Assessing Rhode Islands Temporary Caregiver Insurance Act: Insights from a Survey of Employers' Page: 2 of 11
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This report provides new evidence on Rhode Island's Temporary Caregiver Insurance (TCI) law,
which took effect in January 2014, based on a survey of small and medium-sized businesses in
the food services and manufacturing sectors in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts
that we carried out in December 2013 (just before the law came into effect) and in
January/February 2015 (one year after the law came into effect). We collected information about
firm characteristics and productivity, employee life events and work flow, and employer-
provided benefits. Comparing Rhode Island employers pre-and post-law to Massachusetts and
Connecticut employers over the same time period, we found little evidence of significant impacts
of the law on employers (although we note that the sample size for these estimates was small;
104 employers in Rhode Island, and 133 in the other two states combined). We also asked Rhode
Island employers directly about their views towards TCI one year after it came into effect and
found that a majority of the 213 Rhode Island employers interviewed in 2015 support the new
law. Thus, our results suggest that laws like Rhode Island's TCI may not have significant impacts
on small and medium-sized employers and could garner support by such employers once they
have experienced them.
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Bartel, Ann; Rossin-Slater, Maya; Ruhm, Christopher & Waldfogel, Jane. Assessing Rhode Islands Temporary Caregiver Insurance Act: Insights from a Survey of Employers', text, January 2016; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc955714/m1/2/: accessed September 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.