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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.
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.