Kansas lawmakers are currently discussing a proposal that could have a significant impact on disabled workers in the state. The bill in question is focused on eliminating provisions that currently exempt disabled employees from the minimum wage laws of Kansas. If passed, it would mean that disabled workers in the state would finally receive the same minimum wage as their non-disabled counterparts.
Data shows that there are currently around 122,000 disabled workers in Kansas. As it stands, these workers may earn less than the federally mandated minimum wage of $7.25 per hour due to the existing exemption. While many advocates have spoken out in support of the bill, others have voiced concerns about potential job losses or increased costs for employers.
Across the US, minimum wages have been a topic of much debate in recent years, with many states introducing increases to their own minimum wage laws. However, disabled and tipped workers often earn subminimum wages, meaning that they don’t benefit from any increases.
Should the Kansas proposal become law, it could have far-reaching consequences for disabled workers throughout the state. Employers would be required to pay all employees the same minimum wage, regardless of their disability status. Time will tell whether the bill will ultimately pass, but it’s clear that the conversation surrounding minimum wage and disability rights is an ongoing one.