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Rhode Island FMLA Guidelines For Employers

Rhode Island FMLA And Leave Law Guidelines And Requirements

The Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law that applies to employer organizations with 50 or more employees for 20 or more workweeks in the current or previous calendar year.

The Family & Medical Leave Act does not take the place of other sources of leave, including Rhode Island's FMLA and other state leave laws. To the extent an organization subject to the FMLA is also subject to a state leave law, it must comply with both the FMLA and the state leave law.

The challenge in coordinating compliance with federal and state law is that the state leave laws may differ from FMLA law in employee eligibility criteria, as well as the length and type of protection.

Rhode Island's FMLA And Other Leave Laws

In addition to the Family & Medical Leave Act, Rhode Island requires employers to follow rules for Parental Leave, School Leave, Same-Sex Unions, and several other areas. For example, Rhode Island's Parental and Family Medical Leave Act covers:FMLA Training & Certification Program
  • Private employers with 50 or more employees
  • All state employers
  • City, town or municipal agencies with 30 or more employees
  • Any person acting directly or indirectly in the interest of any employer
Go to http://www.employmentlawhq.com/state-requirements/rhode-island.html for more information on these laws, and http://www.dlt.ri.gov/ls/pdfs/HSFWfactsheet.pdf for info on Rhode Island’s Sick and Safe Leave law.

How To Determine Whether FMLA Guidelines Or State Guidelines Apply In Rhode Island

Here are some guidelines if your organization is subject to both FMLA and Rhode Island leave law:
  • If an eligible employee wishes to take a leave that is covered under both the state leave law and the FMLA, then generally the leave can be run concurrently. In other words, it can be counted towards satisfying the requirements under both state and federal law simultaneously
  • If an eligible employee wishes to take a leave covered under the FMLA, but not also covered under the state leave law, that leave can only count towards satisfaction of the FMLA requirements. The total amount of leave available under the state law would still be available to that employee
  • If an eligible employee wishes to take a leave covered under the state leave law, but not also covered under the FMLA, that leave can only count towards satisfaction of the state leave law. The total amount of leave available under the FMLA (e.g., 12 weeks or 26 weeks) would still be available to the employee
Note: The above is excerpted from our FMLA Training & Certification Program.

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More Info On Rhode Island FMLA Leave Law

For specific information on Rhode Island's FMLA and other leave laws, contact:

Rhode Island Department of Labor
1511 Pontiac Ave
Cranston, RI 02920
(401) 462-8000
http://www.dlt.state.ri.us/








Disclaimer: This information provided is based on state laws and regulations, and is subject to change. While we make every effort to asure this information is current and accurate, it is not engaged in rendering legal or professional advice, and shall not be held responsible for inaccuracies contained herein.
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