Rhode Island Minimum Wage laws & HR compliance analysis

Rhode Island Minimum Wage: What you need to know

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Several occupations and industries are exempt from Rhode Island's minimum wage provisions, including (RI Gen. Laws Sec. 28-12-3 et seq.):
• Domestic servants in private homes
• Traveling or outside salespeople
• Agricultural workers
• Federal employees
• Newspaper carriers, caddies, shoe shiners, and the like
• Seasonal employees of certain resorts
• Employer's parent, spouse, or child under the age of 18
• Volunteers
• Bona fide exempt positions as defined by the Fair Labor Standards Act
Minors aged 14 and 15 years who work 24 hours or less in a week may be paid 75 percent of the minimum wage rate.
Full-time students under the age of 19 who are working in nonprofit religious, library, educational, or community service organizations may be paid 90 percent of the minimum wage rate.
The director of labor may issue special certificates allowing employment at wages below the minimum for (RI Gen. Laws Sec. 28-12-5):
• Workers with disabilities
• Learners and apprentices, but only for the first 90 days of employment
Rhode Island employers must post the provisions of the state minimum wage law in a conspicuous location in the workplace. A poster that satisfies this requirement may be downloaded from the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training's website at http://www.dlt.ri.gov.
Employers must also post a notice outlining the federal minimum wage requirements. This notice is available from the U.S. Department of Labor at http://www.dol.gov/whd.

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