Labor and Labor Relations
R.I. Gen. Laws § 28-12-5
§ 28-12-5. Employees receiving gratuities.
(a) Every employer shall pay to each of his or her employees who are engaged in any work or employment in which gratuities have customarily and usually constituted a part of his or her weekly income, the rate as provided by §§ 28-12-3 and 28-12-3.1.
(b) 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.
(c) Each employer desiring to deduct for gratuities as part of the minimum rates as provided in §§ 28-12-3 and 28-12-3.1 wages paid to an employee shall provide substantial evidence that the amount shall be set out in the formula in subsection (b) of this section; however, the cash wage shall not be less than two dollars and eighty-nine cents ($2.89) per hour; provided, however, that commencing January 1, 2016, the cash wage shall increase by fifty cents ($.50) to an amount not less than three dollars and thirty-nine cents ($3.39) per hour; provided further, that commencing January 1, 2017, the cash wage shall increase by fifty cents ($.50) to an amount not less than three dollars and eighty-nine cents ($3.89) per hour.
(d) The director of labor and training shall notify employers concerning what type of proof shall be accepted as substantial evidence for the purpose of this subsection. Employees involved shall be entitled to a hearing on the question of the amount of deduction if they so desire.
(e) In cases where wages are figured by the employer on an incentive basis in such a manner that an employee of reasonable average ability earns at least the minimum wage established by §§ 28-12-3 and 28-12-3.1, it shall be taken that the employer has complied with this statute. It shall be of no concern to the director of labor and training how the employer arrives at its wage scale so long as it is not unreasonable in its demands on the employee.
(f) Where, in the case of the employment of a full-time student who has not attained his or her nineteenth (19th) birthday engaged in the activities of a nonprofit association or corporation, whose aims and objectives are religious, educational, librarial, or community service in nature, the employer-employee relationship does exist, the employer shall pay to each such employee wages at a rate of not less than ninety percent (90%) of the minimum wage as specified in § 28-12-3. In case of any conflict between provisions of this section and those of § 28-12-3.1, the provisions of § 28-12-3.1 shall govern.
History of Section.
P.L. 1956, ch. 3745, § 2; G.L. 1956, § 28-12-5; P.L. 1957, ch. 104, § 2; P.L. 1962, ch. 105, § 4; P.L. 1963, ch. 135, § 1; P.L. 1966, ch. 50, § 1; P.L. 1966, ch. 140, § 1; P.L. 1967, ch. 220, § 2; P.L. 1974, ch. 152, § 5; P.L. 1975, ch. 302, § 1; P.L. 1979, ch. 68, § 1; P.L. 1986, ch. 315, § 1; P.L. 1996, ch. 286, § 2; P.L. 1996, ch. 294, § 2; P.L. 1999, ch. 56, § 1; P.L. 1999, ch. 106, § 1; P.L. 2000, ch. 156, § 1; P.L. 2000, ch. 239, § 1; P.L. 2004, ch. 6, § 32; P.L. 2015, ch. 228, § 1.