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Involuntary and Voluntary Pay Deductions: Rhode Island

Involuntary and Voluntary Pay Deductions requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: William E. O'Gara, Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O'Gara LLC


  • An employer must begin withholding for child support no later than one week after it receives the order. The payments must be remitted within seven days after payday. If an employee is terminated from employment, the employer must send a termination notice within 10 days. See Child Support Withholding.
  • Rhode Island follows the federal limits on the amount of wages that may be withheld for creditor garnishments. Employers are permitted to deduct an administrative fee. See Creditor Garnishment Withholding.
  • Employees' voluntary assignments of wages to secure or pay a debt are valid only if several requirements are met. See Voluntary Wage Assignments.
  • Employers are required to withhold from the wages of employees who become subject to a levy for unpaid taxes. In Rhode Island, the limits that apply to creditor garnishments do not apply to tax levies. See Tax Levies.