Recruiting: Rhode Island
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: Jessica Sussman
- Employers should be sure employee referrals do not result in violations of the Rhode Island Fair Employment Practices Act. See Employee Referrals.
- Rhode Island goes beyond federal antidiscrimination law in terms of its protections. See Sexual Orientation.
- The state has a "smokers' rights" statute that employers must not run afoul of during the recruitment process. See Smokers' Rights.
- Rhode Island employers may grant a hiring preference to veterans who have received an honorable or general discharge. See Veterans Preference.
- A first-of-its-kind law nationally protects homeless job applicants in Rhode Island from discrimination. See Homelessness - Housing Status.
- Rhode Island independent contractors are not entitled to the same benefits or protections as employees. Rhode Island relies on the IRS test for independent contractor status. See Independent Contractors.
- Employers should adhere to all laws regarding the employment of minors including prohibited hours and occupations. See Underage Workers.