Central California SHRM August 2017 Newsletter

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CentralCalSHRM Newsletter – August 2017

President’s Message
This month’s president’s message takes on a very different look than what readers typically expect.  In lieu of of a message, this month brings  a challenge in the form of a crossword puzzle. Those that take the challenge and correctly complete the crossword puzzle will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Daily Grill gift card.  To enter, you must submit the completed puzzle to president@centralcalshrm.org by August 13. The answer key will be provided and the drawing will take place on August 15 at the member lunch meeting. You must be present to win. Good luck!

Click here to download the President’s challenge!

Jeff Esraelian, SPHR



Central California SHRM Monthly Meeting
Program Luncheon: Tuesday, August 15th

Tornino’s Banquets 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


 Update: Criminal Background Checks, the NLRB,

& Handbook Requirements

Presented by:  Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Attorneys At Law


 Register now!

Session Description:

Jay and Poncho will provide up to date information including new criminal background check regulations, the NLRB and its effect on non-union establishments, and handbook requirements.

Session Goals:

  • Inform & educate employers of the new Criminal Background Check regulations which went in to effect July 1, 2017, and how to avoid adverse impact.
  • The NLRB; it’s not just for unions. Jay will explain its effect on non-union establishments.
  • Employer Handbook; Poncho will provide an update as to what information should and should not be included.
Check out our new website!  One new feature on our website is the membership directory. All members can create and maintain their own profile/business card. Update now for others to learn more about you and your company. You can even create offers or deals for other members!

Membership for CCSHRM continues to grow as we now have 186 active members for 2017.

Lisa Favareille
Lead Business Instructor
Institute of Technology
Amber Lujano
HR Coordinator
Fresno Housing Authority
Amy Rock
HR Manager
Seeking employment- new to area

Membership is Non-Transferable: Membership in Central California SHRM is by individual; not by company.  Therefore, if you find yourself changing jobs/companies, your membership follows you. You are not able to transfer your membership to someone else in your company.

Member Badges: If you are a new member or need to order a new CCSHRM badge, please contact me. Be sure to renew your membership to take advantage of member rates for all 2017 events. Visit our website https://centralcalshrm.org/ to renew!

Dennis Claborn

Membership Director

(559) 447-4600

Legislative Update
Legislative Season is Heating Up

Michael Kalt, Esq., CalSHRM Government Affairs Director

 Summer 2017 Legislative Summary

With the Legislature’s summer recess fast approaching, a number of key committee votes have recently occurred providing further clarity regarding the remaining employment bills being considered.  Not unexpectedly, given the Legislature’s current political composition, a number of significant employment bills cleared this hurdle and will move forward, including bills that would:

  • Prohibit employers from inquiring about salary history during the hiring process (AB 168);
  • Require larger employers to collect and publish information concerning gender pay differences for exempt employees (AB 1209);
  • Preclude employers from inquiring about criminal convictions until after a conditional offer of employment and impose new limitations upon and disclosure requirements for considering criminal convictions (AB 1008);
  • Require employers with more than 20 employees to provide up to 12 workweeks of parental leave (SB 63);
  • Prohibit employers from responding to federal immigration agency requests or assisting with “immigration worksite enforcement actions” unless certain conditions are met (AB 450);
  • Prohibit employers from discriminating based on an employee’s reproductive health decisions (AB 569);
  • Increase to $47,476 the salary threshold level for the overtime exemption (AB 1565); and
  • Expand the Labor Commissioner’s powers when investigating retaliation complaints, including allowing pre-determination injunctive relief (i.e., TRO’s) (SB 306).

However, for the second straight legislative session, and despite the fact similar bills have passed in over 35 states, the Senate Judiciary Committee failed to pass a bill that would have allowed private employers to grant a hiring preference for military veterans (AB 353).

The Legislature will be on recess until returning in mid-August to pass bills before the September 15th deadline.

Even though the California legislature will be in recess, the municipalities have not been with several new laws taking effect, including San Francisco increasing its minimum wage (to $14 an hour), expanding its Parental Leave Ordinance, and enacting its own workplace lactation rules. Effective July 1st, the City of Emeryville’s Fair Workweek Ordinance also took effect, even though it is still considering regulations regarding this new law.  Los Angeles’ minimum wage also increased to $12.00 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees and to $10.50 for employers with 25 or fewer employees.



Labor Commissioner Unveils Notices Regarding Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Rights

Labor Commissioner Unveils Notices Regarding Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Rights

In 2016, California enacted a new law (AB 2337) requiring employers to provide notices to employees regarding their rights to be free from and authorizing workplace accommodations for domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.  Under Labor Code section 230.1(h), employers must provide notice of these rights to new employees upon hire and to existing employees upon request.  This section also states that the employer may use either a form the Labor Commissioner would develop by July 1, 2017, or develop its own substantially similar form, and that the employer would not need to start providing these notices until the Labor Commissioner posts its model notice on its website.

The Labor Commissioner recently published on its website the sample form employers may use: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/Victims_of_Domestic_Violence_Leave_Notice.pdf.

Now that this form is available, employers must begin providing either the Labor Commissioner’s version or the employer’s “substantially similar” version at time of hire for new employees or upon request by current employees.

Michael A. Garcia, SHRM-CP

Legislative Director


Member Spotlight: Karina Alvarado
Meet Karina Alvarado!

Karina holds the position of Human Resources Plant Administrator and Safety Director for Snyder Industries, Inc. in Chowchilla, CA. Karina has nine years of experience in Human Resources and is driven by her passion to help others. She enjoys teaching, leading, motivating and most importantly developing colleagues. Karina is a proud member of SHRM and our local chapter.

Karina earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Marketing, and a master’s degree in Human Resources Management. While obtaining her bachelor’s degree, Karina faced her greatest challenge yet, losing her mother in a tragic car accident they both were involved in. Karina showed great strength, both emotionally and physically, by finishing her education. Karina’s next goal is to obtain a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification by the end of April 2018.

Karina believes true leadership is the ability of an individual to lead and guide others to reach a desired goal. Leadership means understanding and listening, while keeping the big picture in mind. Her work philosophy encompasses teamwork and motivation. Karina sees the value in working together to achieve, as well as the importance of being committed to the task at hand.

Karina is most passionate about spending time with her loved ones and volunteering at her church. Karina encourages others “not to stress about the things you cannot control and change the things you can”!

CCSHRM Awards Student Scholarships for 2017
Each year CCSHRM provides opportunities to award student scholarships to deserving sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters of good standing members who are enrolled, or planning to enroll full-time in an accredited post-secondary school.

This year CCSHRM received a number of applications from students that have excelled not only in the classroom but were highly involved in leadership activities and/or community service projects. After reviewing applications, transcripts and essays; the scholarship committee selected the following five recipients:

  • Clarissa Niino, daughter of member Eric Niino. Clarissa is currently the University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine.
  • Eric Niino, daughter of member Eric Niino. Eric is attending the United States Military Academy at West Point.
  • Megan Ashley, daughter of member Julie Ashley. Megan will be attending the University of California, Santa Barbara.
  • Addison Weil, daughter of member Robert Weil. Addison is currently attending the University of California, Berkeley.
  • DeAndre Narcisse, son of member Melissa Soto. DeAndre will be attending California State University, Fresno.

Congratulations and best of luck to all recipients in their academic endeavors! We encourage members to take advantage of this scholarship opportunity when it is announced in early 2018!

Special thanks to selection committee members Shalon Anderson, Jan Harrold and Monique Gutierrez.

Upcoming CCSHRM Events
September 19, 2017

Tornino’s Banquets 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Leave of Absence Administration and Policy

Presented by: Beth Brascugli De Lima, MBA, SPHR-CA, SHRM-SCP


October 26, 2017

SHRM Foundation Fundraiser at Ovidio Italian Restaurant

More details to come!


Join Beth de Lima for an extensive workshop on medical leave and accommodation.

Click on the ad below for more details!

2018 Board Recruitment

The 2018 CCSHRM board elections are one month away and we have several positions open for those interested in joining the board. We are seeking interested candidates for the following board positions:

  • Vice President
  • Communications Director
  • Community Relations Director
  • Secretary
  • Marketing/PR
  • Foundation Director
  • Legislative Director

Those interested should submit a brief bio and along with a statement as to what you feel you would bring to the position if elected. Information must be submitted to president@centralcalshrm.org by September 5, 2017.


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