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Stream Three: Job Quality and Retention

Even when people with disabilities obtain employment, they encounter challenges that can make it difficult to earn a living wage above poverty levels, and retain employment. The three research studies are: (1) impact of increased wages of people with disabilities as a result of state policy that raised minimum wage rates above the federal level, and/or eliminated subminimum wage levels for people with significant disabilities; (2) expansion of how paid leave benefits people with disabilities and helps them retain employment, particularly paid sick leave, and paid family and medical leave; and (3) expansion of telework and remote work as triggered by the COVID-19 crisis, with the importance and effects of home-based work for people with disabilities, who are already more likely than those without disabilities to work from home, and who can reap the benefits of flexible scheduling, individualized accommodations and “natural” supports.