Rhode Island District Office - June 24, 2022

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"Mondays With Mark" 
Welcomes Don Epifano,
District Director of U.S. Department of Labor - Wage & Hour Division in Providence, RI & Hartford, CT
Monday, June 27th at 11:00AM


Join SBA District Director Mark S. Hayward on Monday, June 27th at 11:00 AM as he welcomes Don Epifano, District Director of the U.S. Department of Labor - Wage & Hour Division (Providence, RI & Hartford, CT). DD Hayward and DD Epifano will discuss, among other topics, compliance assistance that is offered to small businesses, what happens if your business is investigated, and labor market impacts.

About Our Guest:

Don Epifano Don Epifano, District Director of U.S. Department of Labor - Wage & Hour Division (Providence, RI & Hartford, CT)

Don Epifano began his career with the U.S. Department of Labor - Wage and Hour Division (WHD), after graduating from UConn and Roger Williams Law. As District Director of the Hartford District Office, he leads Wage and Hour offices in Connecticut and Rhode Island. The staff consist of about 10 investigators, a community outreach specialist, 3 three support staff members, and 2 supervisors. The WHD enforces federal minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Additionally, WHD enforces about 10 other laws including FMLA, government contracts under the Davis Bacon and Service Contract Act, and immigration laws including H-2B, H-1B, H-2A.

In 2021, the District Office found $2.7m due workers and conducted 90 outreach events to stakeholders.

Click the link below next Monday at 11:00AM to watch live! If you have any questions, please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mondays with Mark

Photo of four people with the following text, Celebrating LGBTQI+ Pride Month webinar on June 30 at 1 pm EDT

Celebrating LGBTQI+ Pride Month

Thursday, June 30th | 1:00PM - 2:00PM EDT

Join the SBA on Thursday, June 30, 2022 for a webinar to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI+) Pride Month.

The discussion will focus on financial wellness and the importance of equity and opportunity to help uplift and support LGBTQI+-owned small businesses. The panel will also discuss SBA initiatives and resources that support small business recovery, LGBTQI+ startups seeking to launch, and help for existing LGBTQI+-owned small businesses as they pivot and grow in a post-COVID world.

Register Here

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Small Business Economic Bulletin: June 2022

The Office of Advocacy’s Spring Economic Bulletin examines how small businesses continue to recover from the COVID-19 recession. Recent trends show small businesses have weathered the pandemic, but new challenges have arisen. Currently, the demand for small business lending has outpaced supply, and fewer small firms are receiving full amounts of requested financing sought. For more information, read the Spring Economic Bulletin.

Spring Economic Bulletin

Keep Young Workers Safe
on the Job This Summer

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 sets standards for youth employment.  Learn about these standards via the link below.

Youth Employment Guide

U.S. Bureau Of Labor Statistics

Providence Area Economic Summary

The most recent economic summaries for Rhode Island areas are now available on the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) public web site.

Learn More

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