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As of 1/1/19, the minimum wage for all workers is $10.50 per hour

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1.) Full-time students under 19 years of age working in nonprofit religious, educational, librarial, or community service organizations:

As of 1/1/19
$9.45 per hour

(90% of applicable minimum)

2.) 14 and 15 year olds who do not work more than 24 hours in a week. For any week in which a 14 or 15 year old works more than 24 hours, the higher applicable minimum rate must be paid for all hours worked in that week. As of 1/1/19
$7.88 per hour
(75% of applicable minimum)

3.) Workers employed in domestic service in or about a private home, federal service, voluntary service in educational, charitable, religious or nonprofit organizations where employer/employee relationships do not exist, such as newspaper carriers on home delivery, shoe shine persons, caddies on golf courses, ushers in theaters, traveling or outside sales occupations.

Also: Service performed by an individual employed by a son or daughter or a minor child employed by the parent.

Occupations in resort establishments serving meals to the general public that are not open more than six (6) months during the year-between May 1 and October 1 only - and any individual employed by an organized camp having a structured program, including but not limited to, recreation, education and religion or any combination thereof. Such an individual must not be employed by the organization on an annual full-time basis and such a camp must not operate for more than seven (7) months in any calendar year. This exemption does not apply to employees of trailer camps. (RI General Law 28-12)

4.) Employees receiving gratuities – Incentive-based wages – Certain employees of nonprofit entities
Allowance for gratuities as part of the hourly wage rate for restaurants, hotels, and other industries except taxicabs and limited public motor vehicles shall be an amount equal to the applicable minimum rates as provided by §§ 28-12-3 and 28-12-3.1 less two dollars and eighty-nine cents ($2.89) per hour. "Gratuities" means voluntary monetary compensation received directly or indirectly by the employee for services rendered. (RI General Law 28-12-5)

As of Jan. 1, 2017, the applicable minimum wage rate provided by § 28-12-5 is $3.89 per hour.

RI Department of Labor and Training
Labor Standards
Center General Complex
1511 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920

Phone: (401) 462-8550
Fax (401) 462-8528
TTY via RI Relay: 711
1/29/19 MDF
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