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Workers’ Compensation Court Special Mediation Week; Local COVID-19 Assistance for Small Businesses

The Rhode Island Workers’ Compensation Court is holding its now Annual Special Mediation Week Monday, December 7, 2020 – Friday, December 11, 2020 for work injury cases which have no current pending petitions before the Workers’ Compensation Court.
The successful program allows parties on either side of a work injury matter to submit any claim for a mediation session even though there may be no petition currently pending before the Workers’ Compensation Court. This program allows cases to be mediated so long as both parties agree to do so. The mediations take place before one of the sitting or retired judges of the Court with no fee due for the mediator’s time. 
The special mediation program began last December as an adjunct to the widely successful year-round regular mediation program for pending matters in the Workers’ Compensation Court, which was started by RI Workers’ Compensation Court Chief Judge Robert M. Ferrieri.  

According to an email from the Small Business Administration Rhode Island District Office, the RI Society of CPAs, in partnership with RI Commerce Corporation, is offering technical assistance and training to COVID impacted businesses in Rhode Island. The programs, offered at no cost, include training and assistance with loan applications, legal assistance to reposition your business, improve your credit score, create a business plan, update your technology, update your business strategy and more.
Topics covered include:
  • Creating business plans to increase cash flow and optimizing market potential, post-COVID
  • Successful grant and loan applications: Restore RI, SBA & bank lending
  • Legal - Compliance/repositioning/legal entity formation and more
  • Building and maintaining a good credit score/monitoring your post-COVID credit
  • Updating HR and Paid Leave policies - 2020 Employee Handbook for businesses
  • Transitioning technology to online platforms to grow your business and market share
  • Creating a post-COVID strategic plan
The next cohort runs December 7 - December 17, 2020 and is now taking registrations. Please click here to get more information about each topic/class and to register.