We update this overview of ban-the-box rules often. But laws change quickly, and we cannot guarantee all information is current. Always consult your attorney for legal advice.
Ban-the-box compliance, targeted screens, and individualized assessments apply only when taking adverse action due to criminal records. They are not required when taking adverse action based on non-criminal records.
STATE LAWS — PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR
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.
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