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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


  • As a practical matter, the Rhode Island Relations Act (Act) applies mostly in the context of labor relations between public employers and employees within the state, as most private employers and employees are covered by the 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.