The current minimum wage in Rhode Island is $10.50.
The minimum wage for tipped employees is $3.89.
State law requires employers to pay non-exempt employees an overtime rate of 1 ½ their regular rate for all hours worked in a workweek in excess of 40.
The federal overtime rule stipulates that the minimum salary requirement for administrative, professional, and executive exemptions is $684 per week, or $35,568 per year.
Employers are required to pay a rate of 1 ½ times the regular rate on Sundays and the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Victory Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. This applies regardless of whether the employee has worked more than 40 hours in that workweek.
Employers (excluding those in the healthcare industry and those with less than 3 employees) are required to provide a 20-minute meal period for 6-hour shifts and a 30-minute meal period for 8-hour shifts.
Rhode Island employers that have four or more employees must provide lactating employees with reasonable breaks and a private place to express milk. The space may not be a bathroom.
Employers may be exempted from providing lactation accommodations if they can show that providing the accommodation would create an undue hardship, which is defined as requiring significant difficulty or expense, including but not limited to the following factors: The nature and cost of the accommodation; The employer’s overall financial resources; The number of employees; The number, type, and location of its facilities; The effect on expenses and resources or other impact of the accommodation on the business.