Since having gainful employment is fundamentally crucial to surviving and thriving, federal and state laws regulate the employment relationship in an attempt to protect the interests of both employers and employees. Welcome to FindLaw's section covering the employment laws of Rhode Island, with legalese-free explanations of the laws that affect most employees in the state. In this section, you'll learn about your rights to minimum wage and overtime, in addition to other "wage and hour" laws such as required meal and break periods. In addition, you'll find information on legal holidays and the civil statute of limitations in Rhode Island. Click on a link below to learn more about Rhode Island employment laws.