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RHODE ISLAND BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS are objecting to several of the proposed rules for a new sick leave law which is currently in the rule-making process overseen by the R.I. Department of Labor and Training. The DLT is accepting comments through April 8.

Employer groups criticize R.I. sick leave rules

PROVIDENCE -- Rhode Island business associations are objecting to several of the proposed rules for a new sick leave law scheduled to take effect...
BUILDING BRANDS: David Gomez, standing, co-owner of the Red DWG Library co-working space in Pawtucket, talks with some of the users of the space. From left, seated, are: Natalie O’Sullivan, comedian; The Branding Edit co-founders: Olivia Rodrigues, Patsy Culp and Brittany Taylor; and Ashley Holmes, creative collaborator and stylist. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Tech fest to draw thousands of innovators, investors to Pawtucket

Pawtucket will host the Ocean Inno Tech Fest later this year, bringing innovators and investors from far and wide to the city.“There are tech...
AS PART OF THE RESTRUCTURING of Greencore Group PLC's U.S. operations, including the shuttering of its fresh food production at its North Kingstown facility, Group CEO Patrick Coveney will spend half his time in the United States, where Chuck Metzger, chief operating officer of Greencore US, will handle day-to-day responsibilities. / COURTESY GREENCORE

R.I. Greencore operations rocked by closure, layoffs

PROVIDENCE – Irish-owned food products supplier Greencore Group PLC announced Tuesday it would “cease” fresh production operations at its facilities in North Kingstown as of...
A PHOTO OF the state capitol is taken from the Statehouse lawn in Providence./ COURTESY JACK NEWTON

Rhode Island lawmakers mull $6.6M unemployment insurance scoop

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island lawmakers are mulling a controversial proposal to dip into a near-$500 million unemployment insurance fund to pay for a popular...

January 2018 unemployment rate holds fast at 4.5 percent

PROVIDENCE – The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Rhode Island held steady at 4.5 percent in January, according to a Thursday release from the...
LISTENING: Miellette McFarlane, interim director of Real Jobs Rhode Island, answers a question at the PBN Workforce Development Summit. From left: Lisa Abbott, Lifespan; Damian Ewens, Opportunity@Work; McFarlane; Tim Hebert, Carousel Industries of North America and Trilix; Matthew Reeber, Pannone, Lopes, Devereaux & O’Gara; and Douglas H. Sherman, New England Institute of Technology. / PBN PHOTO/­PAMELA BHATIA

Summit: Growing talent pool collaborative effort

“No matter where you are – California, Dallas, Chicago – finding talent is one of the biggest challenges” to successfully running a business, said...
THE PANEL at the inaugural PBN Workforce Development Summit. From left to right, Mark S. Murphy, Lisa Abbott, Damian Ewens, Miellette McFarlane, Tim Hebert, Matthew Reeber and Douglas Sherman. / PBN PHOTO/ PAMELA BHATIA

Inaugural PBN Workforce Development Summit plots talent production

WARWICK – Discussion at the first-ever Providence Business News Workforce Development Summit held Feb. 14 saw roughly 200 attendees listen to and share ideas...
THE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE GREENHOUSE has announced the 15 businesses that will participate in its 2018 Food Accelerator program. / COURTESY SEG

SEG announces food accelerator cohort

PROVIDENCE – The Social Enterprise Greenhouse Food Accelerator program has announced a new cohort comprised of 15 Rhode Island food businesses.The program will begin...
THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED unemployment rate climbed to 4.4 percent in December 2017, marking its second consecutive increase. / COURTESY OF THE R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

R.I. unemployment rate climbs for second consecutive month

PROVIDENCE – In a second consecutive month, Rhode Island’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate climbed 0.1 percent to 4.4 percent in December, according to a...

GWB releases solicitation for statewide career readiness intermediary

PROVIDENCE – The Governor’s Workforce Board is seeking a statewide career-readiness intermediary to support the expansion of K-12 career-readiness activities.According to a Jan. 8...
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