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e-Alert: Rhode Island Expands Temporary Caregiver Benefits

By August 10, 2021No Comments


Effective January 1, 2022, Rhode Island will extend its Temporary Caregiver Insurance from four weeks to five weeks. The benefit will be further extended to cover six weeks the following year, January 1, 2023.


Rhode Island’s Temporary Caregiver Insurance provides weekly benefits to those who are taking time off to care for a family member. A family member is defined as a child, spouse, domestic partner, parent, parent-in-law, or grandparent.

Eligible individuals can receive a certain percentage of wages ranging from $107 to $978. Eligible individuals must give their employer 30 days’ notice prior to taking a leave. An eligible individual is someone who:

  • Has worked in Rhode Island;
  • Meets certain earnings requirements; and
  • Has paid into the state’s temporary disability insurance fund.

Eligible individuals cannot double dip into Temporary Caregiver benefits and Temporary Disability benefits for the same qualifying reason.

Employers Next Steps

  • If you are a Full-Service or Virtual HR client and would like our assistance with updating your leave policies, please email us.
  • If you have further questions regarding this e-Alert, please email us.

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