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DOL Section 14(c) Stakeholder Engagement Session

Updated: Nov 9, 2023

First session: Thursday, October 26, 5:30 - 7:00 pm ET Registration required by Wednesday, October 25

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 public 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 using this link.

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.

CART and ASL interpreter services will be provided. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in the engagement session, please indicate the accommodation needed in the session registration form. Accommodation requests must be submitted by October 23, 2023.

This is a public virtual event. If you have questions, please email TalkAbout14c@dol.gov.





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