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Labor Rights and Enforcement: Rhode Island

Labor Rights and Enforcement requirements for other states

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

Author: William E. O'Gara, Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O'Gara LLC

Summary

  • The Rhode Island State Labor Relations Act (Act) establishes the right of workers within the state to organize and bargain collectively with their employers, but most private employers and employees are covered by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). See The Rhode Island State Labor Relations Act.
  • The Act establishes the right to organize and bargain collectively and further it creates a state labor relations board that administers its provisions and handles, among other things, union organization and unfair labor practices. See The Rhode Island State Labor Relations Board.