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DOL Issues Guidance Regarding Implementation and Enforcement of WIOA

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DOL Issues Guidance Regarding Implementation and Enforcement of WIOA

August 8, 2016

 

On July 27, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Administrator Dr. David Weil issued Field Assistance Bulletin No. 2016-2 and released Fact Sheet #39H regarding implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and Wage and Hour Division enforcement of WIOA limitations on payment of subminimum wages under section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), effective July 22, 2016.

In conjunction with this guidance, Branch Chief Helen Applewhaite wrote a letter to current section 14(c) certificate holders about the new limitations mandated by WIOA. Under WIOA:

  • Employers may not continue to pay a subminimum wage to persons with disabilities under section 14(c) of the FLSA unless each worker, regardless of their age, has been provided with career counseling and information about self-advocacy, self-determination and peer mentoring training opportunities in their local area at specified intervals.
  • Employers are prohibited from hiring workers who are age 24 or younger unless the employer obtains, verifies, and maintains copies of documents proving that these workers have completed specific requirements (transition services, vocational rehabilitation and career counseling) designed to improve their access to competitive integrated employment.

DOL maintains a website dedicated to housing information regarding employment for workers with disabilities, which is available here.