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Maine Eliminates Subminimum Wage for Disabled Workers

April 6, 2020, 9:00 PM

Maine eliminated the subminimum wage that was paid to some workers with disabilities under a bill signed by Gov. Janet Mills (D).

The measure (LD 1874), which was signed March 18, is to take effect June 16, 2020, the state said April 6 in a news release.

Under the law, employers many no longer pay less than the minimum wage to those with a mental or physical disability. A special certificate that authorized the subminimum wage for employers becomes invalid after the law takes effect.

No Maine employer now has a valid certificate, which led to the decision to end the subminimum wage, the state said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Christine Pulfrey in Washington at cpulfrey@bloombergtax.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Trimarchi at mtrimarchi@bloombergtax.com