Friday, February 27, 2015
Special Minimum wage
Today Char starts a new job. She will be working at a Comfort Inn hotel as part of the housecleaning crew. She was so happy. Right now she is training and is only scheduled one full day a week. I am concerned about one thing. It says she will be paid a "special minimum wage". I need to find out what exactly that is. I don't want her being "taken". It is a federal program from what I found out, that gives tax benefits to companies that hire intellectually disabled persons. However, I am reading that places like Goodwill, abuse it. They pay like .40 an hour. I cannot for sure say, the articles I read are factual. Today I am going to look into it. I did read in her paperwork that it would be 50% less than the minimum wage - so that would be like $5 an hour. I have to know for sure. I believe it is like training.
I wish she could get a job on her own - without help from the agency, for disabled people. But she has terrible memory issues that seem to be getting worse. Navy said, that maybe this is good while she builds up confidence. She totally has no confidence in herself. She will be working with a crew - the last 3 jobs she had, she was let go - due to her memory and not making good decisions. She was working at 3 childcare facilities and forgot about a child. I believe the other 2 times, were similar issues.
Her divorce is not final yet but should be around April. That abusive marriage set her back.
In the past year, she has accomplished more than she thought.
1. She got her SSI
2. She bought a car
3. Started volunteering at the CalVet home
4. She joined a church group for young adults
5. Went camping for the first time
6. Went to a group-church camp out for the first time
7. Learned to play pool
8. got a job.
I wish I could look back in my year, and say I have accomplished THAT much.
United States Labor: Works with disabilities who are enrolled in rehabilitation programs
Disabled workers paid just pennies an hour and it's legal
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