With few exceptions, all employers are required to participate in the state program. TDI and TCI do not allow employers to opt out of the state program. Private and self-funded plans are not an option.
- January: The annual TDI and TCI employee rate is announced along with the Taxable Wage cap.
- July: The annual TDI and TCI benefit adjustment is announced and becomes effective.
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What’s Covered Under the State Programs?
- Welcome a new child (through birth, adoption, or foster placement) under TCI.
- Care for a seriously ill family member for TCI.
- TDI covers employee Paid Leave for a worker’s own injury or illness not related to their job.
What Are the State Plan Benefits?
- A maximum of 30 total weeks under TDI.*
- A maximum of four weeks of benefits under TCI – which will reduce TDI.*
Starting January 1, 2023, the maximum benefit increased to six weeks.
Effective July 1, 2023, $1,043/week is the maximum benefit rate and the minimum benefit rate is $107.00/week.
- Weekly benefit is 4.62% the employee was paid in the highest quarter of their Base Period – the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters before the starting date of their new claim.
- There is a dependency allowance limited to five dependents. The allowance is equal to the greater of $10 or 7% of the benefit rate. The maximum with dependents is $1,408/week with five dependents.
* No more than 30 weeks combined in a 52-week period under TDI/TCI
How Is the State Program Funded?
- TDI and TCI are financed entirely by payroll deductions.
- Effective 1/1/23, employees are taxed at 1.1 percent of their pay up to $84,000.
What Are the State Plan’s Eligibility Requirements?
To be eligible for TDI and TCI benefits, employees must have earned wages in Rhode Island and paid into the TDI/TCI fund for a year or more. For claims filed in 2023, employees must have been paid at least $15,600 in the Base Period for the claim or at least $2,600 in one of the base period quarters and a total base period of at least $5,200.
The Base Period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters before the start of a claim. The last four completed calendar quarters before the starting date of a claim may also be used as an Alternative Base if an employee is not eligible using Base Period earnings.
Workers aged 14 and 15 are exempt from wage deductions and coverage.
Do All Employers Need to Participate?
Exceptions include federal, state, and some municipal employers as well as partners and non-incorporated self-employed workers.
Out-of-state companies with employees working in RI must contact the RI Division of Taxation, Employer Tax Unit at 1-401-574-8700 para registrarse.
Is There a Private Plan Option?
TDI and TCI do not allow employers to opt out of the state program. Private and self-funded plans are not an option. Private Disability insurance can complement TDI to fill gaps in pay and leave duration.
Is The Hartford Offering RI TCI and RI TDI?
Rhode Island requires all covered employers to participate in the TCI and TDI programs. As such, The Hartford can’t offer fully insured or ASO coverage for these programs. Employers can use private Disability insurance to complement TDI to fill gaps in pay and Leave durations.
Please reach out to your employee benefits representative at The Hartford for additional information.
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