Specifically, the bill includes a six-year phase-out of subminimum wage certificates that are currently authorized under Section 14c of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The bill authorizes two grant programs to support states to help build capacity to provide competitive integrated employment. It also creates a technical assistance center to support all state entities to transform systems and to disseminate best practices and lessons learned on the transition from subminimum wage to competitive employment. A recent Government Accountability Office report found that about 120,000 workers were employed under these certificates, with half earning less than $3.50 an hour.
Please contact your Representatives and Senators to inform them to co-sponsor the bill. Thank you for supporting employment for people with autism.