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Rhode Island General Assembly to Consider Lowering Standard for Employees to Bring Retaliation Claims

The Rhode Island General Assembly is considering amending the state’s Fair Employment Practices Act (FEPA) to make it easier for employees to sue their employers for discrimination-based retaliation. Under FEPA, employees can...more

4/25/2014 - Employer Liability Issues FEPA Retaliation

Employer Failed to Establish Tortious Interference by Current Employees Who Were Secretly Operating a Competing Business

An employer failed to show that its former employees tortiously interfered with its current and prospective customers, even though they had been secretly operating a competing business while working for the employer. In...more

4/8/2014 - Non-Compete Agreements Tortious Interference Unfair Competition

A Bit Too Far: Employee’s Alleged Self-Defense Fails To Sway NH Justices On His Wrongful Discharge Claim

Could an employee be fired by his employer for actions he claimed were done in self-defense? In Leeds v. BAE Systems, No. 2012-599 (November 5, 2013), the New Hampshire Supreme Court found that he could where the employee’s...more

11/19/2013 - Bad Faith Compliance Employer Liability Issues Retaliation Self-Defense Termination

Rhode Island Raises The Minimum Wage

As of January 1, 2014, the minimum wage in Rhode Island will jump $0.25 to $8.00 per hour. This is the second time in as many years that the General Assembly has voted to raise the minimum wage. The last increase occurred in...more

8/29/2013 - Minimum Wage Wages

New Rhode Island Legislation Will Allow Bi-Monthly Payment Of Wages

On July 15, 2013, Rhode Island passed highly anticipated legislation that will allow employers to pay their employees on a bi-monthly basis (rather than weekly, as the law had previously required)....more

8/29/2013 - DOL Payment Plans Wages

Rhode Island Employers May No Longer Ask About Criminal Convictions On Employment Applications

Rhode Island has joined a growing number of states that prohibit employers from inquiring on job applications about applicants’ criminal histories. Previously, Rhode Island law prevented employers from asking about arrests...more

8/29/2013 - Criminal Records Employment Application

New Rhode Island Temporary Caregiver Insurance Benefits Become Effective January 1, 2014

New Temporary Caregiver Insurance Benefits Become Effective January 1, 2014 Beginning January 1, 2014, all employees regardless of their employer’s size will be eligible for up to four weeks of leave under the Temporary...more

8/29/2013 - Caregivers Disability Insurance Disability Leave Employee Benefits Medical Leave New Legislation

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