Update Applicable to: 
All employers in the state of Rhode Island.

What happened?
On April 7, 2022, the Rhode Island Senate passed Senate Bill 2243 (SB 2243), which amends the Rhode Island Parental and Family Medical Leave Act (PFMLA) by increasing the amount of parental or family leave available to an employee.

What are the details? 
Currently awaiting approval from the House Labor and signage from the governor, every employee who the same employer has employed for 12 consecutive months would be entitled, upon advance notice to his or her employer, to 24 consecutive work weeks of parental leave or family leave in any two calendar years. The employee shall give at least 30 days’ notice of the intended date upon which parental leave or family leave shall commence and terminate unless prevented by a medical emergency from giving the notice. 

The employer may request that the employee provide the employer with written certification from a physician caring for the person who is the reason for the employee’s leave, which certification shall specify the probable duration of the employee’s leave.

This bill would go into effect immediately once signed by the governor.

For more information, please see the links below:

Senate Bill 2243 (SB 2243)

Bill Status

Rhode Island Parental and Family Medical Leave Act (PFMLA)

What do employers need to do?
Employers should review the links above and look for updates on this bill. Vensure will continue to monitor this bill and provide more communication once updates are received.