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LISTENING TO BUSINESS? Sen. Joshua Miller, D-Cranston, says Statehouse negotiators on legislation legalizing recreational marijuana are looking to give Rhode Island businesses similar protections to maintain a drug-free workplace as Connecticut approved earlier this year. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Give business leaders a seat at the table on marijuana talks

Most business leaders are resigned to adult recreational use of marijuana becoming legal in the Ocean State, maybe as soon as next year. Much less...
ONE OF TWO PANELS at the Providence Business News Fall 2021 Health Care Summit on Wednesday discuss the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and employer mandates. Clockwise from top left is Matt Reeber, partner at at Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC; Thomas McCarthy, executive director of Rhode Island’s COVID-19 Response Team; Dr. Christopher Ottiano, medical director at Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island; Lisa Abbott, Lifespan Corp. senior vice president for human resources and community affairs; Dr. Robert MacArthur, chief medical officer at Commonwealth Care Alliance; and moderator PBN Editor Michael Mello.

Summit: Outreach to employees reduces COVID-19 vaccine defiance

PROVIDENCE – Repeated employee outreach – including small group meetings, daily bulletins and even bringing in faith leaders and pregnancy specialists – has proven...
Eric Cormier

Employers need to focus on easing tension

After nearly 18 months of facing the COVID-19 pandemic head-on, the global population is weary and fatigued. However, as businesses and individuals come up...
FINAL PUSH: The state recently gave nonprofits the final $380,000 in grants available from The RI Gives Vax Challenge to help boost COVID-19 vaccinations. / AP FILE PHOTO/TED S. WARREN

Get armed in COVID fight

(Editor’s note: A version of this editorial was published on PBN.com on Aug. 18.) For more than a year, a fit, college-educated, 51-year-old relative successfully...

Should employees who have been working remotely expect extra perks or...

While one national survey recently found that four in 10 U.S. employers would fire workers who refuse to return to the workplace full time,...

2021 Business Women Awards Section

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Back to the workplace?

Is your company planning to have most or all of its employees return to the workplace this year? Yes: 60% No: 20% Unsure: 20% How much of your...

2021 Manufacturing Special Section

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Should Rhode Island businesses offer employees on-site COVID-19 tests?

The state has begun distributing rapid COVID-19 tests to employers, in an effort to ramp up to 25,000 tests a day statewide. Manufacturers are among...

Time to get a plan, any plan

Over eight months ago, with haste and necessity, workers and organizations across the globe were thrown into “the great remote work experiment.” What was arguably...

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