Rhode Island Minimum Wage Laws




Minimum wage

Rhode Island’s current minimum wage is $9.60. RI Dept. of Labor and Training – Minimum Wage

Rhode Island employers must also comply with federal minimum wage laws, which currently sets the federal minimum wage at $7.25. See FLSA: Minimum Wage.

If an employer chooses to pay employees minimum wage, the employer must pay those employees in accordance with the minimum wage law, either federal or state, that results in the employees being paid the higher wage. In most instances in Rhode Island, the Rhode Island minimum wage will apply as it generally guarantees a higher wage rate for employees than federal law.



Tip minimum wage

Rhode Island’s minimum wage for tipped employees is $2.89.

Rhode Island defines gratuities (tips) as monetary compensation received by an employee, either directly or indirectly, for services rendered. Employers may pay the tipped minimum wage to employees who work in jobs, except driving taxicabs and limited public motor vehicles, where gratuities are customarily and usually part of their weekly income. If an employer chooses to pay employees the tipped minimum wage, it must also ensure that the employees earn the standard minimum wage when tipped wages earned are combined with tips received. If employees are not paid the standard minimum wage when tipped wages earned are combined with tips received, the employer must pay employees the difference. RI Statute 28-12-5.




Tip pooling and sharing

Rhode Island minimum wage laws does not address tip pooling or sharing.



Subminimum wage

Employees with disabilities

Rhode Island minimum wage laws allow employers to pay employees with disabilities a wage rate less than the standard minimum wage if they obtain a special certificate from the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training to do so. RI Statute 28-12-9.



Trainees

Rhode Island minimum wage laws do not allow employers to pay trainees a subminimum wage rate that is less than the standard minimum wage.



Apprentices

Rhode Island minimum wage laws allow employers to pay apprentices a subminimum wage rate that is less than the standard minimum wage if they obtain a special certificate from the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training to do so. Employers may only pay apprentices the subminimum wage for the first 90 days of employment. RI Statute 28-12-10.



Learners

Rhode Island minimum wage laws also employers to pay learners a subminimum wage rate that is less than the standard minimum wage if they obtain a special certificate from the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training to do so. Employers may only pay learners the subminimum wage for the first 90 days of employment. RI Statute 28-12-10 .



Student learners

Rhode Island minimum wage laws do not allow employers to pay student learners a subminimum wage rate that is less the standard minimum wage unless they qualify for the learner subminimum wage exception.



Student workers

Rhode Island minimum wage laws do not allow employers to pay student workers a subminimum wage rate that is less the standard minimum wage unless they qualify for the learner subminimum wage exception.