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Employment At-Will: Rhode Island

Employment At-Will requirements for other states

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

Author: Jessica Sussman


  • Employees hired for indefinite periods of time in Rhode Island are strongly presumed to employed at-will. See Employment At-Will Doctrine, Generally.
  • Employees hired temporarily are also presumed to be at-will employees. See Employment At-Will Doctrine, Generally.
  • Rhode Island courts utilize a strict standard when examining claims of implied contracts based on verbal exchanges or written provisions of employee handbooks. See Implied Contracts.
  • Rhode Island has codified the public policy exceptions to the employment at-will doctrine. See Public Policy Exceptions.
  • Rhode Island courts recognize other employment-related claims including intentional infliction of emotional distress and promissory estoppel. See Exceptions in Tort.