Rhode Island Layoff laws & HR compliance analysis

Rhode Island Layoff: What you need to know

While Rhode Island has no layoff notice requirements of its own, state agencies assist in enforcing the requirements of the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act).
The WARN Act is designed to give employees advance notice of a layoff in order to find another job or to seek retraining in a new occupation and to give the state adequate preparation time to assist the affected workers.
There is a detailed discussion of the WARN Act available.
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The WARN Act requires employers to notify their state dislocated worker unit when layoffs occur.
Employers in Rhode Island should visit http://www.dlt.ri.gov/bwc/WARN.htm for further details and contact information.
In certain circumstances, Rhode Island law requires the payment of wages within 1 day of a layoff. When an employee is laid off or separated from employment as a result of the employer liquidating the business, merging the business, disposing of the business, or moving the business out of state, all wages become immediately due and payable within 24 hours of the time of separation at the usual place of payment.
Additionally, if the employee has completed at least 1 year of service with the employer, holiday pay, vacation pay in full or on a prorated basis, and insurance benefits due the employee under a collective bargaining agreement, company policy, or other agreement between the employer and employee are considered unpaid wages for this purpose (RI Gen. Laws Sec. 28-14-4).
In Rhode Island, employers may be able to avoid layoffs through the state's WorkShare alternative. The WorkShare program allows employers to retain their skilled workers during times of ...

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