State LawsRhode Island

Rhode Island Background Checks

A guide to Rhode Island background checks

What are Rhode Island background check and ban-the-box laws?

We update this overview of Rhode Island background check laws and ban-the-box rules often. But laws change quickly, and we cannot guarantee all information is current. Always consult your attorney for legal advice.

  • FCRA
  • Ban-The-Box

Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)

In order to set a standard for hiring policies, the federal government created the Fair Credit Reporting Act, or FCRA, which monitors and protects both employers and job candidates.


Ban-The-Box & Fair Hiring Laws

STATE LAWS — PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COMPANIES

Who must follow: This ban-the-box law applies to all public sector employers for the state of Rhode Island and all private sector employers in Rhode Island who have at least 4 employees.

Timing of inquiry: Employers in the state of Rhode Island may only inquire into criminal history during the first interview with the applicant or later.


LOCAL LAWS — PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COMPANIES

See which Rhode Island counties and cities have local ban-the-box and fair hiring laws.