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  • October 28, 2022 3:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We'll be voting on our 2023 Board of Directors at our November meeting on November 15.  All BNHRC members are eligible to cast a vote!

    Please see our officer slate including position descriptions and biographies here.  We'll send all members an email with this information as well as the meeting approaches. 

  • October 04, 2022 9:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Nearly half of U.S. workers say inflation is making it difficult for them to pay for their benefits, while about 40 percent said it will make them scale back on their benefits choices.

    Do your employees have the resources they need to make the right choices for their benefits this year? SHRM can help.

    SHRM membership gives you access to the tools and resources you need to build better benefits packages. With timely research like the 2022 SHRM Employee Benefits Survey and constantly updated tools such as our guide to open enrollment, you can save time and relieve stress during open enrollment.


  • September 09, 2022 9:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join us for the 23rd Annual Illinois SHRM State Conference - Wins of Change in HR! The conference is being held October 23-25, 2022 at the Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace, IL.

    The most obvious change for HR in 2021 was the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Early on, things looked up – businesses planned for return to the office, and hopefully a return to a “new normal.” That didn’t happen. As we continue into 2022, COVID-19 continues to be a challenge for business and HR professionals – constantly changing federal and government regulations, updated protocols, policies and procedures to ensure compliance, talent troubles, social unrest, DEI challenges… But what are the “Wins” during this time? What have we learned? How do we take care of our employees, and ourselves? How do we move forward? This year’s conference will focus on the “Wins” and how HR will continue to evolve in the future. Don’t worry, we will cover all of the important employment law and compliance issues, but we will also be focusing on the new world of work. How does HR plan for the future? How do we rethink the workforce and employee planning, management, performance and business strategies? You won’t want to miss this event. In person and virtual attendance options are available.

    Registrants can earn up to 24.75 hours of SHRM and HR Certification Institute recertification credits, and will have access to view all sessions on demand for up to 90 days! Limited exhibitor and sponsor opportunities are still available.

    Register now at

    For questions, contact Lori Maher McCombs, Conference Planner & Executive Director, 816.832.7815 or

  • August 12, 2022 3:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NEW! 2022 SHRM Certification Exam Workbooks Available!


    SHRM is excited to introduce a new workbook to accompany your Ace Your SHRM Certification Guidebook.  This new SHRM Certification workbook delivers exam prep featuring real questions from previous exams. Forty retired test items used in past SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCP exams are provided to expose candidates to the types of items they will encounter in the real exam, as well as feedback about correct/incorrect responses. This workbook also offers guidance about each item's difficulty level, which can help develop study and test-taking strategies. 

    Follow the link below to learn more about the Ace Your SHRM Certification Guide.

    Note - If you purchased a current SHRM Learning System, a free-PDF copy of the guide is included in the "Additional Resources" section.  This does NOT include the new workbook.


    Ace Your SHRM Certification Exam


  • 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

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