June 2022: Rhode Island Senate and Assembly Voted to Pass Law Allowing Workers with Disabilities to Be Paid Fair Wages

21 Jun


Update Applicable to:
All employers with employees with mental and/or physical disabilities.

What happened?
On June 7, 2022, the Rhode Island General Assembly voted to pass House Bill 7511 (HB 7511) to repeal Section 28-12-9 of the R.I. General Laws that allows employers to pay workers with disabilities below the minimum wage.

What are the details?
Effective immediately upon signage from Governor McKee, employers are prohibited from paying employees with mental and/or physical disabilities a sub-minimum wage below the state’s minimum wage.

The bill has been sent to the governor and is currently pending signage.

For more information, please see the links below:

House Bill 7511 (HB 7511)

Section 28-12-9 of the R.I General Laws


What do employers need to do?
Employers should review the links provided above and ensure that their employees with mental and/or physical disabilities are paid the same wage as other employees so that they are in compliance with the new law once it has been signed.