December 2017 - IE SHRM News & Updates
Legal Update - January 4, 2018

Join us for breakfast on January 4, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel in  Ontario.  Hear the latest on recent and pending legislation and what it means to HR professionals and employers. 

Our four (4) hour program will include:

End of the year review and lessons learned from 2017 plus employment trends for 2018.  We will offer information on hiring, pay and tech Issues along with significant new legislation for 2018.

You will also learn the I-9 process including step by step instructions on completing each section and storage and retention. Learn More
2018 Calendar of Events
January 4 - 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Legal Update 2018
Doubletree Hotel, Ontario
February 15 - 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
"Six Smart HR Strategies for Addressing Today's Serious Skills Gap" Speaker Scott Ferrin
Mission Inn, Riverside
March 15-Breakfast Mtg. - 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
"You're Not the Boss of Me" Speaker Jonathan Fraser, Esq.
Doubletree,  Ontario
April 19 - 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
"Do I Really Have to Start Hiring Criminals" Speaker James Mcdonald, Jr., Esq.
Doubletree, San Bernardino
May 17 - 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
"Assessing Credibility in Internal Investigations" Speaker Jennifer Brown JD- Shaw Law Group
Mission Inn, Riverside
June 21-Breakfast Mtg. - 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Topic: TBD
Doubletree Hotel, Ontario
July 19 - 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Topic: TBD
Doubletree Hotel, San Bernardino
August 16-Breakfast - 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Topic: TBD
Doubletree Hotel, San Bernardino
September 20-Breakfast -7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
"Increase your Momentum for Effective Leadership" Speaker Deborah Johnson, M.A.
Doubletree,  Ontario
October 18 - 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Annual Conference #IEHR18
Location: TBD
November 15 - 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Topic: TBD
Mission Inn, Riverside

Get Certified in 2018

IE SHRM is pleased to announce our Spring 2018 PHR/SPHR classes will start  Saturday, March 31, 2018.

And our Fall 2018 SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP classes will start  Saturday, September 8, 2018.

For more details view our webpage, and click on the  Certification link to learn about the classes, location, times, registration and fees.  

For other questions, feel free to contact Richard Dawson, our Inland Empire SHRM Certification Director, on his cell at  909-270-9801, or email him at  

Volunteer Open Board Positions

Interested in serving on the board? We want to hear from you.  We have three open positions:

1.  VP of Membership 
2.  Membership Chair
3.  Social Media Chair
4.  Logistics

Click here for more information.

EHRP Testimonial 
By Ashley Henderson

During my 5th year at Cal State San Bernardino I started the EHRP program in the beginning of this year and have gained so much knowledge since. The workshops and meet and greets have allowed me to network in the HR community and meet other young professionals starting out. Being a part of this program has also allowed me to step out of my comfort zone when interacting with others and grow in a professional way. Since graduating from college with my Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources, I have gained a mentor from the program., Pat Steet. Pat has helped me progress tremendously. She has revised my resume, gives me valuable HR knowledge, and helped me with my career choice. I'm excited to continue my journey with the EHRP program and expand my HR network and knowledge.  
Engage Your Staff in 2018
By Stacey Barnier

As we closeout the year, it is a great time to start your strategic planning process for the department. This can include the usual stuff like updating your organizational/departmental mission, vision and values as well as defining goals and objectives to support that mission. More importantly, the strategic planning process can be a time to reflect on where you've been and where you want to go as an organization and celebrate successes.
One of the ways that we engage employees in my department is through our strategic planning process which starts with our department retreat. This year, w e kicked off the day with some words of encouragement from the big bosses while chowing on some oatmeal from the build your own oatmeal breakfast bar. After that, we had a really engaging presentation by Melinda Sewer-Muganzo on service and attitude when dealing with conflict. You may remember her from an excellent IESHRM Meeting. We did some strategic planning and built our Tree of Success followed by some lunch and dancing together. Once lunch was over, I got to trick the staff by telling them they were going to learn more about our Painter job series and told them they would all be temporarily reassigned to a Painter Apprentice for the afternoon. We enjoyed painting a tree lined path together with a little help from an excellent art instructor. 
Another way to engage your employees in 2018 is to review traditions in your department. Have you ever given serious thought to how you celebrate birthdays and major life events such as graduations, birthdays, marriages and other milestones? Nothing is worse than missing a birthday or somebody feeling left out because they weren't celebrated in a similar fashion. A quick survey of your team can help you put something in place and ensure consistency.
Creating your own traditions with your team is a great way to engage them in the workplace. My team a Thanksgiving each year by donating a meal to others and then sharing a not so traditional Thanksgiving meal of tamales, beans, rice, pan dulce and some 80's jams to round out the event.  Instead of celebrating Administrative Professionals Day, all of the managers celebrate the staff throughout the whole week with different treats and activities including an afternoon tea, a trip to the cupcake truck, lunchtime movies all while covering the staff work stations so they can indulge in the festivities together.
It doesn't have to cost a lot of money and it doesn't have to take a lot of time. Whether you hold chili cook-offs, salsa competitions (the kind you eat or the kind where you move your feet), a bowling league or an office softball game, the most important part is to get the staff engaged. As we kickoff 2018, I hope you will join me in finding new and creative ways to get your employees engaged!   

CSUSB SHRM Student Chapter Welcomes New Officers and Celebrates Graduating Seniors
By Stacey Barnier

As the academic term comes to a close, the California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) SHRM Student Chapter celebrated graduating seniors and installed new officers at a casual social gathering on  December 2, 2017. President Lora Hassani and College Relations Chair Stacey Barnier represented the IE SHRM Chapter at the event held at Escape Craft Brewery in Redlands.
The evening started with a cording ceremony for the seniors. The blue and white cords will be worn during the CSUSB commencement scheduled for  December 9, 2017. You may have met some of the CSUSB SHRM Student Chapter members since they often serve as volunteers for IE SHRM Chapter events including monthly meetings and the annual conference. Many of the graduating seniors are looking for entry-level positions in the HR field so please be sure to post open positions on the  IE SHRM Job Opportunities website (members can post job openings for free!). IE SHRM congratulates the following CSUSB graduates:  Breanna Hinckley, Linda Arambula, Gina Lombardo, Carolyn Rodriguez, Zaira Cardona, Joana Lozano, and Vaneza Perez
CSUSB SHRM Student Chapter President presented Dr. Craig Seal (IE SHRM Past President) with a plaque thanking him for his service and dedication to the CSUSB SHRM Student Chapter. Dr. Seal recently stepped down from his position as the chapter's Faculty Advisor when he promoted to the CSUSB Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Dr. Patrick Flaherty has taken over Dr. Seal's role as Faculty Advisor. Yazbel Curtis was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for her efforts in recruiting members to the CSUSB SHRM Student Chapter. Nathan Menting and Jose Zepeda were also presented with Certificates of Appreciation for their dedication to the CSUSB SHRM Student Chapter.
After thanking all of the graduating seniors for their service to the CSUSB Student SHRM Chapter, Breanna Hinckley, Student Chapter President and Linda Arambula, Student Chapter Social Media Director were presented with sashes that included their student chapter board titles. Afterward, College Relations Chair Stacey Barnier read the oath of office and installed the newly elected officers for the CSUSB SHRM Student Chapter. IE SHRM congratulates following new CSUSB SHRM Student Chapter Board Officers:  Marie Gonzales - President, Nathan Menting - Secretary, Jose Zepeda - Event Coordinator and Alondra Ocegueda - Social Media Director.  
Inland Empire SHRM 2017 Highlights and 2018 Goals
Message from Board President, Lora Hassani
Inland Empire SHRM (IE SHRM) Chapter began a busy year with our legal update in January.  We rolled out the new Emerging HR Professionals (EHRP) Group early in 2017, and we held our first collaborative Mega Social/Micro Learning event with PIHRA. This year saw a large participation in our Certification Prep Classes earning IE SHRM the 2017 SHRM Learning System Champion Award.  In September we conducted a comprehensive membership survey and board election. We capped off 2017 with The Future of the Workplace Annual Conference, and our November meeting Improving Health in the Workplace.  A very successful year!

We are looking forward to an exciting 2018. Some of our meeting topics will include " Six Smart HR Strategies for Addressing Today's Serious Skills Gap," "Do I Really Have to Start Hiring Criminals," "Increase your Momentum for Effective Leadership," and so much more. Meeting dates and locations are posted on the IE SHRM website.  We are working on our annual conference for October 18, 2018 and will be sharing more information as it becomes available.
IE SHRM's EHRP group will have new events in 2018 to benefit those seeking to develop professionally and build a career in the HR field. EHRP is a great way for experienced HR professionals to mentor others, advance the HR profession and help others achieve their career goals.  If you are interested in becoming an EHRP mentor, or sharing your expertise by providing a training session, let us know.

Inland Empire SHRM membership has grown to over 450 HR professionals, making our chapter the largest single professional HR association in the region.  IE SHRM members are the reason our chapter continues to be a success. Ongoing member participation and input is an essential part of our chapter. Let us know what we can do to enhance your membership experience.

The board of directors would like to thank our members for making 2017 such a success. We look forward to engaging and collaborating with you in 2018!

Have a very Happy Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!

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