- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island is one of three states to receive a federal grant to study paid family and medical leave.

Sen. Jack Reed’s office announced the $161,000 grant from the Department of Labor on Wednesday. Massachusetts, Montana and the District of Columbia will also receive grants.

Rhode Island, California and New Jersey are the only states to have expanded their state disability insurance programs to cover family leave.

The grant will pay to research the program.

Federal law requires employers with 50 or more workers to allow employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for the birth or adoption of a child or to deal with an illness.

In Rhode Island, workers may receive a portion of their regular paycheck for up to four weeks through the state’s temporary disability insurance program.

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