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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 100+ 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








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  • October 11, 2017 - 7:15am to 9:00am
    Trillium Family Services 4455 Northeast Highway 20 Old School Corvallis, OR 97330

    Please join us....

    Although census data show Oregon’s population becoming more racially diverse, most Oregonians remain largely isolated from one another and have yet to fulfill the vision of a racially integrated society. Despite the accomplishments of the Civil Rights era, building diverse and inclusive communities is...

  • November 3, 2017 - 8:30am to November 4, 2017 - 4:30pm
    the First Christian Church, 1314 SW Park Ave, Portland

    ou are invited to send a proposal to serve as a presenter during the Oregon Mediation Association’s 31st Annual Conference, November 3-4, 2017 at the First Christian Church, 1314 SW Park Ave, Portland.  Our theme for this year’s conference is “Conflict Engagement in Today’s America: Roles, Practices,...

  • November 8, 2017 - 7:15am to 9:00am
    Trillium Family Services 4455 Northeast Highway 20 Old School Corvallis, OR 97330

    Join us for the November MHRA Chapter meeting focusing onSexual Harassment in the Workplace.

    Aili Johnston will share strategies to effectively navigate this sometimes uncomfortable and awkward topic, thereby increasing...

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Mid-Willamette Human Resource Association

    July MHRA Meeting


    July 12, 2017, 7:15am- 9:00am


    Children's Farm Home Historic Old School
    4455 NE Highway 20
    Corvallis, OR 97330

    FREE to MHRA members, $15 dollars for non-members

    Join us for the July Membership Meeting: Accommodating Mental Illness at Work

    Mental illness at work leads to more lost workdays than back pain, and can trigger a host of overlapping laws. And yet many managers are reluctant or ill-prepared to address those situations, which are ripe for failure to accommodate, retaliation and other legal claims. This session will tackle the following:

    • What are the primary laws that can apply to an employee with mental illness? (Think: ADA, OFLA/FMLA, Oregon Sick Leave and more!)
    • How should employers react when an employee discloses, or the employer suspects, a mental illness?
    • How does one work to make a “reasonable accommodation” for a mental illness, and how far do you have to go in offering time off or other accommodations? How do you minimize the risk of legal claims?

    Join us for a lively session, including discussion scenarios, practical solutions and more.


    Presented by:

    Kurt Barker, Attorney, Karnopp Petersen LLP

    Kurt is a partner at Karnopp Petersen LLP, Central Oregon’s preeminent law firm. (It’s based in Bend, but Kurt was raised in Salem and travels to the Valley quite often for family or business.) He serves as Chair of his firm's Employment Law department and on the board of the Oregon Employer Council - Central Oregon, and has served as President of his local SHRM Chapter. As an employment law and litigation attorney, Kurt has been representing employers in all aspects of the employment relationship for the last sixteen years, including: counseling regarding terminations, accommodations and medical leave; drafting handbooks and contracts; conducting anti-harassment, medical leave and other trainings; and helping employers avoid claims, while also defending them before agencies and in court.