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9 R.I. employers nominated for Freedom Award

(Updated, 12:33 p.m.)WASHINGTON – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense operational committee, today announced nine Rhode Island National Guard...

CVS adds health screening to company plan, with incentive

BOSTON – CVS Caremark Corp. has instituted a policy that requires employees using the company’s health insurance plan to undergo a health screening by...

R.I. businesses earn workplace flexibility awards

PROVIDENCE – Six Rhode Island businesses have been recognized for excellent workplace flexibility by the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce and the R.I. State...
THE BEACON MUTUAL INSURANCE CO. will issue a policyholder dividend for the third consecutive year. Above: Beacon Mutual's Warwick headquarters. / COURTESY RGB ARCHITECTS

Beacon Mutual to issue 4% policyholder dividend

WARWICK – The Beacon Mutual Insurance Co. will issue a 4 percent dividend payment to its 11,700 policyholders, the company announced Thursday.Beacon Mutual, Rhode...
PAYROLLS IN the United States rose by 155,000 workers in December while the jobless rate held at 7.8 percent.  / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/SCOTT EELLS

Payrolls in U.S. climb 155,000 as jobless rate holds at 7.8%

WASHINGTON – Employers added workers in December at about the same pace as the prior month, and the unemployment rate matched a four-year low,...
RHODE ISLAND INCREASED its minimum wage to $7.75 an hour on Jan. 1. Above: The minimum wage rates compared to the national average as of Jan. 1, 2013. / COURTESY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

2013 brings minimum wage increase for R.I. workers

PROVIDENCE – On Jan. 1, Rhode Island’s minimum wage rose 35 cents to $7.75 an hour, increasing the average minimum wage worker’s annual pay...
FM GLOBAL was one of five companies recognized by the New England Employee Benefits Council for innovative programs.

FM Global benefits portal lauded

WALTHAM, Mass. - Johnston-based property insurer FM Global was named one of five companies with the Best Benefits Practices of 2012 by the New...
JOINING PROTEST at more than 1,000 Walmart locations nationwide, workers at the superstore's branches in Rhode Island and Massachusetts were expected to protest on Black Friday. / COURTESY ORGANIZATION UNITED FOR RESPECT AT WALMART

Black Friday Walmart protests head to R.I., Mass.

SEEKONK – As part of a nationwide Black Friday protest, Walmart workers and community allies plan to gather at Walmart retail stores across Rhode...
A STATUE OF Mr. Potato Head greets visitors to the corporate headquarters of toymaker Hasbro Inc. in Pawtucket. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ MICHAEL SPRINGER

Hasbro named one of most ‘community-minded’ companies

PAWTUCKET – Hasbro Inc. was recognized in The Civic 50 survey as one of the country’s most community-minded companies along with companies such as...
CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT rose 0.5 percent year over year in the Providence-Fall River-Warwick metro area while falling 4 percent in the New Bedford metro area in September.  / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/SIMON DAWSON

Construction employment rises slightly in Providence metro

WASHINGTON – Construction employment rose in 125 out of 337 metro areas, including the Providence-Fall River-Warwick area, dropped in 160 out of 337 metro...
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