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Dining out: A lesson for Salve students

Like the virus and its far-reaching effects, telling the story of the pandemic has been unprecedented. On social media, we receive and react to...
MATTHEW WELDON, director of the R.I. Department of Labor and Training, says communication with the unemployed people who have lost their federal unemployment benefits is crucial to get them matched up with a job. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Getting the unemployed to take unfilled jobs isn’t so simple

About 45,000 Rhode Islanders have lost their federal unemployment benefits, but prodding them back into the workforce to ease a labor shortage in some...
COVID CASUALTY: Stephanie lgoe stands in front of the former Hallworth House building in Providence, a nonprofit nursing home where she served as administrator before it closed in the summer of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

UNCLEAR CARNAGE: Just how badly has pandemic hurt R.I.’s small businesses?

Heather Wall still gets emotional when she drives past the empty storefront on Frenchtown Road in North Kingstown. The darkened space in Hunt River Commons...
RHODE ISLAND companies in sectors that include retail, hospitality and nursing homes say they are concerned that implementing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate could make it difficult to recruit and retain workers. / AP FILE PHOTO/TED S. WARREN

Many companies say they can’t afford to enact vaccine mandate

Rhode Island companies in sectors spanning retail, hospitality and even nursing homes say they worry that implementing a strict employee COVID-19 vaccine requirement could...
A PATIENT HOST: Erin Umbdenstock held out hope she’d get her job back when she was laid off from the Providence Marriott Downtown when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. It turned out better than that for her. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Hospitality’s headache: How to attract, keep workers 

Erin Umbdenstock spent her four-month stint of unemployment trying to keep busy. She cooked and cleaned her Coventry apartment and took up several new hobbies....

House unanimously approves pay equity bill

PROVIDENCE – The House on Tuesday unanimously approved legislation mandating equal pay for women and minorities by updating the Equal Pay Act of 1963. The...
RHODE ISLAND OFFICIALS have made changes to the unemployment insurance benefits, which will go into effect on May 23. The changes are intended to persuade more people to return to the workforce. / AP FILE PHOTO/NAM Y. HUH

Will changes to R.I.’s unemployment policies ease hiring woes?

The age-old debate between academia and the business world has resurfaced, this time over whether generous unemployment insurance benefits are to blame for employers’...

Hospitality Association unveils new job board website

CRANSTON – As lawmakers fast-track changes to state unemployment benefits aimed at getting people back to work, the Rhode Island Hospitality Association is also...

Unemployment benefit changes advance in General Assembly

PROVIDENCE – Legislation aimed at getting people back to part-time work advanced in both chambers of the General Assembly on Tuesday. The Senate bill, sponsored by...

McKee committed to PPP taxation over $150K

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee's proposal to tax forgiven Paycheck Protection Program loans greater than $150,000 would generate an estimated $67.7 million in revenue...

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