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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.





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  • August 2, 2017 - 8:00am to 9:30am
    NW Natural Gas Building 7150 Supra Drive (Across from LBCC) Albany 97321

    Substance abuse in the workplace is not only a direct threat to safety, it can also present major legal and financial headaches for employers, especially when reasonable suspicion situations are mishandled. 

    Empowering your supervisors to properly manage reasonable suspicion situations can substantially reduce your risk....

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

    Join us for August's Membership Meeitng focusing on Identity Theft in the Workplace and its impact on HR. Never before has there been a greater need for HR professionals to understand identity theft and its impact on the workplace.

    Presented by Rose Barker, Certified Risk Management Consultant, is an expert on identity...

  • September 13, 2017 - 7:45am to 9:00am
    Trillium Family Services 4455 Northeast Highway 20 Old School Corvallis, OR 97330

    Join us for the September Membership Meeting as Stacey Stack from Express Staffing Professionals presents." Leading Organizational Excellence By Avoiding the Top 10 Leadership Mistakes"

    In order to reach new heights of organizational success, comprehensive leadership strategies must be an integral element of the...

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    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.