Temporary Caregiver Insurance Program (TCI)

The Temporary Caregiver Insurance program (TCI) provides up to 4 weeks of benefits for people who need to be out of work to care for a seriously ill family member (child, spouse, domestic partner, parent, parent-in-law or grandparent) or to bond with a newborn child, adopted child or foster-care child.

Who Qualifies?

To be eligible for TCI benefits, you must have:

  • Earned wages in Rhode Island
  • Paid into the TDI/TCI fund
  • Earned at least $11,520 in either your Base Period or an Alternate Base Period.
  • If you earned less, you may be eligible if you meet certain earning tests. See the Rhode Island DLT FAQ Page or RIPaidLeave.net for definitions and more information.
  • Be out of work for 7 consecutive days (paid or unpaid)
  • Provided your employer with 30 days written advance notice that you plan to use TCI (the 30 day notice can be waived if there are “unforeseeable circumstances”)

How to Apply

  • File an application online at the DLT web site or file a paper application or call (401) 462-8420 to request a paper application mailed to your home address.
  • You need to provide proof of parent/child relationship if you are requesting TCI for time to bond and proof of the medical need of a family member if you are requesting TCI for time to care-giving.

How much are the weekly payments?

The weekly benefit is equal to 4.62% of the wages paid to you in the highest quarter of your base period. You may also be entitled to a dependents allowance for a child under age 18 or disabled child age 18 or older. Benefits can be paid for a maximum of 4 weeks

For more information, go to the Department of Labor and Training website or RIPaidLeave.netIf you have questions about your eligibility or application, you can email [email protected]. Include your full name, phone number and hometown in the email.