Rhode Island imposes family and medical leave obligations on its public and private employers through the Rhode Island Parental and Family Leave Act (RI Gen. Laws Sec. 28-48-1et seq.).
Private employers with 50 or more employees, all state employers, and any city, town, or municipal agency with 30 or more employees are covered by the Act.
Any full-time employee who works an average of 30 or more hours per week and who has been employed by the same employer for 12 consecutive months is eligible for parental and family medical leave.
Parental leave. May be taken for the birth of a child of an employee, or the placement of a child 16 years of age or less with an employee in connection with the adoption of such child by the employee.
Family leave. May be taken for the serious illness of the employee or the employee's parent, spouse (including same-sex spouses), child, or mother- or father-in-law. For employees of the state, covered family members also include domestic partners.
The Rhode Island Domestic Relations Law provides legal recognition of same-sex marriages (RI Gen. Laws Sec. 15-1-1 et seq.et seq.). Any two persons who are otherwise eligible to marry under the law may be legally married, regardless of gender. Any terms used in state laws, regulations, or rules that relate to marriage will apply equally to a same-sex marriage.
For the purposes of the Parental and Family Leave Act, covered spouses include both same and opposite-sex married spouses.
Interaction with the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Under the federal FMLA, a covered "spouse" is a husband or wife as ...