If you have employees in the State of Rhode Island, state law requires that final paychecks are to be paid to employees within twenty-four (24) hours of their last day of work, (RIGL §28-14). If an employee has completed at least one year of service, then holiday pay, vacation pay, and insurance benefits are to be paid within twenty-four (24) hours of their last day of work.
The Warn Act is a federal law requiring employers of 100 or more full-time workers to give 60-days advance notice of a plant closing or mass layoff. This federal law applies to employers in the State of Rhode Island.
- Employers with 100 or more full-time workers are affected if:
- They close a facility or discontinue an operating unit with 50 or more workers; or
- They lay off 50-499 workers and these workers comprise at least 33% of the total workforce at a single site of employment; or
- They lay off 500 or more workers at a single site of employment
- The law requires that this notification be given to the appropriate local chief elected official, the Dislocated Worker Unit of the State Department of Labor, and the collective bargaining representative of affected employees or each employee if the employees do not have such representation.