February 2017


Becoming the Driving Force for Performance and Productivity - Establishing HR in Business Operations

The Human Resource Department is not simply a cost center in your organization – or at least it shouldn’t be. The potential of HR can be realized only if the HR staff earns the recognition, speaks the language of business, and the business realizes the value of HR. So how do we make this happen? It starts with changing the mindset of both the business and HR.  


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Authors: Grant D. Petersen, Simon J. McMenemy & Hendrik Muschal, Ogletree Deakins

Submitted by: Bill Grob, HR Tampa Legislative Director, Ogletree Deakins

As employers catch their breaths after an action-packed 2016, they need to gear up for another turbulent year for international data privacy issues in 2017. The top five international data privacy issues follow.

1.      Preparation for the GDPR

Although the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will not take effect until May 2018, it is critical that employers begin preparations for compliance in 2017 to timely implement the new obligations imposed by the GDPR. Among other requirements, the GDPR will require employers to revise their notices and consent mechanisms, implement a data breach notification scheme, hire or contract with Data Protection Officers, and implement data retention and deletion policies to comply with the “right to be forgotten.” The Article 29 Working Party, which is comprised of the various EU data protection authorities, has already issued guidance on several of these obligations and is expected to provide further guidance in 2017.

2.      Changes to Privacy Shield

In 2016, several thousand U.S. companies self-certified under the Privacy Shield in order to transfer human resources data from the EU to the United States after the Safe Harbor Framework was invalidated in 2015. However, the validity of the Privacy Shield was challenged by the data privacy advocacy group, Digital Rights Ireland (DRI), at the end of last year and the case is pending in the European Court of Justice. DRI argues, among other things, that the Privacy Shield fails to provide EU citizens with adequate remedies to redress violations and fails to fully protect the rights of EU citizens regarding the transfer of their data. Additionally, pursuant to the terms of the Privacy Shield adequacy decision, the European Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce will conduct a joint annual review of the Privacy Shield later this year to determine if any changes need to be made to address concerns raised since its inception in July 2016. It is expected that revisions will be made in light of the DRI challenge.

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Registration deadline for the Spring PHR/SPHR Certification Class is Tuesday, February 14.

HR Tampa is excited to announce the Spring schedule for the 2017 HRCI - PHR/SPHR Preparation Course. 


South University

4401 North Himes Avenue

Tampa, FL 33614


Mod 1. Strategic Management = Thursday, 02/16 – 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM. 

Mod 2. Workforce Planning = Thursday, 03/02 – 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM. 

Mod 3. Human Resources Development = Thursday, 03/16 – 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM.

Mod 4. Compensation/Benefits = Thursday, 03/30 – 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM. 

Mod 5. Employee and Labor Relations = Thursday, 04/06 – 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM.

Mod 6. Risk Management = Thursday, 04/20 – 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM.


Review Session for Modules 1, 2 & 3 = Saturday, 04/15 – 8AM to 12:00.

Review Session for Modules 4, 5 & 6 = Saturday, 04/29– 8AM to 12:00.


Thursday sessions only

·       Registration materials not included:

o   HR Tampa Regular & Premium membership – $50.

o   Non HR Tampa members - $125. 

  • You may qualify for a one year basic level membership with HR Tampa.
  • If you are a SHRM member and you want to become an HR Tampa member, please visit our web page.
  • Once you join our chapter, you will designate HR Tampa as your local SHRM chapter.  Use the chapter code: 0074.

Both Saturday review sessions only:

·       Registration materials not included:

o   HR Tampa Regular & Premium membership – $75

o   Non HR Tampa members - $150


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Deadline and Payment

Registration deadline for the Spring Certification Class is Tuesday, February 14.

NOTE - Registration cost does not include exam fee or materials. 

To register for the Thursday sessions only:            Every other Thursday beginning 2/16 to 4/20

To register for the Saturday review sessions only:  Saturday 4/15 AND 4/29

(January/February 2017)

One of the most timeless conversations I ever participated in came from a California contractor who said that there are three types of people…1) People who make things happen, 2) People who complain about what happened and, 3) People who wonder what happened…

By the time this article is read, we will have already swept past six weeks in 2017 and as we soon approach beautiful springtime here in the Sunshine State,  #HRTampa’s Workforce Readiness Committee will continue to make strides with a variety of Initiatives within the Tampa Bay area.

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The Tampa Bay area’s premier SHRM chapter, HR Tampa, provides opportunities to be involved and take advantage of many services/programs including:    

  • Regular monthly breakfast and dinner meetings featuring expert speakers on current pertinent human resource topics (most meetings qualify for HRCI credits).
  • Keep current with HR developments, trends, position website. 
  • Networking with over 500 local HR Tampa members – Excellent platform for members in transition!!!
  • Monthly electronic newsletter featuring legislative updates, local HR news and events.
  • Association with professional HR industry focused vendors.
  • Assistance in HR internship programs and finding candidates.
  • Professional mentor programs for college students.
  • Advertising opportunities - advertise open HR positions on our Job Board for FREE or at a discounted rate (Please see web page for non-members cost).
  • Volunteer opportunities in the community in your profession.
  • Special Events, Conferences, and Expos to earn continuing education credits.


We are excited about our 2017 event calendar and we have sponsorship opportunities available. If you know of anyone who might be interested in sponsoring a monthly meeting, networking event, participating in our Conference & Expo or advertising on our website or in this newsletter, please contact our Sponsorship Chairs, Doug Walters and Debby Erdahl, SHRM-CP, PHR at sponsors@hrtampa.org.


HR Tampa is dedicated to help members get the most out of their membership. Here are some ways to jump start your next opportunity:

  • Check out our job boards for the latest HR jobs available in this market
  • Bring your resume and personal business cards to the monthly chapter meetings and NETWORK
  • LinkedIn with other HR Tampa members

If you are in transition and haven’t renewed your membership with HR Tampa due to financial restrictions, HR Tampa provides prior-year active members who are unemployed at the time of the membership renewal, a one-time opportunity to rejoin as a Basic member for up to one year!

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