employment http://ripr.org en DOJ Files Lawsuit Over Hiring Practice at RI Dept. Of Corrections http://ripr.org/post/doj-files-lawsuit-over-hiring-practice-ri-dept-corrections <p>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.</p><p></p><p>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.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 19:54:53 +0000 Catherine Welch 28982 at http://ripr.org DOJ Files Lawsuit Over Hiring Practice at RI Dept. Of Corrections RI Senate Unveils Plan To Close Skills Gap http://ripr.org/post/ri-senate-unveils-plan-close-skills-gap <p>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 “<a href="http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/Reports/Rhode_to_Work.pdf">Rhode to Work</a>” plan is a response to business leaders’ complaints that they’re having trouble finding skilled workers.</p><p></p><p>The plan calls for creating a single workforce training system; improving adult education; and expanding the number of internships and apprenticeships in Rhode Island.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:02:52 +0000 Ian Donnis 27964 at http://ripr.org RI Senate Unveils Plan To Close Skills Gap State Unemployment Numbers Unavailable Until Government Shutdown Ends http://ripr.org/post/state-unemployment-numbers-unavailable-until-government-shutdown-ends <p>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 17<sup>th</sup> because of the partial government shutdown.</p><p>Department spokeswoman Laura Hart said the Census Bureau collects data that is used to calculate the state jobless rate.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 13:27:06 +0000 Flo Jonic 23069 at http://ripr.org State Unemployment Numbers Unavailable Until Government Shutdown Ends The Bottom Line: Training Workers for RI Tech Jobs http://ripr.org/post/bottom-line-training-workers-ri-tech-jobs <p>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.</p><p>This week Dave and Mark talk with Tim Hebert, President and CEO of IT services company Atrion, with headquarters&nbsp; 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.</p><p><strong>When to Listen</strong></p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 19:57:00 +0000 Dave Fallon & Mark Murphy 20928 at http://ripr.org The Bottom Line: Training Workers for RI Tech Jobs Good News on Jobs Front http://ripr.org/post/good-news-jobs-front-0 <p>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.</p><p></p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:19:12 +0000 Flo Jonic 12376 at http://ripr.org Good News on Jobs Front Fund to Repair Roads and Create Jobs http://ripr.org/post/fund-repair-roads-and-create-jobs <p>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.&nbsp;&nbsp; It’s being sold as a way to jump start the state’s sluggish construction trade.</p><p></p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 11:57:14 +0000 Flo Jonic 12374 at http://ripr.org Fund to Repair Roads and Create Jobs Friday, March 15, 2013 http://ripr.org/post/friday-march-15-2013 <p>Senator Sheldon Whitehouse talks proposed gun control legislation.&nbsp; Students ask adults to take the NECAP test.&nbsp; These stories and more on the RIPR morning news podcast.</p><p>Plus,&nbsp; Moderate Party founder Ken Block is this week's guest on the Political Roundtable.<br><br>Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.&nbsp; <a href="mailto:news@ripr.org?subject=Comment%20on%20Podcast%2015%20March%202013">news@ripr.org</a></p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 13:39:05 +0000 Lydia Rogers 11996 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island Workers More Likely to Commute Out of State http://ripr.org/post/rhode-island-workers-more-likely-commute-out-state <p>The US Census Bureau has released information about the commuting habits of Americans.&nbsp; It finds that Rhode Island residents are among those most likely to work in another state.&nbsp; Close to 13 percent of those living in the Ocean State work out-of-state.<br><br>The Census Bureau figures also show that the average commute in America is 25 minutes each way.<br> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 00:42:00 +0000 Lydia Rogers 11790 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island Workers More Likely to Commute Out of State The Vulnerable Risk Going Unpaid http://ripr.org/post/vulnerable-risk-going-unpaid <p>A workers’ rights group plans to hold a news conference Tuesday to call attention to what it calls a serious problem with unpaid wages.<br><br>Fuerza Laboral says it interviewed 32 people who reported a total of $170,000 in unpaid wages over the past five years.<br><br>The workers’ rights group says many cases of wage theft go unreported, since they often involve immigrants, the homeless and other vulnerable workers.<br><br>Fuerza Laboral is holding a news conference outside the State House to draw attention to the issue on unpaid wages.<br> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 13:07:48 +0000 Ian Donnis 11356 at http://ripr.org Good news on the jobs front http://ripr.org/post/good-news-jobs-front <p>A new analysis of labor data shows Rhode Island had a much stronger 3rd quarter than initially reported.<br><br>The state Department of labor and Training says there were 4900 more jobs during July, August and September of last year than previously estimated. &nbsp;<br><br>The number of Rhode Island-based jobs stood at 464,000, up 4900 from the official September 2012 estimate.&nbsp; 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.<br> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 12:31:46 +0000 Flo Jonic 10627 at http://ripr.org