Labor and Labor Relations

Payment of Wages

SECTION 28-14-17

§ 28-14-17. Penalty for violations.

(a) Any employer who violates or fails to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction of the misdemeanor, the employer shall be punished by a fine of not less than four hundred dollars ($400) for each separate offense, or by imprisonment of up to one year, or by both fine and imprisonment. Each day of failure to pay wages due an employee at the time specified in this chapter shall constitute a separate and distinct violation.

(b) Any employer found guilty of violations of this chapter who does not pay wages and fines within thirty (30) days of a final decision and after notification by the department of labor and training, may have his, her or its business license revoked by the state of Rhode Island until he, she or it pays such wages and fines in full or enters into a payment agreement with which he, she or it stays in compliance.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1941, ch. 1069, § 8; G.L. 1956, § 28-14-17; P.L. 2004, ch. 84, § 1; P.L. 2014, ch. 413, § 1; P.L. 2014, ch. 449, § 1; P.L. 2016, ch. 435, § 2; P.L. 2016, ch. 436, § 2.)