Establishing "Employment First” Policy and Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Pennsylvanians with a Disability


State Policies & Initiatives: 
Executive Orders
“….I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and other laws, do hereby order and direct as follows:
1.  “Employment First” is the policy of all Commonwealth executive branch agencies under the jurisdiction of the Governor.  This policy reflects the Commonwealth’s goal of making the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania a model state when it comes to creating a climate hospitable to workers with a disability.
a.  The definition of Employment First is that competitive integrated employment is the first consideration and preferred outcome of publicly-funded education, training, employment and related services, and long-term supports and services for working-age Pennsylvanians with a disability, as “disability” is defined in each agency’s governing statutes and rules.
b.  The definition of competitive integrated employment for purposes of this Executive Order is the definition contained in the WIOA, which is work performed on a full or part-time basis (including self-employment) for which a person is:
(1)   Compensated at not less than federal minimum wage requirements or State or local minimum wage law (whichever is higher) and not less than the customary rate paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by people without a disability;…”
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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