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Unemployment Insurance: Rhode Island

Unemployment Insurance requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Robbie McKeon


  • Most employers in Rhode Island are subject to the Rhode Island Employment Security Act. See Employer Coverage.
  • Unemployed individuals must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits. See Employee Eligibility.
  • Under certain circumstances, workers may not qualify for unemployment benefits. See Disqualification From Benefits.
  • Unemployment benefits generally last for up to 26 weeks. See Benefits.
  • An employer may need to respond to a claim for unemployment benefits. See Filing Claims.
  • Employers must follow specified notice, posting and recordkeeping requirements. See Notice and Posting Requirements; Recordkeeping Requirements.
  • Rhode Island offers WorkShare, a voluntary program to help employers retain a group of employees who would otherwise have to be laid off. Under the program, employees' hours and wages are reduced and employees receive a WorkShare benefit to help make up the shortfall. See WorkShare Program.