General Assembly passes Whip Kazarian and Sen. Lawson’s legislation which increases temporary caregiver benefits
STATE HOUSE – Tonight, the General Assembly passed legislation sponsored by Majority Whip Katherine S. Kazarian and Sen. Valarie J. Lawson which would increase temporary caregiver benefits over the next two years.
“We have all witnessed or experienced the vital importance of temporary caregivers over the past 18 months. Whether it’s caring for a child, partner, parent or relative, the temporary caregiver benefit is truly a lifeline to so many families experiencing difficult times. I am proud to sponsor this bill that will increase these benefits that will help and support numerous Rhode Island families in their time of need,” said Whip Kazarian (D-Dist. 63, East Providence).
“Temporary caregiver benefits have been a lifeline to so many in our state who are going through difficult times and their need and usefulness have only increased since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. While people are still struggling with the negative health and financial impacts of the pandemic, it is crucial that we provide the needed support necessary for our families to recover from these difficult times. This bill provides that support and it will continue to help our families for the foreseeable future,” said Senator Lawson (D-Dist. 14, East Providence).
The bill (2021-H 6090A / 2021-S 0688A) would increase temporary caregiver benefits to five weeks in a benefit year starting January 1, 2022 and would increase temporary caregiver benefits to six weeks in a benefit year beginning January 1, 2023.
Currently, Rhode Islanders are limited to a maximum of four weeks in a benefit year, which was established in 2014.
The bill now heads to the governor’s desk for consideration.
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