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Payment of Wages and Unauthorized Deductions

On July 5, 2017, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed legislation (S.B. 350) prohibiting employers from making deductions from an employee’s wages except for those deductions authorized or required by law, or as expressly authorized in writing by the employee.

The law became effective July 5, 2017.

Read RI S.B. 350

Workers’ Compensation

On June 30, 2017, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed legislation (H.B. 6224) repealing the provision of the workers’ compensation law requiring injuries on and after July 1, 2023 have a “material hindrance,” defined as including only compensable injuries causing a greater than 65 percent degree of functional impairment and/or disability.

The law became effective on June 30, 2017.

Read RI H.B. 6224

Background Checks for Religious Organization Applicants and Volunteers

On June 27, 2017, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed legislation (H.B. 6059) requiring employment applicants or volunteers of a religious organization to undergo a national background check at the organization’s request as a condition of employment or participation when it involves routine contact with minors.

The law is effective July 1, 2017.

Read RI H.B. 6059