Bi-Weekly Pay Update

Date: February 19, 2014

NFIB has endorsed legislation to
streamline the process for employers to pay their workers on a bi-weekly basis.
After the Assembly enacted legislation to permit bi-weekly pay in 2013, the
Department of Labor and Training promulgated burdensome regulations that
greatly limited the number of firms seeking to change their payment systems.


House Bill No. 7232 would guarantee
that the intent of the legislature as understood at the time of the passage of
the so-called bi-weekly pay law is implemented. House 7232 simply says that an
employer need not be required to re-certify its eligibility to pay his or her
employees on a bi-weekly basis if that employer continues to pay workers timely
and the employer is not in violation of state labor laws. House 7232 will continue
to move Rhode Island along the path of a fairer and more business friendly
regulatory environment so that all the advantages of the bi-weekly pay law –
reduction in administrative costs for employers, a level playing field with
competitors in other states, and the implementation of wage payment practices
that are customary in other states to ease the expansion and movement of firms
to Rhode Island – can be realized.  

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