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Joshua A. Hawks-Ladds

How to effectively use noncompetes in a tight labor market

With so much movement in the job market lately, efforts to enforce noncompete agreements have dramatically increased. It is important for employers to make sure...
A RECENT SURVEY conducted by global human resources firm Robert Half International Inc. found that 41% of respondents said they intended to look for a new job in the first half of 2022. / AP PHOTO/JENNY KANE

‘Great resignation’ to continue in 2022, and employers must respond

With staffing shortages pervasive across many industries, waves of workers are ready to jump to new jobs or even new careers in the new...

Think before you quit your job

Record numbers of Americans have quit their jobs in recent months. Millions more may be preparing to follow them to the exits. One survey...
Eric Cormier

Personality put to the test in recruiting process

As the labor market becomes more competitive, the pressure to hire the right people and engage them within the company’s culture has amped up....

How to manage the elevated quit rate

Finding good employees has always been a challenge – but these days it’s harder than ever. And it is unlikely to improve anytime soon. The...
Edinaldo Tebaldi

From crisis to growth: Leveraging skills to foster prosperity

A look at recent economic data – along with an analysis of industry, technology and workforce trends – reveals that Rhode Island is falling...
ON THE HUNT: Graham Berryman looks at his laptop at his apartment in Springfield, Mo. He is a lawyer who has struggled to find work during the pandemic after he was let go by his previous firm in August 2020. He has lived off savings. / AP PHOTO/BRUCE E. STIDHAM

Where are workers now that jobless aid is gone?

Earlier this year, an insistent cry arose from business leaders and Republican governors: Cut off a $300-a-week federal supplement for unemployed Americans. Many people,...

R.I. unemployment rate ticks down to 5.8% in July

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island unemployment rate in July was 5.8%, a slight decline from 5.9% one month prior and a drop from 14%...
BLOUNT FINE FOODS CORP. CEO and President Todd Blount speaks with an employee at the company's Fall River facility. PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Clam cakes and chowder? Pulling out stops to attract workers

With the COVID-19 pandemic upending Rhode Island’s job market, employers are desperate to fill positions, utilizing creative tactics to draw new employees. Due to high...

Health woes from pandemic-related job losses?

Being out of work isn’t just bad for your finances: It’s bad for your health. Losing a job can cause depression, anxiety and other...
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