January 2017 Newsletter Print

President's Report

Are you ready for a great year with HoCo HRS?

Welcome to 2017 with HoCo HRS. We wish to reflect on the accomplishments of 2016 and ahead to the opportunities for 2017. The overall chapter vision continues to focus on increasing membership engagement, everaging partnerships and enhancing our communication and branding. Some of the 2016 goals our Chapter worked on included:  providing opportunities for members to enrich and grow their HR knowledge; hosting a local conference in partnership with the Howard County Chamber of Commerce; enhancing volunteer opportunities via committees within the chapter; and partnering with the Howard County Pubilic School System to further our Workforce Development efforts in Howard County.

We always try to bring new exciting programming. This year will be no different, we will have our full calendar of events for 2017 available in the coing weeks. Likewise, we will review the fantastic feedback received about the conference and continue to enhance our ability to provide valuable education and networking opportunities. 

The Board of Directors is excited and honored to serve its members. Our goal this year is to create a greater connection between the membership and board opportunities through committees in order for you to contribute your ideas! Another way to participate in HoCo HRS is to become involved as a volunteer.  HoCo HRS volunteer committees are a great way for you to develop business and leadership skills and create key contacts in the HR profession.

As we continue to add more information to the website, we encourage you to visit it frequently. Great information such as the monthly chapter meetings and programs, annual state and national conferences, current legislation,job openings, membership and other links are only a few of the items that can be found on the website. You can also connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Thank you for choosing HoCo HRS and we look forward to a successful and DYNAMIC 2017!

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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
5:00 to 7:00pm

Union Jack's Columbia
10400 Little Patuxent Pkwy.
Columbia, MD 21044

Our annual January Networking event is a great way to kick-off the new year. This is one of our best attended events. If you want to learn more about the HoCo HRS, this is an excellent way to meet and network with the Board of Directors and members. Admission is free. Lite fare will be provided. There will be giveaways and of course the best HR networking in the area. We hope to see you there.


Thank you to the Payroll Network for sponsoring our January Happy Hour!

Payroll Network is the largest local provider of Human Capital Management information systems in the DC/Baltimore/NoVA area. Our single-database solution can handle all your HR and Compliance needs with full hire to retire functionality including electronic onboarding, payroll, timekeeping, benefits administration,carrier connectivity, employee/manager self-service, performance management, asset tracking, disciplinary actions and much more. Our technology is excellent but we are known for providing great customer service. 


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Legislative Update


Paid Sick Leave:

  • Proponents’ version will cover employers with at least 15 employees; not pre-empt Montgomery County’s law; and include most if not all of the at least  13 provisions of last year’s bill, including coverage for employees working as few as 8 hours/week.
  • The Governor’s bill, which is not yet released, will preempt Montgomery County bill, will cover employers with 50 or more employees, offer a tax incentive for smaller employers that offer comparable leave, will require five, not seven days of paid leave and will cover part time employees working 30 or more hours after they work for the employer for 120 days, not 8 hours/week from Day One. Leave will have to roll over (at least 40 hours) but accrual can be capped at that point, does not have to be paid out at termination nor reinstated if the employee is rehired.   


Fair Scheduling Act

  • The Act proposed last session would require an employer to provide each employee with an initial work schedule at least 21 days before the first day the employee was scheduled to work, notify an employee of any subsequent changes to the initial work schedule, and within 24 hours after making a change to an employee’s work schedule, provide the employee with a revised work schedule.  An employer that changed an employee’s work schedule under specified circumstances would have been required to pay the employee one hour of predictability pay.  A similar bill will be proposed this session.


Worker Classification:

  • Through serving as a matchmaker to put workers who are willing to provide services in touch with customers who are looking to receive services, ride sharing companies like Uber have established business models that are predicated on flexibility and independent contractors. Workers’ rights advocates contend that the shift toward flexibility has led to the erosion of the traditional employment relationship, which carries with it important benefits for workers. As a result, litigation and administrative proceedings for worker benefits been filed in several states to classify workers, such as Uber drivers, as employees. Regulatory agencies in some states have recently classified workers as employees for purposes of unemployment benefits.  Similar bills may be proposed this session to examine this employee classification model.



Revised I-9

  • By Jan. 22, 2017, all employers must use the revised form. Employers should continue to follow existing storage and retentions rules for all of their previously completed Forms I-9. Read the USCIS News Release, and visit I-9 Central for more information. https://www.uscis.gov/i-9


Fair Labor Standards Act Overtime Update

  • The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced December 1 that it will appeal a court’s injunction temporarily halting the new overtime regulations.  On November 22, 2016, a federal district court judge issued an injunction that temporarily blocks the new federal overtime rule from taking effect on December 1st, 2016. This temporary injunction also allows the court more time to decide whether the new rule is an overreach of federal Department of Labor authority. https://www.shrm.org/hr-today/news/hr-news/pages/dol-files-appeal-in-overtime-rule-injunction.aspx

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SHRM Foundation Update

New year, new SHRM Foundation! Check out this video to learn more about the SHRM Foundation and their innovative plan for 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFDKiNSHwvY.

Happy New Year!

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News from Maryland State Council

Are You Hiring?  Use MD SHRM’s job posting board to reach qualified candidates in and around Maryland!  Click here for more information and competitive rates.

Earn, Learn and Save! The Maryland State Council, Inc. continues to partner with SHRM‘s e-Learning program. In fact, we are the test case for this project. While earning recertification credits, obtaining at least 1 recertification hour for each course successfully completed, members enhance their skills through these expertly designed programs. ALL 60 recertification credits can be earned through this program. The courses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so it is very convenient for even the busiest person. Members are encouraged to register with code SHRMMDSC to take advantage of the SHRM e-Learning program. Fliers for this program are being distributed to the local chapter CLAs for their upcoming programs. 

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