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Preemployment Screening and Testing: Rhode Island

Preemployment Screening and Testing requirements for other states

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

Author: Jessica Sussman


  • Rhode Island employers may not inquire about an applicant's arrest record subject to very limited exceptions. See Arrest and Conviction Records.
  • Certain types of employers must conduct background checks of job applicants as a condition of employment. See Mandatory Background Checks.
  • Employers should be aware that Rhode Island recognizes a cause of action for negligent hiring. See Negligent Hiring.
  • Rhode Island law is strict when it comes to regulating drug testing by employers. See Drug Testing.
  • The Ocean State bans employers from engaging in certain other preemployment tests. See Genetic Testing.