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What Happened

  • October, 2017: Designing and Implementing a Workplace Wellness Program
  • September, 2017: The Evolving Transformation of HR into Talent Management
  • June, 2017: The Perspective Directive: Discover Your Motivation
  • May, 2017: Creating a Successful Career Path
  • April, 2017: Tips to Effectively Recruit, Retain and Terminate Foreign Workers
  • March, 2017: Breakfast Briefing: How Do I Handle A Whistleblower Issue At My Organization?
  • February, 2017: Talent Attraction & Acquisition in the Age of Digital
  • January, 2017: Strategies in Developing a Sound Compensation Program

October Dinner Meeting: Designing and Implementing a Workplace Wellness Program

Recap to follow.


September Dinner Meeting: The Evolving Transformation of HR into Talent Management

Recap and pictures to follow.

June Dinner Meeting: The Perspective Directive: Discover Your Motivation

The June Meeting was a mixture of cheering and laughing.  This meeting is the ceremonial passing of the SHRM Chapter Torch from the current President to the next.  There was also an opportunity to recognize those members who actively lead the many functions within the organization that allow it to deliver services to chapter members.  What better way to add fun to the meeting, but to have a comedian entertain and deliver a motivational message.

Motivational comedian David Horning enlightened the members with ahumorous approach to finding happiness and being engaged.  Discovering your

motivation by finding meaning within your work by seeing it as a mission to serve and inspire others.  Utilizing your strengths and tools to make work more engaging and realize all perspectives are valuable.  David used several characters to help drive these points.  

As a reminder, there will not be a regular chapter meeting until September.  A networking ‘mix and mingle’ is planned for June 29th at the Horseshoe Tavern in Morristown.

A casual and fun time is guaranteed.  

Mark your calendars, the 10th Annual Legal Symposium will be held on July 20th presented by Fisher Phillips.  If you haven’t attended this event, you are missing out!  Check out the website for details and registration. 

Enjoy your summer and be safe! 

May Dinner Meeting: Creating a Successful Career Path

If you missed last week’s Morris County SHRM Meeting here’s a re-cap!

Membership Continues to Grow! As the we continue to grow, please remember to renew your National Membership. Also, we still need members to help with the Onboarding of NEW members at the monthly meetings. Please offer to volunteer when you register for the next monthly meeting.

Community Career Fair:
- Thank you to Kristi, Dan, Connie, Maya and all the volunteers that helped make the Career Fair a success. This year 30 people volunteered to make the fair run smoothly and provide career counseling to people in need.
- Approximately 130 people attended the career fair this year verses about 190 people last year.

Legal Update:
With Data Breaches being in the news lately, David Lichtenberg provided insight into recent cases presented to the Supreme Court. While the case (Spokeo) was not decided, it is suggested you continue to be vigilant and exercise care to maximize defenses and respond to incidents of data breach.

HR Learning:
The topic of the meeting presented by Natalie Rowell was ‘Creating a Successful Career Path – One Practitioner’s Conscious, Successful Journey’. Natalie’s shared key lessons learned and advice. Always remember to take control of your career. It’s yours and you should plan it, take lateral moves that will help you in the long run. Don’t pigeon hole yourself. Always do your job with excellence and make it visible, nothing wrong with sharing your accomplishments. And remember, vote with your feet and don’t burn bridges.

April Dinner Meeting: Tips to Effectively Recruit, Retain and Terminate Foreign Workers

If you missed last week’s Morris County SHRM Meeting here’s a re-cap!

We are continuing to grow and need to make the onboarding process the best possible! Would you like to meet a new member and welcome them to the Chapter? Need Ambassadors to help new members acclimate.

In-Transition and Community Career Fair
* A few very talented members are seeking full and contract roles in the area of HRBP/Director, Compensation, Training Coordination, Benefits and HR Administration. If you can help our friends land or provide advice, contact Maya Ollsen.

* Speed Recruiting – Liz Walker did a great job of having a few firms participate in Speed Recruiting; Human Edge, Aerotek, and Insight Strategies Group.

* Our career fair is only a month away! Tuesday, May 16th 8 am – 3 pm @ CSE. For continues success, we need your help. Does your company have openings? Do you want to volunteer? We still need folks to coach job seekers. If you can help and give back to the community, reach out to Maya Ollson. Event info is here.

Legal Update:
NJ Wage Payment Law amendment in process requiring employers to provide employees with a statement for each pay period including deductions, gross wages, net wages, rate of pay, and number of hours worked during the pay period. While this is pending, employers are encouraged to consider implementing a plan to comply with A-5254 should the bill pass.

HR Learning:
The main event of the meeting was an informative and engaging presentation on Effectively Recruiting, Retaining and Terminating Foreign Workers by Scott Malyk and Anthony Siliato of Meyner and Landis’ Immigration Law Group. Discussed the establishing recruiting guidelines, understanding Work Visas, and planning short and long term strategies around foreign national employees.

March Breakfast Briefing: How Do I Handle A Whistleblower Issue At My Organization?

Do you know about CEPA and how it impacts your employees?
Well, if you don’t you should have attended the “How to handle a Whistleblower Issue” event presented by David Lichtenberg and Phillip Bauknight of Fisher Phillips.  Not only did they share insight into the correct methods to manage whistleblowing they shared very important advice on Social Networking. 

Social Networking is a growing source for employment litigation and the NLRB has taken an interest.  You need to be aware overboard social media policies and unlawful discipline and/or discharge over social media content can become a serious issue. 

So, you may want to review your Social Media policies and train managers of the consequences of managers being “Facebook Friends” with the people reporting to them. 

Oh, CEPA is the NJ Conscientious Employee Protection Act, “CEPA”.   NJ has additional legislation above the Federal regulations.  How is it different?

- Protects employees who refuse to participate in company actions or policies that are against the law or are in violation of public policy standards.
- Employers are held to a higher standard of care under CEPA.
- Emphasis on the health care industry.  

If you’d like to get more knowledge on rules and regulations reach out to David and Phillip.  Better yet, make sure you attend the next event.

February: Talent Attraction & Acquisition in the Age of Digital

On Wednesday, February 15th our chapter met to learn about Talent Attraction and Acquisition in Digital Age presented by Jennifer Malach.  We had a record number of registered participants and several walk in attendees as well.

Before our meeting even started, our In-Transition group met and 7 attendees benefitted from networking and discussion with others also in transition.  We also had Don Dazzo with Human Edge and Lisa Carver with Execu Search in our speed recruiting forum where several interviews were held.  Great work Liz Walker!

In addition to the great legislative update provided by our own David Lichtenberg regarding the EEOC’s Proposed Enforcement Guidance, we also welcomed two sponsors of our program! 

The law offices of Kamlesh Tewary and Ultimate Software were on hand to share information about their offerings and raffled off some great prizes at the end of the meeting.  In fact, there were so many raffles that things got a little crazy!  Janet Kearney was the lucky recipient of 2 hours of executive coaching with our featured speaker Jennifer Malach, Daniel Morris and Judy Triebman each won a book offered by our chapter, Kathy Hoffman won a $50 gift card from Ultimate Software, and Renee Luongo won a wine and cheese basket from Ultimate Software.  

There were also several announcements about upcoming events including the Legal Breakfast on March 30th, our 2nd Annual Career Fair on Tuesday, May 16th, and the NJC3 Spring Conference on April 21st.  Anyone interested in speaking on D&I can submit their interest by clicking here.


January: Strategies in Developing a Sound Compensation Program

Compensation plays a significant role in an organization's success. A compensation strategy must be designed well to attract and retain talent. As the single largest expense for most companies, it's imperative to develop the right pay structure and appropriate recognition methods.

We discussed the nine key components of a sound compensation plan
1.     Set Compensation Plan Philosophy: This will serve as the “guiding star” of the compensation plan.  It should also be aligned with the company goals. Establish clarity on what you seek to reward.  Ensure a tie back to the corporate culture as well.
2.    Select a Methodology for Job Analysis:  There are a number of different methods to analyze roles.  Select the one that best meets your needs.  Keep in mind that job analysis is done in partnership with leadership teams and subject matter experts.
3.    Compare Job Requirements to the Market:  Evaluate comparison to internal and external market.  Resources can range from free data bases or “pay for” services.
4.    Adjust Pay to the Specific Job:  Align with your business plan.  Create job descriptions for clarity which will describe the skill, experience and education required for a role.
5.    Create Job Families:  It’s important to band jobs together because it makes the compensation structure easier to understand. It ensures parity across jobs that are similar.  This will also help to avoid disparate impact claims
6.    Bonus, Commission and Benefits:  These must all be clearly laid out in writing and must be legally compliant.  Once guidelines are created, be sure to follow them!  Select rewards that will motive a large portion of the workforce.  Check to see if people understand the program.  Finally, obtain people’s signature that they understand the terms of the compensation program.
7.    Performance Reviews:  Research from Deloitte showed that quarterly reviews drove 31% higher employee productivity.  Be sure that the performance expectations are aligned with the job description.
8.    Recruiting Strategy:  The compensation strategy must also support the recruitment strategy.   Check in with Talent Acquisition to confirm that the compensation strategy augments our sourcing strategy.  
9.    Measure for Success:  Analyze metrics like turnover and engagement surveys.  Test compensation structure with the external market annually.  Monitor your ability to bring in the right talent into your established ranges.  Be mindful of trends in the market.  

Loida Noriega-Wilson is a Director of Business Relations and is an Alliance Partner for Trilogy. Loida is also President of The Norwil Group Inc., a management and corporate development consulting company. She is a consultant, trainer, speaker, and published writer.

Loida, who is bi-lingual, has worked for more than 30 years in domestic and international business and management, guiding individuals, teams and corporations to seek innovative ways to fully develop their business potential. “Linking the business strategies of an organization to the performance of their people is critical to our approach.”

Loida holds a Masters Degree from Rutgers University specializing in Business and Human Resources Management and graduated with high honors from the University of South Florida in Political Science. She has served as an adjunct professor at the Russ Berrie Institute at the Cotsakos College of Business, and William Patterson University, New Jersey.
We thank our January Chapter Sponsor. Business & Legal Resources (BRL) who help US businesses simplify compliance with state and federal legal requirements.