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REVIEW NEEDED: Alicia J. Samolis, chair of the labor and employment practice at Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP, says most businesses should take a closer look at their employee handbook after the latest ruling by the National Labor Relations Board. 

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Work policies may need refresh after NLRB ruling

A recent National Labor Relations Board ruling may force employers of all sizes to rewrite their employee policy handbooks to meet a new legal...
CHANGE MAKER? ­Patrick Crowley, secretary-treasurer for the Rhode Island AFL-CIO, says the wage theft law will alter the way management at many companies treats its employees when it comes to paying wages. 
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AG: New wage theft law is pro-business, too

For more than four years Attorney General Peter F. Neronha sought to adjust an oversight in state law that he argues could have been...
SEN. SHELDON WHITEHOUSE, D-R.I., announced Thursday that Rhode Island will receive more than $87 million from the federal Omnibus Appropriations bill to fund 78 different projects across the state. / COURTESY SEN. SHELDON WHITEHOUSE

R.I. to get $87M from federal spending bill for dozens of...

PROVIDENCE – More than $87.2 million from the federal 2023 Omnibus Appropriations bill that was approved by Congress this week will be directed to...
LAWRENCE E. PURTILL will retire as president of the National Education Association of Rhode Island on Dec. 30. / COURTESY NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION OF RHODE ISLAND

NEA R.I. President Purtill to retire in December

CRANSTON – A longtime leader within Rhode Island’s largest labor union will call it a career at the end of the year. The National Education...

Labor, environmental leaders team up on R.I. green-economy goals

PROVIDENCE – Free bus transit, clean energy heating systems in every public building and more bond funding for green initiatives are among the goals...
UNITED WAY OF RHODE ISLAND has launched a five-year, $100 million strategic plan to create transformative change in the state, including improving racial equality and creating a nonprofit association.

United Way of R.I. launches 5-year, $100M investment plan to create...

PROVIDENCE – Improving racial equality in Rhode Island, creating more affordable housing across the state, increasing reading proficiency in local children and out-of-school time...

R.I. AFL-CIO unanimously endorses changing state’s official name

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island AFL-CIO on Sept. 21 unanimously voted to endorse the proposed amendment to the state’s constitution, dropping the phrase “and...
NICHOLE WARD is a CNA and member of Raise the Bar on Residents Care, a recently-formed activist group that says state standards are needed for workers and residents in nursing homes. / COURTESY RAISE THE BAR ON RESIDENT CARE

Five Questions With Nichole Ward

In late July, activist group Raise the Bar on Residents Care gathered in Providence to release a report on nursing homes standards in Rhode...

Nee awarded Roving Ambassador for Peace World Peace Prize

GEORGE NEE, president of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO, recently received the Roving Ambassador for Peace World Peace Prize from the World Peace Prize Awarding...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO secured the endorsement of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO for the November gubernatorial election./ PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Endorsements still matter in R.I.

The value of the union endorsement may not be what it was in the 1950s, when union membership was stronger in Rhode Island and...
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