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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...

BLS: Boston area workers see 2.9% annual earnings increase

PROVIDENCE – Workers in the Greater Boston-Providence-Worcester area saw pay and benefits increase 2.9% from March 2020 to March 2021, according to new data...

Retirement interrupted?

1. Has the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted tax and retirement planning for your business? No: 63% Yes: 38% 2. What measures did you take to address the disruption?...

Study: Essential-worker pay gap in R.I. among highest in nation

PROVIDENCE – Essential workers in Rhode Island earn 26% less than the average salary in the state, ranking as the No. 4 biggest difference...

R.I. average weekly wage increases 2.8% over year in Q3 2019

PROVIDENCE –The average weekly wage in Rhode Island was $991 in the third quarter, a 2.8% increase year over year, the Bureau of Labor...

There are plenty of jobs, but where are the wages?

The most disappointing feature of the most recent jobs report is that wages did not grow very much, even though the U.S. economy is...
THE PROVIDENCE METRO area was ranked the fourth hottest job market in the country by ZipRecruiter. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CHRIS BERGENHEIM

Report: Providence metro ranks among ‘hottest job markets’

PROVIDENCE – The Providence-Warwick-Fall River metropolitan area was named one of the hottest job markets in the country in a report by ZipRecruiter this...

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...

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