Rep. Giraldo Introduces Worker-Protection Legislation That Would Make Conditions of Employment More Transparent

 

STATE HOUSE — Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D-Dist. 56, Central Falls) has introduced legislation that would protect workers by requiring employers to itemize conditions of employment, including calculation of wages.

The legislation (2021-H 5719) would require the employer, at the time of hiring, to furnish an itemized list of the terms and conditions of the employee's employment. It would also require employers to provide every employee each payday with a paystub explaining exactly how wages were calculated and the reason for each deduction.

“"Every employee deserves to have a clear picture of everything that is included in their paychecks, along with explanations of deductions,” said Representative Giraldo. “This will not only prevent workers from being the victim of wage theft, but also provide a security measure against accidents, which can always happen when computing wages.”

The conditions that would have to be enumerated by the employer include the rate of pay, including whether the employee is paid by the hour, shift, day, week, salary, piece, commission or other method; allowances, if any, for meals and lodging; the policy on sick, vacation, personal leave, holidays and hours; the employment status and whether the employee is exempt from minimum wage and/or overtime; a list of deductions that may be made from the employee’s pay; and the number of days in the pay period and the regularly scheduled payday.

The bill would allow an employee to file a private court action against the employer for a violation of these new disclosures, while also allowing the state to enforce the law on the employees’ behalf.

The legislation, which is co-sponsored by Representatives Karen Alzate (D-Dist. 60, Pawtucket) and Anastasia P. Williams (D-Dist. 9, Providence), has been referred to the House Labor Committee.

NBC News says the suspect in the Indianapolis mass shooting is 19-year-old Brandon Scott Hole. There's still no motive and it's not known if Hole worked at the FedEx facility where the shooting took place. Deputy Chief Craig McCartt said it appears the suspect took his own life before officers entered the building.       Vice President Harris is calling for an end to gun violence in the U.S. after eight people were killed in a mass shooting in Indianapolis. She addressed the shooting when she spoke to reporters earlier today. Harris also said she and President Biden are thinking of the families of the eight victims.       Two people are dead following an officer-involved shooting in San Antonio. Chief William McManus says an officer was shot in the hand this morning on the West Side of the city after talking with the suspects during a traffic stop. The officer returned fire, killing two suspects and wounding a third.       Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga [[ yow-she-HE-day SHOO-guh ]] is at the White House for talks with President Biden. It is Biden's first in-person meeting with a foreign leader during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. There will be a joint news conference later today.       President Biden is not raising the refugee cap despite pledging to do so. He's keeping the number at 15-thousand this year. Biden previously said he wants to raise the refugee cap to roughly 60-thousand.       Former NBA superstar Dwyane Wade is buying an ownership stake in the Utah Jazz. The 39-year-old Wade joins an ownership team led by Ryan Smith. How much of a stake Wade has is not being released, but the NBA has a bylaw that requires no ownership stake can be less than one-percent.