- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire is soon to become the first state to prohibit employers from paying sub-minimum wages to people with disabilities.

Gov. Maggie Hassan signed a bill Thursday establishing this policy, and it will take effect in 60 days.

Existing New Hampshire law says post-secondary organizations or rehabilitation facilities can establish training programs at sub-minimum wage rates or no wages for people with disabilities. This bill replaces that law with language saying no one can employ a person with disabilities for less than the minimum wage.

Hassan says no New Hampshire employers currently pay lower than minimum wage to workers with disabilities. Still, she says, the bill is an important way to showcase the state’s belief that all people should be able to fully participate in society.

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