Employment & Labor
States Move to Repeal Subminimum Wages
May 27, 2021 | Lisa Kimbrough
Under Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers may apply for and obtain certificates that allow them to pay disabled employees less than the federal minimum wage. Advocates of repealing the 14(c) certificate program argue that it outlived its usefulness and relies on old assumptions about people with disabilities. Opponents of repealing the 14(c) maintain that the community rehabilitation programs are employing workers who would otherwise not have a job at all and that mandating employers to pay full wages could see an end to such programs that employ severely disabled workers. Currently, seven states have enacted measures to repeal state subminimum wages.