U.S. Commission on Civil Rights holding a public briefing examining the exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act- Section 14(c) waiver program

The Fair Labor Standards Act - Section 14(c) permits employers to pay less than the minimum wage to individuals with disabilities.

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U.S. Commission on Civil Rights holding a public briefing examining the exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act- Section 14(c) waiver program

The Fair Labor Standards Act - Section 14(c) permits employers to pay less than the minimum wage to individuals with disabilities.

In April 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that more than 1,800 employers held a waiver of minimum wage requirements, affecting some 150,000 workers. Reliable reports indicate that a significant number of employers currently pay at well below $1 per hour.

The U.S Commission on Civil Rights will analyze the use of the 14(c) waiver program, its effect on people with disabilities, and oversight by the Departments of Labor and Justice. Commissioners will hear from former governor and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, advocates and civil society organizations, academic and legal experts, and corporate officials. Members of the public will be able to address the Commission in an open comment session. From this investigation, the Commission plans to issue a report with actionable recommendations to address this critical civil rights issue.

When: Friday, November 15, 2019 – beginning at 9:00 am ET

Where: U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, National Place Building, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 1150, Washington, DC 20425 (Entrance on F St. NW)

Agenda: Briefing (invited panelists): 9:00 am – 4:30 pm ET

Who Can Participate: Open Comment Session (Public testimony): 5:30 – 6:30 pm ET

The briefing will also live-stream at: https://www.youtube.com/user/USCCR/videos

The Commission will accept written materials for consideration; submit to subminimumwages@usccr.gov no later than December 15, 2019.

For more information: https://www.usccr.gov/press/2019/10-18-Save-the-Date-Subminimum-Wages-Briefing.pdf

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