Rhode Island

  • Project Labor Agreements

    No state policy.; however, local government entities have implemented PLA requirements.

  • Prevailing Wage

    Yes; $1,000.

  • Right to Work


  • Public-Private Partnerships

    No statute authorizes or prohibits P3s on public construction projects.

  • Workforce Development Incentives

    Adult Education Tax Credit – Allows for a corporate tax credit of 50% of the direct costs for vocational training or basic education, up to a maximum of $300 per employee. The maximum overall credit is $5,000 per employer per calendar year. The employee must remain employed by the business for 13 consecutive weeks and a minimum of 455 hours of paid employment before the credit can be claimed. This credit is available to Rhode Island companies filed as a C-corporation. Credits cannot be carried forward.

    Job Training Tax Credit – Rhode Island law grants a credit against the corporate income tax (or the insurance premium tax) equal to 50% of eligible training expenditures for new or existing employees, in accordance with an approved training plan. Employees must be full-time, and after training, the employee must earn at least 150% of the Rhode Island minimum wage. Training plans must be filed with the Rhode Island Human Resources Investment Council for prior written approval. The credit is capped at $5,000 per employee over a three-year period.

    Incumbent Worker Training Grant- Funded by the Job Development Fund and provides matching grants to businesses to increase the skills of current employees and increase the competitiveness and productivity of RI businesses and workers. Businesses may receive up to $45,000 in matching funds in a 12-month period. Funded by a portion of Unemployment Insurance tax contributions. Businesses must pay into the Job Development Fund to be eligible. Job Training Tax Credit – 50% of training expenses for new and current employees (includes retrains/upgrades). Must make 150% of state minimum wage and retained for 18 months. Up to $5,000 per employee.


  • Career and Technical Education

    65% of CTE high school graduates are placed in colleges or careers.

    Rhode Island recognizes NCCER as an approved curriculum for CTE programs.

  • 5-Year Average Job Growth Rate (2011-16)


Monthly Unemployment Rate in Rhode Island

Industry Overview

Prompt Pay

Private: No law in place.
Public: All bills shall be paid within 30 working days of receipt of a proper invoice.
Subs: For public projects, each contractor shall make payment to subcontractors within ten days of receipt of payment by the state. No law for subs to lower tiers.

Immigration/E-Verify Mandate

An Executive Order requiring state agencies, grantees, contractors and their subcontractors to use E-Verify was rescinded in 2011. Currently, there is no law in place.

Percentage of State GDP From Nonresidential Construction


Incidence Rate in Construction (2013)

No data available.

Occupational Safety & Health Oversight (State vs. Federal)

Federal oversight.

Percentage of Union Membership in Private Construction


Marijuana Legalization Status

Legalized for medicinal use, decriminalized for personal use.

Business Facts

Minimum Wage (2016)


Percentage of Pensions Funded


Effective Real-Estate Tax Rate


Corporate Income Tax Rate(s)


Capital Spending % As Share of Total State Spending (2013)