 9.7 percent, a full percentage less than the previous month

Caregivers given additional time to comply with new Obama overtime rules

Wednesday, June 1, 2016Certain employers of caregivers for people with disabilities will be given an extra 34 months to comply with the Obama Administration’s new overtime regulations, a move that comes in response to concerns from industry representatives that the rules could…

EEOC proposes new affirmative action rules for federal agencies

Monday, February 29, 2016The Obama Administration proposed new regulations February 23, detailing a variety of steps and reporting requirements that federal agencies must complete in taking affirmative action to hire more employees with disabilities. In doing so, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is…

Judge rules against sheltered workshop’s subminimum wage practices

Friday, February 19, 2016In a potentially groundbreaking decision, an administrative law judge ruled February 2 that an Ohio nonprofit must pay backpay to three workers, whom it previously was paying $2.50 an hour under a program that allows it to pay subminimum

Disability advocates urge support for ERISA reforms

Wednesday, February 3, 2016The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, in public comments [PDF] submitted to the Department of Labor on January 19, urged strong support for a recently introduced proposal to expand due process protections for employees in claims for disability benefits…

Oregon sheltered workshops settlement approved

Monday, January 4, 2016The U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon signed off December 29 on a first-of-its kind settlement, overhauling the state’s system of employment services for people with disabilities. Nationwide, nearly 450,000 people with disabilities work in so-called “sheltered workshops,”…

NDRN, DOL team up to tackle subminimum wage certificate enforcement

Saturday, December 19, 2015The National Disability Rights Network and the Department of Labor announced a new agreement December 16, which aims to prevent employers from exploiting an exception in federal labor law that allows them to pay certain workers subminimum wages. “NDRN is…

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