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DLT: 536 R.I. companies, 186K workers subject to Biden vaccine/test requirement

PROVIDENCE – Fewer than 2% of private state employers would be subject to the new vaccine and testing mandates announced by the Biden administration,...
MATTHEW WELDON, director of the R.I. Department of Labor and Training, says communication with the unemployed people who have lost their federal unemployment benefits is crucial to get them matched up with a job. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Getting the unemployed to take unfilled jobs isn’t so simple

About 45,000 Rhode Islanders have lost their federal unemployment benefits, but prodding them back into the workforce to ease a labor shortage in some...
LOSING BENEFITS:
An estimated 45,000 Rhode Islanders are losing federal unemployment benefits ending this month.  / AP FILE PHOTO/PAUL SAKUMA

End of federal payments leaves thousands in need of jobs

The state in May resisted calls from some business groups to end supplemental federal unemployment benefits months early to help fill thousands of job...

DLT director anxious over end of federal unemployment benefits

PROVIDENCE – R.I. Department of Labor & Training Director Matthew Weldon has one message to the 45,000 Rhode Islanders slated to see their federal...

DLT: Data shows unemployment benefits changes are working

PROVIDENCE – Two weeks after the state made changes to unemployment benefits with the intention of getting people back to work, R.I. Department of Labor...

Unemployment fraud claims continue to put RIers’ identities at risk

PROVIDENCE – Pandemic restrictions may be ending, but fraudsters masquerading as unemployed Rhode Islanders seeking government benefits are alive and well. The R.I. Department of...
RHODE ISLAND OFFICIALS have made changes to the unemployment insurance benefits, which will go into effect on May 23. The changes are intended to persuade more people to return to the workforce. / AP FILE PHOTO/NAM Y. HUH

Will changes to R.I.’s unemployment policies ease hiring woes?

The age-old debate between academia and the business world has resurfaced, this time over whether generous unemployment insurance benefits are to blame for employers’...
HUNGRY FOR HELP: Anthony Tarro, co-owner of Siena restaurant, says the business has struggled to find workers recently. In the background, sous chef Michael Lynch assists Tarro in the kitchen of Siena’s East Greenwich location. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Eateries look for recipe to solve staff shortage

While many iconic restaurants on Providence’s Federal Hill are starting to see a revival, the lights at Siena on Atwells Avenue remain off, tables...

Unemployment benefit changes advance in General Assembly

PROVIDENCE – Legislation aimed at getting people back to part-time work advanced in both chambers of the General Assembly on Tuesday. The Senate bill, sponsored by...
MOVING ON: David Bauerle, chief clerk for University of Rhode Island’s housing and residential life program, has decided to take an early-retirement incentive, in part because of changes to his workplace brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Some decisions to retire triggered by COVID-19

After 36 years of arranging and rearranging student dorm assignments at the University of Rhode Island, David Bauerle was contemplating retirement. Bauerle, chief clerk for...

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