PROVIDENCE – Rep. Joy Hearn, D-Barrington, this month filed legislation aiming to put an indefinite halt on an administrative provision requiring companies issuing biweekly paychecks to recertify with the state every four years.
Hearn, who sponsored legislation last year to allow businesses to institute a biweekly pay system, said in a statement that the R.I. Department of Labor and Training’s recent decision to require companies to recertify for biweekly pay privileges was not included in the intent of the bill. The bill she introduced in the 2014 legislative session states that an employer would not be required to partake in a recertification process as long as all provisions of the statute are met.
In a December letter to DLT Director Charles Fogarty, Hearns stressed that a major purpose of the law is to spur economic activity by “eliminating and streamlining agency regulations,” as well as to address the many concerns of business leaders across Rhode Island.
“The purpose of last year’s bill was to make it easier for businesses to cut costs, not put more red tape in front of them,” Hearn said. “It’s a cumbersome and unnecessary measure.” •