January 2018 Chapter Newsletter

President’s Message

Happy New Year and Welcome!

I am extremely excited to serve as Chapter President for 2018!  Before we dive in, I would like to take a moment and introduce your newly elected 2018 CCSHRM Board Members. They are:

Karen Gill, Vice President
Dennis Claborn, Membership Director
Monty Montgomery, Treasurer
Courtney Madding, Student Liaison
Shalon Anderson, Workforce Readiness/Diversity
Paul Bauer, Legislative Director
Macy Blattel, Communications Director
Brandi Williams, SHRM Foundation Director
Jonathan Holt, Events Coordinator
Keely Coyle, Marketing/PR Director
Karina Alvarado, Community Relations Director
Melissa Sing, Administrative Secretary
Jeff Esraelian, Past President


With 2017 having been a very successful year for the Chapter, please know the CCSHRM board is committed to bringing you, the members of CCSHRM, the best in educational programming in 2018.

I would like to remind members, if you are interested in serving on a committee for any of the upcoming CCSHRM events, please reach out to any board member and we will connect you with the person in charge of the event for which you are interested.

The CCSHRM Board would like to thank each and every one of our members for your continued support. We also want to thank the employers for your continued support. Your flexibility in allowing for membership attendance to CCSHRM meetings and events is greatly appreciated. It is a very important part of our success! Thank you!
Warm Wishes for the New Year!

Jan Harrold, Chapter President



Central California SHRM Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Program Luncheon
Tornino’s Banquets 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.   

Update: Employment Law for 2018 
Presented by: 
Susan Hatmaker, Hatmaker Law Group

Program description: California employers will be updating some of their policies and procedures in 2018 due to several key employment bills taking effect in the new year. There is once again a long list of new laws and many relate to wage and hour, leaves, hiring practices and other workplace protections. Susan Hatmaker of Hatmaker Law Group will be discussing the new legislation and providing tips for compliance as employers get ready for 2018.

Register now!



Happy New Years and welcome to 2018… And just like that, another year begins! 2017 proved to be a good year for CCSHRM membership. We exceeded over 200 active (paying) members for the first time in five years.

We changed a few things for 2018. Moving forward, all memberships will be anniversary based instead of calendar based.  Meaning your membership will expire one (1) year from when you join/renew.

Did you know you have the option of turning on “automatic renewals” within your profile?

Membership Rates increased for 2018. Those who renewed ahead of January 1st were able to take advantage of the 2017 rates for the 2018 membership year. In fact over 75 members renewed their membership ahead of January 1st. That’s also a new high!

For those that waited, the membership is still reasonably affordable vs. other SHRM chapters in California.  You can renew on our website at www.centralcalshrm.org.

Welcome our newest CCSHRM members:

First Name

Last Name Title Company


Sanchez Employee Relations Cargill
Bobbi Jaurique-Escobar Branch Manager Cornerstone staffing
Vidi Ignacio HR Manager Wathen Castanos Homes
Chris Burrage IT/HR Manager CRMC
Samuel Nunuez HR Assistant EPU Children’s Center
Lisa Dean HR Manager Quad Graphics
Morgan Fields WC Manager/broker EPIC Insurance
Marty Acree HR Manager Saladino’s Foodservice
Lynn Burns HR Specialist Denham Resources

Interested in serving your chapter?  Committees will be forming in early 2018.  This is another way to serve and network with fellow HR professionals.

Membership – 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.

If you have any questions about your membership, please contact me.

Dennis Claborn

Membership Director



Legislative Update

While the California State Legislature ended 2017 with a litany of new laws impacting employers, the federal government was likewise busy evaluating existing policies and implementing new changes in three key areas.  First, the Republican party took control of the National Labor Relations Board.  President Trump filled two vacant seats on the five-member board that oversees union-employer disputes, giving the GOP control for the first time in 10 years.  Before year’s end, three major decisions were issued by the NRLB.  The Board reversed a 2015 ruling concerning the meaning of joint employment.  The new ruling potentially makes it harder for contractors or workers at franchises to organize into unions. Next, the NLRB overturned a 2011 case allowing smaller groups of workers to form collective-bargaining units.  The Board said it was more appropriate for a bargaining unit to consist of all employees on a site.  The NLRB also found that an employee handbook could limit certain worker privileges, such as cellphone cameras at work, without legally crimping employee’s rights to communicate and organize.

Secondly, Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta rescinded previous guidance to look specifically for instances in which a worker could be considered jointly employed or misclassified as an independent contractor.

Thirdly, President Trump blocked the implementation of a rule from prior administration that sought to require firms bidding on government contracts to disclose past labor-law violations.

Federal changes are not likely to be done in 2018.  The United States Supreme Court will decide a case considering whether public employees can be required to pay union dues.  If government workers are not required to pay union dues, it could decrease union membership in the public sector. The USSC will also determine whether employers can block workers from pursuing joint claims, including class-action lawsuits, by requiring that they use individual arbitration to settle disputes.  Next, a federal judge’s ruling in late-2016 blocked an Obama administration regulation that would have expanded eligibility for time-and-a-half over-time pay.  Under Secretary Acosta, the DOL began to reconsider the rule, but has yet to issue a formal proposal, but could be released in the second half of 2018.  Secretary Acosta has indicated he would expand the number of workers who automatically qualify for overtime pay, but not as much as the Obama rule would have.  And it is expected that the federal government will expand apprenticeship programs.  President Trump made apprenticeships the center of his labor policy aimed at addressing a shortage of skilled workers.  But that announcement came with few specifics.


Paul Bauer

Legislative Director



Member Spotlight

Meet Brenda Pena!

Brenda holds the position of Human Resources Specialist at Sierra HR Partners in Fresno, CA. Brenda has 5 years of experience in Human Resources and is driven by her passion to serve others and motivating other to grow personally and professionally. She started out as a Unit Clerk for a locked psychiatric facility. She then applied for a vacant HR Assistant position, not knowing what the job was. Since then, she has fallen in love with HR. Brenda is a proud member of our local chapter and is an Usher at Celebration Church.

Brenda earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and a master’s degree in Organizational Behavior. Brenda also holds her PHR-CA. Brenda believes true leadership is letting your team lead. You hire others to do a job, and you have to trust that they will get it done. Leadership is also about sharing strengths and mentoring others to be successful. Her work philosophy is “do it as if you were doing it for the bug guy upstairs!”. She says to give it your best and have sense of pride- even if nobody is looking. Lastly, always work with respect, honesty, and integrity- you will fail without them. Brenda sees HR has a challenge, but also rewarding. She reminds us to treat people like they matter, and they eventually will.

Having a 3 1/2 year old, and a 6 month old, Brenda balances her career and personal life by taking advantage of her mom and mother-in-law. They are helpful to her so she can sneak out for a date night with her husband or just having “me time”. It also helps by having an awesome boss and flexible co-workers.


Macy Blattel

Communications Director



SHRM Student Chapter News

The SHRM Student Chapter is preparing for another successful semester. Speakers are needed for the chapter’s monthly meetings held the first Thursday of each month at Fresno State. Any HR topic is welcomed with a 20-30 minute time slot. If you would like to volunteer as a speaker to help educate our future HR professionals, please email me.

We are also accepting raffle prize donations for the monthly luncheons. All proceeds from the raffle go towards supporting the Student Chapter in various activities throughout the semester. Please contact me regarding any donations.


Courtney Madding

Student Chapter Liaison



SHRM Foundation

Is Achieving Your SHRM Certification Amongst Your 2018 Goals?
If so, did you know Certification Scholarships are awarded each year by the SHRM Foundation?

Details –
Scholarship: $750 for SHRM Certification exam and/or preparation (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP)
Number: 220 scholarships (20 reserved for members engaged in veterans or aging workforce issues in a professional or volunteer capacity)

Eligibility –

  • Current SHRM member (Professional or student membership must be active when applying and throughout the year in which you receive the award.)
  • Meet eligibility requirements for SHRM Certification.
  • Took certification exam in 2018 or plan to sit for exam in next 12 months.

How to Apply –
Complete online application including:

  • Contact information
  • Short answer questions about volunteer/career experience
  • Current resume
  • One letter of reference (letter may be addressed to the ‘SHRM Foundation Scholarship Review Committee’ and should provide insight into your character, career and volunteer accomplishments, work ethic, values and need for the scholarship. May be written by work or volunteer colleague, professor, coach, etc. but should not come from a family member.

Selection Criteria –

  • 40% Work experience/progression (HR involvement & future career plans)
  • 40% Volunteer activity (SHRM experience preferred, but not required)
  • 20% Financial need

Timeline –

Apply Notified of Results
January 15 – April 10 June 5, 2018
July 15 – October 1 December 4, 2018

Visit the SHRM Foundation site for additional details on this scholarship and other available opportunities. Application window will be open as of 1/15/18.


Brandi Williams

SHRM Foundation Director



CCSHRM Scholarship

CCSHRM is offering the Sons, Daughters, Grandsons and Granddaughters (SDGG) scholarship. The SDGG scholarship is offered to members’ children and grandchildren who are enrolled or planning to enroll full-time in an accredited post-secondary school. Priority is given to students in the first or second year of the program. Students currently enrolled in a post secondary program ust be in good standing with their institution. There is no restriction on college major.
Download application: https://centralcalshrm.org/2018/01/03/scholarship-announcement/
Applications must be submitted by Friday, March 16, 2018. Applications must be accompanied with the following:

  • Most recent semester transcripts (for current post-secondary students)
  • Letter of Acceptance (only for students not currently enrolled in a post-secondary program)
  • Essay

Incomplete applications will be automatically disqualified for scholarship consideration.

Email application and accompanying documents to: pastpresident@centralcalshrm.org


Jeff Esraelian

Past President



Upcoming Events

 2018 Workplace Conference
March 14, 2018 from 8am-4pm

DoubleTree Convention Center

The 2018 CCSHRM Workplace Conference will be held Wednesday, March 14, 2018.  It will be a full day filled with great speakers, educational programming and networking! Early registration is just $99 through January 19, 2018. Watch your emails and mark your calendars, additional information will be forthcoming!

Interested in becoming an event sponsor? Email any of the board members for more details!


2017 SHRM Leadership Conference Update

The SHRM Volunteer Leadership Conference was held in Washington D.C. on November 16th, 17th & 18th, 2017.  900 HR professionals from around the globe attended this amazing event. In addition, 400 of these HR professionals visited Capitol Hill for SHRM Advocacy Day, where we had the opportunity to meet with our district Congressman to discuss H.R. 1, preserving employer educational reimbursement and employee benefits at the current tax free status, and HR 4219, the Workflex Bill. We will have more on the results of these very important workplace related bills. Stay tuned!

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