Employment At-Will: Rhode Island
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.