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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

Summary

  • Employment relationships in Rhode Island are presumed to be at-will, meaning the employment relationship can be terminated by either party, at any time, with or without cause. See The At-Will Relationship.
  • Rhode Island recognizes limited exceptions to the at-will presumption, including written contracts and specific statutory exceptions. See Employment At-Will Exceptions.
  • At-will employees in Rhode Island challenging a discharge may file claims against their employers under tort theories, including intentional infliction of emotional distress and defamation, so long as the employee is able to satisfy an evidentiary burden. See Tort Considerations.