Rhode Island Employment and Labor Law Updates 2022


December

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


November

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


October

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


September

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


August

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


July

Renewable Energy Projects Labor Standards

Bill

House Bill 8074 (2021)

Summary

Adds a new chapter known as the Labor Standards in Renewable Energy Projects; provides definitions, responsibilities of the developer and the state, prevailing wage payment, sworn certification of compliance, payment of wages due, and recordkeeping with the power of enforcement vested in the Department of Labor and Training.

Enacted

07/18/2022

Effective Date

01/01/2023

Topics

Agreements: Project_labor; Industry: Energy; Wage_and_Hour: Prevailing_wage


Tip Protection

Bill

Senate Bill 2246 (2021)

Summary

Provides that a tip is the sole property of the tipped employee; provides that any arrangement between the employer and the tipped employee whereby any part of the tip received becomes the property of the employer is prohibited; provides that service charges are part of the employer’s gross receipts; provides that sums distributed to employees from service charges cannot be counted as tips received, but may be used to satisfy the employer’s minimum wage and overtime requirements.

Enacted

07/14/2022

Effective Date

06/28/2022

Topics

Wage_and_Hour: Gratuities, Service_charge; Wage_and_Hour: Tips


Building Service Work

Bill

Senate Bill 2412 (2021)

Summary

Prohibits employers from receiving any portion of the tips given by customers to their tipped employees, with limited exceptions for credit card service charges; allows non-tipped employees to participate in a tip pool in instances where the employer pays the full minimum wage.

Enacted

07/14/2022

Effective Date

06/28/2022

Topics

Industry: Govt_contractor, Janitorial_services, Security_services; Wage_and_Hour: Prevailing_wage


Tip Protection

Bill

House Bill 7510 (2021)

Summary

Prohibits employers from receiving any portion of the tips given by customers to their tipped employees, with limited exceptions for credit card service charges; allows non-tipped employees to participate in a tip pool in instances where the employer pays the full minimum wage.

Enacted

07/10/2022

Effective Date

06/28/2022

Topics

Wage_and_Hour: Credit_card_fees, Service_charge, Tip_pools, Tips


June

Employment of Women and Children

Bill

Senate Bill 2418 (2021)

Summary

Requires children who seek a special limited work permit to successfully complete a training program which shall address workers’ rights, workplace health and safety, and workers’ compensation, to be established and funded by the department of labor and training.

Enacted

06/16/2022

Effective Date

06/15/2022

Topics

Wage_and_Hour: Certificate, Child_labor


Minimum Wage for Disabled Persons

Bill

House Bill 7511 (2021)

Summary

Repeals specified section of the general laws which provides that the director of labor and training may approve of wages below the minimum wage for those persons whose earning capacity is impaired due to physical or mental disability.

Enacted

06/17/2022

Effective Date

06/15/2022

Topics

Employment_relations: Disabled_employee; Wage_and_Hour: Minimum_wage, Subminimum_wage


Requirements for Employment of Women and Children

Bill

House Bill 6652 (2021)

Summary

Requires children who seek a special limited work permit to successfully complete a training program which shall address worker rights, workplace health and safety, and workers compensation, to be established and funded by the Department of Labor and Training.

Enacted

06/17/2022

Effective Date

06/15/2022

Topics

Employment_relations: 14_and_up; Wage_and_Hour: Certificate, Child_labor


May

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


April

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


March

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


February

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


January

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.

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