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Rhode Island Increases to Temporary Caregiver Benefits

On July 6, 2021, Rhode Island Governor Daniel McKee signed legislation (HB 6090) increasing the maximum number of weeks that a temporary caregiver can take under the state’s temporary caregiver insurance program from four weeks per benefit year to:

  • Five weeks per benefit year beginning January 1, 2022; and
  • Six weeks per benefit beginning January 1, 2023.

An employee is eligible for temporary caregiver benefits for any week when they cannot do their regular and customary work because they are:

  • Bonding with a newborn or a newly placed child for adoption or foster care; or
  • Caring for a child, a parent, parent-in-law, grandparent, spouse or domestic partner with a serious health condition.

The law took effect July 6, 2021.

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