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Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act

On September 28, 2017, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed legislation (S.B. 290) establishing the Healthy and Safe Families and Workplace Act. The act requires employers to allow employees to earn a minimum level of paid sick and safe leave time to care for themselves or a family member as follows:

  • The leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 35 hours worked.
  • For year 2018, employees must be provided three paid sick and safe leave days.
  • For year 2019, employees must be provided four paid sick and safe leave days.
  • Thereafter, employees must be provided five paid sick and safe leave days.

Public employers, certain construction employers under a collective-bargaining agreement, and certain licensed nurses are exempt from the act. As this is a new act, it also provides guidelines for the accrual of paid sick and safe leave time, for the use of paid sick and safe leave time, and for public education and outreach.

The law is effective July 1, 2018.

Read RI S.B. 290