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.
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.
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.