EMERGENCY REGULATIONS FOR THE WAIVER OF EMPLOYEES’ AND EMPLOYERS’ DUTIES AND OBLIGATIONS DURING A POTENTIAL HEALTH THREAT RELATED TO THE INFECTIOUS COVID-19 VIRUS PURSUANT TO TITLE 28 OF RHODE ISLAND GENERAL LAWS
|Title||260||Department of Labor and Training|
|Subchapter||05||Unemployment & Temporary Disability Insurance|
|Part||2||EMERGENCY REGULATIONS FOR THE WAIVER OF EMPLOYEES’ AND EMPLOYERS’ DUTIES AND OBLIGATIONS DURING A POTENTIAL HEALTH THREAT RELATED TO THE INFECTIOUS COVID-19 VIRUS PURSUANT TO TITLE 28 OF RHODE ISLAND GENERAL LAWS|
|Type of Filing||Adoption|
|Effective||03/12/2020 to 03/07/2021|
Regulation Authority :
R.I. Gen. Laws § §§ 28-41-19 and 28-42-34
Purpose and Reason :
These emergency rules and regulations: 1) add definitions which define the current potential threat to the health, safety, or resources of the people of the state created by the infectious “SARS-CoV-2 virus” which causes “Coronavirus Disease-2019” (COVID-19) as a state of emergency; 2) waive the waiting periods for unemployment insurance and temporary disability insurance benefits; and 3) waive the certification by a qualified healthcare provider for temporary disability insurance benefits eligibility.
Editorial Notes :
The agency requested an extension to the effective dates allowed by R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-35-2.10 for this emergency adoption which was promulgated on March 12, 2020. A third extension was granted in accordance with Executive Order 20-111 which permits extensions for sixty (60) days. As a result of this additional extension, the effective dates have been revised and the regulation will now become ineffective on March 7, 2021.
Brief statement of Reason for Finding Imminent Peril :
The Department is adopting these emergency rules and regulations pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-35-2.10 due to a potential threat to public health and safety. Specifically, the Department finds that a person-to-person spread has occurred of the “SARS-CoV-2” virus which causes “coronavirus disease 2019” throughout the state (abbreviated “COVID-19”). As such, the provisions herein must be promulgated immediately.