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Business groups seek steeper cut in tax penalty interest rate

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee has proposed cutting the interest rate on delinquent taxes owed to the state of Rhode Island from 18%...
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...
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...

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...

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...
LOOKING FOR IMMUNITY: David Chenevert, executive director of the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association, says employers should be protected from COVID-19-related lawsuits if they’re following guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. companies push for COVID-19 liability protection

If an employee gets sick with the novel coronavirus, should they be allowed to file a worker’s compensation claim or a lawsuit against their...
THE RHODE ISLAND BUSINESS COALITION has concerns over the mandated paid sick leave proposal, scheduled for a vote in the Senate Labor Committee on Wednesday. /PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Opinion: R.I. paid sick leave bill needs a hard look

The Rhode Island Business Coalition has concerns regarding the mandated paid sick leave proposal scheduled for a vote in the Senate Labor Committee this...
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