LEGAL ADVICE: Partridge, Snow & Hahn attorney Elizabeth Manchester chats with Sam Sylvester, vice president financial services at OceanPoint Insurance. Manchester was speaking at United Way about what nonprofits should do to ensure employees and employers don’t engage in harassment.

Nonprofits need formal harassment policies

Nonprofit leaders are often so focused on the mission that they can overlook essential policies that underpin their business.Many nonprofit organizations lack the formal...
BIG IMPACT: Sam Salganik, executive director of the Rhode Island Parent Information Network, said the Affordable Care Act has made the biggest positive impact in the health care system in recent years. It’s been complemented by the state’s efforts to make insurance more accessible and affordable.

Reinsurance program helps curb premiums

Sam Salganik sees hardship cases of Rhode Islanders struggling to pay for health care. But he’s seeing less of it.“The state is making progress,”...
ARTS RESIDENCY: MacArthur fellow and Tony-nominated performer and playwright Taylor Mac, above holding the microphone, will speak, perform and participate in a panel discussion during an artist residency in Providence this month.

FirstWorks looks to expand horizons through the arts

Education is at the core of the longstanding partnership between Providence’s FirstWorks and the Brown Arts Initiative.The collaboration has drawn performers and artists to...
WORKFORCE TRAINING: Julian L. Alssid, Community College of Rhode Island’s vice president of workforce partnerships, observes an adult education math class. CCRI introduced workforce training in math several years ago, and is now doing the same for language with its “Spanish for Survivors” pilot course.

Giving employers the skills to speak with their workers

The diversification of Rhode Island’s workforce has resulted in a frequent challenge for many employers. Workers may know enough English to perform their jobs,...
REIMAGINING WORK: The Citizens Financial Group campus in Johnston just passed its one-year anniversary, and its design and amenities have increased worker interaction, says the company. Plenty of windows lighten the mood for Louise Corrigan, left, vice president of lease administration, and Melissa Abatiello, portfolio specialist.

New campus amenities can recharge employees

With the completion of electrical systems at Citizens Financial Group Inc.’s campus in Johnston, work on the new buildings is now done, about a...
A BIG BREAK: The 2017 federal tax overhaul helped many small businesses save thousands of dollars in government payments, including insurance agency Butler & Messier in Pawtucket. Susan Casimiro, left, account manager, converses with Bruce Messier, vice president of sales.

The 2017 federal tax overhaul helps small businesses too

Say what you will about President Donald Trump, the folks who run Butler & Messier Insurance don’t have any qualms.They estimate that the federal...
ADDED BENEFIT: Jacques Afonso, manager of community and customer management with National Grid Rhode Island, speaks with Jennifer Bray, senior program manager for corporate communications. Afonso has taken advantage of National Grid’s partial student-loan repayment benefit to help pay back $60,000 in loans after graduating from Suffolk University in 2009.

Loan repayment helps employers compete

Jacques Afonso, a manager of community and customer management for National Grid Rhode Island, had worked for the utility for almost a decade when...
RETIREMENT OPTIONS: Glenn King, FM Global’s manager of employee benefits, meets with staff. From left, foreground, are Tricia Fay, North America benefits manager, and Jill Goodman, retirement plans manager. From left, background, are Carole Williamson, manager health and welfare plans, and King. FM Global offers both a 401(k) plan and a pension plan to its employees.

Small businesses struggle to afford basic benefits for employees, survey finds

To the victors, go the spoils. That’s an old truism, especially for employers who win the battle for greater market share.Large companies such as...
NEW LAW: Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity CEO Mike Stenhouse believes a new law – requiring a 100% reimbursement rate for property taken by eminent domain within three opportunity zones in Pawtucket – is directed at the redevelopment of the former Apex department store.

Pawtucket wants ‘square deal’ under eminent domain

The legislator behind a new law that matches tax-increment financing authority with federal opportunity zones in Pawtucket says the change it makes to existing...
ALL THE DIFFERENCE: Chris Carlozzi, Rhode Island state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, said making it less expensive for small companies to reorganize under bankruptcy protection can “make all the difference” between survival and going out of business. 

New bill would simplify bankruptcy process for small businesses

Advocates for small businesses may finally get the legislation they’ve been seeking.Congress passed a bill in July to make it simpler and less expensive...
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