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Welcome to the Mid-Willamette Human Resource Association (MHRA)

We are an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management. Our 90+ members represent a variety of businesses and industries in the greater Linn and Benton Counties.  We are a SHRM 100% Chapter which means our local chapter members are also members of SHRM.  Whether you are new to the HR field or have many years of experience, we are a local starting point for networking, information, professional development and continued support of excellence in Human Resources.

Click here for information on joining our chapter, as well as national membership information.  We welcome your use of this site as a resource, and encourage you to check back frequently for updated information. We also encourage your involvement and suggestions about all of our activities, on the web and off.

 Visit our Meetings & Events page for information on our next Chapter Meeting. Also visit our Sponsors page as they have generously assisted us in advancing the HR profession.

 

 

                                   

                 

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming meeting or event

 

             

 

A Big Thanks to This Month’s Sponsor

 

 

 

 

 

                   New Member Highlight  

 

Michelle Lopez

Human Resources Consultant 1

Oregon State University

1. Why did you choose MHRA as your SHRM affiliate?

A: I work with Jared Haddock and he spoke so passionately about his own membership that I became interested.  Once I got my SHRM-CP I knew I wanted to join.  I enjoy the thought of collaborating and networking with other HR professionals.

2. Who is your hero and why?

A: My mom is my hero.  When I was growing up she worked hard to provide for my brother and I.  At the time, I had no idea what her sacrifices were, but now that I am an adult and a working mom I know she is one tough cookie and has done more for me than I could ever repay.

3. What is your favorite food?

A: Weird question….well I guess I would have to say bacon, if I am being honest.  I eat bacon EVERY day.

4. What is your proudest accomplishment?

A: Graduating from college.  I didn’t finish when all my friends did.  I waited until I was older when I had a house, husband, kids, pets, and bills.  I worked full-time and went to school and I wanted to quit every single day. 

5. What is your favorite color?

A: Seriously???? I guess it has always been green.  I love neutral, earthy tones of gray, green, and tan.  Olive drab (the color of an old Army Jeep) is my all-time favorite color for clothes, cars, and furniture. It seems unhappy, but it makes me feel good.

 

                                             

Lori O'Marra

HR and Benefits Coordinator

Central Willamette

 

New Member Questionnaire

 

1. Why did you choose MHRA as your SHRM affiliate?

A:  I wanted to join the MHRA chapter so that I could be part of the local group that meets each month.  I was previously a member of the Salem Chapter, but now that I’m working in Albany, it’s great to be part of the local chapter for this area.

2. Who is your hero and why?

A: This is a tough one!  I feel like I have a lot of hero’s in my life.  My grandfather comes to mind.  He was a warm, genuine, kind and caring man.  He played a huge role in my life growing up.  He conquered and overcame so much in his lifetime.  He lost part of his leg and lost part of his index finger– but never carried himself as if had a disability.  Most would have never even known he had half a leg.  He had such great character and was always happy.  He didn’t “sweat the small stuff”.  (And if he did, he never showed it to me!). 

3. What is your favorite food?

A: Enchiladas

4. What is your proudest accomplishment?

A: My family!

5. What is your favorite color?

A: Blue (a vivid aquamarine)

 

 

SHRM Foundation Certification Scholarships

The SHRM Foundation will award 185 scholarships in 2016  to assist  HR professionals in obtaining their SHRM certification. SHRM members may apply for this $750 award to support their pursuit of professional SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification.

New for 2016! Two rounds of scholarships will be awarded, one in the spring and one in the fall.

https://www.shrm.org/about/foundation/scholarships/pages/shrm-certification-scholarships.aspx  

 

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  • June 8, 2016 - 7:30am
    Location:
    Mennonite village, - Chapel. 5353 Columbus St SE. Albany, OR 97322

    Join us as attorney Rebecca Watkins of SBH Legal helps us unlock unintentional acocmidations.

    The ADA and state disability laws obligate employers to provide accommodations for disabled employees.  Sometimes, however, an employer may unintentionally create a “reasonable accommodation” by...

  • July 13, 2016 - 7:15am
    Location:
    Mennonite village, - Chapel 5353 Columbus St SE, Albany, OR 97322

    Preventing Workplace Violence:  A Look at Employer Obligations and Effective Policies & Procedures

     

    with Kyle Abraham and Josephine Ko of Barran Liebman

     

    Incidents of workplace violence are an unfortunate reality.  The question is not “will an...

  • August 10, 2016 - 7:30am
    Location:
    Mennonite village, - Chapel. 5353 Columbus St SE. Albany, OR 97322

    More information to come.

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    June MHRA Meeting

    The ADA and state disability laws obligate employers to provide accommodations for disabled employees.  Sometimes, however, an employer may unintentionally create a “reasonable accommodation” by informally modifying a job task, even when the modification was intended to be temporary or meant to help out a non-disabled employee.  In this session, we will review recent cases shedding light on how the court scrutinize essential job tasks and reasonable accommodations.  We will discuss the best approach to any request for modifications to the job.

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    Mennonite village, - Chapel 5353 Columbus Street Southeast, Albany, OR 97322
     
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