January 2016 Newsletter

January 2016






Join (or Renew) HR Tampa as a Premium Member NOW for only $250. Early Bird Special ends 01/31/16!


The Premium Membership is an all-inclusive membership that includes many features, including chapter dues, attendance to all regularly scheduled monthly meetings, the annual holiday party, networking events and the annual HR Tampa Expo!


We are proud that HR Tampa is a 100% chapter, which means that each member must also be a member of the National SHRM organization. Please designate HR Tampa as your local chapter (#074) when joining SHRM.


HR Tampa is committed to bringing you meaningful HRCI certified & SHRM certified programs to enhance your HR knowledge and networking opportunities while contributing to the community. We hope you choose to re-join HR Tampa, one of Florida’s largest and most active chapters.

To join, please go to www.hrtampa.org and click on the membership tab or contact our Membership Director, Ashlie Banks for more information.




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!   We will waive the Basic membership dues through the end of the calendar year at no cost!  HR Tampa knows the continued association with our organization will assist transitioning members stay current on the HR profession and issues.  The affiliation to HR Tampa will provide transitioning members with the needed resources and support to assist them in their job search.
To be eligible for the Basic transitioning membership, you must meet the following criteria:


  • Have been an Basic or Premium HR Tampa member, in good standing for the immediate prior year
  • Be unemployed
  • Be a current member of SHRM and designate HR Tampa as your local chapter (#074)

For more information about our Transitioning Membership, please visit our website at www.hrtampa.org or contact our Membership Director, Ashlie Banks at membership@hrtampa.org.




The Rising Minimum Wages and Tip Credits for 2016: An Overview

William Grob, Ogletree Deakins

Authored by Benjamin A. Anchill and Margaret Carroll Alli, Ogletree Deakins 


Effective January 1, 2016, 29 states plus the District of Columbia will have minimum wage rates that are above the federal minimum wage rate of $7.25 per hour. The District of Columbia will have, by far, one of the highest minimum wage rates in the country at $10.50 per hour until July 1, 2016, and $11.50 per hour after that date. With respect to state minimum wages, California and Massachusetts are next at $10 per hour effective January 1, 2016. The states with the lowest minimum wages are Georgia and Wyoming, which both have rates of $5.15 per hour, along with Oklahoma, which allows employers that have fewer than 10 full-time employees and $100,000 or less in gross annual sales to pay $2.00 per hour to employees. Five states—Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee—have not enacted minimum wage laws. Of the 45 states plus the District of Columbia that have enacted minimum wage laws, 17—or just over one-third—will increase their minimum wage rates from 2015 to 2016. (Read more...)





By Bernie Currie

As we come to the close of 2015, I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation for all you have done to move this Initiative forward.  I would like to thank the leadership of HR Tampa for their never-ending support and encouragement throughout the year and specifically, the timeless comments received from Melissa Robinson, HR Tampa’s President and Debby Erdahl, Workforce Readiness Chair, who have provided us with the fuel we have needed to make a difference in the veteran community.  (Read more...)


Sponsorship Opportunities

We are excited about our 2016 event calendar and we have sponsorship opportunities available for next year.  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, Lori Golden, PHR, SHRM-CP and Kelly Hooker, SPHR, SHRM-SCP at sponsors@hrtampa.org.

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HR Tampa Members in Transition


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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