Nobody ever said running a business was a walk in the park. As an employer, you have a lot of balls in the air, and compliance is just one of them. A really, really important one that, if dropped, could cost you a whole lot of money.
In addition to federal regulations, each state has their own share of employment related laws that business owners need to be aware of. Here, we’re highlighting some of these key state-specific requirements and laws, and offering guidance to help you keep up.
Bear in mind, this list is not comprehensive, and there may be local or industry-specific employment requirements that your business needs to comply with. It’s best to consult with counsel to ensure compliance with all applicable laws, as Justworks does not provide legal advice.
Payroll Tax Accounts
Because Justworks reports state unemployment taxes on your behalf, you’ll need to provide us with some key pieces of information prior to joining our platform. Here are the steps to do that.
Parental and Family Medical Leave Act
Under the Rhode Island Parental and Family Medical Leave Act, employers of 50 or more employees must grant an unpaid leave of absence of 13 consecutive weeks in any two calendar years to full-time employees who have been employed for 12 consecutive months and who work an average of 30 or more hours per week for the purposes of bonding with a new child, for one’s own serious illness, or to care for a family member with a serious illness.
Rhode Island Parental and Family Medical Leave Act -- Notice to Employees
Statutory Disability & Family Leave
Rhode Island’s Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI) and Temporary Caregiver Insurance are partial wage-replacement programs for Rhode Island workers who qualify.
Paid Sick Leave
Under Rhode Island’s paid sick leave law, employers must provide sick leave for their employees, either through accrual or a grant of a number of hours, and are required to display, for employees, a notice that details employee rights under the law.
Rhode Island employers can find the most up-to-date minimum wage requirements and other wage payment laws (e.g. frequency, permissible deductions, etc.) on the website of the Rhode Island Dept. of Labor and Training, Workforce Regulation and Safety.
In Rhode Island, the final paycheck may be issued on the next regularly scheduled payday but no later.
An employee’s accrued and unused vacation (but not personal time or sick leave) must be paid out upon termination.
This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, legal or tax advice. If you have any legal or tax questions regarding this content or related issues, then you should consult with your professional legal or tax advisor.