Effective July 1, Rhode Island employers generally must provide paid or unpaid earned sick leave to each employee, depending on employer size. The following chart summarizes the law and its requirements.
|Which Employees and Employers Are Covered?
||All employers and paid employees.
|Must an Employer Compensate Sick Leave?
||Yes. Employers with 18 or more employees must provide paid sick leave, while employers with fewer than 18 employees may provide unpaid sick leave.
|How Much Sick Leave May an Employee Accrue and Use?
- 24 hours in 2018
- 32 hours in 2019
- 40 hours in 2020
|How Does an Employee Accrue Sick Leave?
||For every 35 hours worked or paid, employees generally accrue 1 hour of sick leave.
|When Can Employees Begin Accruing and Using Sick Leave?
||Immediately. However, an employer may impose a 90-day waiting period on newly hired employees if they are notified of it in writing upon hire.
|Which Life Events Qualify for Sick Leave?
- Mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition.
- A need for medical diagnosis, care, or treatment of a mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition.
- A need for preventive medical care.
- A need to care for a family member with a mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition.
Additional requirements and exceptions apply. Click here to read the law and its regulations.
With regards to posting requirements, the poster associated with this law is called the Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act which has already been included in our Rhode Island and Federal Combination Poster as of April 2, 2018.
Weekly Maximum and Minimum Benefit Rates Increase
Rhode Island has announced that its weekly maximum and minimum short term disability rates have increased.
Rhode Island’s temporary disability insurance program provides income support to individuals who are out of work because of a non-work related illness or injury. To be eligible, an individual must meet certain earnings requirements and be medically certified by a qualified health care provider as unable to work.
An individual’s weekly benefit rate will be equal to 4.62% of the wages paid in the highest quarter of his or her base period.
For claims with a “Benefit Year Begin Date” of July 3, 2016 or later,$89.00 is the minimum benefit rate and $817.00 is the maximum benefit rate. This does not include dependency allowance. The weekly benefit rate remains the same throughout the entire benefit year.
Click here for more information on Rhode Island’s temporary disability program.
Originally Published by HR 360, Inc.
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