Business
4:21 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

RI Retailers Cry Foul Over Black Friday DLT Hearing

The National Federation of Independent Businesses is calling on the state Department of Labor and Training to postpone a hearing scheduled for Black Friday. 

Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Retailers have to be behind their cash registers and waiting on customers. That’s why the National Federation of Independent Businesses is asking the state Department of Labor and Training to postpone a hearing scheduled for Friday. The hearing has to do with employers’ right to pay workers bi-weekly.  Bill Vernon speaks for the NFIB in Rhode Island.

“The hearing date itself is probably the busiest day of the year for small business, except for small business Saturday. For retailers it is an incredibly busy time of the year,” said Vernon.  “The hearing’s scheduled for 2pm Friday afternoon. Very difficult for small businesses who will be affected by this regulation to attend.”

State Labor Department spokeswoman Laura Hart said the hearing will go on as scheduled Friday. But they’re adding a second hearing on December 9th for merchants who may not be able to attend.

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