Rehabilitation Facility / Sheltered Workshop Licenses
- Wisconsin law allows the Department of Workforce Development to license certain rehabilitation facilities and sheltered workshops to pay less than the regular minimum wage to persons with disabilities.
- Licenses are issued for up to two years. New licenses will be issued for the period from the date of issuance through March 31, 2018.
A Sheltered Workshop is a rehabilitation facility which is a charitable organization or non-profit institution that carries out a recognized program of rehabilitation for workers with disabilities. The program provides remunerative employment or other occupational rehabilitation activities of an educational or therapeutic nature.
A Work Activity Center is a rehabilitation facility, a workshop, or a physically separated department of a workshop having an identifiable program designed exclusively to provide therapeutic activities for workers with disabilities whose impairments severely weaken productive capacity.
Current Valid Licenses
The rates paid must reflect the productivity of the worker compared to the productivity of a worker not disabled for similar work and to the wages paid to experienced workers performing the same or similar work in the vicinity.
Online Licensing Application
Facilities wishing to be licensed must complete our new online Application.
- If you do not already have a DWD Logon ID, create one at the Self Registration Screen.
- To submit a license request, go to the Application for Wisconsin Rehabilitation Facility / Sheltered Workshop License.
Employers with a special minimum wage license issued by DWD are required to post this poster.
- Individual Special Minimum Wage Licenses
- Subminimum Wage Employment for Workers with Disabilities US Department of Labor site with resources for workers with disabilities, family members, employers, and advocates
Wisconsin licensees must also obtain a Certificate from the US Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, in order to operate a facility that pays less than the federal minimum wage. See the Wage and Hour Division's website.