Introduction of the Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act
Last week, Reps. Cliff Stearns and Tim Bishop introduced H.R. 3086, the Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act. This bill would, over three years, phase out Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which permits employers to pay less than minimum wage to workers with disabilities in some circumstances. The National Federation of the Blind has this press release endorsing the bill, and they also link to a report I wrote for NFB on the topic. See also these comments from former New York Governor David Paterson endorsing the bill. This is a highly controversial topic within the disability community, and one on which I expect we'll hear a lot more.