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RHODE ISLAND business leaders say the new recreational marijuana law provies enough protections for employers to create workplace drug policies suitable for their individual companies. PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Business community accepts R.I. cannabis act

After years of fighting against the legalization of recreational marijuana use, many Rhode Island business leaders say they’re now satisfied with parts of the...
IMPACTFUL LEADER: Since Cheryl Merchant joined Taco Comfort Solutions in 2019 as CEO, the heating, cooling, plumbing and irrigation systems manufacturer in Cranston has seen a 20% jump in revenue. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Merchant plays integral role in moving manufacturing forward in R.I.

Business Women Awards 2022 Career Achiever Cheryl Merchant, Taco Comfort Solutions While growing up on her family’s Michigan farm, Cheryl Merchant learned firsthand the value of...

Business groups seek steeper cut in tax penalty interest rate

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee has proposed cutting the interest rate on delinquent taxes owed to the state of Rhode Island from 18%...
BOXED OUT: French Confection owners Karen Mauprivez, left, and Xavier Mauprivez, center, help Taylor Brendlinger of Portsmouth with her order, including one of their popular Yule logs, at their Middletown bakery. Ordering specialized boxes for the cakes and other supplies has been a problem this year. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

CHAIN REACTION: Supply snags deliver blow to R.I. businesses

With cycling’s popularity surging during the COVID-19 pandemic, demand has been sky high at Providence-based outerwear company Cleverhood LLC. That’s because the company designs and...

Vaccine-based bonuses for workers raise concerns

PROVIDENCE – As COVID-19 case counts continue to rise, and the state of Rhode Island appears perched to institute a bonus program for union...
SUPPORT GROUP: Cranston Democrat Sen. Joshua Miller, left, and Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey, right, introduced legislation last spring to legalize recreational marijuana, with the backing of Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, center. It passed the Senate but died in the House. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

PLANTING THE SEED: Stakes are high as R.I. officials lay groundwork...

It’s really no longer a matter of “if” recreational use of marijuana will be legalized in Rhode Island. Now it’s more a question of...
STEADY GROWTH: Cole DeSanty, right, director of client development for The Hire LLC, speaks with his colleagues, from left, CEO Tyler Wentworth; Bryan Soderberg, manager of candidate success; and Chief Operating Officer Erin Pavane. The Providence job placement firm has seen steady revenue growth since offering unlimited PTO from its inception in 2017. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

THE ULTIMATE PERK: More companies consider offering unlimited vacation time. Others...

When Erin Pavane landed a job at a tech startup in Massachusetts eight years ago, she was shocked about one of the perks: Pavane...

R.I. Commerce hires 2 consulting firms to advise on small-business credit...

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Commerce Corp. at its board meeting on Thursday approved the hiring of two consulting firms to advise on the implementation...
RHODE ISLAND companies in sectors that include retail, hospitality and nursing homes say they are concerned that implementing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate could make it difficult to recruit and retain workers. / AP FILE PHOTO/TED S. WARREN

Many companies say they can’t afford to enact vaccine mandate

Rhode Island companies in sectors spanning retail, hospitality and even nursing homes say they worry that implementing a strict employee COVID-19 vaccine requirement could...
WORD OF CAUTION: Matthew Weldon, the director of the R.I. Department of Labor and Training, says a ruling by the DLT’s Board of Review doesn’t mean that everybody who has transportation problems will be eligible for unemployment benefits. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

No ride to work? You might be eligible for unemployment benefits

An employee is responsible for getting to work on time. But if an employer is inflexible when that worker loses their transportation, and the...

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