A Practical Guide to Employment Law in Rhode Island

An essential companion for employees' and employers' counsel

  • Product Number: 2160419B00
  • Publication Date: 3/15/2022
  • Edition: 1st Edition 2016, with 2022 Supplement
  • Copyright: © 2022 MCLE, Inc.
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    This manual is a practical and comprehensive guide to the wide range of challenges facing employment law practitioners in Rhode Island. Highly experienced Rhode Island employment attorneys offer guidance on essential employment law topics such as privacy, discrimination, accommodation and leave, collective activity, and unemployment benefits. With frequent practice notes, step-by-step explanations, and careful attention to detail, A Practical Guide to Employment Law in Rhode Island is an indispensable resource for the practice of employment law.

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    • Update: March 2022

      Dear Subscriber:

      Thank you for updating your reference library with the 2022 supplement to A Practical Guide to Employment Law in Rhode Island. Highlights from the many issues addressed in this supplement include

      • new pay equity legislation (effective January 1, 2023) expanding protections against wage discrimination—increasing the categories of employees subject to legal protection, enhancing wage transparency in recruiting for open positions, and prohibiting the use of applicants' wage histories in making hiring decisions;
      • a new statute regulating certain aspects of noncompetition agreements;
      • First Amendment protections against defamation claims that have been recharacterized as false-light claims;
      • discrimination based on an employee's possession of a medical marijuana card;
      • applicability of a three-year statute of limitations to cases brought under the Rhode Island Wiretap Act;
      • whether the "aiding and abetting" language of Section 28-5-7(6) of the Rhode Island Fair Employment Practices Act may be used to impose individual liability on employees of a defendant employer;
      • the scope of the ministerial exception;
      • age disparities considered sufficient to support a claim of age discrimination;
      • retaliatory disclosure of the reasons for an employee's termination in statements filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission;
      • consideration of long COVID as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act;
      • an extensive discussion of the sick pay and leave provisions of the Rhode Island Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act;
      • a recent amendment to R.I.G.L. § 28-50-3 to clarify that retaliation may include an employer's reporting or threatening to report an employee's immigration status;
      • legislation providing for the continuation of existing collective bargaining agreements for municipal employees and public school teachers when the parties have been unable to reach agreement on a new contract;
      • COVID-19-related developments in unemployment benefits; and
      • updated information on proceedings conducted by the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights.

      We trust you will find the 2022 supplement to A Practical Guide to Employment Law in Rhode Island a valuable resource, as we at MCLE continue our efforts to bring you the latest solutions to the issues you face in your practice.

      Very truly yours,

      John M. Lawlor, Esq., MCLE Publications Attorney

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    Chapter 1 expand

    Introduction—Employment Law Risk Reduction in the Workplace

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    - Checklist: Employment Law Risk Reduction Buy Form
    Chapter 2 expand

    Exhibit 2A

    - Model Employment Offer Letter Buy Form

    Exhibit 2B

    - Model Employment Agreement Buy Form
    Chapter 3 expand

    Privacy Issues in the Workplace

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    Heather A. Pierce, Esq., Littler Mendelson. PC
    Todd M. Reed, Esq., Littler Mendelson. PC

    Exhibit 3A

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    Exhibit 3B

    - Checklist of Conditions Required Under the Rhode Island Drug Testing Statute, R.I.G.L. § 28-6.5-1 Buy Form

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    Whistle-Blower and Retaliation Claims

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    Wage and Hour Law

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    - Checklist of Key FLSA Issues Buy Form

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    - U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division Fact Sheet No. 13 Buy Form
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    Collective Activity

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    Prevailing in Unemployment Benefit Appeals

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    Noelle K. Clapham, Esq., Robinson & Clapman

    Exhibit 9A

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    - Sample Letters Initiating a Board of Review Appeal Hearing Before a Referee Buy Form

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    Proceedings Before the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights

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  • Editors & Authors


    Mark A. Pogue, Esq., Pierce Atwood, Providence


    Andrew H. Berg, Esq., Sammartino & Berg LLP, Providence
    Noelle K. Clapham, Esq., Robinson & Clapman, Wakefield
    Cynthia M. Hiatt, Esq., RI Commission for Human Rights, Providence
    Charles S. Kirwan, Esq., Kirwan Law, Providence
    Chip Muller, Esq., Muller Law, Barrington
    Heather A. Pierce, Esq., Littler Mendelson. PC, Providence
    Todd M. Reed, Esq., Littler Mendelson. PC, Providence
    Elizabeth A. Wiens, Esq., Gursky Wiens, North Kingstown