BY: Citizens Count
This week Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) signed a bill that prohibits sub-minimum wage for workers with disabilities.
Under previous law, employers could pay workers with disabilities sub-minimum wage. In theory, this created job opportunities for people with disabilities who might not otherwise find work.
Supporters of the new law argue that used sub-minimum wages exploit workers with disabilities.
Right now there are no employers in New Hampshire paying workers with disabilities sub-minimum wages.
However, NHPR estimates that nationwide 400,000 employees with disabilities are paid sub-minimum wages. Gov. Hassan says other states have called her office inquiring about the new law.