Senators Introduce Legislation to Phase Out Subminimum Wage
On Thursday, November 18th, Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) introduced the Transformation to Competitive Integrated Employment Act (TCEIA) to phase out subminimum wages and increase competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities. The bill closely resembles similar legislation introduced in the House by Representatives Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Cathy McMorris Rogers (R-WA).
The Transformation to Competitive Integrated Employment Act would provide grants to states or employers currently paying subminimum wage to workers with disabilities. These grants would go towards transitioning employers to a business model that pays at least minimum wage to workers with disabilities and continue to provide services and supports to workers with disabilities, particularly to those with the most significant disabilities. It would also prohibit the U.S. Secretary of Labor from issuing new certificates that permit employers to pay subminimum wage to workers with disabilities and phase out the use of subminimum wage practices for all employers over five years.
FMI: To read the bill or track its progress, go to https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/senate-bill/3238/text?r=3&s=1.