Improving Rhode Island’s Paid Leave Program (TCI)


Rhode Island was a leader in creating one of the nation’s first paid leave programs for its workers–the Temporary Caregiver Insurance program (TCI). Since January 2014, TCI helps you afford to take time off from work so you can:

  • care for a seriously ill child, spouse, domestic partner, parent, parent-in-law, or grandparent
  • bond with a newborn child, adopted child, or foster child

TCI provides up to four weeks of partial wage replacement and protects your job and seniority while you are on leave. To learn more, see our TCI Guide Page or



Legislation will be introduced this year to expand TCI so you can take more than 4 weeks and to make this benefit more accessible for lower-wage workers.

House Bill 5789 (Cassar)

Senate Bill 436 (Goldin)

Under the status quo, many small businesses can’t afford to provide paid leave on their own, which can result in costly turnover if an employee has to leave their job due to health or caregiving demands. A statewide paid family and medical leave insurance program helps reduce costs and levels the playing field for businesses of all sizes.

Webinar: Learn about Paid Leave for Caregivers

Rhode Island is a leader in providing paid family leave through the Temporary Caregiver Insurance program (TCI) so that workers can take time off work to care for a seriously ill loved one. Many Rhode Islanders are caregivers for their older parents or other family members but don’t know about TCI.

This webinar explains the program, who is eligible, and how to apply. The webinar is intended for caregivers, staff at senior centers, senior residences, social service agencies and others who touch seniors and their families.


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