What Is The Parental And Family Leave Act?

The R.I. Parental and Family Medical Leave Act is thirteen consecutive weeks of unpaid leave for the birth of a child, placement of an adopted child sixteen years or age of younger, or a serious illness or injury, impairment or condition that involves inpatient care in a hospital, nursing home or hospice; or outpatient care requiring continuing treatment or supervision by a health care provider. Family member means parent, spouse, child, mother­in­law, father­in­law, or the employee him or herself. Requirement: Must have been employed for 12 consecutive months, gives employer written 30 days notice (unless prevented by medical emergency), company must employ 50 or more employees. Prior to commencement of parental or family leave, the employee shall pay to the employer a sum equal to the premium required to maintain the employee’s health benefits in force during the period of leave. The employer shall return such payment to the employee within ten (10) days following the employee’s return to employment. Upon expiration of such leave, the employee is entitled to be restored by the employer to the position held when the leave commenced or to a position with equivalent seniority, status, employment benefits, pay and other terms and conditions of employment.

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