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Rhode Island Amends Law Regarding Deductions from Wages

Amended Law Now Effective

An amended law in Rhode Island makes certain changes to the state law regarding deductions from wages.

Amended Law
Under the amended law, a deduction may never be authorized by an employee or deducted by an employer from an employee's wage for spoilage or breakage; shortages or losses; or fines or penalties for tardiness, misconduct, or quitting by an employee without notice.

Background
Under state law, employers are generally prohibited from deducting or withholding from the payment of wages owed to an employee for the performance of work or other reason set forth under state law, any monies not authorized by federal or state law (or by court order), without first getting the employee's written or electronic approval.

Additional information regarding permissible and prohibited deductions is available in the Rhode Island statutes (e.g., section: section: 28-14-10, 28-14-24).

Click here to read the text of the amended law, which is currently in effect.


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