Employment Law Daily Rhode Island governor signs legislation guaranteeing paid sick leave for employees
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Rhode Island governor signs legislation guaranteeing paid sick leave for employees

Governor Gina M. Raimondo, joined by legislative sponsors, members of her Cabinet and community advocates, has signed legislation guaranteeing paid sick leave for more than 100,000 Rhode Island employees.

Under the amended Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act, S. 290 Substitute B, starting in 2018, Rhode Island employees will be guaranteed three days of paid sick leave. The mandated paid sick time only applies to businesses with 18 or more employees. The number of guaranteed paid sick days will jump to four days in 2019, and five days in 2020. Rhode Island joins other states, including Massachusetts and Connecticut, in codifying into law the value of work.

“Being able to recover from an illness or care for a sick relative without having to worry about losing your job or going without pay is a basic right that Rhode Islanders deserve,” Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo said in a release. “Treating workers with dignity and respect is imperative to creating a strong, productive workforce, but more importantly, it’s the right thing to do. I want to thank every legislator, community advocate and citizen who came together to pass this legislation and protect Rhode Island’s working families.”

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