Legislators want to improve RI’s paid family leave program

By Steve Ahlquist
RI Future

Bills introduced by Senator Gayle Goldin and Representative Shelby Maldonado would provide more security for workers and their families by expanding access to the state’s paid family leave program, the Temporary Caregiver Insurance Program (TCI). TCI provides up to four weeks of partial (about 60 percent) wage replacement for workers who need to take time from their jobs to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a newborn, adopted, or foster child. Proposed amendments to the law, which became effective in January, 2014, would respond to research on the effectiveness of the program, by increasing the number of weeks, the amount of wage replacement and other changes.

“Rhode Island has an opportunity to once again be a leader in supporting workers and their families by expanding the Temporary Caregiver Insurance program” said Rachel Flum, executive director of the Economic Progress Institute. “TCI is popular with workers and business owners. The changes being proposed by this legislation will ensure more Rhode Island workers are able to benefit from this successful program.”