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State continues to work to prevent unemployment fraud

PROVIDENCE (AP) – The R.I. Department of Labor and Training continues to see pandemic-related unemployment insurance fraud, but is working hard to detect and...
NEW TASKS: Alexandria Kitsilis Cardoso, left, and Christine Kitsilis, co-owners of Angelo’s Palace Pizza in Cumberland, prepare food in the kitchen. Restaurant employees were cross-trained to become delivery drivers or cooks to keep them working when dining room sales dropped due to the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. job market could take years to recover

Economists foresee a long, slow rebuilding period following the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the replacement of lost jobs in Rhode Island taking...
IMMEDIATE ACCESS: Dr. Edward McGookin, chief medical officer for Coastal Medical Inc., will soon be able to submit patient data in real time to Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, rather than the two to three weeks it takes for a claim to be processed, thanks to an electronic medical records system the insurer is rolling out with Coastal. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

DATA MINING: More companies find value in once-overlooked info

John Sullivan starts each workday logging on to his company’s Tableau account. With a few clicks in the data-visualization program, Sullivan, who serves as BankNewport’s...
BY THE NUMBERS: Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence-Metrology Software Inc. Vice President of Operations Steven Ilmrud, right, says a new automated system has helped the North Kingstown company improve efficiency and accuracy. Ilmrud is pictured with Production Manager Ted Coppa. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Finding an edge in data analytics

When a Department of Labor and Training call center was overwhelmed earlier this year, workers were initially skeptical of the state’s response: deploy more...
GETTING AHEAD: Andrew Parrish, CEO and president of Diligentiam, says it’s crucial for accounting firms to get training in data analytics. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Accounting firms trying to make sense of big data

Accounting is inherently a data-driven profession. Spreadsheets laden with numbers from financial reports and tax filings are staples of the profession. But transitioning from a...

A WORK IN PROGRESS: Can a $45M state job-training program meet...

Scott R. Jensen watched helplessly as the number of out-of-work Rhode Islanders soared when COVID-19 hit in March. For months, unemployment claims climbed higher. And...

Going back to work? Here are answers to some tricky questions

Rhode Island’s reopening is picking up speed. The state is heading into phase three, which means more businesses are set to open and more people...
THE ACLU of Rhode Island has filed a class-action lawsuit against the R.I. Department of Labor and Training over frozen unemployment benefits.

ACLU sues R.I. over frozen unemployment benefits

PROVIDENCE – The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island has filed a class-action lawsuit against the R.I. Department of Labor and Training in...
CREDITABLE REFUSAL: Gregory Tumolo, an employment law attorney at Duffy & Sweeney Ltd. in Providence, says people who work for businesses considered nonessential can collect unemployment and refuse to come into work if they claim a lack of precautions in their workplace. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Legal issues raised over returning to work

Pama Brown lost her catering job of 13 years at Brown University right before the coronavirus crisis, and she’s been in no rush to...
ONLINE GET-TOGETHER: Providence Business News’ Business Continuity Summit took place online on April 30. The panelists communicated through web conferencing.

PBN summit panel: Use crisis as chance to retool

FORMER CHICAGO MAYOR Rahm Emanuel once counseled, “Never let a crisis go to waste” – a point of view that was picked up and...

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