February 2016 Newsletter

February 2016


President's Message



Welcome to 2016! 

I am honored to be leading HR Tampa for a second year. We have a great year planned for you. Last year, your Board of Directors committed hundreds of hours of their personal time with one goal in mind: Grow the Chapter! Growing the Chapter is more than just growing the membership, it is growing the number of members actively engaged. Every decision made was centered around the question, "How will it benefit the members?" We are pleased to report, membership grew by 9.2%!

Member engagement will continue to be our focus in 2016. Member engagement is critical to the longevity of a successful chapter. Without you, there is no chapter. Your board is committed to bringing you the best programs and outstanding opportunities for you to get involved, regardless of your years of experience or availability. There will be something for everyone. 

Being a part of HR Tampa, is more than just attending monthly chapter meetings. It is about being a part of a community. A community to expand your professional network, build lasting friendships, learn new ideas and exchange best practices, mentor, find your next opportunity, acquire new talent and so much more.  There are many ways to get involved, whether it’s writing letters to your representatives, volunteering in the community with other HR Tampa members, or being a part of a committee; we want to help you get the most of your membership and take your career to the next level! 

Throughout the year, HR Tampa will offer programs created specifically for you. Here is just a sampling of what we have lined up for you:

  • Certification Classes: Beginning in February
  • Let your voice be heard in 2016: Day on the Hill (Tallahassee) and Day in the Beltway (Washington, D.C.)
  • New Member Game Night: Coming in April
  • Leadership Series
  • Volunteer in the community with HR Tampa: Some of the groups we've partnered with include Metropolitan Ministries, Lifepath Hospice, Eckerd, and United Way Suncoast
  • Veterans' Initiatives: Resume reviews, mock interviews, speak at veteran events on HR Topics
  •  HR Prodigy: Teach an HR topic at local high schools
  • College Relations: Take an active role with our young professionals
  • HR Florida State Conference: We will raffle off several registrations throughout the next five months!

In order to receive the maximum benefit, HR Tampa members must confirm with SHRM that they are affiliated with HR Tampa (#0074) as their home chapter

.  If you want to learn more, email us your contact information and comments/feedback at admin@hrtampa.org. We want to hear you ROAR!

My best,

~Melissa Robinson, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

HR Tampa President




February Monthly Meeting

Join us for our monthly chapter meeting of February 17th for Align Your Stars: Creating Strategic Talent to Support Organizational Goals. Leadership in human resources requires understanding of the strategic initiatives and the ability to align organizational talent with success. Planning for the future needs of human capital is a key component to success as an HR executive. Lori Kleiman will help you look at performance management through a strategic lens. Click HERE to register!

Thank you to our February meeting sponsor.



Legislative Update:


Hillsborough County, Florida Passes Wage Theft Ordinance

William Grob, Ogletree Deakins

Authored by Edmund J. KcKenna, Ogletree Deakins 


On October 21, 2015, the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners enacted the “Hillsborough County Wage Recovery Ordinance.” By it terms, the ordinance applies to all employers within Hillsborough County and any company with an employee or independent contractor who performs work within Hillsborough County. The ordinance also applies to “third-party labor providers,” although the Board left this term undefined. 

A violation of the ordinance occurs if an employer does not pay an employee for work performed within a “reasonable time”—presumed to be within 14 calendar days from the date on which the work is performed (unless the employer has established regularly recurring pay periods)—and the amount to be paid exceeds $60.  (Read more...)



PHR/SPHR Preparation Course – HRCI Certification for the 2016 Window

Are you certified?  
 Becoming certified adds a professional distinction that sets you apart from your colleagues, proving your high level of knowledge and skills.   Professional credentialing recognizes your expertise and leadership in the HR field.  It also identifies you as an asset to your organization. Certification in the HR discipline demonstrates competence, experience, credibility and dedication to our chosen career in Human Resources.  The experience and knowledge represented by a certification keeps you and your organization more competitive in today's business.

HR Tampa is excited to announce the Spring schedule for the 2016 HRCI - PHR/SPHR Preparation Course. 

Click Here for complete details. 



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.

Stay Connected with HR Tampa - Upcoming Events

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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