Wages for Individuals with Disabilities Impacted Under New Federal Contract Rules
February 14, 2014
President Obama signed an Executive Order raising the Federal Minimum Wage to $10.10 per hour for all Federal Contractors. This order includes a raise for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who may currently work under special minimum wage certificates on Federal Contracts. Highlights of the order are listed below. To read the full order click here.
Raising the Minimum Wage through Executive Order to $10.10 for Federal Contract Workers
Details of the Executive Order
- The Executive Order will raise the minimum wage to $10.10 effective for new contracts beginning January 1, 2015. The higher wage will apply to new contracts and replacements for expiring contracts.
- Benefits hundreds of thousands of hardworking Americans. There are hundreds of thousands of people working under contracts with the federal government to provide services or construction who are currently making less than $10.10 an hour.
- Includes an increase in the tipped minimum wage. This executive order also includes provisions to make sure that tipped workers earn at least $10.10 overall, through a combination of tips and an employer contribution. Employers are currently required to pay a minimum base wage of $2.13 per hour, a base that has remained unchanged for over twenty years, and if a worker's tips do not add up to the minimum wage, the employer must make up the difference. Under the Executive Order, employers are required to ensure that tipped workers earn at least $10.10 an hour. The Executive Order requires that employers pay a minimum base wage of $4.90 for new contracts and replacements for expiring contracts put out for bid after January 1, 2015. That amount increases by 95 cents per year until it reaches 70 percent of the regular minimum wage, and if a worker's tips do not add up to at least $10.10, the employer will be required to pay the difference.
- Covers individuals with disabilities. Under current law, workers whose productivity is affected because of their disabilities may be paid less than the wage paid to others doing the same job under certain specialized certificate programs. Under this Executive Order, all individuals working under service or concessions contracts with the federal government will be covered by the same $10.10 per hour minimum wage protections.
- Value for the federal government and taxpayers. The increase will take effect for new contracts and replacements for expiring contracts put out for bid after the effective date of the order, so contractors will have time to prepare and price their bids accordingly.
Florida Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day Announced
January 21, 2014
The Arc of Florida has teamed with the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council to host the 2014 Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day at the Florida Capitol on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. The Agency for Persons with Disabilities will also participate.
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day is an opportunity for members of the disability community to meet with legislators and advocate for issues important to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. (I/DD) Exhibitor opportunities are also available.
For more information on DD Awareness Day, contact Vanda Bowman at
or 850.448.4180 or Jay Schleuning at
Photo: Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day 2013
Photo: Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day 2011
Housing Improvements Announced For Floridians with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
The Arc of Florida Chapters Awarded More Than $1.2 Million for Construction
December 13, 2013
The Board of Directors of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation today voted to award $1,276,724 in grants to eight chapters of The Arc of Florida. Funds were appropriated by the Florida Legislature during the 2013 Legislative Session. They will be used to build new and renovate existing homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. (I/DD)
"This is wonderful news for the individuals our agencies serve," said Deborah Linton, Chief Executive Officer of The Arc of Florida, a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of individuals with I/DD. "The funding will allow our chapters to keep their group homes updated and continue to provide high quality places for Floridians with I/DD to live."
Several months ago, The Arc of Florida hired a consultant to work with chapters developing their proposals. Chapters receiving funds include:
The Arc of the Nature Coast/Hernando County $325,000
Arc Gateway/Escambia County $312,076
The Arc of Bradford County $324,940
UPARC/Pinellas County $60,000
The Arc of St. Lucie County $72,000
The Arc of North Florida/Suwannee County $62,822
The Arc of Alachua County $71,886
Horizons of Okaloosa County $48,000
The work will begin sometime in early 2014 and be completed by September 30, 2015
Funding for The Arc Village Approved
(News Release from The Arc Jacksonville)
December 13, 2013
Jacksonville, FL, December 13, 2013– The Board of The Florida Housing Finance Corporation today approved an award of almost $10.8 million in affordable housing tax credits plus $4.5 million in state funds (including a $1.5 million developmental disability grant) for construction of The Arc Village, a planned neighborhood for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be located near the intersection of Hodges and Beach Boulevards. These funds will be added to $2.4 million pledged in community philanthropy to secure the $17.7 million necessary for The Arc Jacksonville to move forward with The Village project. A gap of $4 million in additional philanthropy is needed to complete The Arc Village campaign. Groundbreaking for The Arc Village project is anticipated in late Spring 2014, and completion of construction is expected in Spring 2015.
The affordable housing tax credit program is governed by the U.S. Department of Treasury, under provisions of the Tax Reform Act of 1986 and the Internal Revenue Code. Funds are allocated according to population to states for distribution. The program in Florida is operated by The Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC). The Florida Housing board announced the award to The Arc Village project at their meeting in Orlando.
Private philanthropy raised during The Arc Jacksonville's capital campaign "silent phase" was critical to accompany the tax credit award and additional state grant funding in order to provide a total of an estimated $17.7 million necessary for initial construction and development for The Arc Village. The additional $4 million being sought will fund furnishings for common areas, vehicles, equipment, core staff training, start-up operations and an endowment.
The Arc Jacksonville Village supporters will gather to celebrate this milestone on Wed., December 18, 2013 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the agency headquarters, 1050 North Davis Street.
The Arc Jacksonville is a 501(c)3 nonprofit advocacy and assistance organization established in 1965 to serve adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Approximately 400 adults benefit daily from day programs, residential homes, young adult experiences and services in employment, mental health and behavior modification.
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Judy Hall Lanier, Director of Development at 904.355.0155 or email at