Rhode Island Advertising laws & HR compliance analysis

Rhode Island Advertising: What you need to know

The Rhode Island Fair Employment Practices Act prohibits employers from printing or publishing (or causing to be printed or published) any notice or advertisement relating to employment indicating any preference, limitation, specification, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, age (40 years and older), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or country of ancestral origin. The Act covers private employers with four or more employees and all public employers regardless of size (RI Gen. Laws Sec. 28-5-7).
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However, any of these characteristics may be mentioned if based on a bona fide occupational qualification certified by the state Commission for Human Rights or where necessary to comply with any federally mandated affirmative action programs.
All advertisements and/or posters meant to find replacement employees during a strike or lockout must “explicitly mention that a strike, lockout, or other labor trouble exists.” The warning must be in type as prominent as the largest printed matter in the body of the advertisement or poster. Violations will result in fines of up to $100 for each offense (RI Gen. Laws Sec. 28-10-9).
Last reviewed September 2015.

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