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Cindy Laughlin, president of Recruiting Specialists, was recently elected to the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame Board of Directors. Laughlin began her career as an executive recruiter for a search firm that specialized in retail. After acquiring ownership of the firm in 1993, Laughlin built Recruiting Specialists into the talent-acquisition firm that it is today. Recruiting Specialists focuses on many facets of the retail industry, including big box and luxury retail. Outside of the office, Laughlin is also very active in the community. She was previously the president (and now the chairwoman) of Justice Assistance. She is also the education chairwoman for the Massachusetts Association of Personnel Services, as well as a trustee of the Providence Performing Arts Center and she continues to support several of Rhode Island’s nonprofit organizations. more
(Updated, 5:40 p.m.) Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee said he is pleased with Judge Sarah Taft-Carter’s decision to grant the state’s request for a jury trial in the pension cases. more
The coming business mandates spelled out by the Affordable Care Act were among the topics explained to more than 100 of Rhode Island’s business leaders at the Providence Business News Summit on Government Regulations and Business held Thursday. more
Hasbro Inc. has landed on a list of the 44 healthiest companies to work for in America. more
Court-ordered settlement talks between the state and Rhode Island public employees and retirees over cuts in pension benefits have broken down, sending the dispute to trial, both parties in the case said Friday. more
(Updated, 2:25 p.m.) Rhode Island and Bristol County, Mass., private college presidents earned well under the million-dollar mark in 2012, according to a new report by the Chronicle of Higher Education. more
At times it’s seemed like nothing can get Rhode Islanders back to work, even the creation of thousands of new in-state jobs. more
For the ninth time, Providence Business News, in conjunction with the Best Companies Group, has announced the awardees of the Best Places To Work competition. Top honorees will be named in each of four size categories at an awards gala at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick on Thursday, June 12. more
Compensation costs among private industry employers in New England averaged $37.12 per hour in December, 19 percent higher than the national average of $31.32 per hour, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. more
A little like golf, but you get to “break things.” That’s how Jack O’Brien, manager of Addieville East Farm in Burrillville, describes sporting clays, the increasingly popular target-shooting game and alternative to the traditional corporate golf outing. more
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