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Benefits paid for workers’ compensation increased in Rhode Island and much of the nation, but fell in Massachusetts in 2011, according to a report by the National Academy of Social Insurance. more
Three-hundred and ninety-nine nurses and union members picketed outside the Dudley Street entrance of Women & Infants Hospital on April 11, calling on the Providence hospital to lift its hiring freeze and fill vacant positions with permanent, local workers instead of hiring temporary, subcontracted “traveler” nurses. more
Rhode Island and Massachusetts rank among the best places for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals to work, according to an XpertHR report released Thursday. more
Since the financial crisis, a Narragansett Bay-sized cloud of self-doubt or “irrational negativity,” as Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee described it, has been among the factors blamed for Rhode Island’s inability to regain its financial footing. more
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren said the central bank should act to bring down “stubbornly, and unacceptably, high” joblessness that’s been stuck near 9 percent or above since April 2009. more
The Rhode Island Foundation has announced the final $150,000 in awards stemming from its year-long “Make It Happen RI” economic development initiative. more
Providence, with a well-earned reputation for culinary excellence, is home to the world’s largest culinary university, Johnson & Wales University. Graduates from its College of Culinary Arts are sought after by restaurants and hotels the world over. What is not as widely known is that many of those graduates have found and are finding positions and opportunity right here in Providence. more
When 2013 began, business groups were talking about reforming and reining in Rhode Island’s Temporary Disability Insurance program – certainly not expanding it. more
One of Lynsey Colgan’s current goals is to “find a curriculum for the new kindergarten program.” more
John Condon, president of Stonewall Solutions, will tell you it’s no easy task finding the right people to work at his software-development company. “We need candidates with technology skills that are pretty unique,” he said. “To find them, we have to cast a wide net.” more
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