On June 16, 2021, Hawaii repealed the ability of employers in the state to pay lower wage rates to employees with disabilities. As a result, employers in Hawaii are now required to pay their disabled employees a wage rate at or above the minimum wage.
The amendment does not prohibit employers from paying lower wage rates to learners, apprentices, full-time students and paroled wards of Hawaii youth correctional facilities. However, employers must follow all requirements prescribed by the subminimum special wage certificates issued by the Hawaii Department of Labor & Industrial Relations.
Next Steps for Employers
Employers in Hawaii should review and adjust their payroll practices and procedures as necessary to ensure employees with disabilities are paid at least minimum wage rate.