Rhode Island

Paid Family Leave:
Rhode Island was a leader in creating one of the nation’s first paid leave programs – Temporary Caregiver Insurance (TCI). The program started in January 2014. TCI paid leave helps an employee afford to take time off from work so she/he can: care for a seriously ill child, spouse, domestic partner, parent, parent-in-law, or grandparent; bond with a newborn child, adopted child, or foster child. TCI provides up to four weeks of partial wage replacement and protects the employee’s job and seniority while she/he is on leave.

Legislation will be introduced this year to expand TCI so an employee can take more than 4 weeks and to make this benefit more accessible for lower-wage workers. Learn more>>

Paid Sick Leave:
An earned sick leave bill introduced in the Rhode Island General Assembly in February 2017 would benefit nearly 170,000 workers, more than 40 percent of private sector workers in the state. The Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act would enable all employees to earn sick leave to care for their health and the health of their families. The bill also allows workers to earn time to use as “safe time” for those escaping domestic violence. Under the Act, workers would earn one hour of earned sick and safe time for every 30 hours worked, up to 56 hours or seven days per year. Learn more>>