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CCHRA Notes | August 2014
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In this issue:
President's Message
A Mid-Year Review
By Jean Premutati, PHR
CCHRA President

Do you feel as if this year is flying by?  They say time flies when you’re having fun and CCHRA has been having some fun lately.  

Last year, in August, the CCHRA Board and Advisory Group met for a ½ day retreat to strategically plan this year’s budget, programs, initiatives and overall vision for the organization.  One of the first and most important objectives we agreed upon was to grow our membership.  In years past, CCHRA usually had somewhere close to 100 members and were considered a small chapter by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) criteria.  The Board decided we were going to set a target of 125 members.  I am so happy to announce that we met the goal within the first 6 months of this year and we are now poised to exceed it!  In addition, we have now moved into the category of a medium-sized chapter.  For every chapter member who is also a SHRM member, CCHRA receives a stipend.

Location, location, location.  So important in real estate, but also to our members.  We saw declining attendance at chapter meetings last year and felt it was perhaps the inconvenience for many of you to come all the way to the Peninsula.  The Board decided to move to Corral de Tierra Country Club because not only is it a beautiful venue, but easily accessible from Monterey, Salinas and South County, and, attendance has gone up considerably.

Programs and speakers were also a target for us to improve.  In preparing the budget, we found that because we had been frugal in getting unpaid speakers over time, there was a surplus of funds this year to spend on several paid speakers.  We were fortunate to have Don McPherson from Modern Survey come to the area from Minnesota to speak about employee engagement.  The attendance for this meeting was nearly 100. In September we have Bruce Sarchet from Littler Mendelson a dynamic speaker whose entire career has been in employment law representing both public and private sector employers.  Bruce’s presentation will be “Hiring – An Eleven Step Template”, and we are currently securing a speaker for November.  JR Medina, our Professional Development Director is always on the lookout for beneficial quality presenters with new and fresh material so if you know of, or have heard of someone you think would offer real value to our membership, please contact JR at

Additionally, we felt our website was in much need of an upgrade.  It took us a little longer than we’d hoped, but we have finally transitioned to our new and improved SHRM-hosted site.  The new website is  Please take a few minutes to browse around and see what you think.  Please let us know what you like, don’t like or would like to see.

Lastly, we wanted to offer more opportunities for networking.  In April, we had a very successful networking event at the Hilton Garden Inn and will be hosting a Monterey Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony on August 19th at the Hilton again.  Please come and join us from 5:00pm-7:00pm as we celebrate the launch of our new website.  In October we will hold our annual networking event at D’Arrigo Brothers in Spreckles.  Look for more information to come.

As I’m writing this, I am thinking that the rest of this year will be going at light speed the way the first half has gone.  I will only be President until the end of December and, while we’ve made much progress in our efforts to accomplish these goals, we won’t rest on our laurels.  Now is the time to begin succession planning.  Gretchen Fuentes will be taking over the reins in January, and we will have several positions open on the CCHRA Board.  If you are interested in serving, I invite you to attend one of our monthly meetings which are open to all CCHRA members.  The meetings are held on the last Monday of each month at Fenton & Keller on Highway 68 from 5:30-7:00pm.  Serving on the Board has been a wonderful opportunity for me and I want to encourage all of you to “just do it”.

We are continually working to make your experience as a CCHRA member the best it can be.  We always welcome your feedback, good or bad, so please let us know how we’re doing and what you want to get out of your membership.

Now on to the rest of the year!
Membership Networking Events
Tuesday, August 19th at 5pm
Hilton Garden Inn, Monterey

Come celebrate with us!  
Join CCHRA as we celebrate reaching our goal of growing our membership to more than 125 members in 2014!  In conjunction with the Monterey Chamber of Commerce, we are holding a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Hilton Garden Inn in Monterey.  Meet us poolside to network, eat, drink and celebrate our success! Those in attendance will have a chance to win entrance to a complimentary CCHRA program, or two $25 gift cards!

Thursday, October 9th at 6pm
D'Arrigo Brothers, Salinas

Its time to mix, mingle and network!
CCHRA is once again holding our largest mixer of the year and it promises to be a good one!
Join us to eat, drink and meet new friends.  We will hold a wonderful raffle with many prizes donated by local businesses and vendors.

For both events, please RSVP to Dana Marshall, Membership Director, at
CCHRA Members Are Invited
Two Town Hall Meetings with Congressman Sam Farr
Congressman Farr will be hosting Town Hall Meetings on August 12 in Salinas and on August 18 in Monterey in an effort to hear the voices of Central Coast constituents.

Congressman Farr sent a letter to CCHRA requesting that our members come and share community concerns, ask questions, and hear him speak about what is going on in government.

When and Where
August 12, 2014

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Salinas City Council Chambers
200 Lincoln Ave.
Salinas, California
August 18, 2014

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
MIIS Irvine Auditorium, McCone Building
499 Pierce St.
Monterey, CA
Plan Ahead: Application Deadlines
End Your Year Strong with a PHR/SPHR or PHR-CA/SPHR-CA Certification
By Roberta Young, MS, SPHR
CCHRA Certification Chair

If you are interested in testing for certification this Winter, the application due date is October 17, 2014. Late applications are accepted through November 14, 2014 and a $75.00 late fee is required. The certifications can be easily converted to the new SHRM certifications coming in 2015. 

If you have questions about certification or recertification, contact Roberta Young, Chapter Certification Chair at If we have several members pursuing certification, we can form a study group. The HCRI website is
CCHRA Fall $750 Scholarship
By Roberta Young, MS, SPHR
CCHRA Certification Chair

Consistent with CCHRA’s mission to promote excellence in Human Resources and to offer high value, high visibility and high return on investment endeavors, CCHRA is once again offering a $750 certification scholarship for Fall, 2014. 

The certification scholarship may be used to assist with funding of PHR, SPHR or GPHR, PHR-CA or SPHR-CA certification that has not been paid for by an employer. Members who have already taken one of these certification exams in the 2014 calendar year are also eligible to apply.

To apply for one of the scholarships, submit your application by August 11, 2014 to Roberta Young, CCHRA Certification Chair -

The scholarship will be awarded on September 1, 2014. The awardee will be required to serve on the 2014-15 CCHRA Certification Committee to assist others with certification. In addition, by the end of 2015, he or she will be invited to present a brief report at a CCHRA chapter meeting on how the scholarship assisted him or her.
Legislatively Speaking
New Bills Signed Into Law
By Sharilyn R. Payne
CCHRA Legislative Director

Legislatively SpeakingGovernor Brown already signed two employment related bills – one that takes effect immediately.  These new laws clean up legislation that was passed last year.

Pursuant to California Labor Code section 226.7, employers cannot require employees to work during any meal, rest or recovery period, and must pay an additional hour of pay at the employee’s regular rate of pay for each workday any of these is missed.  The "recovery period" requirement was added to section 226.7 in 2013.  Governor Brown has now signed Senate Bill (SB) 1360 which specifies that rest or recovery periods required under California law must be counted as hours worked for which there is no deduction from wages.  This new law takes effect immediately and will likely apply retroactively.

In 2013, Assembly Bill (AB) 263 and SB 666 were signed into law resulting in the amendment of some existing Labor Code sections, as well as the enactment of Labor Code section 1019.  Pursuant to these laws, employers were prohibited from engaging in various "immigration-related practices" against persons who had exercised certain rights protected under state labor and employment laws.  The "immigration-related practices" includes an employer threatening to file or filing a false police report.  AB 2751 expands the definition of these "practices" to include threatening to file or filing a false report or complaint with any state or federal agency, i.e., not just the police.  

Labor Code section 1019 also authorizes the courts to order appropriate government agencies to suspend certain business licenses held by a party violating the statute.  AB 2751 clarifies that the affected licenses would be specific to the business location or locations where the unfair immigration-related practice occurred.  

AB 263 and SB 666 also authorized a $10,000 penalty against an employer per employee for each violation.  AB 2751 specifies that these penalties are to be awarded to the employee or employees who suffered the violation.

Finally, AB 263 resulted in the enactment of Labor Code section 1024.6 that prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who update their "personal information."  "Personal information" was not defined.  AB 2751 clarifies that employers may not discharge or discriminate against employees who update their personal information "based on a lawful change of name, social security number or federal employment authorization document." 

One bill we have been monitoring failed passage.  SB 935, which would have resulted in an additional increase in the minimum wage, passed the Senate but failed passage in the Assembly’s Labor and Employment Committee.  Another bill that failed passage is AB 2362. This bill would have provided that individuals convicted under specified forgery, grand theft and false claims provisions in state law or federal mail fraud provisions would be disqualified for unemployment insurance benefits.  Although the bill unanimously passed the Assembly, it failed to pass in the Senate’s Labor and Industrial Relations Committee.

The Legislature returns from summer recess on August 4th and has until August 31st to send bills to the Governor for signature or veto.  We will keep you up-to-date as more proposed legislation is signed into law.

Sharilyn Payne is an attorney with the Fenton & Keller law firm in Monterey. This article is intended to address topics of general interest, and should not be construed as legal advice. For more information, please visit
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