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April 2018 President's Message
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SAHRA began the month of April with a great membership meeting on April 4th.  We had 72 people register and 65 attend the meeting, which was one of our largest turnouts in several years.  Steve Haas spoke to us about “Unconscious Bias” which proved to be a very enlightening and popular topic. 


For those who missed the meeting but may be interested in taking one of the tests Steve gave us a link to, it is shown below.


The word for April is “Advocacy.”  We are hearing about this at every level.  Johnny Taylor’s (CEO of SHRM) article in the March issue of SHRM’S HR Magazine was devoted to this topic.  He submits that with all the current changes in the workplace, HR needs to lead with advocacy and be the voice of both employees and employers.  We should be involved before workplace legislation is written and laws are in effect.  SHRM is doing this at both the state and national levels and we have our own opportunity this month in Sacramento.


As I mentioned in the March newsletter, every April CalSHRM has its Legislative Conference in Sacramento.  Included in the conference is the opportunity to participate in or observe when attendees make State Capitol visits.  This is a chance for SAHRA members to learn more about our legislative advocacy efforts. 


CalSHRM’s focus this year is the opposition of SB1038 which would amend the FEHA to authorize individual liability for retaliation.  While retaliation is part of the concern, the overriding issue is the effect this would have on HR professional members who are required to participate in or make major personnel management decisions.


The SAHRA board agreed that SAHRA would “sign on” to the Opposition Letter which was submitted on April 10th.  The billed is scheduled to be heard on April 17th


As a local chapter, SAHRA would like to be more directly involved with advocacy on an ongoing basis.  Therefore, we are creating a new position of “Legislative Chair.” This person and his/her committee would work in close cooperation with CalSHRM’s Government Affairs Director.  The Role Description for this position and time commitment is included elsewhere in the newsletter.


Reminder!  Our legal series begins on Tuesday May 1st and ends on Tuesday May 22nd.  This is a great way to brush up on specific topics and earn SHRM PDC’s or HRCI credits for re-certification. 


I hope to see some of you at our events in April – the mixer at Fox and Goose on April 18th, and/or the Legislative Conference on April 25th-27th,

Sandy Dudley, SPHR, PHRca, SHRM-SCP

President - SAHRA

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