A Message from State Director, Patti Blosser, SHRM-CP, PHR-CA

  A Message From Your State Director


Happy Spring to everyone! 

I am getting excited about our upcoming CalSHRM HR & Legislative Conference in April on the 19th through the 21st.  If you are not yet registered, do so now.  We have an excellent line up of speakers and our annual "Hill Visit" on Wednesday.  I hope to see everyone there.

Now, if you have not registered for the SHRM Annual Conference you should do it soon!  This is going to be a great conference, and what better place than New Orleans to hold the conference?  Here is a link to register   https://annual.shrm.org/  Watch for more news on our California reception, partnered with PIHRA.

Our next CalSHRM board meeting is in April on the 22nd, following our conference at the Sheraton Grand in Sacramento.  All CalSHRM Directors and Chapter Presidents should have received an invitation for the meeting where you can register.

Until next time, keep up with us at http://calshrm.org/


Leading | Advocating | Impacting
California Employment Legislation

CalSHRM's 2017 California State Legislative & HR Conference
April 19 - 21, 2017 | Sheraton Grand Hotel Sacramento, California

Mark your calendar for April 19th through April 21st for the most important Conference of the year for HR Professionals.  CalSHRM's 2017 California State Legislative & HR Conference will lead the way for you to engage our State Legislators on Capitol Hill and advocate for our profession.  There is no better way to have a direct impact on what goes on in California for employers.  The Conference also includes a number of hot-button HR issues of the day. 
Join us for an exciting time on Capitol Hill and engage and learn with you fellow HR professionals. Go to www.calshrm.org or click on the Register Here link below.  


Michael Kalt
Gov't Affairs Report - 2017 Legislative Season is Heating Up

Michael S. Kalt,  
CalSHRM Government Affairs Director
The 2017 legislative session is heating up, with key committee votes expected prior to the April 28th deadline for policy committees to vote on fiscal bills and just in time for the CalSHRM Legislative Conference April 19th to 21st.  There have already been several major developments with the proposed CFRA expansion bill (SB 62) being effectively "gutted and amended" into a senior housing bill, so material CFRA changes presently seem unlikely in 2017, and the "parental leave" bill (SB 63) has passed an initial key committee vote.  As expected, some of the previously introduced so-called "spot bills" have begun to develop into more substantive bills, including SB 490 which would enact new payday rules for barbers and cosmetologists.  Overall, a number of significant employment bills remain pending and facing key votes shortly, including bills that would:
  • Require employers to offer hours to existing non-exempt employees before hiring new employees (AB 5);
  • Prohibit employers from inquiring about salary history during the hiring process (AB 168);
  • Preclude employers from inquiring about criminal convictions until after a conditional offer of employment (AB 1008);
  • Require employers with more than 20 employees to provide up to 12 workweeks of parental leave (SB 63);
  • Prohibit employers from discriminating based on an employee's reproductive health decisions (AB 569);
  • Prohibit employers from responding to federal immigration agency requests unless certain conditions are met (AB 450);
  • Enable private employers to grant hiring preferences to veterans (AB 353 and AB 1477);
  • Amend the Private Attorneys' General Act (PAGA) to limit potential civil claims and recoverable damages (AB 281, AB 1429 and AB 1430); and
  • Enact so-called "right-to-work" legislation prohibiting compelled contribution to labor organizations (AB 1174).
Looking ahead, all bills have until April 28, 2017 to pass the policy committees and until June 2, 2017 to pass the original house of origin, so many amendments are possible and particularly for the "spot bills" that remain pending.  In the  interim, the CalSHRM April Legislative Report is posted on the CalSHRM website at http://calshrm.org/2017-forecast , and provides a summary of and status update for the pending employment bills of general application:

The Impact of the Proposed "America First" Budget  on our Workforce

Jowanda Collins
CalSHRM Workforce Development Co-Director
As you know, on March 16, 2017 the Whitehouse released, "America First - A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again". Before you stop reading because you think this is "ANOTHER biased, pro or anti (President) Trump, political piece", hang in there.  I promise no personal opinions-just an update about budgetary Workforce issues within our state and nation.  After all, how could we not address this topic?
By now you probably know that the proposed budget increases defense and immigration enforcement spending while eliminating and reducing programs that the Administration indicates have been defined as ineffective, unproven, or redundant.  Among the departments and programs affected are several which are particularly impactful to workforce including:
  • The Department of Education is tagged to receive $59 billion in discretionary funding, which is 13 percent reduction below 2017
  • The Department of Labor is slated to have a $9.6 billion budget. This is a $2.5 billion reduction or 21 percent decrease from 2017. Several workforce related programs cut/eliminated fall within the DOL and include:
    • Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is scheduled to be eliminated, saving $434 million from 2017
    • Augments to the Bureau of International Labor Affairs will cut costs by $60 million from the 2017
    • Closing of Job Corp Center with poor performance-number of centers to be closed and cost savings not identified
    • Decreased support for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) formula programs-cost savings not identified. *The Center for American Progress estimates a 35 percent cut to WIOA programs based on initial analysis.
At this time, all we have is analysis and a lot of guessing until budgetary negotiations move farther along.  In the meantime, the budget lists many pro-employer and employer-emphasized initiative: 
  • There is a stated interest in putting job training and employment service in the hands of employers-that's you. 
  • There is a strong commitment to help states expand apprenticeship opportunities-they aren't just for construction and Union jobs anymore!
  • Lastly, there is a commitment to expand the Reemployment and Eligibility Assessments which aim to get individuals receiving unemployment benefits back to work more quickly.
As we navigate through the months to come, there are sure to be changes to the departments, programs and percentages of programs cut.  The only thing that is certain is that myself, Jowanda M. Collins (jowandacollins@gmail.com) and my Co-Director of Workforce Readiness, Ron Scott (rscottsphr@gmail.com) will keep you posted as matters unfold which impact the workforce in our state.
If you would like to read the full text of the White House proposed budget go to:

CalSHRM College Relations Column

Rocio Luyo, BS
CalSHRM College Relations Newsletter Lead
Welcome to CalSHRM's College Relations Column!

My name is Rocio Luyo. I am the CalSHRM Newsletter Committee Lead. Each quarter I'll share the Student Chapter Highlights from a district. 

  1. District 2 Highlights are due on April 24th for Quarter 3 Newsletter
  2. D istrict 1 Highlights are due on Aug 21st for Quarter 4 Newsletter
To find out your district click on the following link  Map & Legend.
Cal Poly Pomona (CPP) Professional in Human Resources Association (PIHRA)  is a non-profit organization dedicated toward offering services to student members interested in the field of Human Resource Management. We offer various opportunities to our student members, including professional events, informational presentations, and workshops. Our Executive Board consists of nine roles, and of those roles, a newly implemented one, called the Outreach Coordinator, made an immense impact in providing these student opportunities. We needed a role that would be responsible for developing a professional network for CPP PIHRA Student Chapter so that we could develop relations with HR professionals. This academic year, the Outreach Coordinator secured more guest speakers for our general meetings and increased student attendance to the PIHRA Inland Valley District luncheons.
If you have any questions about this new role, please contact our Student Advisor Dr. Steve Guo at xuguangguo@cpp.edu .
Shannon Sanchez
Vice President
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB)  is creating many opportunities for its members to succeed in the professional world. One of our most successful endeavors being the SHRM Annual Case Competition. Preparing for the competition involves many hours of research and mock presentations. These students are involved in an independent study class which helps them hone their ethical and strategic decision making skills. These learned skills are a great asset to the students when embarking onto the professional world. Last year our chapter placed 5th in the competition and are determined to improve upon it. The involvement in the case competition helped raise awareness to the club. Thanks to this, the participation in club membership and the case competition increased as well as students' awareness to the opportunities presented to SHRM members
If you have any questions, please contact Professor Patrick Flaherty, Faculty Advisor, CSUSB at pflaherty@csusb.edu
Yomara Donis
Vice President
California State University San Bernardino
San Diego State University's (SDSU) Annual HR Speed Mentoring Event provides students networking opportunities with HR Professionals.  S tudents rotate among 24 HR Professionals at numbered tables.  We create a supportive environment where students receive great career advice and practice networking.
Our 4th   Annual mentoring event is on April 4th.    We had the unwavering support of
San Diego SHRM President, Natasha Arthur, for our first mentoring event in 2014. 
  Sadly, she passed away two weeks before our 2015 mentoring event.    To enhance our event and honor her commitment, we created the   SHRM SDSU Natasha Sandrock Arthur Outstanding Service Award   to recognize an HR professional's commitment to serving the next generation of HR professionals.     We present our 2nd   Natasha Award   at this year's event.
Students walk into our event a bit nervous and leave with a new-found sense of confidence that they can do this! And our award fosters involvement of HR Professionals with our students.
If you have any questions about this event, please contact our Student Advisor, Dr. Michelle Dean at  michelle.dean@sdsu.edu .
Travis Doderlein
SHRM Foundation 2016 Lisa Burke Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient
Society for Human Resource Management San Diego State University
California State University at San Marcos' (CSUSM ) newly formed chapter of The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is barreling into 2017. Since the inception of our chapter (Spring 2016), we made it our mission to generate collaboration between the various societies and businesses involved with CSUSM and SHRM. We have various events planned this year that involve partnerships with several student organizations, San Diego SHRM, San Diego State University SHRM, and local businesses.  Our work with other campus organizations resulted in our Chapter President being nominated for several awards including the James R. Meindl Student Leadership Award, Tukwat Leadership (TLAN) Award for Outstanding Student Organization Member, The Cougar Wall of Fame, and the society was nominated for TLAN award for Best New Student Organization. 
If you have any questions, please contact our faculty advisors: Dr. Ted Shore tshore@csusm.edu  and Nina Woodard nwoodard@csusm.edu  
Michael Smithfield
Chapter President
California State University at San Marcos



California State Council of SHRM (CalSHRM) Student Members' now have a LinkedIn Group!  As of April 1, 2017, students can drive their own discussions on HR topics & their journey to becoming HR professionals, as well as, build a network across California in their own LinkedIn group. Advisors, College Relations,  and  Young Professional (YP) Directors will support the dialogue.
My name is, Erica Zuniga. As the CalSHRM HR Students' LinkedIn Group Committee Lead, I'll be monitoring this group. 

College Relations and YP Directors of Professional Chapters and Student Chapter Advisor(s) will receive an email from me with information about the LinkedIn group and an attachment with instructions on how to join through a URL.

Please join, and let's start our LinkedIn Group conversation!
Erica Zuniga, BS
CalSHRM College Relations Student Member LinkedIn Group Committee Lead


Rocio and Erica for joining the CalSHRM team and taking on key leadership roles. With you, CalSHRM College Relations Directorate will only get better in serving our Student Advisors who help grow future HR Professionals. I'm so thrilled to have you both on the team!
Dr. Jag Soni, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, PCC
CalSHRM College Realtions Director 

To contact us, please send an email to:  Cal.SHRM@gmail.com

Bay Area Human Resource Executives Council Spring Social

David Conmy
Past President BAHREC
Bay Area Human Resource Executives Council Spring Social

Where:  Savvy Wine Cellars, 750 W Evelyn Ave, Mountain View, CA 94041
When:  April 26, 2017, 4:30pm - 7:30pm

Come join us for our Spring Social at Savvy Wine Cellars.  The Bay Area Human Resource Executives Council or BAHREC offers networking & professional development opportunities for Senior leaders in the SF Bay Area.  Tickets can be purchased at:  


Follow us on Twitter at @_BAHREC or on LinkedIn at:  


Emerging Leaders - Where to Find Leadership Development & Networking in the Bay Area

Recently, the The Bay Area Human Resource Executives Council or BAHREC announced that they would be expanding membership criteria for their chapter to include "Emerging Leaders."  

BAHREC, one of three SHRM affiliated Sr. Leadership Chapters in the country, used to limit membership to Sr. HR Leaders with 10 years or more of HR management experience.  

Past President, David Conmy, stated that "the addition of adding Emerging Leaders, with 5 years of HR Leadership experience, meets the regional and professional needs of the occupation and our community."

"We live in an area of change and the dynamics of the occupation have changed.  More and more businesses are relying on HR leaders to embrace change at a faster rate.  This fact, and that many HR leaders are coming out of non-traditional occupations, is changing the leadership dynamic...thus leading to faster career management trajectories.  By expanding the membership criteria we feel we are providing an environment where talented emerging leaders can interact with senior practitioners and leverage the experience of our group."

More information about Membership with BAHREC can be found at bahrec.shrm.org.

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