Welcome to the 2013 CalSHRM Winter Newsletter. Our newsletter is designed to bring you up to date information on employment law changes, best practices in Human Resources, education opportunities and insightful articles and special event information designed to provide resources and tools for the Human Resource Professional serving California employers. CalSHRM welcomes your comments and encourages our HR Professionals to actively participate in our statewide and local SHRM Chapter events and initiatives.
CA State Legislative Conference
April 17 - 19, 2013 Sacramento, California
We Can Change California Government. One Voice
The Power of People Working Together to Change
the Employment Environment.
Conference Details: The California State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management (CalSHRM) brings together experts in employment
law and state and federal legislation for its annual California State Legislative Conference. CalSHRM Government Affairs Director Michael Kalt (partner, Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP) will update HR professionals about pending California legislation, and a representative of the California Health Benefits Exchange Care will talk about health care offerings for Californians.
Among other conference presentations:
* New research on the skills shortage facing employers in the
state will be examined during a presentation by Mark Schmit, executive
director of the SHRM Foundation, and Alexander Alonso, SHRM's vice
president of research.
* U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock, a Republican representing California's fourth
congressional district, who will speak during Friday's lunch.
* "Emerging Trends and Challenges in California" with representatives
of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs; Department of
Fair Employment and Housing; National Labor Relations Board; Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission; and Wage and Hour Division of the
U.S. Department of Labor.
* "When Work Works: A Discussion with Workflex Champions" a
panel discussion with employers that have won the Sloan Awards for
Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility.
* "The Demographic Sea Change" with Ron Brownstein, editorial
director, The National Journal.
Government Affairs Report
By: Michael Kalt, Legislative Director
"The California legislative session is now officially underway, and 2013 portends to be another exciting year, especially since a single party has super-majorities in both legislative chambers, and controls the Governor's mansion. California's Human Resource professionals will definitely want to keep an eye on Sacramento and Washington D.C. for the latest developments. Towards that end, CalSHRM will publish monthly on its website a newsletter highlighting many of the most significant legislative, agency and judicial developments affecting human resource professionals. The February 2013 newsletter is available on the CalSHRM Website discussing a number of significant developments, including the DFEH's adoption of new disability and pregnancy-related regulations.
CalSHRM's goals for 2013 include not only complying with these new
developments, but also developing upon its advocacy efforts to provide
the human resource professional's unique perspective throughout the
legislative process. As a reminder, the CalSHRM Legislative Conference will
be April 17th through 19th in Sacramento, during which notable speakers
will update on a wide range of employment-related topics, and we will
once again be visiting our elected representative's offices during our Hill
Visits. We are also looking for volunteers to serve on CalSHRM's Legislative
Committee, and those interested in participating or learning more can
contact Michael Kalt, CalSHRM Government Affairs Director at 619-236-9600
or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Uncovering Innovative Flex Strategies
Through the Sloan Award
By: Lisa Horn, Co-Leader
The 21st century workplace and workforce demand that organizations think about work differently. Work, for example, is no longer someplace we go, but tasks we complete from home, the airport, or the Little League bleachers. Work means delivering results for customers and clients, not sitting in a cubicle after the work is completed for no reason other than not wanting to be the first to leave.
SHRM's Workplace Flexibility Initiative
As the nation inches out of the recession, organizations must also prepare for a possible turnover wave. In the National Study of the Changing Workforce, four in five employees suggest flexibility is very important when considering a new job. As the competition for top talent heats up, how will you ensure that your company is able to attract the best and brightest individuals? There isn't a better time, or way, to build your organization's employment brand than by applying now for the Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility.
Wondering how to make workplace flexibility a reality for your organization?
Or does your company already utilize innovative flex strategies? Either
way, consider getting involved with When Work Works, a joint project of the
Society for Human Resource Management and Families and Work Institute. This national workplace flexibility initiative brings cutting-edge resources, research, and best practices uncovered through the Sloan Award to HR professionals and business leaders across the country via a network of
Applications for the 2013 Sloan Award are now open, so don't miss this
opportunity! Need more convincing? Check out these "Top 10 Reasons
to Apply for a Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and
10. Provides a great opportunity to strengthen your organization's brand.
9. Let your customers know that you are an employer of choice in
responding to the needs of employees and their families.
8. Gives you a tool to use to recruit and retain top talent.
7. Involves you in a vibrant and engaging network of organizations that
are using workplace flexibility as an effective business strategy.
6. Increases your organization's visibility by being an expert source on
issues of effective and flexible workplaces for the media.
5. Shows your employees that an effective and flexible workplace is a
priority for your organization.
4. Offers you the opportunity to be a winner and get national and local
3. Enables you to be featured in the Guide to Bold New Ideas for Making
Work "Work", the go-to source on best practices.
2. Provides an opportunity for you to learn what your organization is
already doing well and how these efforts can be enhanced through the
benchmarking reports provided to all applicants.
And the No. 1 reason to apply for a Sloan Award...............Stand out
from your competition as an organization whose leadership values its
Applications are now being accepted at www.WhenWorkWorks.org.
2013 SHRM Regional Student Conference & Case Competition - Volunteer Opportunities!
By: Kristen Goucher, SPHR College Relations Director
Are you looking for an opportunity to give back to the HR community? The
2013 SHRM Regional Student Conference and Case Competition is taking
place on April 12-13, 2013, and will be held at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. This is a fantastic opportunity to network with the up and coming talent in the HR field, and to support the SHRM Student Chapters in California and beyond, all while visiting fabulous Las Vegas! Volunteers are needed for various roles, including Career Development Mentor, Team Preparation Supervisor, Oral Presentation Judge, and Written Presentation Judge.
About the Case Competition: The SHRM Case Competition consists of a two-day event where teams of up to six undergraduate or graduate students from various colleges and universities compete in both oral and written presentations. The case is created specifically for the SHRM Case Competition and can focus on any number of HR issues (i.e., Management Practices; Selection & Recruitment; Training & Development; Compensation & Benefits; Employee/Labor Relations; and Health, Safety & Security or a combination). The teams have four hours to read, evaluate, and draft both the oral and written presentations. After the four hour preparation period, the teams provide their written presentation to one set of judges for review and present their oral presentation to another set of judges. The judges receive the scoring criteria which they use to evaluate both the written and oral presentations. The teams have 15 minutes to present their oral presentation. The two highest ranking teams in each division (Graduate
and Undergraduate) will move on to present their oral presentation to a
combined set of three judges in front of an audience of up to 200 people.
The highest ranking team from this evaluation will be the winner. There will
be one graduate team winner and one undergraduate team winner. Teams
are competing for a $2,500 cash award and a complimentary registration
for their team and advisor to attend the SHRM Annual Conference & Expo in
If you are interested in volunteering for this exciting and worthwhile event,
please contact Kristen Goucher, College Relations Director for CalSHRM, at
You can also register as a volunteer on the SHRM Student Programs website
Spring 2013 PHR/SPHR/GPHR Certifications
By: Richard Dawson, Certification Director
Spring 2013 PHR/SPHR/GPHR classes have started or just about to start for SHRM local chapters. To find out more details on a local chapter near you, visit the CalSHRM
Registration deadline for the Spring 2013 testing window is March 22, 2013 and late registration is April 19, 2013, with applicable late fees. Actual testing dates are May 1, 2013 through June 30, 2013.
Do you want to talk to a live person to get your certification and re-certification questions answered, if so, contact your CalSHRM State Council, Director of Certification, Richard Dawson, PHR at email@example.com
or via his cellular telephone at 909-270-9801
Where Do You Belong?
By: Trisha Zulic, Membership Director
As your Human Resource career matures, the perception that you need to belong to an HR Association may lessen. Did you ever wonder why? Could it be we think we know, so why should we seek? We are comfortable, thus complacent, in the matter in which we execute our duties?
It is human nature to feel that we have made it this long without a professional association so why do I need one now. Here are some things to consider:
1. Do I know peers in my profession to confer with should I have a unique issue in my organization?
2. If I need to make a career move, am I networked enough that my name gets me through the first door of a new organization?
3. Have I kept up with the changes in the Human Resource profession?
4. Do I know what I don't know?
After asking yourself these questions, ask yourself one more:
Is my membership in my local chapter up to date?
It is believed that joining a local professional association furthers your career and provides a peer network environment that enhances your overall professional worth. Being part of your local chapter is considered synergistic; meaning the effect of a collection of people is greater than just one. So act now!
Our local chapters offer numerous professional development programs and special events. Click here for addition information on upcoming Chapter events
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