April 2017 Newsletter Print

President's Report

Kimberly Prescott, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
President, HoCo Human Resources Society

Greetings! It is hard to believe that we have already made it through the first quarter of the year. I am excited about the level of momentum we have right now in HoCo HRS.  The Maryland Legislature has also had some momentum.  We have had a very active legislative session this year.  As you will see in the Legislative Update below, there will be several opportunities for us as HR professionals to work with leadership within our organizations to help them understand the impact of the proposed changes. I look forward to hearing from you regarding how you plan to implement these changes.

April is National Volunteer Appreciation month.  This month is dedicated to honoring all of the volunteers in our communities, as well as encouraging volunteerism throughout the month. I want to give a sincere THANK YOU to all of our chapter volunteers.  HoCo HRS is a dynamic chapter because of you!  If you have are not currently volunteering in the chapter, it's not too late! You can find out more about volunteer opportunities within the chapter by emailing volunteer@hocohrs.org.

Don't let me forget, Happy Opening Day for all of my baseball fans! Let's Go Nats!

I look forward to seeing you at our meeting this month.  Enjoy the weather!


Back to top

Legislative Update

Maryland Healthy Working Families Act

As reported by the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, we have every reason to believe that the Maryland legislature will send mandatory paid leave legislation to Gov. Larry Hogan’s desk in the coming days, and that lawmakers will override a promised veto.

The Chamber has reported that there’s now a unified bill to force employers to provide paid time off even for those who work 12 hours a week for just 15 weeks out of the year, and there’s almost no chance it will change.  Senator Jim Mathias of the Eastern Shore entered the motion to pass all of the amendments that unified the bills, and the committee voted 7 – 4 in favor.

Here’s what the bill means, in short:

                15 or more employees:

  • mandatory paid “sick and safe” leave to employees 18 & older who regularly work at least 12 hours a week
  • up to five days of paid “sick and safe” leave accumulated per year (one hour for every 30 worked)
  • paid leave at no less than minimum wage, or allowance of an equivalent shift for the same number of hours, for tipped employees


                Fewer than 15 employees:

  • up to five days of “sick and safe” leave accumulated per year (one hour for every 30 worked), without pay


All employers: extensive record-keeping and employee notification, subject to review,    investigation and potential penalties upon allegation of violation.


HB 665 / SB 607 – Exemptions From Overtime Pay - Administrative, Executive, or Professional Capacity – no support.

HB 317 – Wages & Benefits - Pre-Emption of Local Authority – withdrawn

HB 398 / SB 404 – Equal Pay - Job Announcement and Salary History Information Disclosures – unfavorable report

HB 440/ SB 555 – Employers of Ex-Offenders - Liability for Negligent Hiring or Inadequate Supervision – Immunity – unfavorable report

HB 506 / SB 468 – Noncompete and Conflict of Interest Clauses – Senate hearing cancelled

HB 531 – Labor Organizations - Right to Work – unfavorable report

SB 231 - Hiring and Promotion Preferences - Veterans of Commissioned Corps – Pending House vote

Back to top

Calendar of Events

Please join us as we welcome National SHRM representative Phyllis Shurn-Hannah, SHRM-SCP, as she discusses how business is impacted by the changing global workplace and the role of the HR professional.

 As an HR professional, you can play a significant role in promoting the success of your organization by understanding your business objectives and the changing environment - nationally and globally - in which you compete.  In this session, you will learn the business skills you need to develop to become a strong contributor to the "bottom line."  You will also review ways to leverage three key tools - analytics, leadership development, and workplace flexibility - to more effectively engage your human capital assets in fulfilling your business goals. 

This program is valid for 1.0 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please shrmcertification.org. Howard County Human Resources Society (HoCoHRS) is recognized by SHRM to offer professional development credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. 
This meeting has been approved by HRCI for 1.5 general credits.  The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.


Thank you Tri-Bridge Partners for sponsoring our April Meeting!

We help protect the assets of our three types of clients...namely...individuals, employers, and business owners by bridging the exposure gaps to create continuity through the expertise of our associates in combination with our strategies, and our solutions. We provide sound advice, based on experience, to help navigate the benefits market and bring real value to your business and your employees.

Back to top

SHRM Foundation Update


In 2017, the SHRM Foundation will award nearly $500,000 in support to HR professionals and students seeking undergraduate, graduate, certification and professional development opportunities. Take advantage of these opportunities and set important professional goals for 2017!



Application Deadline

Certification Scholarships

P, S, SC/C

April 10, 2017

Give50 Academic Scholarship ($10,000 award!)


April 10, 2017

Seminar Scholarships


April 10, 2017

* S=student member, P=professional member, SC/C=state council or chapter

For helpful tips for applying for SHRM Foundation scholarship opportunities view our new flyer!

View a full listing of scholarship opportunities

Back to top

Paint Nite Photo Gallery

Thank you to everyone that was able to attend our Paint Nite networking event.  We had a wonderful turnout.  We would like to give a special thank you to Eggspectation for donating the space for our event. 

We hope to see you at our next netoworking event in June!





Back to top

Maryland SHRM State Conference


Navigating The Sea of HR Change: Surviving the Storm

October 15th-17th, 2017 
Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel in Ocean City, Maryland

More Details to Come at a later date! Visit: http://md.shrm.org/maryland-state-conference

Back to top

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. 

Maryland to expand Registered Apprenticeship offerings

 Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning


Maryland to expand Registered Apprenticeship offerings



Susan Kaliush -- Manager, Communications and Outreach

Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning

410.767.2041(office) 410.274.2956 (cell)


BALTIMORE, MD—(March 14, 2017) – Kelly M. Schulz, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor today announced that the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation has received Federal funding to establish an Apprenticeship Innovation Fund. The Federal grant allows Maryland to provide incentives for innovative apprenticeship solutions for Maryland’s businesses.

 This initial investment of more than $620,000 is a part of a United States Department of Labor (USDOL) ApprenticeshipUSA Expansion Grant, which was awarded to Maryland in October 2016.

 “We are excited about this great opportunity for Maryland’s businesses. This new funding award spotlights the Maryland Department of Labor's deep commitment to the Apprenticeship model as a win/win for Maryland businesses and working families alike. The plan is for Maryland businesses to use this opportunity to invest in their companies, their communities and the State by investing in offering apprenticeships,” said Maryland Labor Secretary Kelly M. Schulz.  

 The Maryland Department of Labor plans to use this award to more strategically align apprenticeships with  Maryland’s workforce system, to expand existing traditional apprenticeship opportunities and to create new opportunities grounded in labor market demand.

The Apprenticeship Innovation Fund will provide seed money to businesses committed to creating new apprenticeship opportunities to meet their workforce talent pipeline needs. Under the leadership of Governor Larry Hogan, Maryland has increased apprenticeships from 7,186 in 2012 to more than 9,500 by the end of 2016. 

Through this fund and other initiatives, Maryland is heavily investing in the future of the State’s workforce by investing in Registered Apprenticeships. Maryland was the only state awarded funding from the United States Department of Labor to create a fund to expand innovative, sustainable programs aimed at expanding Registered Apprenticeship strategies.  

 For more information about Maryland apprenticeship opportunities, please visit the Maryland Department of Labor website athttp://www.dllr.state.md.us/employment/appr/, email the Department’s Apprenticeship team at dlmatpapprenticeshipandtraining-dllr@maryland.gov, or contact the Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning at (410) 767-2173.

 The Maryland Department of Labor is committed to safeguarding and protecting Marylanders. We're proud to support the economic stability of the state by providing businesses, the workforce and the consuming public with high quality customer-focused regulatory, employment and training services. For updates and information, please check out our website (www.dllr.maryland.gov) and follow DLLR on Twitter (@MD_DLLR) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/DLLR.Maryland).


Back to top