Rhode Island was a national leader in enacting paid family leave in 2013. The program, called Temporary Caregiver Insurance or TCI, is popular, but could be made even better to ensure all Rhode Islanders who need it are able to able to use it. While a leader on paid family leave, Rhode Island has lagged its neighbors in enacting paid sick time. Forty percent of Rhode Islanders lack even one paid sick day! It’s time to catch up so that no worker has to choose between getting paid or going to work sick.
Paid Family Leave (TCI)
Rhode Island was a leader in creating one of the nation’s first paid family leave programs – Temporary Caregiver Insurance (TCI) – which went into effect in January 2014. TCI provides up to four weeks of partial (about 60%) wage replacement to workers who need to take time from work to care for a seriously ill family member including a child, spouse, domestic partner, parent, parent-in-law or grandparent or to bond with a newborn child, adopted child or foster child. TCI also protects the worker’s job and seniority while the worker is out on leave. Legislation has been introduced this year to make improvements to TCI.
Paid Sick Leave
Rhode Island does not require paid sick leave for workers. Legislation introduced this year, “The Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act” would allow workers to earn 1 hour of paid sick and safe time for every 30 hours they work. Workers could use paid sick and safe time to recover from illness, seek preventive care, take care of a sick family member or escape from domestic violence.
Expanding Paid Family Leave
Representative Maldonado H5894 / Senator Goldin S678
Expanding Access to Paid Family Leave (TCI) – April 2017
Paid Sick Leave for all Rhode Islanders
Representative Regunberg H5413 / Senator Goodwin S290
About the Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act (2017)