AB 488, as amended, Gonzalez. Rehabilitation: dignity stipend.
Existing state and federal laws provide for payment of a special minimum wage for workers with disabilities that is lower than the established minimum wage rate, under specified circumstances. Existing law authorizes the Department of Rehabilitation to regulate vocational rehabilitation services, which are defined as specified services and goods to assist persons with disabilities in employment.
This bill would define “dignity stipend” as the value provided by an employer to workers defined by the Department of Rehabilitation as eligible individuals with
begin delete mental disabilitiesend delete when the employer pays a special minimum wage to those workers, operates a community rehabilitation program certified by the Department of Rehabilitation that provides services to those workers, and the hourly wage plus the hourly cost of providing those services exceeds 125% of the California minimum wage rate for those workers. The bill would require the department to determine whether an employer that operates a community rehabilitation program provides a dignity stipend, when certifying the program.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 19155 is added to the Welfare and
2Institutions Code, to read:
“Dignity stipend” means the value provided by an
4employer to workers defined by the Department of Rehabilitation
5as eligible individuals with
begin delete mental disabilitiesend delete under the following conditions:
8(a) The employer operates a community rehabilitation program
9certified by the Department of Rehabilitation that provides
10vocational rehabilitation services to the workers described in
12(b) The employer pays a special minimum wage to workers
13with disabilities pursuant to Section 214(c) of Title 29 of the United
14States Code or Section 1191 or 1191.5 of the Labor Code.
15(c) The hourly wage described in subdivision (b) added to the
16 employer’s hourly cost of providing the services described in
17subdivision (a) exceeds 125 percent of the California minimum
18wage rate for each of the workers described in subdivision (b).
Section 19405 is added to the Welfare and Institutions
20Code, to read:
The department shall determine, in certifying a
22community rehabilitation program, whether the employer that
23operates the program provides a dignity stipend as defined in