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November 2017 Meeting

    Welcome to our “new” monthly blog where will share a recap of the monthly meeting and upcoming events.

    We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to take pause and reflect on all that we have to be thankful for in our lives.

    Following is a brief summary of our November meeting:

    Michael Timmes, our Chapter President, started off the meeting by welcoming one new member and 9 guests. It’s great to see our chapter growing and it’s important for all of us to keep spreading the word by inviting fellow HR Professionals, business executives, and those in supporting professions to join our group.

     In honor of Veteran’s Day, we passed around four (4) Veteran’s Day cards for us to sign thanking our Veterans for their services. The cards were shared with the following VFW’s. Remember, every day is Veteran’s Day.  

    • VFW 8867 Brick Township Post
    • VFW 2639 O Brien-Major Post - Neptune
    • VFW 1333 Harold Daley Post – Asbury Park
    • VFW 6063 A. Jay Weeks Post – Toms River

    In the spirit of giving thanks, we had a 50/50 raffle to support the SHRM Foundation. We raised over $300 and one of our lucky members got to split the prize.

    Michael shared with us the importance of renewing our annual SHRM memberships and how being an active SHRM member benefits our chapter. The more of us that are active SHRM members increases the monetary support the JSAHR receives from SHRM. So if you haven’t renewed your SHRM membership, now is the time to do so.

     We are continuously looking to share knowledge across the chapter, so in addition to creating this monthly blog we will be posing a Question to the chapter on a HR related topic each month. Members will receive an email asking for input. Results will be compiled and a high level synopsis will be shared at the subsequent chapter meeting. Keep an eye out for the email containing this month’s question - With regards to your human resources budget planning process, what is one area you intend to make the biggest strategic investment for 2018?

    The November Meeting Sponsor was Jackson Lewis who also presented the Legal Seminar.

    Rich Cino and his team - Dave Islinger, Ashley Chilton, and Jason Gavejian - covered a wide range of areas relative to employment law. They opened with some anticipated developments that may impact existing labor and employment laws under the Trump Administration. They shared that under Trump, agencies such as the Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Occupational Safety and Health Administration and National Labor Relations Board are expected to focus more on achieving employer compliance and less on aggressive enforcement. JL reviewed best practices to identify and reduce employment law risk. That doesn’t mean we can relax. Considering, the most common employee claims stem from discrimination, retaliation, disability/leave of absence interference, pay, and contracts here are some key questions to ask of your organization:

    • Are we taking reasonable steps to avoid litigation?
    • Are we paying employees correctly?
    • Are our policies legally compliant and helpful?

    Jason provided some excellent insight on how to handle data breaches, from what they are to what to do. The slides can be obtained by emailing

    We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.