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State & Legislative Affairs

The State & Legislative Affairs Core Leadership Area communicates to the State Chapter and SHRM National those issues that are concerns to their businesses/organizations/those of SHRM members to actively influence the shaping of public policy in Rhode Island.

State & Legislative Affairs also facilitates efforts to provide SHRM and SHRM Chapter members with information on State/Federal legislative and regulatory issues affecting the workplace and the management of human resources.




State Legislation Tracker

RI SHRM Legislative Affairs Core Leadership Area continues to track proposed state legislation in the House and Senate that may be of interest to Human Resources Professionals. We monitor this legislation and frequently involve our members in advocacy efforts, including providing expert testimony to inform legislators of our interest and position on workplace legislation that impacts employers and employees.


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Signature Event

Annual Employment Law Summit


RI SHRM and The Employers Association of the Northeast (EANE) present this annual Employment Law Summit for HR professionals, organizational leaders, and law practitioners to stay up to date on the rapidly changing state and federal legal landscape. Past programs have included interactive trainings and presentations on the topics of reasonable suspicion, pay equity, immigration, workplace governance initiatives, EEO policies and compliance, and employee relations and investigations.

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Driving Holistic Change in the World of Work


For more than 75 years, SHRM has worked to drive holistic change in the world of work and now serves as the foremost expert, convener and thought leader on issues impacting today’s evolving workplaces.

As the voice of its members, SHRM has focused on policy — not politics — to impact legislation. Our members represent the backbone of the business community and are the connective tissue in our workplaces, serving employees and employers alike. More than 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies rely on SHRM as their go-to resource for all things work and as their business partner in creating next-generation workplaces.

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Advancing Public Policies that Foster Better Workplaces

Policymakers rely on the voice of SHRM members to inform legislation from its inception and to shape enduring policies that address the needs of employees and employers. SHRM members are uniquely qualified to advocate for workplace policy issues, as their collective work impacts the lives and livelihoods of more than 235 million employees globally.

That is why SHRM created the Advocacy Team (A-Team). SHRM’s A-Team is the core driver of positive workplace policy in action, and we encourage all SHRM members to join and become an advocate on behalf of the HR profession.

With a growing network of over 26,000 members spanning 435 congressional districts, SHRM’s A-Team is advancing public policies that foster better workplaces and create a better world.

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Francesco A. De Luca

RI SHRM Legislative Affairs Director


Francesco (Fran) De Luca is a partner with the law firm of Epstein, Becker & Green where he represents employers of all sizes in a variety of labor and employment matters. Through his litigation practice, his clients have obtained positive results, including early dismissals and favorable settlements. He also actively works with his clients to keep them out of the courtroom by reviewing and revising employment policies and agreements and by advising them on HR matters.


Contact Fran to learn more about Legislative Affairs initiatives and to join the Legislative Affairs Committee. Email Fran at rishrm.legislative@gmail.com.



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