April 2018 - IE SHRM News & Updates
April 19, 2018 - Lunch Meeting
"Do I Really Have to Start Hiring Criminals? "

Join us for lunch on April 19, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel In San Bernardino to discuss " Do I Really Have to Start Hiring Criminals Now?"

California law makes it increasingly difficult for employers to refuse to hire applicants with criminal convictions, even serious felonies.  Refusing to hire convicted criminals in not unlawful, however. It just takes a bit more effort than before. 

This presentation will demonstrate how you may:

  • Lawfully ask about criminal convictions on the employment application and during the interview;
  • What to do if an applicant has one or more convictions; and
  • What to do with an applicant who lies about his or her criminal history.
EHRP Mock Interviews Workshop 
Saturday, April 7 -  11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Are you looking to change employers and want to practice your interviewing skills? Join us on Saturday, April 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce to develop your interview skills.

This event will not only help you perfect your technique, but it will also allow you to get valuable feedback and coaching on your performance. A mock interview helps you learn how to answer difficult questions, develop interview strategies, improve your communication skills and reduce your stress before an actual job interview.

Fee: $15.00

Register here

If you would like to learn more about the EHRP program, would like to volunteer for the upcoming Mock Interview Event, or to become an EHRP mentor, please contact us at emerginghrprofessionals@ieshrm.org.
2018 Classes - PHR/SPHR

Please join us to wish our Spring 2018 PHR/SPHR class all the best in their study preparation for their exams.  We will have another big class of HR professionals attending our classes.  
Our next Certification classes will be for the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Certification, which will begin on  Saturday, September 8, 2018.  Visit the Certification tab on our website for the details. 

If you have any recertification questions, feel free to contact me at  Certification@ieshrm.org; so I can assist in answering your questions.  

Capitol Hill is Active Regarding Sexual Harasssment

With the #metoo movement, it should not come as a surprise that the bills dominating the California 2018 Legislative session focuses on sexual harassment. The California Legislature introduced a new bipartisan bill, AB 1870, that would give all employees-not just those claiming sexual harassment-three years to file DFEH complaints of unlawful discrimination, instead of the one year provided by current law.

Lorena Gonzalez, Assembly Member, San Diego introduced bill AB 3080 which would prohibit mandatory arbitration in sexual harassment claims. This bill would also provide whistleblower protection for employees who publicly disclose harassment they endured or witnesses.

Hannah-Beth Jackson, California Senator District 19 introduced SB 1300, which would require all employers to provide two hours of harassment prevention training to all employee within six months of hire and every two years.

Eloise Reyes, Assembly Member, District 47 introduced SB 1867 that would require employers to maintain records of sexual harassment complaints for 10 years. Currently employers are only required to maintain records of harassment prevention training attendees, session trainer(s), training material and attendance dates.

It is recommended that Human Resources should take a proactive approach to identify and address sexual harassment issues within their organization. The best way to protect an organization is to immediately address any sexual harassment claims or suspicions and conduct an investigation, and take the appropriate steps to remedy the situation.

If you would like to monitor the progress of any of the above bills visit https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/home.xhtml enter the bill number on the first page. If you do not land on the bill page click bill information on the banner.
You've Settled Your Employee's Harassment Claim. Now, is it Deductible?
By Brent  Garrett, IE SHRM Legislative Director and Cindy S. Arellano

Employers who are faced with sexual harassment or sexual abuse claims by a current or former employee now have another problem to consider - is the settlement payment and related attorney's fees incurred in settling the claim deductible?  Unfortunately, the answer to that question may now be no.

National SHRM Conference in Chicago
We are giving away a free Scholarship! 

Doesn't that sound fantastic? We are giving away a SHRM National Conference and Exposition Scholarship to attend the conference. If you are interested, complete the attached brief application for your chance to win.  Application deadline is  April 15, 2018 .  

The winner will be announced this upcoming May 2018. 

Questions: Send email to ieshrm@gmail.com with "SHRM Scholarship" in the subject line.
Strategic Business Planning
Message from President, Lora Hassani
IE SHRM held a special SHRM workshop on March 24 for Strategic Business Planning - Train the Trainer. We invited IE SHRM members that regularly attend multiple meetings each year - our "frequent flyers." These are members that have shown how dedicated they are to learning, developing and influencing HR in the Inland Empire.

Jon Decoteau, SHRM Division Director West, lead the 8-hour workshop for the 16 attendees. We learned why having a strategic plan is important, the planning life-cycle and how to do a SWOT analysis. We also learned how to implement strategic plans to make the plan work.

Each attendee brought their unique talents and expertise to the workshop. So many ideas flowed into great collaboration. It was exciting to be a part of this energetic group.

We hope to offer other special programs and focused workshops like this one to meet the specific needs of our members. If you are interested in participating in future workshops like this one, please let us know.
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