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Involuntary Terminations: Rhode Island

Involuntary Terminations requirements for other states

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

Author: Jessica Sussman


  • The State Fair Employment Practices Act contains several regulations pertaining to discipline and termination, making various actions by employers unlawful depending on circumstances. See State Fair Employment Practices Act.
  • The State Fair Employment Practices Act contains provisions prohibiting retaliation against employees who make claims or seek to assist other individuals who make claims under the statute. See Retaliation.
  • The Rhode Island Whistleblowers Protection Act makes it unlawful for employers to terminate employees who report to public entities regarding violations of state or federal law, as well as other legally protected activities. See Whistleblower Protections.
  • Rhode Island law dictates which individuals are eligible for unemployment benefits, and in what scenarios, depending on the reason for termination. See Eligibility for Unemployment.
  • Rhode Island does not have anything akin to the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act governing mass layoffs or plant closings, but employers should be aware of a WARN-like notice requirement in state law. See Local Ownership Opportunity Act.