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In First, State To Ban Subminimum Wage

By Michelle Diament ~ disabilityscoop.com

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan signed legislation that will outlaw subminimum wage in the state.

New Hampshire is set to become the first state in the nation to make it illegal for people with disabilities to be paid less than minimum wage.

The new law will take effect in 60 days.

“New Hampshire has a strong tradition of treating all of our citizens with respect and dignity, and by making New Hampshire the first state to prohibit employers from paying subminimum wages to people who experience disabilities, Senate Bill 47 helps build on that tradition,” Hassan said.

Previously, New Hampshire law allowed employers to obtain permission to pay those with physical or mental impairments less than minimum wage.

Though no businesses in the state are currently taking advantage of the provision, Hassan said that updating the state’s policies to officially end the practice affirms that “fully including all people is critical to the strength of our society, our democracy and our economy.”

Since the 1930s, federal law has allowed employers to request special permission from the U.S. Department of Labor to pay those with disabilities less than the federal minimum, which is currently $7.25 per hour. However, the issue has become divisive in recent years.

In 2012, the National Council on Disability recommended to President Barack Obama that subminimum wage be phased out and a federal law passed last year instituted new limits on who’s eligible to enter employment situations paying less than minimum wage. Nonetheless, many families and advocates continue to argue that there is a place for sheltered workshops and similar opportunities for individuals unable to thrive in competitive employment.

 

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Resource Fair - Butte County

A Resource Fair for families and individuals with special needs will be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, from 1:00-6:00 PM at Bicentennial Park, 1800 Robinson St. Oroville, CA (Behind Butte County Office of Education Building between Lincoln and Huntoon Streets.)

RESOURCES AVAILABLE INCLUDE:

Transition
Employment
Advocacy Agencies
Support Services
Networking
Family Support/Resources
Colleges
Empowerment


ACTIVITIES:

Free popcorn and snow cones
Raffle prizes
Food Trucks
Farmer’s Market nearby from 4:00-8:00 PM

If you need more information, call (530) 532-5875.
The Resource Fair is brought to you by Sierra School and Butte County SELPA.
No registration is necessary.
 

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Uniform Holiday Schedule Update

In response to questions from regional centers regarding the current status of the Uniform Holiday Schedule, we wanted to pass on the following information:

Payment for services provided on Cesar Chavez Day can be made. The injunction blocking implementation of the Uniform Holiday Schedule is currently in place. In response to the recent US Supreme Court decision, the state has requested that the court lift the injunction  and allow the Uniform Holiday Schedule to be implemented. The state has asked the court to rule on this before the next scheduled holiday (May 25). Any decision will be only for future holidays and will not be retroactive. So, if the court lifts the injunction on May 30 and vendors have already provided services on May 25, regional centers would still be able to pay for those services as well.

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