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Work-Based Learning (WBL) is an effective approach in delivering career and technical education and training to youth with disabilities. The WBL approach provides these services in community workplace settings rather than in conventional school environments. Because WBL activities take place in workplace settings, they must comply with the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) administered through the U.S. Department of Labor and state labor laws.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997 and policy guidelines adopted by the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education encourage the operation of WBL programs. Amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) require transition services planning and implementation for youth with disabilities; U.S. Departments of Labor and Education guidelines ensure that these services can be delivered in workplace settings according to the FLSA.
This Handbook for Implementing a Comprehensive Work-Based Learning Program According to the Fair Labor Standards Act provides guidance to schools operating WBL programs and encourages the adoption of WBL programs by schools not presently using this approach. By following the information and examples in this handbook, schools can proceed with confidence to operate effective WBL programs consistent with the FLSA.
The handbook has three sections. Section One introduces the events and actions leading to the development of WBL and guidelines promoting this approach consistent with the FLSA. Section Two presents answers to the questions most frequently asked by school personnel in carrying out WBL programs compliant with the FLSA. Section Three describes the WBL experiences of eight students ages 14-21. Sample forms, agreements, and supporting documentation required under IDEA and FLSA are included in these examples whenever possible.
Appendices to the handbook provide additional resource information including: (a) regional offices and personnel of the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division providing assistance with FLSA requirements, (b) organizations involved in planning and delivering transition services to youth with disabilities, and (c) information on Supplemental Security Income Work Incentives available to transition-age youth with disabilities.
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Citation: Johnson, D. R., Sword,
C., & Habhegger, B. (2004). Essential tools: Handbook for implementing
a comprehensive work-based learning program according to the Fair Labor
Standards Act (3rd ed.). Minneapolis, MN: University of
Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration, National Center on Secondary
Education and Transition.
This document was published by the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET). NCSET is supported through a cooperative agreement #H326J000005 with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of the U.S. Department of Education Programs, and no official endorsement should be inferred. The University of Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition are equal opportunity employers and educators.