Monday, April 5, 2010

Review of Low Wages For People With Disabilities Raises Concerns

As a senator weighs congressional hearings on a law allowing workers with disabilities to be paid less than minimum wage, employers are worried that a change could force them to downsize.
Organizations like Goodwill often pay those with disabilities far less than minimum wage, which is allowed under federal law if employers obtain a government certificate. The law is intended to account for the slower pace with which some people with disabilities might perform a job function. Workers in these situations are paid according to their productivity.
Now, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, wants Congress to take a hard look at the the law and its application to ensure that people with disabilities aren’t being taken advantage of.
That has some providers for adults with disabilities concerned, fearing a change in the law could leave people out of work because there simply isn’t enough money to pay all employees minimum wage.

Click here to read the full story from the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Gazette.

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