February 2018

HR Tampa Certification/Education:  Enhancing YOUR Professional Brand
Patricia A. Sullivan, PhD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

2018 Spring Certification Programs:

SHRM-SCP/CP Prep Course (Starts February 20) – Using the SHRM Learning System, this 10-week certification prep course will be offered in the evenings, and we will offer one Saturday Crash Course.  This program is perfect for the experienced HR professional who wants to apply HR competency concepts to business planning.  It is also appropriate for those seeking the SCP or CP certification from SHRM.  Books have already been ordered.  So all new registrants will need to find/purchase materials on own before our 2/20 start.  Register now, www.hrtampa.org

SHRM-SCP, Feb 20 to Apr 24, Tue nights – 6 to 9:30
$0/members; $199/non-members (must have own SHRM Learning System)

SHRM-SCP/CP Crash Course (Apr 28) – Looking for a good introduction into the SHRM Competency model?  Sitting for the SCP/CP certification exam?  This one day, fast paced, chock full of information intense course is available for those wanting to enhance competencies and for those who want to reinforce what was learned in preparation for the exam.  Continental breakfast/snacks served. Register now, www.hrtampa.org  

(April 28, 8am to 1:30pm; South Univ., 4401 N. Himes Avenue, Tampa FL)
$125/members; $225/non-members

SHRM Essentials (May 1 to May 29) – For the newer HR professional, for college students seeking an understanding of HR principles, and for all supervisors and managers who could benefit from understanding and applying HR practices (hiring, interviewing, training and development, employment law, and more).  Offer this program to leaders who are expected to engage, inspire and motivate, and who understand the importance of their role in these outcomes.  This five-week program will meet one evening a week (2.5 hrs/night).  Attendees who successfully complete this program will receive a SHRM HR Essentials certification. Register now, www.hrtampa.org

HR Essentials, May 1 to May 26, Tuesdays, 6 to 8:30pm; South Univ., 4401 N. Himes Avenue, Tampa
$385 for HR Tampa Members (cost of materials), $585 for non-HR Tampa Members

2018 SHRM-SCP/CP Recertification DEADLINES

If you are one of the many professionals who took advantage of the SHRM-SCP/CP certification survey – which gave you these credits based on your SPHR/PHR certification status, this is the year to recertify.  The month to certify is the month of your birthday. 

To continue your SHRM-SCP/CP certification, please log into your SHRM account soon and begin the process of posting credit hours, and learning about the process.


There is an increasing number of audits taking place with the HR professional certifications.  PLEASE remember to store your verification credits in a safe place.  Keep them for a year after the recertification process (e.g. if you recertify May 2018, keep your records until May 2019 or later)


HR Tampa offers lots of ways to earn credits.  One way is to Train Others:  Design and Deliver HR Courses.  Be Active, Be Engaged, Share the Knowledge.  If you are interested in teaching in the HR Tampa PHR/SPHR certification courses (fall) or the HR Essentials course (May), please contact Patti Sullivan at certification@hrtampa.org.  If instructional design is new to you, we will provide mini training session to help you design an interactive/engaging topic – you will develop a skill AND will be of service to our HR Tampa members!!!!

2018 summer Certification/Roundtable Programs (click here for more information, including dates):

HR Strategy Roundtable

HR Coaching for Excellence (Summer/Fall; May start)

PHR/SPHR Prep Course (Fall; Sept start)



Diverting Employees' Payroll Direct Deposits: The Latest Wave of Phishing Scams

From the Desk of: Bill Grob, Ogletree Deakins, HR Tampa Legislative Director

Authors: Rebecca J. Bennett & Danielle Vanderzanden, Ogletree Deakins

Employers beware: Companies are experiencing a wave of phishing scams that target employee paychecks. Here is the scenario: An employee receives from a company email account e-mail that mimics a familiar and trusted company service or resource, such as an e-signature request or a request to complete a survey. The e-mail asks the employee to click a link, access a website, or answer a few questions. Then it directs the employee to “confirm” his or her identity by providing his or her complete log-in credentials. Skeptical employees who question the request via reply e-mail receive a prompt response purporting to verify that the employee should complete the steps contained in the link. The threat actors then use the employee’s log-in credentials to access payroll portals, reroute direct deposits to other accounts, and wreak other havoc upon the employer’s network. In some versions of the scam, hackers access employee e-mails to request a password change from the employer’s payroll service and then use the new log-in credentials to change direct deposit instructions.

The threat actors are doing substantial due diligence on the social engineering side of things, and these e-mails look real. In many circumstances, they are effectively spoofing the sender’s account, and employers are learning of the scam when employees begin reporting that they did not receive their direct deposits. By then, the damage has been done.

In addition to diverting funds, the scam creates a data breach for the employer and triggers notification obligations. Failure to take prompt action may result in penalties and liability to unsuspecting employers. 

These scams are affecting employers nationwide without regard to their payroll portals or payroll service providers. 

Employers may want to immediately take the following precautions to avoid security breaches as a result of these phishing scams:

  • Alert your workforce to this scam.
  • Direct employees to forward any suspicious requests to the information technology or human resources departments, rather than replying to the e-mail.
  • Instruct employees to refrain from supplying log-in credentials or personally identifying information in response to any e-mail. 
  • Ensure that log-in credentials used for payroll purposes differ from those used for other purposes, such as employee surveys.
  • Enforce (or, where necessary, establish) multifactor authentication requirements.
  • Review and update the physical, technical and personnel-related measures taken to protect your sensitive information and data.


Do you have a desire to get involved with HR Tampa? HR Tampa's membership has grown so much that we are finding we need additional help on some of our committees in order to meet our goals this year. If you are interested in participating on a committee with HR Tampa, then we want you.  We have great opportunities to participate in Social Media, HR Tampa Conference & Expo, and Membership just to name a few. 
Get Involved......you will not regret it!! If interested please send an email with your name and contact information to presidentelect@hrtampa.org.


“Have you or another HR Tampa member done something bragworthy within the Diversity & Inclusion space? If so, let us know!

As a Chapter, we are asking our members to share successful programs, initiatives and general best practices related to D&I to our members. We also want to deservingly highlight the professionals who are moving this much needed focus forward in our community.

Together, we can work together to share our successes (and failures) to assist other professionals in Tampa elevate and understand that every bit of effort in this area counts. Please share this information with us at Diversity@HRTampa.org and include your name, company, and a description of the program, initiative or best practice.”


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 600 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 2018 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 Chair, 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!

For complete details, click HERE


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