Schmidt Labor Research Center


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.

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Labor and Employment Law Conference – April 5, 2024

URI’s Schmidt Center for Labor Relations and Human Resources is presenting its Labor and Employment Law Conference on Friday, April 5, 2025.

This year, the Center’s 36th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference will be hosted at Roger Williams University School of Law in the Honorable Bruce M. Selya Appellate Courtroom. The conference features labor and employment lawyers, academics, and speakers from federal and state agencies. The conference is open to the public and will benefit anyone working in the labor and employment fields.

This program is anticipated to receive Rhode Island MCLE and SHRM PDC credits.

April 5 Conference Details


Labor Arbitration Conference – Fall 2023

The Schmidt Center’s 24th Annual Labor Arbitration Conference was held at the Newport Marriott on November 6, 2023. The conference featured labor and employment lawyers, academics, and arbitrators. The Fall 2023 Labor Arbitration Conference focused on “Rapid Changes in the Workplace.” Topics this year included: Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace, Employee Ownership and Labor-Management Relations, Preparing Your Case for Arbitration, Just Cause: Is It Time to Bury the Seven Tests?, Social Media, and more!

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 6.5 PDC credits toward the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.


For more information, please contact the center here.