Under the newly implemented Temporary Caregiver Insurance law, Rhode Island requires that all employers covered under the state’s Temporary Disability Insurance program are required to give employees up to four weeks per year of paid, job-protected leave to care for a new child or tend to a seriously ill relative.
By adding this worker benefit, Rhode Island joins California and New Jersey as the only states to make this kind of support available.
The law allows employees to collect short-term disability benefits to care for a seriously ill child, spouse, domestic partner, parent, parent-in-law or grandparent, or to bond with a newborn, adopted or foster child.
While such benefits are common in many European countries, they are unusual in the United States and will certainly add a cost to employers.
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