Employment and Labor Laws

Rhode Island

2016



October 2016

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September 2016

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August 2016

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July 2016

July 20 – Gov. Raimondo signed a law limiting when employers may make deductions from or withhold employees’ wages

July 20, 2016, Gov. Raimondo signed a law limiting when employers may make deductions from or withhold employees’ wages. Under the new law, employers may only make deductions from or withhold employees’ wages if:

  • permitted by federal or state law or
  • only after getting written or electronic approval from the employee

The new law went into effect on signing.

For more information, read RI House Bill 7254.



June 2016

June 6 – Governor Raimondo signed a law making it illegal for employers to discipline or penalize employees for receiving and complying with a subpoena

On June 6, 2016, Governor Raimondo signed a law making it illegal for employers to discipline or penalizing employees for receiving and complying with a subpoena, when the employee give prompt notice to the employer that they have received the subpoena. Under the new law, employers are not required to pay employees for missed time when complying with a subpoena.

The law went into effect immediately.

For more information, read Rhode Island House Bill 7005.



May 2016

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April 2016

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March 2016

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February 2016

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January 2016

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