A University of Rhode Island student has sued a Rhode Island textile company for denying her an internship. The suit claims discrimination based on the student’s status as a medical marijuana cardholder.

RI Veterans Given Help Finding Work

Jul 1, 2014

Operation Stand Down Rhode Island has received a $225,000 dollar grant from the Homeless Veteran's Reintegration Program to help provide local veterans with job placements and career counseling. 

Operation Stand Down Rhode Island's Executive Director Erik Wallin says the Rhode Island National Guard has a very high redeployment rate and soldiers often have trouble holding on to their jobs.

The U.S. Justice Department is suing the state and the state corrections department, claiming employment discrimination. The Justice Department claims employment practices for hiring entry-level corrections officers violate the Civil Rights Act.

The lawsuit challenges the hiring practice at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections requiring applicants to take a written and video exam. The Justice Department claims that those exams do not help identify qualified candidates, but instead disproportionately screen out black and Hispanic candidates.

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The state Senate on Tuesday afternoon unveiled a new plan meant to close a skills gap in Rhode Island. Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed said the “Rhode to Work” plan is a response to business leaders’ complaints that they’re having trouble finding skilled workers.

The plan calls for creating a single workforce training system; improving adult education; and expanding the number of internships and apprenticeships in Rhode Island.

Rhode Islanders will have to wait a little longer this month to find out what the September unemployment rate was. The state Department of Labor and Training says the data will not be released as scheduled on October 17th because of the partial government shutdown.

Department spokeswoman Laura Hart said the Census Bureau collects data that is used to calculate the state jobless rate.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and Mark talk with Tim Hebert, President and CEO of IT services company Atrion, with headquarters  in Warwick. The discussion includes training the local workforce for careers in technology and the need to bring in better trained people from foreign nations to do the tech work.

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Good News on Jobs Front

Mar 22, 2013
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Rhode Island’s unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level in more than four years. The latest data from the state Labor Department indicates people may be finding work outside of the state.

Fund to Repair Roads and Create Jobs

Mar 22, 2013
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Rhode Island cities and towns would have access to low-interest loans for road and bridge repairs under a bill unveiled Thursday by House Speaker Gordon Fox and state Treasurer Gina Raimondo.   It’s being sold as a way to jump start the state’s sluggish construction trade.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Mar 15, 2013

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse talks proposed gun control legislation.  Students ask adults to take the NECAP test.  These stories and more on the RIPR morning news podcast.

Plus,  Moderate Party founder Ken Block is this week's guest on the Political Roundtable.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.  news@ripr.org

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The US Census Bureau has released information about the commuting habits of Americans.  It finds that Rhode Island residents are among those most likely to work in another state.  Close to 13 percent of those living in the Ocean State work out-of-state.

The Census Bureau figures also show that the average commute in America is 25 minutes each way.

A workers’ rights group plans to hold a news conference Tuesday to call attention to what it calls a serious problem with unpaid wages.

Fuerza Laboral says it interviewed 32 people who reported a total of $170,000 in unpaid wages over the past five years.

The workers’ rights group says many cases of wage theft go unreported, since they often involve immigrants, the homeless and other vulnerable workers.

Fuerza Laboral is holding a news conference outside the State House to draw attention to the issue on unpaid wages.

Good news on the jobs front

Feb 20, 2013

A new analysis of labor data shows Rhode Island had a much stronger 3rd quarter than initially reported.

The state Department of labor and Training says there were 4900 more jobs during July, August and September of last year than previously estimated.  

The number of Rhode Island-based jobs stood at 464,000, up 4900 from the official September 2012 estimate.  The new estimate is basesd on the analysis of tax data from 32,000 businesses. The earlier estimate was based on a survey of businesses.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Feb 8, 2013

RI braces for a record-making blizzard.  Lawmakers are considering ways to help former convicts find jobs after release.   These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.  Plus the guest on this week's Political Roundtable is Senator Harold Metts.

Summer job openings at state's parks

Feb 4, 2013
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Kristin Gourlay

The state Department of Environmental Management is accepting applications for summer employment. The department is looking for 50 to 100 people for jobs that include lifeguard, parks ranger, and maintenance person.