- FLSA Section 14(c) Advisor
Certification Under FLSA Section 14(c)
Only employers who are certifiedthose who have applied for and received a certificate from the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Divisionmay choose to pay special minimum wages (SMWs) to workers with disabilities that diminish the productivity of their work. For general information about the FLSA Section 14(c) certification process, please read Fact Sheet 39A, How to Obtain a Certificate Authorizing the Payment of Special Minimum Wages to Workers with Disabilities under Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Certificates are issued under FLSA Section 14(c) to prevent the curtailment of employment opportunities for workers with disabilities. When issued, the same certificate will authorize the employer to pay special minimum wages to workers with disabilities that impair their performance on work subject to the FLSA, the McNamara-OHara Service Contract Act (SCA), the Walsh-Healy Public Contracts Act (PCA) and the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA).
It is important to note that the granting of a certificate is not a statement of compliance by the Wage and Hour Division. Possession of a certificate does not convey a good faith defense should violations of the law occur.
In this section, you can learn about the various types of certificates, review the application process and access the materials needed to apply for a certificate. Select the issue about which you want more information:
- Types of certificates issued under FLSA Section 14(c)
- How to apply for a certificate and obtain certificate application forms
- Whom to contact with questions about the application process
- Employer attestations required during the application process
- How applications are processed and how to expedite the process
- Denial of applications for certification
- Expiration of certificates
- Renewal of certificates
- Revocation of certificates