RI HB 5870
Establishes a felony where wages due to employee because of the misclassification is greater than $1,500.
Provides that any employer who violates or fails to comply with payment of wages due to employee misclassification, shall be guilty of a felony if the value of the wages due to an employee is $1,500)or more. This violation would also be a felony if the violation was a knowing violation or a second or subsequent violation. A plea or conviction to a felony, shall be subject to the following penalties:
(1) If the value of the wages is between one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500) and five thousand dollars ($5,000) or in instances of a first offense of a knowing violation, by imprisonment for not more than 3 or by a fine of not more than twice the value of the wages or $10,000), whichever is greater, or both;
(2) If the value of the wages exceeds five thousand dollars ($5,000) or in instances of a second or subsequent offense of a knowing violation , by imprisonment for not more than 5 years or a fine of not more than 3 times the value of the wages or $20,000, whichever is greater, or both.
Died upon adjournment.
02/24/2021 Introduced. Referred to House Committee on Judiciary.
03/09/2021 Committee recommends measure be held for further study.