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Fall Legislative Breakfast

  • 5 Sep 2019
  • 7:45 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Providence Marriott Downtown


  • A person who is not a member of RI SHRM
  • RI SHRM paid members in good standing.
  • A student member of RI SHRM presently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program focusing on HR.

Online Registration Now Closed: Walk-In's Welcome 

RI SHRM Fall Legislative Breakfast 2019

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Registration will open at 7:45 a.m.

Meeting 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 pm.

Please join us for RI SHRM Annual Fall Legislative Breakfast at the Providence Marriott Downtown. 

7:45 a.m. - Registration opens, breakfast buffet served
8:30 a.m. - Program opens, upcoming RI SHRM announcements
8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. - State legislative overview - Kristen Whittle of Barton Gilman, LLP will share her insight and perspective on state and federal legislative developments affecting the HR profession.
9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Federal legislative overview and A-Team advocacy

10:00 - 15 min. break

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Public Servant Award and HR Advocacy Award
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Keynote on marijuana users in the workplace - James Reidy, Esq.

Meet the Speakers:

Breakfast Speaker - Kristen M. Whittle

Kristen M. Whittle is a partner at Barton Gilman LLP, a litigation firm with offices in Providence, Boston, and New York. Kristen regularly advises employers on all aspects of the employment relationship—from hiring through separation—and she frequently reviews and revises personnel policies and handbooks. She devotes a significant portion of her practice to assisting clients in the nonprofit and small business communities. Kristen is a frequent speaker on employment law topics, including wage and hour issues and family and medical leave, and she has written articles on a number of legal issues facing Rhode Island employers.  Kristen regularly represents clients in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

Keynote Speaker - James P. "Jim" Reidy

Attorney James P. “Jim” Reidy of Sheehan, Phinney, Bass & Green is a management side labor and employment lawyer who represents organizations ranging from multi-national corporations, to closely-held businesses, to not-for-profit entities and public sector employers. He chairs the firm’s labor and employment group which is recognized as one of New England’s best.

Jim presents seminars on a wide range of labor and employment law topics. He is a workplace law resource for several media outlets including SHRM’s HR Magazine, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Kiplinger, CNN, HR Breakroom, and HR Power Hour, as well as several local media outlets.  Jim is also a regular presenter at SHRM’s Annual Legal and Legislative Conference, as well as SHRM’s national conventions.

The presentation will focus on legal issues and hiring strategies in the era of legalized marijuana. His presentation will provide best practices for adjusting employee handbooks, policies, procedures, and training to deal with legal marijuana use by employees and applicants.


  • RI SHRM Members: $40
  • RI SHRM Members in Transition: $20
  • Non-members and non-member guests: $65
  • Walk-in - both Members and non-members: $75
  • RI SHRM Student Members: $20
Cancellations and refunds allowed up until 2 days before the event.

This event is presented by RI SHRM in partnership with our Sponsors.




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