10a NCAC 27g .5803      OPERATIONS

(a)  Population Served.  Each supported employment program shall be designed primarily to serve individuals who are 16 years of age or older.

(b)  Business Practices:

(1)           For supported employment programs operated by an area program or its contract agency, if the supported employment program seeks or receives remuneration for goods or services provided to another individual, organization or business:

(A)          Supplies, materials or tools, if provided by the supported employment program, shall be identified as a separate amount in the bid price;

(B)          Wages paid to supported employment clients shall be on a piece rate or hourly commensurate wage basis;

(C)          Each client involved in productive work shall receive a written statement for each pay period which indicates gross pay, hours worked and deductions; and

(D)          Prices for goods produced in the supported employment shall be equal to or exceed the cost of production (including commensurate wages, overhead, tools and materials).

(2)           If the client is an employee of another individual, organization or business, the supported employment shall review client earnings information on at least an annual basis to ensure appropriateness of pay rates and amounts.

(3)           Clients shall be counseled concerning their rights and responsibilities in such matters as wages, hours, working conditions, social security, redress for injury and the consequences of their own tortious or unethical conduct.

(c)  Handbook.  For supported employment programs which provide a handbook to each individual served, the handbook shall contain information about programs and services:

(1)           The client handbook shall be written in a manner comprehensible to clients and reflective of adult status.

(2)           Each client shall be given a handbook, and the handbook shall be reviewed with the client.

(d)  Safety Educational Program.  Supported employment services shall include the teaching of accident prevention and occupational safety specific to the job duties of each vocational placement.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 122C‑26; 143B‑147;

Eff. May 1, 1996.