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WILL IT WORK? State Rep. Karen Alzate is the primary sponsor of one of two bills that would mandate a 32-hour workweek for certain businesses in Rhode Island. There’s not much support for it. 

32-hour workweek law? Not much support in R.I.

In an effort to find and retain workers in a tight job market, some companies have toyed with the idea of converting to a...
ROUGH ROAD: State Rep. David Morales has introduced one of the bills that would prohibit car insurers from using criteria such as ZIP codes, income, education levels and occupations to set premiums for policyholders. The measure has faced stiff opposition from the insurance industry. 

Measures on car premiums struggle to gain traction

When state Rep. David Morales submitted legislation in February that would prohibit auto insurance companies from using any information other than driving records when...

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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