Rhode Island Telecommuting laws & HR compliance analysis

Rhode Island Telecommuting: What you need to know

The state has established a committee on employee transportation to encourage state employees to reduce commuting miles. The committee is charged with investigating practices developed by the environmental protection agency's "Best Workplaces for Commuters Program" and incentives for state employees to reduce driving to work, including bicycling, carpooling, and telecommuting (R.I. Gen. Stat. § 36-6-21.1).
The Rhode Island Department of Administration provides policies on telework at www.ri.gov.
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Employees are entitled to a 20-minute meal break when working a 6-hour work shift and a 30-minute meal break when working an 8-hour work shift. Employers are not required to compensate employees for these meal breaks. The meal break requirements do not apply to licensed healthcare facilities and employers that employ fewer than 3 people on any shift at the worksite (R.I. Gen. Stat. § 28-3-14). More information is available at the Rhode Island rest periods section.
Rhode Island law regulates the use of homeworkers by employers for manufacturing processes (R.I. Gen. Stat. § 28-18-1 et seq.). The law is intended to restrict the use of industrial homeworkers and promote the gradual elimination of industrial homework. More information is available at the Rhode Island minimum wage section.
Last reviewed on June 7, 2021.

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