Understanding RI and Federal Paid Leave and Unemployment Insurance
From The Economic Progress Institute:
Congress passed federal sick and paid leave laws and expansions to unemployment insurance in late March to help individuals and families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rhode Island already has several protections in place for Rhode Islanders who need paid time off from work to care for themselves or a loved one. The state also already offered unemployment insurance.
The new federal laws are meant to work in conjunction with current state benefits and protections.
This fact sheet seeks to explain both.