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Rhode Island Ban the Box Law

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The Basics

  • Location: Rhode Island
  • Legislation: Senate Bill 357
  • Type: Ban the Box
  • Effective: January 1, 2014

Key Takeaways

  • Employers may inquire about criminal history information during an interview.
  • Covers most Rhode Island employers.

Who does this effect?

Applies to employers with four or more employees.

What does the law provide?

Criminal history information can be sought at an interview.

Are there any exceptions

Pre-interview criminal history questions are permissible where: the employer is precluded by law from hiring persons with specified criminal records, or a standard fidelity bond or an equivalent is required for the position and one or more prior offenses would disqualify the applicant from obtaining such a bond. In both circumstances, the pre-interview question must be narrowly tailored to the potentially disqualifying offenses. Employers should consult with their to see if they are otherwise exempt from the law.