Rhode Island is considered to be an employee-friendly state. For example, this state has adopted an antidiscrimination law that adds protected classes to those required by federal law, such as sexual orientation. The state also requires that employers offer a variety of employee leaves.
This page is a round-up of the state and municipal laws in Rhode Island.
Updated to include amendments to the list of prohibited deductions, effective July 5, 2017.
Updated to incorporate amendments to the WorkShare Program, effective June 29, 2017.
A Rhode Island court has held a company liable for refusing to hire a medical marijuana cardholder because she could not pass a preemployment drug test. It is a novel ruling not only in Rhode Island but nationwide.
Enhanced to link users to the most comprehensive coverage of each law and to improve the organization and scope.
Enhanced to improve the comprehensiveness, organization and topics covered of state employment laws.
Updated threshold, policy and guidance to reflect the extension of the rehiring preference to members of the National Guard of other states, effective July 6, 2016.
Updated to reflect expansion of military leave and reinstatement rights to members of the National Guard of other states, effective July 6, 2016.
A roundup of the comprehensive state coverage XpertHR offers to help Rhode Island employers ensure they are compliant with state HR and employment laws.