Hawaii "disability subminimum wage" repealed

On June 16, 2021, Governor David Ige signed legislation, effective immediately, repealing the state’s “disability subminimum wage," which permitted employers to pay employees with disabilities a wage below the state minimum wage. In support of repeal, the Hawaii legislature cited the Arizona Advisory Committee on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights findings which reported that the minimum wage exemption no longer served its original purpose in providing a training opportunity towards competitive employment for workers with disabilities, but achieved stagnation in workshops and was a discriminatory practice against workers with disabilities.  

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