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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...
5Q: John Simmons
President, Rhode Island Business Coalition / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With: John Simmons

John Simmons | President, Rhode Island Business Coalition 1. What is the Rhode Island Business Coalition and what is its purpose? The Rhode Island Business...

JPMorgan Chase survey: Business leaders’ optimism hits record high

PROVIDENCE – Midsize business leaders are more optimistic than ever about their companies' futures, according to a new survey by JPMorgan Chase & Co....

Business community mixed on whistleblower legislation

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island business community has mixed feelings about passage of state legislation that provides protections for immigrant workers who report misconduct...
STATE LEADERS issued a joint statement Friday saying that the General Assembly will convene in a special session in November to consider the Fiscal Year 2021 state budget. They also said they will consider a special election for bond initiatives following the session. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ARTISTIC IMAGES

R.I. Senate passes pay equity bill

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Senate on Thursday approved legislation mandating equal pay for women and minorities by a vote of 33-4, with one member...

House unanimously approves pay equity bill

PROVIDENCE – The House on Tuesday unanimously approved legislation mandating equal pay for women and minorities by updating the Equal Pay Act of 1963. The...

More than one way to define ‘profit’ in dispute over PPP...

PROVIDENCE – How many ways are there to define a "profit" in business? When it comes to Rhode Island companies that received forgivable Paycheck...

Business leaders painting gloomy picture of PPP taxation

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island business leaders are painting a gloomy picture for the state if Gov. Daniel J. McKee’s proposal to tax forgivable Paycheck...

R.I. business groups unite against proposed tax hikes

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island business community is voicing displeasure over legislation proposed in the House and Senate that is aimed at raising personal...
ASSESSMENT FEE: Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has proposed a fiscal 2020 budget that includes a Medicaid Employer Assessment Fee, which if approved would annually charge companies that employ 300 or more workers as much as a $1,500 penalty per employee who was not offered health insurance but then qualified for state-supported Medicaid.
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Raimondo proposes new fee to ensure employers offer health insurance

A powerful disincentive for not offering employees health care insurance is included in the proposed 2020 budget introduced by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo. If a...

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