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HR Roundtable: Reasonable Suspicion Training for Managers and Supervisors

HR Roundtable: Reasonable Suspicion Training for Managers and Supervisors

Thursday, April 6, 2023 (8:30 AM - 10:30 AM) (EDT)


This in person training aims to equip Employers and HR professionals with the tools and resources that they need to proactively address substance use issues in the workplace. 

Topics covered during this training will include the following:

  • The responsibilities of a manager or supervisor to promote a healthy and safe work environment 
  • What it means to be “fit for work” •Defining “reasonable suspicion” under Rhode Island law 
  • How to intervene when there is reasonable suspicion an employee may be “under the influence
  • The constructive confrontation with a potentially impaired employee 
  • Legal considerations regarding confidentiality, medical inquiries, drug testing, and “last chance” agreements

According to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, approximately 70% of all adults with alcohol and/or illicit drug use disorders are gainfully employed. The COVID-19 pandemic and the widespread legalization of marijuana for adult recreational use have only contributed to the problem of employees reporting to work “under the influence.”


> Gregory Tumolo (Lewis Brisbois)

 A partner in the Providence office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Gregory’s practice is focused on representing and counseling employer and employee clients in a wide array of labor and employment law matters.

Pam Thornton (Employers Association of the NorthEast)

The Director of Strategic HR Services for the Employers Association of the Northeast. Pam has spent over 20 years in human resources; 10 years in private industry in HR capacities for nationally recognized companies including LEGO Systems, Inc. and K2 Sports where she directed 200+ people teams across the country involving a wide array of HR functions including performance management, training, and engagement and has been with the Employers Association of the Northeast since 2014 serving the human resources needs of the members. She is a seasoned veteran in the recruiting industry, working with companies on executive-level placement.

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NRICC Member - 10.00

Non-Member - 20.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island
188 Valley St Suite 125
Providence, RI 02909 United States
Event Contact
Lesley Palagi
(401) 334-1000
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Thursday, April 6, 2023 (8:30 AM - 10:30 AM) (EDT)
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