The Transitioning to Integrated and Meaningful Employment (TIME) Act (H.R.1377) is bipartisan legislation introduced to remove a significant barrier to employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. This legislation would phase out 14(c) special wage certificates over a six-year period that which allows employers to pay individuals with disabilities sub-minimum wages, sometimes as low as thirty cents an hour.
NDSS strongly supports this legislation, which was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman Gregg Harper (R-MS), because it will help pave the way for equality in the workplace for people with Down syndrome and other disabilities, many of whom work in settings that fail to prepare them for integrated employment in the mainstream economy. By phasing out the special wage certificates, the legislation will give people with disabilities access to the work and training environments that will allow them to acquire meaningful skills and better employment opportunities. During the phase-out period, employers that currently hold special wage certificates will be required to conducted individual assessments of those who are paid below the wage, and develop a plan to transition employees to more competitive and integrated employment opportunities.