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WL BUILDERS INC. in Fall River has been ordered by the R.I. Department of Labor and Training to pay $869,000 for wage theft, misclassifying employees and falsifying payroll on three public works projects in Rhode Island.

R.I. orders Fall River contractor to pay $869K for wage theft,...

PROVIDENCE – A Fall River company has been ordered by the R.I. Department of Labor and Training to pay $869,000 for wage theft, misclassifying...
LABOR TALKS: Matthew Weldon, second from right, director of the R.I. Department of Labor and Training, speaks during a panel discussion at Providence Business News’ Workforce Development Summit in Providence on Feb. 15. Also on the panel are, from left, Lindsey Brickle, director of workforce and community partnerships at Polaris MEP; Julie Matthew, manufacturing director of Amgen Inc. in Rhode Island; Ara Millette, director of talent acquisition and workforce development at Lifespan Corp.; Nina Pande, executive director of Skills for Rhode Island’s Future; and Douglas Sherman, senior vice president and provost at the New England Institute of Technology. PBN Editor Michael Mello, standing at right, moderates. 
PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Panel: Adaptability is key in today’s job market

Though Rhode Island’s job numbers have largely rebounded to pre-COVID-19 levels, Matthew Weldon, director of the R.I. Department of Labor and Training, doesn’t exactly...
MATTHEW WELDON, second from right, director of the R.I. Department of Labor and Training, speaks during a panel discussion at Providence Business News' Workforce Development Summit in Providence on Thursday. Also on the panel are, from left, Lindsey Brickle, director of workforce and community partnerships at Polaris MEP; Julie Matthew, manufacturing director of Amgen Inc. in Rhode Island; Ara Millette, director of talent acquisition and workforce development at Lifespan Corp.; Nina Pande, executive director of Skills for Rhode Island’s Future; and Douglas Sherman, senior vice president and provost at the New England Institute of Technology. PBN Editor Michael Mello, standing at right, moderated. PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN workforce summit: Flexibility ‘the best asset you can have at...

PROVIDENCE – With Rhode Island now having regained more than 90% of jobs lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic, employers may feel that the...

SENEDIA receives $209,500 grant from Real Jobs Rhode Island

MIDDLETOWN – Real Jobs Rhode Island has provided a $209,500 grant to the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance, the group announced last week. The latest award...

R.I. manufacturing wages drop month over month in December

PROVIDENCE – Wages for manufacturing production workers dropped 21 cents to $25.34 per hour between November and December, according to the R.I. Department of Labor and...
READY MODE: Kolby Gomes went through pipefitter training through the partnership program operated by General Dynamics Electric Boat and the Community College of Rhode Island as he prepares to start a career with the submarine builder. 
PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Class of their own: More employers partnering with local colleges

Although he had some experience working in construction, Kolby Gomes says learning the ins and outs of pipefitting was like studying a foreign language. But...

R.I. monthly unemployment jumps to 3.2% in December

CRANSTON – Rhode Island’s seasonally adjusted unemployment in December was 3.2%, three-tenths of a percentage point higher than the previous month, the R.I. Department...

McKee vows to raise incomes, shore up health care system, cut...

PROVIDENCE – Striking a note of optimism in the face of future deficits and the absence of unprecedented federal dollars in recent years, Gov....

2024 forecast: R.I.’s unemployment – ‘nowhere to go but up’

During the COVID-19 pandemic, University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro says he noticed businesses in the South County region of the state posting...

Providence Public Library graduates first class of Microsoft Excel program

PROVIDENCE – Sixteen Rhode Island residents recently graduated from a Providence Public Library pilot program offering free Microsoft Excel and English-language training. The class, Microsoft Excel Work Readiness...
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