RI Senate OKs paid family leave

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- A proposal that would allow workers in Rhode Island to take paid time off to care for a new child or sick loved one has passed the state's Senate.

When fully phased in, the proposal endorsed Thursday would allow up to eight weeks of paid time off. The program would be funded by a payroll deduction that would cost someone making $43,000 a year 83 cents a week.

The benefit would be available to employees caring for a new child or sick or injured spouse, child or parent.

Advocates for children and the elderly support the legislation.

California and New Jersey have similar programs.

The bill now moves to the House.