Governor Chafee signs TDI benefits expansion bill

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July 12, 2013

Rhode Island

By Justin Haas

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island: Governor Lincoln Chafee signed a bill which would provide up to four weeks of temporary disability insurance payments (TDI) to individuals who are out of work to care for a newborn, sick relative, or newly adopted child.[1]

The law will take effect on January 1, 2014. With it will come an increased amount of money deducted from workers' paychecks to support the $15 million expansion. This will make Rhode Island the third state to have a family paid leave program, behind California and New Jersey.[1]

Marcia Coné, CEO of the Women's Fund for Rhode Island said about the bill, "Temporary Caregiver Insurance will enable working people to care for their children, their parents, their loved ones, without fear of falling behind on their bills or losing their jobs. It is a win-win-win for workers, employers and the Rhode Island economy."[1]

Workers will be required to pay 1.2% of their first $61,400 in earnings to fund the TDI, which covers those who suffer a non-work related injury.[1]

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