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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 09-05-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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18 NORTH SMITHFIELD SEPTEMBER 5-11, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION BREEZE PHOTOS BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Struggling to carry boxes of First Day School Supplies at the North Smithfield Elementary School Back to School Night on Aug. 27 are siblings, from left, 4th-grader ETHAN, 3rd-grader LUCY, and 1st-grader CHARLOTTE SILVA. MAX MORATO, a 3rd-grader, is all smiles as he meets his new teacher, CARLA IADEVAIA, and talks about his favorite book which he read this summer. With them is his dad, VINNIE MORATO. PAIGE O'BRIEN, a 4th-grader, contrib- utes hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and other items to her classroom at the North Smithfield Elementary School Back to School Night. Students and parents line up outside NORTH SMITHFIELD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL for Back to School Night on Aug. 27. It was an opportunity for students and parents to meet their new teachers and see their classrooms for the first time. Fourth-grader JIANNA GUTIERREZ and her new teacher, CORINNE FERRI, chat about all the exciting proj- ects in the com- ing school year. Back to school Fourth-grader COLE FISETTE looks at the classroom library and finds Goosebumps, his favorite series. WHEN EMPLOYEES SUE EMPLOYERS Regardless of how well ownership and management get along with their employees, business owners should never discount the possibility that employees might file claims against the company for wrongful termination, discrimination, workplace harassment, retaliation, failure to employ or promote, etc. In fact, over the past two decades, employee lawsuits have risen roughly 400 percent, with wrongful termination suits jumping up more than 260 percent. Aside from being distracting, such lawsuits undermine morale, erode productivity,and are expensive to defend against. Nearly 70 percent of businesses do not carry Employment Practices Liability (EPLI). To cover defense costs and damages related to various employment-related claims and other potentially damaging exposures, business owners should avail themselves of EPLI. The cost of EPLI coverage depends on your type of business, the number of employees you have and various risk factors such as whether your company has been sued over employment practices in the past. The policies will reimburse your company against the costs of defending a lawsuit in court and for judgements or settlements. The policy covers legal costs, whether your company wins or loses the suit. To learn more, please call HUNTER INSURANCE, INC. at 769-9500 or see us at 389 Old River Rd., Lincoln. We are able to offer you superior coverage at a competitive price. We are celebrating our 30th anniversary this year! NOTE: Statistics suggest that wrongful termination is the most common claim brought against employers by employees. Glow Oil heat your home for less 401-475-9955 Check Our Website for Today's Low Heating Oil Price

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