Rhode Island Employment Law Questions & Answers

Q: Can a supervisor allow only 2 out of 3 employees the opportunity to work Overtime? all 3 are members of Laborers union

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law, Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for Rhode Island on
Answered on Mar 3, 2018
Bernard P. Healy's answer
I do not have sufficient information to answer this completely or with true accuracy. Under Federal and Rhode Island Law, a supervisor cannot discriminate against employees for certain reasons. Those reasons are race, gender, age, disability, perceived disability, ethnic background, religious affiliation, etc. If you are being passed over for over time secondary to these types of discrimination, you have a remedy you can pursue either in Court or at the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights....

Q: How can a member of a Laborers union fight against being wrongfully terminated due to nepotism by the union steward??

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Contracts and Employment Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Mar 3, 2018
Bernard P. Healy's answer
I do not have sufficient information to answer this question fully or accurately. Let me give you my initial impressions. I assume you are a member of a Laborers Union which has assigned you for many years to a specific business. You have apparently performed your job well and you are being forced out of your position because the union steward wants a relation of his to fill that position.

While discrimination is barred under many State and Federal Laws, including Rhode Island's Fair...

Q: i suffer from major depression, anxiety, bipolar, manic and so on i have hospitalized several times had ECT treatments

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Mar 3, 2018
Bernard P. Healy's answer
I do not have specific information to respond fully to your question. Since you have been receiving SSDI since 2006, I assume that you took your early pension at approximately that time. Since this was an employment related benefit, the governing Law was probably Federal, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. At this point, more than 10 years later, the likelihood of your reversing that assignment is slim to none.

Q: Can I sue for deductions for benefits that were terminated?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jan 11, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
Meet with an employment law attorney to explore your rights and remedies.

Q: I want to ask I was hired as full time for independent contractor for amazon delivery as a full time they told me w

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jan 11, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
CONGRATULATIONS on the arrival of your son. Speak to an employment lawyer and make an appointment to review your contract. You have the right to work anywhere you choose, so your best remedy may be in finding another employer who will give you the hours you want and the time off when you need it. As a contractor, one generally does not get paid vacation - time off even for the birth of a new child.

Q: At what point is this harassment?

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims, Criminal Law and Employment Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jun 25, 2017
Neville Bedford's answer
For your own peace of mind, you might be looking for a new live/work situation. A restraining order will likely necessitate exceptions to allow for incidental contact at work/home and may be of little help to you.

Q: How can a Laborers Union member get the union to enforce their Collective Bargaining Agreement

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jun 11, 2017
Neville Bedford's answer
Perhaps the Judge's cousin is achieving extraordinary results Talk to the steward and find out what's what.

Q: I am a physical education teacher, i got summoned with a protection order. will this affect my job ability

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Employment Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Dec 27, 2016
Peter N. Munsing's answer
Depends on your school and board of ed policy. Your innocent until proven guilty so it makes sense to get an attorney who has experience in those types of matters, and handles cases before the judges in the county where the court will be sitting to represent you.

Q: Is there a law or rule stating national guard members get 24 hours before returning back to work from training?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Military Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Sep 19, 2016
Neville Bedford's answer
That is an excellent question. Here is a link to some of the NATIONAL GUARD/ ARMY Regulations to help you get started on your research.. http://www.ngbpdc.ngb.army.mil/pubs/350/350-1.pdf (116 Pages)

Q: Overtime at hospital is done by non rotating seniority list. Besides being unfair can someone sue the union?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Aug 21, 2016
Neville Bedford's answer
Speak to your union rep and the attorney that is provided by your union. If necessary, take your agreement and meet privately with an employment lawyer.

Q: I pay child support 98 dollars every week but my employee hold my check for 3 three week now. when will I get my pay?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jun 13, 2016
Neville Bedford's answer
Check with HR. Check with CSE. Consult with an attorney if that does not work for you.

Q: Can I sue for slander/liable/deformation of character?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Libel & Slander for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 28, 2016
Neville Bedford's answer
Know that truth is a defense to these type of allegations(with some exceptions). Don't discuss the case in a public forum. Consult with an attorney in private and see if they will attend whatever hearing your employer may provide. You should have a right to know whom made this allegation(and know whom the defendant may be if you decide to take further action) that was forwarded by the doctor but if they have a policy that differs from that, you may not. get a copy of the employees...

Q: employees for a non profit school, where they were negligent and emailed all w-2 info of employees to phishing scam.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Identity Theft for Rhode Island on
Answered on Apr 5, 2016
Mr. Michael O. Stevens' answer
Basically, yes, there does have to be damages. At this point, you have no harm besides anxiety.

Q: I had a felony amended to a misdemeanor by nolo plea. Did I convicted of a felony. Airport runs fingerprint through FBI

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Employment Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 10, 2016
Neville Bedford's answer
You should meet with an attorney and discuss the potential of having that amended charge sealed.

Q: I work for a fast food restaurant and was hired at $11 an hr and for fulltime for manager in training can i sue them?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 1, 2016
Neville Bedford's answer
Meet with an employment law attorney to discuss the particulars. They will explain what "at will " means and evaluate your particular situation to examine whether you were terminated for an impermissible purpose.

Q: To renew my ri pharmacy tech I license do i have to tell the board of health i plead guilty to breathalizer refusal

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Dec 10, 2015
Neville Bedford's answer
http://health.ri.gov/applications/PharmacyTechnician.pdf

Pharmacy Technician I:

• Application Fee - $

25

.00

1. Good moral character;

2. 18 years of age or older (with the exception of those high school students working in

pharmacies as part of school or community sponsored career exploration programs);

3. High-school graduate or the equivalent, or currently enrolled in a high school or vocational...

Q: Can an employer pay an employee less than minimum wage if the employee agrees VIA contract to accept said less pay?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Dec 10, 2015
Neville Bedford's answer
Have a look at: http://www.dlt.ri.gov/ls/minwage.htm

Q: Are there laws in place that allow me to sue people trying to get me fired if I have evidence?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Dec 10, 2015
Neville Bedford's answer
Your best course of action is to enlist the aid of an employment law specialist.

Q: My employer gives their employees 4 personal days off a year. For every one you take you get penalized. Is that legal?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Aug 24, 2015
Neville Bedford's answer
This depends on a few factors. Bring your employee manual to an employment law attorney to evaluate the particulars.

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