Action Alert: House Introduces Bill to Phase Out 14(c)
APSE Supports the Transformation to Competitive Integrated Employment Act
Call Congress to let them know that we support competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities!
Yesterday, the House Committee on Education and Labor introduced the Transformation to Competitive integrated Employment Act (HR2373). This bipartisan bill calls for the phase-out of 14(c) with a simultaneous investment in resources to support states and employers to transition workers with disabilities into fully competitive and integrated employment in their communities.
TAKE ACTION! Now the REAL work begins!
If your Member of Congress is a member of the House Education & Labor Committee, please call and thank them (and make sure they are a co-sponsor of the bill!). A list of committee members can be found by clicking here.
We need co-sponsors and support for this bill in the House. Please call, email or Tweet at your Members.
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We also need co-sponsors in the Senate - particularly Republican co-sponsors. Please call, email, or Tweet your Senators.
About the bill:
The bill authorizes two competitive grant programs to support states and employers to strengthen and expand their competitive integrated employment service delivery system and the phase-out of subminimum wage programs.
Employers must gradually increase wages from 60% of the minimum wage beginning 6 months after the enactment of the Act and up to the full minimum wage beginning 4 years after the first increase. During the phase-out, no new certificates may be issued to employers.
The bill authorizes an appropriation of $300 million for fiscal years 2020 through 2025. Additionally, states successfully completing a grant will receive a 25 percent increase in Supported Employment appropriations for five years following successful completion of the grant.
For the press release on the Transformation to Competitive Integrated Employment Act, click here.
For a fact sheet on the Transformation to Competitive Integrated Employment Act, click here.
For the bill text of the Transformation to Competitive Integrated Employment Act, click here.
For a section-by-section of the Transformation to Competitive Integrated Employment Act, click here.
GAO Report on the Subminimum Wage Program: Factors Influencing the Transition of Individuals with Disabilities to Competitive Integrated Employment (Mar. 2021)
APSE's Statement on the Elimination of 14(c) and Subminimum Wage (Mar. 2019)
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Report on Subminimum Wages and the Impact of Civil Rights for People with Disabilities (Sept. 2020)
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