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  • 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

  • May 13, 2019 8:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our first BNHRC book club meeting was a success!  

    It's not too late to join us as we continue diving into "Work Rules!" by Laszlo Bock. Word on the street is reading the book could earn you 3 professional development credits for SHRM certification!

    The next Book Club meeting will be Friday, June 7th from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm. We'll be discussing Chapters 7, 8, and 9. Grab a copy of the book and join us!

    Contact Sam Lewis at if you're interested in participating.

  • April 25, 2019 3:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Employers Must Submit EEO-1 Pay Data by Sept. 30

    A federal judge ordered the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to collect employee pay data—sorted by race, ethnicity and sex—by Sept. 30. The EEOC said it will open an online portal to start collecting the information from employers by July 15. Read More

  • February 06, 2019 9:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Veterans at Work Certificate, developed for HR professionals, hiring managers, and front-line supervisors, is a multi-faceted program from the SHRM Foundation in which you will learn the value that skilled veterans bring to the civilian workplace, demonstrate your commitment to hire veterans and earn 10 professional development credits towards your SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP.

    This certificate is completely free and open to all! Learn more here:

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