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LOOKING FOR IMMUNITY: David Chenevert, executive director of the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association, says employers should be protected from COVID-19-related lawsuits if they’re following guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. companies push for COVID-19 liability protection

If an employee gets sick with the novel coronavirus, should they be allowed to file a worker’s compensation claim or a lawsuit against their...

The overlooked part of gender pay gap

That women are paid less than male colleagues is a stubborn fact in the U.S. ­workplace. As of July, women earned 84 cents for every...

The bright side

Has your company found silver linings amid the pandemic? Yes: 85.7% No: 14.3% What silver linings has your company found? (Select any that apply) We have found new...

Nursing home staffers postpone strike plans after letter from Raimondo

PROVIDENCE – Nursing home staff workers that had committed to an Aug. 5 strike date said they will postpone their strike after receiving a...
BALANCING ACT: Valerie Maier Speredelozzi, an associate professor of engineering at the University of Rhode Island, at her home in South Kingstown. She has had to juggle child care with online teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic. / 
PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Female engineers fear setbacks amid pandemic

University of Rhode Island professor Valerie Maier Speredelozzi and her children place sticky notes on their closed bedroom doors with the words “exam in...
Lisa A. Ranglin is vice president – program manager at Providence-based Citizens Bank. She’s also the founder, CEO and president of the nonprofit Rhode Island Black Business Association and its charitable arm, the Institute for Economic Empowerment and Development. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Commit to real workforce diversity

Lisa A. Ranglin | Rhode Island Black Business Association CEO and president Historically, diversity and inclusion efforts have failed to produce significant changes and companies...

Social distancing effects

Do you feel your company is suffering due to social-distancing restrictions? Yes: 50% No: 50% How does social distancing handicap your company’s operation? (Select all that apply) It...

R.I. legislators signal their support for nursing home workers’ plans to...

PROVIDENCE – A number of Rhode Island legislators and community organizations signaled their support on Thursday morning for nursing home workers' plans to strike...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO announced plans to allocate $45 million of COVID-19 relief funds to workforce development programs for those left jobless due to the pandemic. PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Raimondo announces $45M in workforce development for the unemployed

PROVIDENCE – In an effort to break down traditional barriers to hiring, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo announced on Tuesday an investment of $45 million...
DOING HIS DUTY: Bill Burton, extruder team lead and U.S. Army veteran, operates an extrusion line on the Cooley manufacturing floor using a recently installed proprietary touch-screen technology. / COURTESY COOLEY GROUP

Pandemic Diary: Remedy for stress? Optimism

(Editor’s note: This is the 13th installment in a series on how Cooley Group is managing the COVID-19 pandemic, from the perspective of its...

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