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  • November 09, 2021 12:51 PM | Amanda Sutton

    Virtual Fireside Chat - BGSHRM and Dentons related to OSHA's COVID Vaccination and Testing Rule (FREE MEMBER EVENT!)

    When: 11 Nov 2021 9:00 AM, EST
    Where: Zoom Webinar


    SpeakerKimberly O’Donnell, Esq., and Sarah Laren, Esq., of Dentons

    Topic: Fireside Chat - BGSHRM and Dentons related to OSHA's COVID Vaccination and Testing Rule


    Please join BGSHRM and Kimberly O’Donnell, Esq., and Sarah Laren, Esq., of Dentons for a conversation about the long-awaited OSHA emergency temporary standard requiring employers with 100 or more employees to adopt at a minimum, a vaccinate-or-test-and-mask-program.

    This will be a virtual presentation via Zoom on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 9:00 A.M. This presentation is intended to cover the following:

    • When does the ETS take effect?
    • What employers are covered?
    • What requirements does the ETS impose?
    • Who pays for testing?
    • How will the ETS be enforced?
    • What are the key takeaways for employers?

    Please register here. We look forward to seeing you there! This event is open to all participants in addition to BGSHRM members.

    The event is FREE for BGSHRM members, $15 for non-members/guests. Not a member? Join for less than $15, today!

    *PENDING for one (1) PDCs with SHRM and HRCI.

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  • November 09, 2021 12:49 PM | Amanda Sutton

    Attention all BGSHRM Members and Non-Members!

    Our Annual Silent Auction, to benefit the SHRM Foundation begins TODAY Friday morning, November 5 and will run through November 9 at 4:00PM!!! We have lots of great items including a numbered special edition collectors’ set of Maker’s Mark bottles we are raffling. With supply chains tight for the holidays, this auction is a fantastic opportunity to buy gifts early and have items in-hand before Thanksgiving! 

    Here are the details:

    • Click on the provided link, register for the event and add your details (contact/payment). If you participated last year, you may already have an account ready!
    • Bidding begins TODAY Friday November 5th through Tuesday November 9th 4:00P.

    After you register you will get a welcome text message. 

    There are 3 ways to bid: 

    By Smartphone

    Click the link in your registration text.  It will take you to a personal bidding page.  Click on an item and place a bid, it’s that simple.

     By Text

    Text the 3-digit item number and amount to the welcome message you receive, (i.e. 101 500), no dollar signs or decimals are needed.

    By Computer

    Click on an item and place a bid.

    Many thanks to all of our wonderful sponsors and those that helped with the auction. We couldn’t have put this together without you!

    • Encompass Background Solutions, Next Century Technologies, Prive’ Med Spa, CLC Lodging, Joseph Beth Booksellers, Steeplechase Apartments, Travelhost, S & S Tire, People Plus and Amanda Huddleston, Avis Rent A Car, UK Healthcare and Robin Fisher, Castle & Key Distillery, Azur and Sylvia Lovely, BIM and Associates, Talon Winery, Massage Envy, Bluegrass Cleaning, J Renders BBQ, The Gallery, CMI Consulting and Beverly Clemons, SeaCure Advisors, Sam Stapleton, Rebecca Wren, Elodie Dickinson, Amanda Sutton, Leslie Moore, Jennifer Gunter, and Leah Brown.

    Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I can be reached at foundation@bgshrm.org or 859-552-8332.

    Kindest Regards,

    Tiffany Yarbrough
    BGSHRM Foundation Director

  • October 27, 2021 12:46 PM | Amanda Sutton

    BGSHRM is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual BGSHRM SHRM-CP/SCP Certification Scholarship Program!  

    The purpose of the Certification Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to BGSHRM members who are interested in obtaining a SHRM-CP/SCP certification who are not being reimbursed from their employer or other resources.

    Scholarship Eligibility:

    • Current BGSHRM Member (Professional, Associate, or Student Membership must be active when applying and throughout the year in which the award is received)
    • Meet eligibility requirements for SHRM Certification (CP - Certified Professional or SCP - Senior Certified Professional)
    • Plan to sit for the exam within 12 months after the scholarship notification date
    • Is not receiving any organizational support or reimbursement for SHRM certification exam and preparation fees

    Applicants who meet the criteria to sit for an exam and wish to apply for the scholarship will need to submit:

    1. Completed Application
    2. Current Resume
    3. Signature for Support for a Supervisor


    The selected recipient will be announced at the January Chapter Meeting

    If you have any questions, please contact Certification Chair, Heather Humphreys, at certification@bgshrm.org

    Download Application and Apply Now!

  • October 27, 2021 12:44 PM | Amanda Sutton

    Don't miss the early-bird application deadline for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam. The deadline to SAVE $75 on exam fees is now extended to October 29th. Apply and secure your chance to test between December 1st and February 15th.

    Apply Today!

  • September 16, 2021 11:04 AM | Amanda Sutton

    Attention all BGSHRM Members and Non-Members, we want YOU!!!  We are holding our annual Silent Auction Fundraiser again virtually, to benefit the SHRM Foundation, from November 5 – 9 and need your help to make it a success!  We are looking for:


    • A Title Sponsor (an exclusive opportunity for one lucky company or member)
    • Event Sponsor(s)
    • Donations for the Auction
    • Volunteers to assist with the auction and/or secure items


    Assisting with the auction allows you the opportunity to network with your fellow BGSHRM members all while helping raise funds for the SHRM Foundation. No item is too big or too small to donate. For a copy of the donation letter, reach out to Tiffany Yarbrough. All items must be received no later than October 19.


    I’m really excited about this year’s auction and have already received some great items!!  Please reach out to me at foundation@bgshrm.org ASAP if you are interested in helping with any of the above items and/or have additional questions.

    Kindest Regards,

    Tiffany Yarbrough
    BGSHRM Foundation Director

  • September 14, 2021 3:50 PM | Amanda Sutton

    We are seeking nominations for the 2022 BGSHRM Board of Directors.

    Submit your nominations for any of the vacant positions below by

    Friday, October 1, 2021.  Self-nominations are also encouraged!

    Elections will be held in October. Votes will be submitted electronically and anonymously.  To ensure you receive all communication concerning the election and to vote, please ensure your BGSHRM member account profile is up-to-date, including your preferred contact email.

    If you wish to make a nomination and/or self-nominate,
    please contact President, Leslie Jarvis, at:


    Eligibility, in accordance with BGSHRM Bylaws:

    • All candidates for the Board of Directors must have “Professional member” or “Associate member with SHRM membership” status in the Chapter and be in good standing with the Chapter. '"Student members" and "Associates without SHRM membership" are ineligible to vote or serve on the board.
    • To qualify for an Officer role, must have at least one (1) year of membership with the Chapter and be a member of National SHRM. Additionally, to qualify for the President-Elect role, must have served at least one year on the BGSHRM board before.
    • All terms are a 2-year commitment with the exception of President-Elect, which is a 3-year commitment (President Elect - 1 year; President - 1 Year; Past President - 1 Year)



    President Elect (officer role)
    (must have served at least one (1) year on the BGSHRM board previously and be a member of National SHRM)

    Secretary / Business Manager (officer role)

    (must have at least one (1) year of membership with the chapter and be a member of National SHRM)

    External Communications Director

    College Relations Director

    Wellness Director

    Workforce Development Director



    For more information on volunteering and to view position descriptions, click here: Join the Board - Volunteer!

  • March 12, 2021 10:41 AM | Heather Ballinger

    University of South Florida has developed a DE&I certificate program.  The certificate program begins Wednesday, March 24, and runs through Wednesday, May 5.  Thousands of people have already registered.  It consists of seven two-hour modules, aired live on Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. ET / 4-6 p.m. CT (but participants have two weeks to view the recorded session). 

    Those who successfully complete the program will receive a digital certificate as well as a Credly badge that can be displayed on LinkedIn. The certificate program also qualifies for 14 SHRM/HRCI recertification credits from the university.

    Although this is a free program, ADVANCED registration is required.  I registered, and I hope you will, too!  Faculty and HR professionals, what a great resource to build your knowledge and earn credits!  Students and emerging professionals, what a wonderful addition to your education and a certificate to add to your resume and experience!!!

    Click here to learn more.  Click here to register.

  • February 18, 2021 1:48 PM | Heather Ballinger

    SHRM is launching an HR apprenticeship program this year.  Beginning in 2021, through a three-year Department of Labor grant, SHRM Foundation’s Human Resource Registered Apprenticeship Program (HR RAP) will help you:

    • Prepare Employees for Challenges of the 21st Century Workplace
    • Create Opportunities for a Diverse Workforce
    • Provide Talent to Create Returns to Your Business Operations

    Powered by SHRM’s globally recognized competency-based certification program, the HR RAP will develop apprentices for the HR Specialist role through a “learn and earn" experience. Apprentices will be prepared to earn the SHRM-Certified Professional credential, giving them the skills they need to deliver results to your organization and an opportunity to progress in an established career path. The benefits to employers include: 


    With the HR RAP, you offer an apprentice: 

    • A Paid Job
    • Mentorship
    • On-the-Job Learning
    • Classroom Learning
    • The SHRM-CP Credential

    Apprenticeships are a career path to many white-collar professions NOT just unions and the trades.  Apprenticeship works for any program that is skill-based and can be supported by experiential learning.  Apprenticeships are growing in non-trade industries such as IT, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, insurance, and hospitality.  The resources spent are an investment in an employee which will result in higher productivity and lower recruitment costs, NOT just an expense.  Employers can reduce costs by partnering with other employers and the public works system.  Educational institutions and community organizations can offset education and training costs.  There is no minimum size for employers. This is NOT just a program for large employers.  Apprenticeship is ideal for any position that benefits from on-the-job learning and where there is a committed mentor.  It’s useful for positions where employers are faced with high turnover.

    The SHRM Foundation will be your partner and provide resources needed to establish a registered apprenticeship program including:

    • Providing a SHRM-designed, Department of Labor registered program to give an apprentice the skills and competencies required to be an HR Specialist
    • Guidance on how to tailor the course work and on-the-job learning to meet your needs
    • Recommended educational institutions to provide the classroom learning
    • Resources for assuring apprenticeship success
    • Assistance in completing all required paperwork

    Would your organization be interested in participating?  Sign up to obtain more information at SHRM Foundation | HR Apprenticeship Program (bottom of page).  

  • February 08, 2021 8:34 AM | Heather Ballinger

    The February issue of the HR Professional Magazine is now available under the "Members Only" tab.  

    Not a member of BGSHRM?  Join today to get access to member exclusive resources.

  • February 01, 2021 4:00 PM | Heather Ballinger

    Title: Background Screening: The Deep Dive into Criminal Records

    When: February 11th @ 2:00-3:30pm EST

    Presenter: Debra Keller

    Session Overview

    Do you know what information you're really receiving when you run a background check?  Do you depend on a screening firm who tells you 'your're getting it all' (whatever 'all' is)?

    Most employers are somewhat familiar with 'running packages' but haven't been told exactly what records and data sources those 'packages' or reports are updated.  Unfortunately for employers, this information is critical to receiving a "comprehensive" and compliant background check.

    In this, Deb's newest installment in her background screening educational series, she covers criminal record data, where it comes from, how accurate it really is, how often it's updates, automation in county and national reports, state reports (when & where to run them), Federal reports (yes, they're required for the banking industry!) and much more!  A must attend session for HR Professionals of all levels!

    To learn more and/or to register, click here.

    This session is approved for 1.5 SHRM credits & 1.5 HRCI continuing education credits.

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