Each year, the Schmidt Labor Research Center 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 of outreach and are critical to the mission of the center.

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25th Annual Labor Arbitration Conference

November 7-8, 2024 – Newport Marriott


36th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference

The Schmidt Center for Labor Relations & Human Resources hosted an insightful conference that delved into crucial updates and discussions surrounding labor relations, human resources, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. The event, which took place at Roger Williams University School of Law, featured esteemed speakers and panelists who shared their expertise and insights on various topics in the field. Topics included State and Federal Court Updates, DEI Affirmative Action, NLRB and DOL updates, Work vs. Family, and concluded with a fireside chat.

This program qualified for 6.5 MCLE credits and 6.25 PDC credits for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.

24th Annual Labor Arbitration Conference

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 was open to the public and was 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.