CRANSTON, RI — The Department of Labor and Training (DLT) will hold its first meeting to gather public input before drafting regulations to implement the Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act on Tuesday, November 14, at 3:00pm. The meeting will be held at CCRI's Knight Campus, 400 East Avenue, Warwick, in the Bobby Hackett Theater.
Additional sessions will be held:
> Wednesday, November 15, 8:30 AM - CCRI, Newport Campus, Auditorium 134, 1 John H Chafee Blvd, Newport
> Monday, November 20, 4:30 PM - CCRI, Flanagan Campus, Lecture Hall - 1336, 1762 Louisquisset Pike, Lincoln
>Tuesday, November 21, 4:00 PM - RI Dept. of Administration, Conference Room A, 1 Capitol Hill, Providence
Sponsored by Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin (D-District 1, Providence) and Rep. Aaron Regunberg (D-District 4, Providence) and signed into law by Governor Gina M. Raimondo on September 28, the law requires employers with 18 or more workers to provide three days of paid sick leave starting July 1, 2018. The act (2017-S 0290B / 2017-H 5413Baa) directs DLT to promulgate regulations to assist in the coordination of implementation and enforcement of this new law. DLT will administer and enforce the new law along with other Rhode Island labor laws such as minimum wage, overtime pay, and Parental and Family Medical Leave.
"Informed and constructive public input helps agencies write clear and helpful regulations," said DLT Director Scott Jensen. "By being open and transparent and by listening, we'll try to make the regulations we're charged with writing easy to understand and comply with."
DLT is not proposing draft regulations for public comment on November 14th, but rather seeking input before drafting the regulations. Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea's office provides clear guidance about the rulemaking process. After DLT has drafted the regulations, it will post them on both the Secretary of State's website and DLT's own website. At that time, members of the public may submit written comments about the proposed regulations after which DLT will review the comments and hold a final public hearing.