Rhode Island Sick Leave Law 101
Not sure if your employer is legally required to give you paid sick leave?
Our comprehensive guide to RI sick leave law will explain what time off you are eligible for and how to call in sick. DoNotPay’s Request Sick Leave product makes it easy to ask for time off—find out how below.
While there is no federal law for sick time, Rhode Island’s Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act includes provisions to ensure adequate paid sick leave for most workers in the state. There are a few exemptions to the law—consult this chart to determine your eligibility:
|Employment Type||Eligible (Yes/No)|
|Federal, municipal, or regional government||No|
|Independent contracting and subcontracting||No|
If eligible, you can accrue up to 40 hours of paid sick time per year. You earn one hour for every 35 hours worked. Sick leave is unpaid unless your workplace has more than 18 employees.
You can use this time for any of the following situations:
- Recovering from physical/mental illness or injury
- Seeking medical services
- Dealing with your workplace or your child’s school being closed as the result of a public health order
- Dealing with domestic violence, sexual offenses, or stalking
No—you can also use your accrued time off to care for others, including:
- Spouses or common-law partners
- Parents and parents-in-law
- Care recipients
- Household members
As long as you have accrued enough time off, you cannot be forced to work while sick. Doing so is dangerous for both staff members and customers. If you must work while ill, be sure to limit your exposure to and contact with others.
Rhode Island law ensures you cannot be fired for using your earned paid sick leave. If your employers take action against you, you can sue them—DoNotPay will help. Our Small Claims Court product assists with the filing process for your wrongful termination suit.
Before picking up the phone, make sure to check whether your employer has a specific policy in place for taking paid sick leave. Larger companies often have a dedicated phone line or an online form to fill out.
If there is no standard process, you can call in sick in one of two ways:
- Via phone
- Via email
Be sure to provide as much notice as possible. The later you inform your boss about your absence, the harder it will be to cover for you.
You may have earned sick days, but that doesn’t make the prospect of asking for time off any easier. We all struggle with the idea of talking to the boss about time off—allow DoNotPay to ease the process for you.
Our Request Sick Leave product helps you draft a professional request for time off, taking all the guesswork and stress out of the procedure.
Here is how it works:
- Log in to your DoNotPay account
- Choose the Request Sick Leave product
- Fill in a few details about your job and your company
- Upload a photo of your doctor’s note if you have one
You can download a copy of the request or have DoNotPay submit it to HR on your behalf right away.
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