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COVID-19 "Guidance for HR Professionals"

  • 26 Mar 2020
  • 8:15 AM - 9:45 AM

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COVID-19 "Guidance for HR Professionals"

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Due to a growing concern over the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, we want to bring you the most up-to-date information directly from the State's leaders on the front lines of this difficult situation. We will focus on Unemployment, TDI & TCI Benefits, as well as the new Families First Caronavirus Response Act. Our speakers represent RI Department of Labor and Training, RI Department of Health, and the legal community.

8:15 a.m.- 9:45 a.m. – program

To make this event truly interactive and provide you with the answers we are all looking for we are requesting that you submit your questions in advance to  


 We will make every effort to address as many of these

questions as we can during the webinar.

This event is complementary and there is no charge for our members and guests.



Steven Boudreau 
Chief Administrative Officer for the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH).

  Steven Boudreau is Chief Administrative Officer for the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH).  He is responsible for developing and branding the agency’s workforce, career, and leadership development programs for a staff of 500. He also facilitates the Department’s Executive Leadership, Health Policy and Leadership, RIDOH Program Manager and Supervisor, and Frontline Staff Meetings.  He is the Department’s Diversity Liaison, a member of the WaterFire Salute to Veterans Organizing Committee, the national One Mind Music and Brain Think Tank, and a member of the Board of Directors for The Avenue Concept.

Matthew Weldon

Assistant Director at R.I. Dept. of Labor and Training

Matthew Weldon is the Assistant Director for Administrative Services with the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training. In this capacity, Matt is responsible for the oversight and administration of the department’s policy work, external affairs, government relations, equal opportunity programs and varied aspects of the department’s daily operations. He has been in state service for 20 years and in that time, has worked in each branch of state government.

Education: BA in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island.

Jillian Folger-Hartwell

Employment & Labor Law Attorney at Littler Mendelson, P. C.

Jillian Folger-Hartwell's practice focuses exclusively on representing management, litigating, and advising on labor and employment law matters. She devotes a substantial portion of her practice to compliance and represents employers on a myriad of employment-related issues. Jillian has extensive experience representing employers in healthcare, higher education, and hospitality industry settings. She serves on the faculty of the National Business Institute and regularly speaks at seminars and conferences on labor and employment topics. She routinely conducts in-house training sessions on employment-related issues, including anti-harassment and #metoo training workshops. Previously, Jillian worked for the American Arbitration Association, managing arbitration proceedings for a variety of labor clients. After law school, she was a law clerk to Justice Robert G. Flanders, Jr. of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. Jillian earned her J.D., at Boston College Law School, 2003, cum laude and has a B.A., Stonehill College, magna cum laude.



Christine Cunneen
CEO, Hire Image

Certified Public Accountant

RI SHRM Board of Directors, Sponsorships

As C.E.O. of Hire Image L.L.C., Christine Cunneen sets the company's vision and strategy while overseeing the operations, finance and business development functions nationwide.

Hire Image L.L.C. is a nationally accredited specialist in the field of background screening, drug testing and verification services. Our priority is to provide accurate and timely background screening reports, using our secure platform, thus enabling clients to make well-informed hiring and/or retention decisions. Our exceptional support system, live phone answering, compliance centric, and customized reporting is tailored specifically to meet client needs.  Christine earned her BA in Accounting degree from Hofstra University and had a successful career in accounting as a CPA before founding Hire Image

Cindy Butler, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
President, Butler & Associates Human Resources Consulting
State Chapter Director, RI SHRM 

Founder and President of Butler & Associates, a professional Human Resources Consulting firm serving businesses and nonprofit organizations since 1996. Previous to starting her own business Cindy held several senior management positions in Human Resources. Her areas of expertise include: staffing and talent management, change management, employee relations, legal and policy compliance, communications and organizational effectiveness, coaching, training, compensation and benefits management.

Cindy believes strongly in giving back to the community and currently serves as the State Chapter Director for the RI SHRM, as a member of the Board and the Legislative Affairs Committee of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce and is the immediate past President of the Board of Directors for Save The Bay. Cindy earned her B.A. Business from Bryant University and holds her Senior Human Resources Certification from the Society for Human Resource Management.

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RI Society for Human Resource Management
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