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  • July 27, 2022 12:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you getting ready to test for your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP during the winter testing window: December 1, 2022 – February 15, 2023?

    You can register now for an online/virtual study course to begin this fall.

    The SHRM Learning System for SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Certification Preparation Course is designed for candidates preparing for the professional HR certification exams administered by the SHRM Certification Commission. Course topics include HR competencies, people, organization, and workplace. 

    These offerings are provided by SHRM partners from Northern Illinois University, Lewis & Clark Community College and Northwestern University-Chicago. Click these links for more information on their fall study groups! It’s never too late to invest in yourself and become certified!




    September 19 – December 5, 2022

    Monday Evenings from 6-8 pm by Zoom

    Deadline to register – August 6, 2022

    The Illinois State Council of SHRM (ILSHRM) will be hosting a twelve-week virtual class to meet your SHRM certification preparation needs. Classes will be held from 6-8 pm on Monday evenings between September 19th and December 5th.

    Are you ready to take your preparation a step further? Enhance your learning with the ILSHRM prep class by registering today! Discounts are available for SHRM members. Class price includes the SHRM Learning System. Registration deadline is August 6th.

    Registration Fees:

    (includes SHRM Learning System & 12 week class)

    SHRM Members – $750

     Non-SHRM Members – $995 


    Why is Getting Your SHRM Certification So Important

    Value of SHRM Certification to Your Employer

    We’re here to help! Reach out to with questions.

  • June 24, 2022 12:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SHRM's Workplace Compliance News 
    June 24, 2022




    Roe v. Wade Overturned
    The U.S. Supreme Court today upheld Mississippi’s restrictions on abortion, a ruling that may lead employers to revise their employee health care benefits. The decision overturns the Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey (1992) decisions that pre-empted state restrictions on abortion.

    Visit SHRM's Navigating Roe v. Wade in the Workplace Featured Resource Page


    Remote Workers Raise Wage and Hour Concerns
    Remote and hybrid workers present wage and hour challenges for employers managing hourly workers, especially those working remotely from more than one location, explained an overtime-compliance attorney at the SHRM Annual Conference & Expo 2022 (SHRM22).

    Watch Out for Overtime Compliance Challenges
    Overtime compliance raises many issues, but employers have tools at their disposal, including wage and hour audits and safe harbor policies, to limit their liability, said Robert Boonin, an attorney with Dykema in Ann Arbor, Mich., speaking at SHRM22.




    High Court Strikes Down Narrowly Tailored Workers’ Compensation Law
    A Washington workers’ compensation law applying only to federal contract workers at one federal facility in the state made it unconstitutionally easier for federal contractors to obtain workers’ compensation, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled.


    What Does Ohio’s New Firearms Law Mean for Employers?
    As of June 13, 2022, Ohio will permit a qualifying adult to legally carry, possess or conceal a handgun without a license, background check or training requirements.


    Ask HR: Is This Age Discrimination?
    What can be done about discriminatory comments about an employee's age? How can a contract employee negotiate compensation for a full-time job offer? SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, answers HR questions each week for USA TodayDo you have an HR or work-related question you'd like him to answer? Submit it here.


    New Colorado Law Automatically Seals Older Criminal Records
    Gov. Jared Polis has signed the Clean Slate Act into law, allowing for arrest records that don't result in a conviction and certain older criminal records to be automatically sealed.


    Court Cases Show Mistakes to Avoid in ADA Compliance
    Staying compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) presents various challenges for employers, which have only increased in the past two years during the COVID-19 pandemic.


    Document, Document, Document. But How?
    Documenting employee actions and behaviors is a vital responsibility for people managers, so much so that one leading employment attorney encourages employers to include it in managers' job descriptions. Allison West, Esq., SHRM-SCP, explained why at SHRM22.


    July 1 Deadline Looming for Health Plan Transparency Disclosures
    Health plan sponsors should be working with insurance carriers and third-party administrators to ensure they have the necessary information to comply with the new price transparency rules taking effect July 1.

    Want to get a copy of this weekly newsletter from SHRM? Head to State & Local Updates to subscribe.

  • June 13, 2022 1:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SHRM recently awarded BNHRC a 2021 Gold Excel Award. This award recognizes accomplishments and strategic initiatives that elevate the Human Resources profession; ultimately creating workplaces where employers and employees can thrive together. 

    Shared with Past President, Jill Smith, from Michael P. Aitken, Senior VP, Membership at SHRM National: 

    "On behalf of the Society for Human Resource Management, I am pleased to confirm that 64 - Bloomington-Normal HR Council has been awarded the 2021 Gold Excel Award.  This award recognizes outstanding achievements in Chapter operations and a commitment to providing meaningful programs and services to your members. It also is recognition of your continued growth and development as a business leader, capable of developing strategies that lead to business success!  We are immensely proud of your leadership and thank you for your continued partnership with SHRM."

  • March 22, 2022 4:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Searching for all Community Champions! On behalf of the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council, we’d like to invite you to participate in our community branding online survey. This is open to all McLean County residents.

    This survey discussion is part of the discovery phase for a talent attraction branding and messaging project we are embarking on with Development Counsellors International (DCI), which specializes in destination branding and marketing. Please take a few moments to share with us your thoughts and opinions on Bloomington-Normal! Your opinion is important as it allows us to continue building data for the Bloomington-Normal branding initiative. We welcome and appreciate all feedback!

    BNHRC MEMBERS: Please take a moment to complete the survey and/or pass the survey link on.

  • April 19, 2021 12:41 PM | Deleted user

    Bloomington Normal Human Resource Council, has been awarded the 2020 Platinum Excel Award by the Society for Human Resource Management. This award recognizes outstanding achievements in Chapter operations and a commitment to providing meaningful programs and services to your members. It also is recognition of your continued growth and development as a business leader, capable of developing strategies that lead to business success!  Great work everyone!

  • March 25, 2021 4:03 PM | Anonymous

    On Tuesday, March 23, 2021, Governor Pritzker signed SB 1480, making some major changes to the Illinois Human Rights, the Illinois Equal Pay Act, and the Illinois Business Corporation Act.  Here is a short summary of these changes:


    Effective immediately, it is a violation of the Human Rights Act to refuse to hire, or to make other employment decisions with respect to recruitment, promotion, re-hiring, selection for training, discharge or discipline, on the basis of a criminal conviction record.  The only circumstances in which employers may make decisions on the basis of convictions are when (1) there is a substantial relationship between the criminal offenses and the job sought, or (2) hiring or continuing employment would create an unreasonable risk to property or to the safety or welfare of other individuals or the general public.

    To show a “substantial relationship” between a hiring decision or other employment decision and a criminal conviction, the employer must consider six factors:  (1) the length of time that has passed since the conviction, (2) the number of convictions, (3) the nature and severity of the convictions, (4) the circumstances involved in the convictions, (5) the age of the candidate/employee at the time of the offense, and (6) evidence of rehabilitation efforts.

    In addition, if an employer makes a preliminary decision not to hire (or to take another employment action) because of a conviction, the employer must provide a written notice to the candidate/employee explaining the employer’s reasoning for making the tentative decision, with a copy of the conviction history report and with an explanation of the candidate’s/employee’s right to respond within at least five business days.  If the employer decides to make the hiring/employment decision final, another written notice must be provided to the candidate/employee, citing the convictions that are the basis for the final decision, and alerting the candidate/employee to any internal grievance procedures and to the right to file a charge of discrimination with the Illinois Department of Human Rights.


    Starting in 2023, businesses that have to file EEO-1 reports with the EEOC will have to file similar reports with the Illinois Secretary of State, at the time that the business files its annual report.  EEO-1 reports contain information about the total number of employees, a breakdown of the type of position held,  and data on gender, race and ethnicity.


    Starting in 2024, private employers with more than 100 employees in the State of Illinois will have to apply in writing to the IDOL for equal pay registration certificates, through statements signed by corporate officers, legal counsel, or other authorized agents.  The applications must contain representations by the employers that the business is in compliance with federal and state anti-discrimination laws, that compensation paid to female and minority employees is not below the average compensation paid to male and non-minority employees, that the business does not restrict employees of one sex to certain job classifications, how often the business evaluates compensation to ensure compliance with equal pay requirements, and that the business takes steps to correct any deficiencies found in such evaluations.  Companies that fail to obtain such certificates will be subject to fines equal to 1% of the business’s gross profits.  IDOL will conduct equal pay audits, and employees will be protected by whistleblower retaliation prohibitions enabling successful employees to obtain double the amount of lost wages and other relief.

    Davis & Campbell L.L.C. is posting additional information on all of these important changes to Illinois law on its website,  The information will be made available under the “Firm News” link on the website, and in the “Illinois Legislative Changes” section.

    If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact me or any of the other employment attorneys at Davis & Campbell L.L.C.

    David Lubben

    David G. Lubben | Davis & Campbell L.L.C.

    401 Main Street, Suite 1600 | Peoria, IL 61602

    (309) 673-1681 | Fax: (309) 673-1690

  • December 04, 2020 9:42 AM | Deleted user

  • February 04, 2020 12:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our 2019 HR Professional of the Year Award winner, Candice Hudgens! 

    The annual BNHRC Human Resources Professional of the Year Award recognizes an exemplary individual who plays a key role in driving the performance and reputation of an organization, is a catalyst for change, serves as a trusted advisor, and demonstrates leadership in the HR profession. 

    We recognized Candice our January chapter meeting. Erin DeKnecht, past president (pictured on the left) presented Candice (pictured on the right) with the award.

  • October 22, 2019 2:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Click the following link to view announcements shared at the October chapter meeting: BNHRC October 2019 Meeting Announcements.pdf
  • August 05, 2019 3:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Derek Floyd, one of our July presenters, provided the following attachment on updates to Illinois’ equal pay act. 

    Illinois Equal Pay Law.pdf

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