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2020 Legislative Conference

  • 10 Sep 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Live Webinar


2020 Fall Legislative Conference

Join us for a special award presentation with guests
Senator Jack Reed
and Governor Gina M. Raimondo

The Rhode Island Society for Human Resource Management State Chapter (RI SHRM) will present it's 2020 Outstanding Public Servant Award to the employees at the RI Department of Labor and Training on September 10, at this annual Legislative and Employment Law Conference.  This award recognizes individuals who have affected positive change in the workplace and whose actions have benefited employers, employees, and the human resources profession. read full press release.

“Rhode to Resiliency: The Rhode Island Workplace in our ‘New Normal’"
Gregory Tumolo, Esq.

Now that Governor Raimondo’s stay-at-home orders have been lifted in phases, employers across Rhode Island have come to the following realizations: (1) reopening their workplaces requires careful planning and constant vigilance to keep employees and customers safe; (2) reopening requires flexibility to respond to changes in the law and changes in the spread of the virus through their communities; and (3) reopening requires a long-term focus that may, unfortunately, include several business closures and re-openings before the COVID-19 pandemic is over.  In this session, RI SHRM’s Legislative Director, Gregory Tumolo, Esq., will share best practices that all Rhode Island employers need to know to keep their workplaces safe and to comply with numerous legislative changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Conducting Workplace Investigations in a Social Distanced World”
David Thompson, CFI

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way Human Resource professionals conduct face-to-face investigative interviews.  Having a conversation with a complainant, a witness, or the accused while leveraging technology and adhering to CDC guidelines presents unprecedented challenges for the interviewer.  In this keynote session, subject matter expert David Thompson, CFI will share best practices on how to prioritize health and safety while gathering the evidence needed for a thorough and fair workplace investigation.

Gregory Tumolo, Esq. 
Senior Counsel, Duffy & Sweeney, Ltd.

As Chair of Duffy & Sweeney, Ltd.’s Employment Law Practice Group, Gregory’s practice is focused on representing and counseling employer clients in a wide array of labor and employment law matters.

Gregory has substantial experience providing employers with the creative and cost-effective compliance solutions that they need to grow their businesses and effectively manage risk.  He drafts, reviews, and disseminates the documents that they need to recruit and retain a diverse and talented workforce; build a workplace free of unlawful discrimination and harassment; and comply with their obligations under local, state, and federal law. He regularly assists clients with issues arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and state anti-discrimination and wage and hour laws.  He also provides education and training to executives, managers, and HR professionals on a wide variety of employment law topics.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Gregory has been at the forefront of providing HR professionals with the tools and resources that they need to keep their employees and customers safe.  He has written and spoken extensively on such topics as workplace health and safety; layoffs, furloughs, and reductions-in-force; and return to work planning.

David Thompson, CFI 
Vice President of Operations,  
Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc.

David Thompson, CFI is a Partner, Vice President of Operations, and an instructor with Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc. (WZ).  He is responsible for the day to day operations of WZ, as well as strategic planning and the evolution of interview and interrogation content.  David has also served as the Director of Investigations giving him the opportunity to manage a variety of cases while conducting interviews and consulting on investigations ranging from theft and fraud to sexual harassment and homicide.  As a speaker for WZ, David has created customized training programs, presented at seminars, hosted a variety of webinars as well as conducted live broadcasts of training.

While at WZ, David has played an integral role in the ongoing research and evolution of content and innovative teaching methods.  He has also worked with members of the Innocence Project, Center on Wrongful Conviction of Youth, and other academic partners on behalf of WZ to further the enhancement of interview and interrogation protocols.  David has contributed opinions on behalf of WZ for a variety of cases and has been cited by the Federal Court of Appeals as a subject matter expert on the topic of interview and interrogation.


  • $25 for RI SHRM members
  • $45 for non-members

Special thanks to our sponsor


8:45 am - 9:00 am - Virtual networking
9:00 am - 9:10 am - Welcome remarks and RI SHRM program announcements
9:10 am - 9:20 am - Susan Post remarks
9:20 am - 10:20 am - Greg Tumolo presentation and Q&A
10:20 am - 10:30 am - Intermission
10:30 am - 10:45 am - Outstanding Public Servant Award and Outstanding    HR Advocate Award
10:45 am - 12:00 pm - Dave Thompson presentation and Q&A

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