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Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter on Wednesday denied a motion by the state of Rhode Island to dismiss the pension lawsuit scheduled to go to trial in September, ruling that “a valid contract exists” between retirees and the state regarding promised pension benefits. more
Millions of small businesses use independent contractors to perform a multitude of tasks. But when is an independent contractor really an employee? Knowing the answer could keep your business out of serious trouble with state and federal taxing authorities. more
From left: Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien and Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee tour the Tunstall Americas facility at 100 Freight on Feb. 4 with Tunstall President and CEO Brad Waugh and Public Information Officer Glenn Morin. By the end of this month Tunstall says it will have exceeded a commitment to bring 250 jobs to Rhode Island, two months early. The company says it will have hired 269 workers by the end of February. more
Companies boosted payrolls in March by the most in three months, adding to evidence the job market is recovering from a blast of harsh winter weather, a private payrolls report showed. more
In hospitality, as in any field, the job hunt takes many forms. Just ask Courtney Lowenstein. more
Employers in the U.S. boosted payrolls in March and the unemployment rate held at 6.7 percent even as more Americans entered the labor force, showing steady progress that will probably prompt Federal Reserve policy makers to continue reducing stimulus while keeping interest rates low. more
BOSTON – The Mass. Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development said last week the state added 55,200 jobs in 2013, with private-sector job gains of 54,400. According to a statement, the gain represented the largest number of jobs created in a December-December period since 2000. more
Court-ordered settlement talks between the state and Rhode Island public employees and retirees over cuts in pension benefits have broken down, sending the dispute to trial, both parties in the case said Friday. more
The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits rose more than forecast last week after reaching a six-month low, a sign that progress in the labor market remains fitful. more
PROVIDENCE – Federal safety officials have fined a Rhode Island wood-pellet company $43,000 for alleged violations related to a 2013 explosion and fire, The Associated Press reported last week. more
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