R.I. Gen. Laws 28-49-3
Workers’ Benefits: Certified Disaster Service Volunteer
Upon request from the American Red Cross and supervisor approval, a state employee who is a certified disaster service volunteer can obtain paid leave from their place of employment for up to 10 days per year to participate in specialized disaster relief services with the American Red Cross. They will not lose seniority, pay, vacation time, compensatory time, personal business leave, sick leave, or earned overtime as a result of volunteering. This section only applies to a declared disaster in Rhode Island.
Disaster service voluntary leave
(a) Any state employee who is a certified disaster volunteer of the American Red Cross may be granted leave work with pay for not more than ten (10) working days each calendar year to participate in specialized disaster relief service for the American Red Cross, upon the request of the American Red Cross through the state office of emergency management. Leave may be taken upon the request of the American Red Cross and upon the approval of the employee's supervisor, without loss of seniority, pay, vacation leave, compensatory time, personal business leave, sick leave, or earned overtime accumulation. The state agency may compensate an employee granted leave under this section at the employee's regular rate of pay for those regular work hours during which the employee is absent from work. (b) An employee deemed to be on leave under this section shall not be deemed to be an employee of the state for purposes of workers compensation. Leave under the chapter shall be granted only for service related to a disaster within the state of Rhode Island. Leave under this chapter shall not be granted for the purpose of obtaining training.