The State of California minimum wage increases to $12.00 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees and $11.00 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees on January 1, 2019. The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has been allocated additional funds by the Legislature for dissemination to service providers to meet the increased minimum wage mandate. It is important to note that the funds allocated by DDS are solely to meet a service provider's costs to increase employee/staff wages to $12.00 per hour (or $11.00 per hour based on the number of employees) and the associated mandated costs (i.e. Social Security, Medicare and workers’ compensation). Please click on the link below to read the letter from DDS, then click on the Workbook link to complete your request for a rate adjustment. SPECIAL NOTE: Only one rate adjustment request per workbook. You must submit one workbook for each vendor number. If a vendor number has multiple rates that are impacted by the minimum wage increase, you must submit one workbook for each sub-code rate. REMINDER: The deadline to submit is March 1, 2019. Requests submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.
Held annually, National Disability Employment Awareness Month is led by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, but its true spirit lies in the many observances held at the grassroots level across the nation every year. Employers of all sizes and in all industries are encouraged to participate in NDEAM.
For specific ideas about how you can support National Disability Employment Awareness Month, visit www.dol.gov/ndeam. Suggestions range from simple, such as putting up a poster, to comprehensive, such as implementing a disability education program. Regardless, all play an important part in fostering a more inclusive workforce, one where every person is recognized for his or her abilities — every day of every month.
Governor Brown Signs Legislation to Further Employment Outcomes for People with Disabilities
Governor Brown recently signed SB 1274 (Developmental services: Data exchange). The bill, authored by Senator McGuire, authorizes data sharing between the Department of Social Services and the Department of Developmental Services regarding CalFresh and CalWORKS program. SB 1274 also builds upon AB 1696, signed into law last year, which authorized data sharing between the Employment Development Department and the Department of Developmental Services.
These two sets of data will be examined by the Employment First Committee to improve their understanding of implementation of the competitive integrated employment policy for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “Data is so important to the work we do at the State Council. We rely on it to implement policies. We are grateful for the leadership of Governor Brown and Senator McGuire for making this data sharing legislation a reality,” stated Council Chairperson Sandra Smith.
By obtaining more nuanced data, the Employment First Committee can better analyze the factors that contribute to progress toward competitive integrated employment. The additional data will also assist the Committee in the development of more effective data driven policy and strategy recommendations to improve employment opportunities for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. SB 1274 is another positive step in realizing the goal of competitive integrated employment for every Californian with an intellectual or developmental disability.