Rhode Island's state temporary disability insurance (TDI) program has been expanded to include paid leave for employees who need time off to:
bond with a newborn child, adopted child, or foster child (available to both parents)
Employees may take up to four weeks of leave per year for these purposes, paid out of the state's disability insurance program. These four weeks are not in addition to the 30 weeks available for disabilities. In other words, an employee who uses four weeks of paid caregiving leave has only 26 weeks of temporary disability coverage available for the rest of the year.
An individual must be out of work for at least seven consecutive days in order to be eligible for Temporary Caregiver Insurance (TCI) benefits, and employees must provide their employers with 30-days notice, in writing, unless the need to take leave is unforeseeable circumstances. Upon the employee's return to work, the employer must offer the employee a comparable position, with equivalent pay, benefits, and status.
Note that TCI benefits are subject to federal and state income taxes, unlike TDI benefits. This program is funded by withholdings from employees’ paychecks under the TDI program.
Find out more from Rhode Island's Temporary Caregiver Insurance brochure.