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PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Labor and Training said last week the state has again qualified for the fourth tier of the Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program due to the recent uptick in its unemployment rate. more
Hope Global, a company headquartered in Cumberland that makes shoelaces, parachute cords and other engineered textile products, consciously refrains from using social media when checking references while hiring. more
A star salesman’s or software developer’s defection from one company to a rival can trigger rumor and intrigue worthy of a spy novel. more
It may be convenient, even more efficient, for some employees to work away from company headquarters at a client site or from home and communicate by email, phone, texting and Skype. more
New England private-industry employer costs for employee compensation averaged $34.48 per hour in September, the highest in the country, according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report issued Friday. The national average of compensation costs in September was $29.23 per hour. more
Business leaders hailed state lawmakers for ending Rhode Island’s prohibition on biweekly pay this past summer to remove what they described as a longstanding barrier to improving the state’s poor economic climate. more
The unemployment rate in Rhode Island and the Providence-Fall River-Warwick metropolitan area dropped in September and October compared with the same periods last year, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics nonseasonally adjusted data released Thursday. more
In response to an ongoing labor dispute at the Renaissance Providence Hotel, the Boston-based Unitarian Universalist Association announced at a rally Wednesday night that they would boycott the hotel. more
Companies boosted payrolls in November by the most in a year, a sign that U.S. employers were optimistic about demand after the end of a government shutdown a month earlier, a private report based on payrolls showed Wednesday. more
A new study by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University shows that Rhode Island claims the lowest share nationwide of public-sector and federal contract jobs as a percentage of all nonfarm payroll jobs, with 14.3 percent of all jobs in the state falling in the public sector. more
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