New Paid Sick and Safe Rules

On May 11, 2018, the Rhode Island Dept. of Labor and Training issued final regulations concerning the Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act (HSFWA), the state's mandatory paid sick and safe time law. The HSFWA requires employers with 18 or more employees in Rhode Island to provide paid sick and safe time. Employers with fewer than 18 employees must provide unpaid leave.

As background, the HSFWA goes into effect July 1, 2018, and requires employers to allow employees to accrue and use paid sick and safe leave time for themselves as well as to assist family members. The final regulations are nearly identical to the proposed regulations that were discussed in the April 17, 2018 edition of Compliance Corner. The original enactment of S 290 was discussed in the Oct. 31, 2017, edition.

Employers should review the HSFWA and consult with outside counsel to confirm that their employee handbook and corresponding procedures in place comply with the new law.

Paid Sick and Safe Leave Time Final Regulation »