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Rhode Island Paid Family Leave

Feb 9, 2016

Resource information on state policies and initiatives that impact infants, toddlers and their families

Rhode Island passed legislation instituting the Temporary Caregiver Insurance Program (TCI) in July 2013 to provide paid family leave. TCI provides up to four weeks of partial wage replacement to workers who take time off to bond with a new child or to care for a sick child, spouse, parent, grandparent, parent-in-law, or domestic partner. Employees can use the leave to bond with a biological, adopted, or foster son or daughter, a stepson or stepdaughter, a legal ward, or a son or daughter of a domestic partner. Individuals on leave receive approximately two-thirds of their normal pay, though benefits are capped for workers making more than $61,400 per year.

TCI also provides job protection for employees who take caregiver leave. Employers are required to restore workers to the position they held before taking leave or to a position of equivalent seniority, status, employment benefits, pay, and other terms and conditions. Employers are also required to continue paying their portion of any health benefits workers receive while they are out.

Rhode Islands Temporary Disability Insurance Program (TDI) provides partial wage replacement for participating workers who are temporarily unable to work because of a physical or mental condition, including pregnancy complications and recovery from childbirth. TCI supplements TDI; women who give birth are eligible for both.

There were 3,870 approved claims for Temporary Caregiver Insurance during 2014; 74% were to bond with a new child and 26% were to care for a seriously ill family member. In 2014, there were 969 approved TDI claims for disabling pregnancy complications and 3,502 TDI claims to recover from childbirth. Recovery from childbirth is a disabling condition covered by TDI. In general, six weeks is covered for vaginal births and eight weeks for cesarean section births. More time can be approved for postpartum complications, based on the health care providers determination. TDI is not available to new parents who do not give birth (e.g., fathers and adoptive parents).

Updated February 2016.

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