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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...
STRATEGIZING: Ocean State Job Lot officials, from left, Donna McLeod, director of recruitment; Bob Selle, chief human resources officer; Lisa Pereira, talent acquisition; and Kara Reddy, talent acquisition specialist, campus and social recruitment, conduct a strategy ­meeting.  
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Tight labor market demands competitive pay

The minimum wage increased in Rhode Island this month to $10.50 an hour, the second bump in two years. For the estimated 20,000 to 30,000...

Who Owns The Block?

Warwick Avenue Bellevue Avenue to Toledo Avenue WARWICK PBN RESEARCH AND PHOTOS/James Bessette  | PBN GRAPHIC/Lisa Lagreca

Job Lot sales audit coordinator arrested for alleged theft of $20K

SCITUATE – Jennifer L. Cotrone, a former sales audit coordinator and 18-year employee at Ocean State Job Lot, has been arrested on felony charges...
OCEAN STATE JOB LOT has acquired six former Toys R Us stores on the East Coast and leased another in Massachusetts. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT

Ocean State Job Lot expands into former East Coast Toys R...

PROVIDENCE – Ocean State Job Lot has purchased six former Toys R Us stores on the East Coast and leased another, the company announced...

Stuff-a-Bus food drive receives more than 4 tons of donated food

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Earlier this month Ocean State Job Lot – in partnership with the R.I. Public Transit Authority and iHeartRadio – announced it...

Ocean State Job Lot extends holiday donation program, will match up...

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Initially planned to conclude on Dec. 5, Ocean State Job Lot has chosen to extend its first-ever Choose, Give, Get donation...

Lifespan, Ocean State Job Lot collect 50K lbs. of food for...

PROVIDENCE – Lifespan Corp. and Ocean State Job Lot teamed up for the retailer’s annual holiday food drive, collecting more than 50,000 pounds of...
TAKING STOCK: Volunteers Ruth Balzano, left, and Dorothy Villani stock food at the Rhode Island Community Food Bank in Providence. Villani said the food bank has lost a lot of volunteers over the years, while Balzano said donations are distributed quickly and more are always needed. / PBN PHOTO / EMILY GOWDEY-BACKUS

Each year Rhode Islanders face the ever-present need for food, clothing...

On a rainy, mid-November morning, five longtime volunteers sorted donations at the Rhode Island Community Food Bank headquarters in Providence. Aged 68 to 84 and...
FAMILY MEETING: Marc Perlman, left, speaks during a recent Ocean State Job Lot owners meeting at the company’s North Kingstown headquarters. Also attending are, from left, John Conforti, Richard Portno, Alan Perlman and Steve Aronow.
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Ocean State Job Lot families foster workforce community culture

Business Excellence Awards 2018 Excellence at a family-owned business: Ocean State Job Lot With an office in China and 133 stores in New England, it may...
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