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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.
  • Paid family leave, also known as temporary caregiver insurance (TCI) in Rhode Island, is available to eligible employees. The TCI program provides up to four weeks of partial wage replacement to eligible employees to care for a seriously ill family member or to care for or bond with a newborn, adopted or foster child. See Paid Family Leave.
  • 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.