Schmidt Labor Research Center


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Each year, the Charles T. Schmidt Jr. Labor Research hosts two conferences to convene leaders in the field to network and share important and timely research and information.

These events, designed for employers, unions, non-profit organizations, community-based organizations, and government serve as an important driver outreach and are critical to the mission of the center.

Labor and Employment Law Conference – Spring

In the spring of each year, the Schmidt Center offers its Labor and Employment Law Conference. This conference features speakers from federal and state agencies, labor and employment lawyers and academics. Recent topics have included Rhode Island Court updates, employment arbitration, federal court decisions, National Labor Relations Board decisions, and federal discrimination cases. The conference is open to the public and will benefit all working in the labor and employment fields.

This program is designed to qualify for up to 5.0 MCLE credits and 5.0 SHRM PDC credits.

Labor Arbitration Conference – Fall

The Schmidt Center’s 23rd Annual Labor Arbitration Conference returned in-person to the Newport Marriott in November 2022. The conference featured labor and employment lawyers, academics, and arbitrators. The Fall 2022 Labor Arbitration Conference focused on diversity issues, explicit and implicit. Topics this year included: Harnessing the Power of Behavioral and Organizational Science to Drive Collaboration and Agreement; Transforming Difference into Advantage: A Practical, Solutions-Oriented Discussion; Effectively Questioning Witnesses (Direct and Cross); Impacts of Covid Changes on the Workplace; Video Hearings: Forever or Nevermore?; Due Process Violations; and Ethical tests we face as advocates and arbitrators: What would you do in these hypothetical cases?

This annual conference is open to the public and is aimed at all parties involved in the practice of labor and employment arbitration. It is designed to qualify for up to 7.00 MCLE credits with 1.50 Ethics credits and up to 6.75 PDC credits toward the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.


For more information, please contact the center here.