Rhode Island Holidays laws & HR compliance analysis

Rhode Island Holidays: What you need to know

Rhode Island observes the following as official holidays:
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January 1 New Year's Day
3rd Monday in January Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday
3rd Monday in February Washington's Birthday
4th day of May Rhode Island Independence Day
Last Monday in May Memorial Day
July 4 Independence Day
2nd Monday in August Victory Day
1st Monday in September Labor Day
2nd Monday in October Columbus Day
1st Tuesday after 1st Monday in November (Biennially) Election Day
November 11 Veterans Day
4th Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day
December 25 Christmas Day
The governor, president, or state or federal legislatures may appoint additional holidays. If a holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, state employees observe it on the following Monday (RI Gen. Laws Sec. 25-1-1 et seq.).
Generally, under Rhode Island law, employees who work on Sundays and holidays must be paid at least one and one-half times the normal rate of pay. Employees cannot be discharged or otherwise penalized for refusing to work on a Sunday or holiday.
For purposes of this law, "holidays" include New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Victory Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
Certain employers are exempt from these requirements by statute or regulation, including manufacturers that operate for 7 continuous days per week; chauffeur-driven limousine or taxicab companies that operate 7 days per week, 24 hours per day; and car rental companies at the state's airports that are required to operate on Sundays and holidays. Manufacturers that operate three shifts or begin the workweek on Sundays may begin the workweek at 11:00 p.m. on Sunday and are not required to pay employees at the overtime ...

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Rhode Island Holidays Resources

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Handouts Managing Holiday Celebrations (Handout)
Policies Holidays
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