Help available if COVID-19 has hurt you

Help available if COVID-19 has hurt you

For those who are quarantined, unable to work, or whose workplace has been temporarily closed due to the new coronavirus, there are resources available, says the Department of Labor and Training.

• To apply for temporary disability insurance, or TDI, visit here. Be sure to indicate on your application that you have been impacted by COVID-19. Benefits may be available for you to care for yourself or a family member that has been impacted through temporary caregiver insurance, TCI. Visit here.

• If your company closes, or you are directed by your employer to remain home, you may be eligible for unemployment insurance. Indicate that your claim is a result of COVID-19.

The DLT is pledging to waive standard waiting periods. Most private sector workers are eligible for earned sick and safe leave.

• For employers, if you are temporarily ceasing or limiting operations as a result of COVID-19, contact the DLT to discuss how the agency can help. Requests can be made by emailing or calling 401-462-2020. Provide the name of the business, a point of contact, telephone number and email address.

• For information about earned sick leave, paid or unpaid based on the size of the company, check out this page. Check with your employer regarding their sick leave policies, the amount of time that you may have earned and may be available for use, and details about how to use this benefit.

• Some workers are covered by the Rhode Island Parental and Family Medical Leave Act and/or the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act. Eligible employees may be able to take job-protected leave under this act to care for themselves or a family member. Visit here.