Ri law mandating coverage of newborns

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In order for an employer to be required to provide time off under the FMLA, the employer must be a government employer (at the federal, state or local level) or must have at least 50 or more employees working within a 75-mile area of where the father works.When the FMLA does cover the employer, the father who wishes to take time off must also meet certain criteria.The insurance plan is funded by employee contributions and payment for employees is provided either by a state fund or by an employer's private insurance plan.

The ability to use this flexible sick time to care for a healthy child is not, however, guaranteed in all states.Fathers are eligible to take this time off both when their partners give birth or when a child is adopted into the family.The FMLA, however, guarantees only unpaid leave without adverse consequences to the father's job.For instance, he must have worked for at least a one-year period of time prior to taking leave and he must have worked at least 1,250 hours during the one year period.If both father and mother both work for the same employer, they are permitted a combined total of 12 weeks off.

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