October 26, 2023
Department of Labor
Thursday, October 26, 2023, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Registration required by Wednesday, October 25, 2023
In September, Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su announced that the Department of Labor (DOL) is launching a comprehensive review of the Section 14(c) program. The program authorizes employers, after receiving a certificate from the Wage and Hour Division, to pay subminimum wages to workers whose disabilities impact their productivity for the specific work performed. As part of this effort, DOL is launching a series of stakeholder engagement sessions to hear diverse views directly from members of the public – particularly workers with disabilities – about experience with the 14(c) program. Input from stakeholders will help inform DOL's future efforts on this important issue.
During the first stakeholder engagement session, DOL welcomes your input on important areas of focus for reviewing the 14(c) program, experiences with options for competitive integrated employment (CIE), lessons from states that have expanded CIE and/or prohibited subminimum wages, impacts of potentially ceasing to issue 14(c) certificates in the future, and any related issues.
DOL is interested in hearing the experiences of workers with disabilities and encourages worker advocates to include these examples in their remarks or to invite workers with disabilities to come share their stories directly.
The meeting will be virtual. Members of the public wishing to participate must register in advance of the meeting by October 25.
Members of the public who wish to speak during this meeting should indicate their interest in the meeting registration form. DOL is asking participants to limit their speaking time to two minutes for this session to ensure they are able to hear from as many participants as possible.