Friday, March 24, 2023



Has Musk broken labor laws at Twitter?

About a week after Elon Musk assumed control of Twitter on Oct. 28, the company stirred up a storm of controversy by abruptly firing...
PRIME OPPORTUNITY: Amy Kacerik, dean of enrollment management at the Community College of Rhode Island, says few Inc. employees have enrolled using the tuition program called Career Choice, but that may change when the Amazon warehouse opens in Johnston next year, which will employ 1,500 people. 

Tuition program puts new spin on incentive

Cecilia Guante didn’t plan on stopping her schooling after she finished her associate degree. But she ran out of money and had to shelve her...
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How to effectively use noncompetes in a tight labor market

With so much movement in the job market lately, efforts to enforce noncompete agreements have dramatically increased. It is important for employers to make sure...
A HELP WANTED sign is displayed in a Northbrook, Ill., storefront. The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week and remains historically low even as the U.S. economy slows in the midst of decades-high inflation. / AP PHOTO/NAM Y. HUH

Fewer Americans seek jobless benefits despite slowing economy

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week and remains historically low even as the U.S. economy slows in...
FUTURE EXPANSION? Alyssa Kenyon works as a trimmer in the Mammoth Inc. cannabis cultivation facility in Warwick. Founder and CEO Spencer Blier hopes eventually to add grow rooms, lab space and employees after retail sales of recreational marijuana start in December. 

A GROWING WORKFORCE: New labor pipeline emerging for legalized recreational cannabis

Celia Kinneary entered Johnson & Wales University’s culinary program with a grand vision of opening her own bakery and brewery someday, but now those...

RIPTA’s not the only public agency feeling effects of labor shortage

Like many companies in the private sector, some state agencies and municipalities are struggling to fill positions amid a severe labor shortage. The R.I. Public...

U.S. needs to issue more work visas

Many employers in manufacturing, aviation and other industries are having trouble finding enough workers. The gap between the demand for labor and its supply was...

Many banks consolidating jobs as economy shifts

While restaurants and retailers were laying off their workers at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, banks embarked on a hiring spree in the...

Five Questions With: Jesse Martin

Jesse Martin | Executive vice president, Service Employees International Union 1199 New England 1. What are the most significant challenges facing SEIU 1199 membership and how...

New R.I. law ensures gratuities get into the right hands

Anyone who has worked in the service industry knows how rapidly things can change from one shift to the next. One night’s tips might cover...
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