Rhode Island workers have the right to be reinstated to their previous jobs within one year from the date of a work-related injury. Employers are obligated to restore or rehire an employee even if someone else has filled the position while the injured employee was unable to work.


If a work-related injury has caused permanent or significant impairment, the employer is required to provide reasonable accommodations under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Accommodations may include specialized equipment, part-time work, or transitioning the employee to another job.


Rhode Island allows employees to collect unemployment benefits if an employer terminates or refuses to reinstate an employee at the end of his workers’ comp leave. However, employees will typically not be able to collect the full amount of workers’ compensation along with unemployment benefits.


Robyn K. Factor
Helping Rhode Island personal injury and work injury clients get the results they deserve since 1994.