Politics
9:05 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Temporary Disability Insurance Program Passes in the Senate

A measure that would expand the state’s Temporary Disability Insurance program has passed the Senate and now heads to the House.   The bill could change things for Rhode Island workers who need to take time off from work to care for a family member.

Temporary Caregiver Insurance passed in the General Assembly, and now heads to the Governor's office.
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State senator Gayle Goldin from Providence sponsored the bill creating the Temporary Caregiver Insurance program.

“This bill allows for anyone who pays into the Temporary Disability Insurance program, which is almost 80 percent of the workforce in Rhode Island, to take time off to care for a new child in their home, or a seriously ill family member," said Goldin.

For example, the measure would allow workers who pay into TDI to take off up to four weeks of paid leave from work to care for a newborn or newly adopted child. Right now, TDI does not cover maternity leave. The Rhode Island Society of Human Resource Management opposed the bill, saying it would increase the administrative burden on employers.

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