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FMLA: Rhode Island

FMLA requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Stephen Melnick, Littler


  • 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.
  • An employee may be eligible for temporary disability insurance benefits while on leave under the RIPFMLA or FMLA. See Temporary Disability Insurance Program.
  • 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 for leave under the RIPFMLA or the FMLA may qualify for temporary caregiver insurance, such as when caring for a grandparent. See Temporary Caregiver Insurance Program.
  • Pregnant employees may be entitled to leave under the state Fair Employment Practices Act. See Pregnancy.
  • 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.
  • The Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act requires covered Rhode Island employers to provide paid sick and safe leave to eligible employees. See Paid Sick and Safe Leave.