FMLA: Rhode Island

This item is part of FMLA.

The below content should be reviewed in conjunction with the in-depth federal coverage of this topic provided above.

Author: Stephen Melnick, Littler Mendelson, PC


  • The Rhode Island Parental and Family Medical Leave Act (RIPFMLA) is substantially similar to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), but employers should be aware of substantive differences that exist between the state and federal law. See Parental and Family Medical Leave Act.
  • The Rhode Island Temporary Caregiver Insurance Program provides employees with four weeks of wage replacement when an employee takes leave to care for certain family members or to bond with a new child. The compensation is funded through a state insurance program. Even employees who are not eligible under RIPFMLA or the FMLA may qualify for temporary caregiver insurance, including the parents of a same-sex spouse. See Temporary Caregiver Insurance Program.
  • Employees in Rhode Island may be eligible to take unpaid family military leave of up to 30 days (dependent on the size of the employer) if the employee's child or spouse is on active military duty. See Family Military Leave Act.