While receiving training at Elm
City Center, you will be given real work to perform whenever possible. You
will receive pay as a training incentive. It is not wages for services
rendered. Your pay will depend on the type of work training you do. In some
jobs you are paid for each piece or unit you complete. In other jobs you are
paid an hourly rate. Your pay depends on the amount of work you do. The more
work you do, the more pay. Your pay also depends on your quality or how good
you do. The better you do, the higher your pay.
Because you are in training, your
pay may average less than the “minimum wage.” The U.S. Department of Labor
has given the center a special certificate. This certificate allows Elm City
to pay less than the minimum wage during training. If you are paid less than
the minimum wage, the certificate requires the center to pay you an amount
that is “commensurate” with your ability. This means the center must base
your pay on the type, quantity, and quality of work you do compared to
workers without disabilities doing the same or similar work in industry.
Our US Department of Labor
certificate is posted on bulletin boards in Teaford, Hanback, and Workshop.
This allows you to learn at your
own rate and to increase your incentive pay as you improve quality and
speed. All training incentives are based on a survey of the same type jobs
within local industry. Elm City surveys the local area at least annually for
the prevailing rates paid for similar jobs. Your work and production are
reviewed at least every six months and your rate adjusted up or down
You are not paid for class time,
recreation or therapy.
You are not paid for time when
you refuse to work or do not work.
You are not paid for days you are
You are paid only for work that
Your pay may go up or down
according to the amount of work available, your speed, your quality.
Your pay is a training program
incentive. It is not wages and no employment relationship is intended.
At times you will be assigned to
work samples which are used for testing or training purposes. The center
will receive no benefit from this work. You will not receive payment for
this type assignment, and will be advised of this when you are assigned.
Paychecks are issued every Friday
for the previous week’s work.
If you have any questions about
your check or how you are paid, please ask your Program Manager.