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Cities and towns challenge continuing-contracts law

PROVIDENCE – Sixteen municipalities on Nov. 12 filed a lawsuit challenging a new state law they say creates lifetime contracts. The lawsuit seeks injunctive relief...
NEEDING MORE: R.I. Department of Labor and Training Director Scott R. Jensen says the new federal overtime rule for salaried employees, while an improvement, doesn’t reflect “modern realities.” 
 / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Does new federal overtime rule go far enough for salaried workers?

An additional 1.3 million U.S. workers – including tens of thousands in Rhode Island – will be eligible for premium overtime pay now that...
BROWN UNIVERSITY and current and former student dining-services workers, not shown, have reached a $620,000 settlement over a federal lawsuit that accused Brown of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act. Despite the preliminary settlement, Brown denies any wrongdoing in the case. / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY

Brown, former student dining services workers agree to $620K settlement over...

PROVIDENCE – Brown University has agreed to pay $620,000 to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by current and former student dining-services workers who accused...

The misguided war against corporate profits

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., relishes the disdain of America’s business elite, proudly displaying on his campaign website his anti-endorsements from corporate titans and their...
THE AVERAGE weekly wage in Providence County declined 0.3% year over year to $1,114 in the fourth quarter of 2018. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/GABBY JONES

Providence County average weekly wage declines 0.3% in 2018 Q4

PROVIDENCE - The average weekly wage in Providence County declined 0.3% year over year in the fourth quarter of 2018 to $1,114, according to...

Economy finally coming through for workers

Saying that higher wages were coming wasn’t an especially popular viewpoint as recently as 2016. It was a little less radical to suggest that...
UNITED STATES nonfarm payrolls rose 250,000 in October, beating estimates. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DAVID PAUL MORRIS

U.S. payrolls rise above-forecast 250,000 as wage gains hit 3.1%

NEW YORK - United States hiring rebounded by more than forecast in October, annual wage gains topped 3 percent for the first time since 2009...

The working poor need help

Bloomberg recently reported on some interesting new data from the Economic Policy Institute. The percent of Americans earning poverty wages – pay that would...
A SCREENSHOT OF THE Brookings Institution's Hamilton Project. an interactive map that provides data on wages sortable by by occupation, age, region and that provides the ability to adjust for cost of living and income taxes. / COURTESY BROOKINGS INSTITUTION

Brookings Institution: Median wage adjusted for cost of living and income...

PROVIDENCE – The median wage for a worker in the Providence-Warwick-Fall River metropolitan area, when adjusted for cost of living, and federal and state...

Why execs are playing down possibility of raises

Corporate executives speaking at a Federal Reserve event recently ruled out broad pay raises for workers. Maybe that’s a hint companies do not intend...
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