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Current Legislation in Rhode Island

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HB 7287 - Relating to Labor and Labor Relations - Minimum Wages

This measure relates to minimum wages for persons impaired due to physical or mental disability. Specifically, this would repeal current law that 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.

HB 7570 - Relating to Labor and Labor Relations - Wages

This measure increases the minimum wage by using an annual fixed amount until January 1, 2024, where it reaches to $15.00 per hour.

This measure implements the following minimum wage increase schedule:

    1. Commencing July 1, 2020, the minimum wage is $11.25 per hour.
    2. Commencing January 1, 2021, the minimum wage is $12.00 per hour.
    3. Commencing January 1, 2022, the minimum wage is $13.00 per hour.
    4. Commencing January 1, 2023, the minimum wage is $14.00 per hour.
    5. Commencing January 1, 2024, the minimum wage is $15.00 per hour.
    6. Commencing January 1, 2025 and each year after, the minimum wage is to increase by the percentage increase in the cost of living, calculated by the percentage increase of the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, rounded up to the nearest multiple of five cents.

This measure establishes the following tip wage schedule:

    1. Commencing July 1, 2020, the minimum wage is no less than $5.00 per hour.
    2. Commencing January 1, 2021, the minimum wage is no less than $6.50 per hour.
    3. Commencing January 1, 2022, the minimum wage is no less than $8.00 per hour.
    4. Commencing January 1, 2023, the minimum wage is no less than $9.50 per hour.
    5. Commencing January 1, 2024, the minimum wage is no less than $11.00 per hour.
    6. Commencing January 1, 2025, the minimum wage is no less than $12.50 per hour.
    7. Commencing January 1, 2026, the minimum wage is no less than $14.00 per hour.
    8. Commencing January 1, 2027, the minimum wage is no less than the minimum wage.

HB 7875 - An Act Relating to Labor and Labor Relations - Hours and Scheduling

This measure relates to predictive scheduling. Specifically, this would require employers to give their employees at least two (2) weeks' notice of their work schedules, would require employers to pay their employees additional pay if they change their previously scheduled shift, and would grant increased scheduling notice, with corresponding remedies, to employees for violations of their rights.

SB 2143 - An Act Relating to Labor and Labor Relations - Minimum Wages

This measure would raise the minimum wage. Specifically, this would gradually increase the hourly minimum wage from $10.50 to $15 by July 1, 2024, as well as gradually increasing the hourly minimum wage for employees receiving gratuities from $3.89 an hour to $15 an hour by January 1, 2028. Increases subsequent to those dates would be tied in to the consumer price index for urban wage earners and clerical workers (CPI-W).

SB 2296 - An Act Relating to Labor and Labor Relations - Fair Employment Practices

This measure addresses wage discrimination by expanding employee protections and the scope of the remedies available to employees who have experienced wage discrimination. Specifically, no employer shall pay any of its employees at a wage rate less than the rate paid to employees of another race or color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age, country of ancestral origin, or any other characteristics enumerated in § 28-5-5, for comparable work, except where the employer meets the standards set forth in subsection (b) of this section.

SR 2406 - Senate Resolution Creating A Special Legislative Commission To Study And Review Rhode Island's Minimum Wage

This measure regards a study commission to study wage changes.  Specifically, the resolution would create an eleven member special legislative study commission  whose purpose it would be to study Rhode Island’s minimum wage, and who would report back to the Senate no later than March 1, 2021, and whose life would expire on June 1, 2021.