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Rhode Island Employment

In Rhode Island, like anywhere else, employment plays a main role in people’s lives. Employment is a vital part of society and Rhode Island labor laws equalize the bargaining power between employer and employees in order to maintain a balance and satisfying environment for society.

Union affiliation of employed wage and s

Beginning in January 2003, data reflect revised population controls used in the household survey. Data refer to the sole or principal job of full- and part-time workers exluded are all self-employed workers regardless of whether in Rhode Island
Total Employed 2003. 494
Total Members of unions 84
Percent of Employed 17
Total Employed Represented by Unions 86
Persent Total Employed 2004 17.5
Total Employed 2004. 487
Total Members of unions 79
Percent of Employed 16.3
Total Employed Represented by Unions 83
Persent of Total Employed 2004 17

Source: U.S.Bureau of Labor Statistics

Labor laws in Rhode Island primarily regulate the relationship between employers and unions and grant employees the rights to engage in certain activities, such as strikes, to have their demands fulfilled. Rhode Island workers rely on labor laws to rectify unfair employment practices. Our Rhode Island labor law lawyers have dealt with various cases protecting each worker's and employer’s rights in order to maintain a fair relationship between both parties.

Our Rhode Island labor law lawyers specialize in all aspects of labor law and possess solid knowledge concerning:

  • Arbitration / grievances / mediation
  • Business immigration
  • Collective bargaining
  • Discrimination law
  • Employment agreements
  • Employment class action defense
  • Employment counseling
  • Employment litigation
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Labor relations
  • Occupational safety & health
  • Strike support
  • Supervisor training
  • Workplace security
  • Wrongful discharge

Maintaining an equal and fair employee/employer relationship should be in everybody’s interest. If you have any questions, or if you are concerned that one of your rights as a Rhode Island worker or employer has been violated, contact one of our Rhode Island labor law lawyers immediately.

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Labor Dept. Expands Overtime Laws

AUDIO, RM, 44Kbps, 4:09, 4/20/2004

The Bush administration releases new rules governing which employees have the right to receive overtime pay. While not as far-reaching as some lawmakers had desired, the central revision raises the threshold for overtime from workers earning $65,000 to those making $100,000.
Source: NPR


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Employment Topics

  • Collective Bargaining
  • Discrimination law
  • Employment Agreements
  • Employment Litigation
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Labor relations
  • Mediation
  • Occupational safety & health
  • Strike Support
  • Wrongful Discharge

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Employment Terms

National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation system (Nasdaq)

An automated information network that provides brokers and dealers with price quotations on the approximately 5,000 most active securities traded over the counter.

Stock exchange

An organized market for the buying and selling of stocks and bonds.


A series of unexpected cash withdrawals from a bank caused by a sudden decline in depositor confidence or fear that the bank will be closed by the chartering agency.

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