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June 2018 Meeting

    Our June meeting was a ton of fun!

    Our chapter President, Michael Timmes, opened the meeting by welcoming our new member and guests.

    Welcome to our newest members: Kimberlee Ho and Rachel Sigler

    Welcome to our guests:  Margaret Bonafide, Randy Nemeroff, and Sharon Thompson


    Get Certified! Get Noticed!
    Let the JSAHR Study Group help you obtain your SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification.  The group offers experienced facilitators using the 2017 SHRM Learning System. Meetings are held at Jackson Lewis Offices in Tinton Falls. Cost – $700 JSAHR Members or $800 non-JSAHR Members.
    Contact Carolyn Broderick at for more info.

    Monthly Survey Results
    The May Question of the Month asked “Is your employer facing hiring challenges?” Unsurprisingly, the majority of the respondents stated yes. Click HERE to see all the details. Thanks for your participation.

    NJ Biz Best Places to Work
    The 2017 NJ Biz Best Places to Work recognized four (4) of our member companies. Congratulations to the following companies on this outstanding achievement.
    Jackson Lewis|Affinity Credit Union|Insperity| Maser Consulting

    What’s Happening in SHRM – Q2-2018
    The SHRM Annual Conference and Expo is taking place June 17 – 20 in Chicago, IL. Go to for details. Be sure to meet-up with your fellow JSAHR and other Garden State SHRM attendees while there.

    Member2Member Solutions - Learn from experiences shared by HR practitioners through member contributed articles. Earn recertification credits by sharing your knowledge and experiences with your peers –

    Join over 285,000 professionals from around the world who rely on SHRM for their HR Solutions - USE Promo Code: TOTE2018 to get a $20 discount and a free tote bag when you join.

    JSAHR in the SHRM Spotlight x 3
    The JSAHR was recognized as a 2017 SHRM Foundation Chapter Champion!

    The JSAHR was designated as 2017 SHRM Learning System Chapter Champion!

    And…drum roll, please, the Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources won the SHRM Platinum Excel Award!

    The SHRM Excel Award recognizes accomplishments and strategic activities that enhance the human resources profession.

    Johnny C. Taylor, SHRM-SCP, President and CEO of SHRM, says:
    “SHRM exists because of our great chapters and state councils like the Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources which work tirelessly to help advance the important mission of the HR profession through initiatives that support our future, build inclusive organizations and focus on workplace readiness. Recognizing you as a recipient of this prestigious award is just one way to show that SHRM supports you and that we are by your side step by step as we move Together Forward.”

    Congratulations and THANK YOU to all our volunteers for making the JSAHR a truly amazing chapter!!

    Workforce Readiness Update
    The Junior Achievement Career Success Workshop held on Thursday, May 24th at Rowan College – Burlington was a huge success. Thanks to all who participated.

    Diversity Minute
    Jennifer Myer Mahoney shared that June is LGBTQ Pride Month. Pride month was first started almost 50 years ago when the Stone Wall riots took place in NY on June 28, 1969. There are lots of resources available to answer questions or for those who wish to put together presentations for their organizations.

    Legal Minute
    Kelly Gunther of Jackson Lewis shared bill #121 was just passed in NJ that bars provisions in employment contracts that waive rights or remedies; bars agreements that conceal details relating to discrimination claims. You can read more about the bill HERE. You can learn more about Jackson Lewis HERE.

    June 14th is Flag Day
    After standing for the Pledge of Allegiance, Marti Bookstein lead us in a chorus of “You’re a Grand Ole Flag” followed by an amazing performance of “Star Spangled Banner”.

    Meeting Sponsors
    Thank you to Merrill Lynch, Ad Wellness, and DG McDermott Associates for sponsoring the June meeting.


    Stretch for Success / Rhea O’Connor, Physical Therapy Manager for Meridian Occupational Health

    In this interactive presentation, Rhea shared safe posture techniques and some easy to implement tips for performing work related tasks. We learned many useful tips, some of which are summarized below:

    • your keyboard should be flat and not raised on an angle to prevent your wrists from flexing and
    • your monitor should be kept at an arm’s length away
    • your mouse should fit your hand size – they come in all different sizes
    • when you stop keyboarding or using your mouse, get into the habit of dropping your hands to your lap to give all your muscles a rest
    • arrange frequently used items close to you
    • if you are going to stand for long periods of time, shift your weight from side to side, lift your legs frequently, walk around a bit, use a foot rest
    • when texting (or using handheld devices) hold your phone high enough so you limit leaning your head forward to avoid putting too much pressure on your neck
    • what’s the best position? The next position, the body should always be moving.


    Next Meeting is September 13, 2018. Enjoy the summer break.