Rhode Island. Department of Labor (1935-1996)
- Existence: 1935 - 1996
In 1935 the Department of Labor was established by statutory authority in PL 1935, chapter 2250, Section 90. Upon creation, the department assumed the responsibilities of the former Commissioner of Labor and the Superintendent of Industrial Statistics existing before that title. This statute also abolished the Census Board whereupon the Director of Labor assumed all responsibilities and functions relating to conducting the decennial census and keeping statistics. The last census was taken in 1935/6 and the statute was repealed completely in 1985. The department gradually evolved over the following decades to include a variety of divisions, boards, and advisory councils related to all fields of labor. In 1996 PL 226 renamed the department as the Department of Labor and Training (RIGL §42.16.1).
Found in 20 Collections and/or Records:
Published Annual reports created by the Department of Labor and predecessor agency the Commissioner of Labor.
This series includes the records of the 1936 Rhode Island State Census
Department of Labor, Division of Industrial Inspection: Regulations Governing Boiler and Factory Inspections Including Various other Labor Laws Pertaining to Industry and Employment
This series is a publication of labor laws as enumerated in the Rhode Island General Laws.
The records are primarily of the Division of Women and Children and document activities relating to the establishment of minimum wages for women and minors employed in certain trades and industries as stipulated by powers established in Chapter 2289 of the 1936 Public Laws of Rhode Island.
The records are of the Division of Women and Children and document activities relating to the establishment of minimum wages for women and minors employed in certain trades and industries as stipulated by powers established in Chapter 2289 of the 1936 Public Laws of Rhode Island. The Division head also served as the Chair for the Mimimum Wage Board.
The rules and regulations promulgated by various state agencies, boards and commissions are filed with the Secretary of State per the Rhode Island Administrative Procedures Act, R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 42-35.
Records include meeting minutes and transcripts of various wage boards convened to study particular industries and wages, correspondence, reports, surveys, petitions, nomination forms, letters of appointment and a small amount of photographs held by the Division of Women and Children.