Rhode Island Resources

This page has information specific to this state, including contact information for federal and state agencies, and some key information about laws and consumer protections.

To find financial assistance resources, please visit CancerFinances.org.

Click here for information about laws specific to Rhode Island.



Federal Fair Employment Agency
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Reasonable Accommodations
Job Accommodation Network

Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
U.S. Department of Labor
Wage & Hour Division

Rhode Island Parental & Family Medical Leave Act

Rhode Island Paid Leave

State Fair Employment Agency
Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights

State Health Care Coverage Facts
Georgetown University Health Policy Institute

Vocational Rehabilitation
RI Department of Human Services, Office of Rehabilitation Services

More Employment Resources

Unemployment Resources

Unemployment Agency
RI Department of Labor and Training, Unemployment Insurance

Agency: Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training

File here. You must apply for 3 full-time jobs per week and keep a written record of your job search. Most eligible applicants will receive their first payment in the third week after applying. Your weekly benefit rate will be equal to 3.85% of the average of the total wages in the two highest quarters of the base period, not to exceed the defined maximum amount. Click here to see the current weekly benefit amount and the maximum length of benefits. You may claim these weeks any time you are unemployed during your benefit year. You cannot collect both UI benefits and state Temporary Disability Insurance at the same time. There is a comprehensive guide to applying for UI benefits available here.

Updates related to Rhode Island unemployment benefits and Covid-19

State Clinical Trials Law

The ACA requires that most, non-grandfathered, group health plans provide coverage for the routine costs when participating in clinical trials. Some states have more consumer protections. Click here for more information about clinical trials.

R.I. Gen. Laws §§27-18-36.2, 27-19-32.2, 27-20-27.2, 27-41-41.2 – The statutes apply to private insurers and specified managed care plans.  These organizations must extend coverage to new cancer therapies under investigation.

Phases II, III and IV clinical trials are covered.  The study must be approved by one of the following:  (1) NIH in cooperation with NCI, (2) a community clinical oncology program, (3) U.S. F.D.A. in the form of an investigational new drug application, (4) U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, or (5) a qualified research entity that meets the criteria set forth by the NCI for cancer center support grants.  The treatment and drugs being evaluated must be preferable to non-investigational alternatives.  Furthermore, clinical and pre-clinical data must exist to show the efficacy of the experimental treatment.  The trials must involve expert physicians, and the proposed therapy must have been reviewed and approved by an IRB.  Note: Any portion of a Phase II trial already funded by the government, biotechnical/pharmaceutical industry or manufacturers of medical devices shall continue to be so funded. (Updated 1/2011)

More Information

Paid Family Sick Leave

  • Who’s eligible? All employees, provided that they have been paid at least $12,600 in the base period or $2,100 in one quarter of their total base period.
  • Who can be cared for? To care for a family member with a serious health condition or to care for one’s own disability (unable to perform regular or customary work). Family member includes a child, parent, spouse, domestic partner, or grandparent.
  • How much time is given? Up to 4 weeks.
  • How much is paid? Benefits are calculated based on the individual’s average weekly wage, up to $852/week.
  • How do I apply? Apply during first 30 days after the first day of leave is taken here. You must also give your employer written notice at least 30 days ahead of time, unless circumstances are unforeseen.