State-mandated paid time off for workers in Rhode Island took effect Sunday. The law was a win for state progressives in the year after President Donald Trump’s election.
The law guarantees at least three full days of paid time off for workers at companies of 18 or more employees. It also calls for paid time off to increase to five full days in the coming years.
And it guarantees all Rhode Island workers at companies with fewer than 18 employees unpaid sick time.
The law passed in September of 2017, at the urging of progressive and labor groups. It also allows workers to use time to care for a family member. Advocates say the law will protect lower-wage workers who may not normally receive benefits.
Connecticut and Massachusetts have also enacted paid leave mandates.