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Cities and towns challenge continuing-contracts law

PROVIDENCE – Sixteen municipalities on Nov. 12 filed a lawsuit challenging a new state law they say creates lifetime contracts. The lawsuit seeks injunctive relief...

It’s not only younger workers who want flexible hours

The problem with younger workers today, I’m often told, is that they’re entitled. Today’s 20-somethings expect flexible hours, big raises and short commutes. They...
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.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

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...
EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION COSTS for employers in New England were $41.13 per hour in March, higher than both nationwide employer costs and Northeast employer costs for the month. / COURTESY BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

N.E. hourly compensation costs in March were $41.13

PROVIDENCE – Private employer compensation costs were $41.13 per hour in New England in March, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics this...

Employers can help curb health care costs

Technology continues to reshape how employers select and offer health care benefits to employees, putting access to information at our fingertips and creating a...

Lists: Employee Benefits Administrators

Total no. of employees providing employee benefit services: 278 Re-ranked by newest administrators: 1. WD & Associates Inc. | Year founded: 1992 2. AmWINS Group Benefits |...

Lists: Rhode Island Health & Dental Insurers

Total no. of lives covered by health insurance: 1,217,866 SOURCE: Financial information is for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2017. Lives covered information is...
THE NORTHEAST reported the highest compensation costs per hour in private industry for December. The Northeast comprises the Middle Atlantic and New England regions. / COURTESY BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

BLS: N.E. employer compensation costs total $40.48 per hour in Dec.

PROVIDENCE – Private-industry employers in New England paid $40.48 per hour worked in combined wages, salary and benefits in December 2017, according to U.S....
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