May 2014 Membership Meeting

  • Wed, May 14, 2014
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Capital City Country Club
  • 36


  • Members. A student is defined as an individual currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program taking at least six (6) credit hours per semester. The coursework, taken or planned, supports an interest in Human Resource Management or a related degree program. Existing professional members are not eligible to downgrade to student membership.

    Additionally, students who are in established, professional roles will retain their current
    professional SHRM membership status.

Registration is closed
Join us for our May membership meeting, Shaping HR Public Policy, presented by J. Robert McCormack, Esq., on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 from 11:30am - 1:00pm at the Capital City Country Club.

As a Human Resources professional, you are uniquely positioned to shape the development of federal and state workplace laws and regulations. This presentation is designed to support the strategic role of HR in the legislative environment and will focus on a comprehensive explanation and evaluation of proposed and pending legislation affecting labor & employment law, workplace safety, employee benefits, and human resources generally during the 2014 session of the Florida State Legislature. We will also discuss the steps of becoming involved in the public policy process; best practices for contacting, meeting, and building lasting relationships with elected officials and their staffs; and effective ways to communicating the HR professional’s perspective on key workplace issues.


• Participants will gain an understanding of how to interpret the legal and regulatory environment, in order to contribute to the development of the organization’s strategic plan.

• Participants will learn how to establish relationships and build alliances with key individuals (elected officials and their staff) to communicate HR perspectives on key workplace issues in an effort to assist in achieving the organization’s strategic goals and objectives.

• Participants will learn how to monitor the legislative and regulatory environment for proposed changes and their potential impact to the organization.

• Participants will understand how to take appropriate proactive steps to support, modify, or oppose any proposed legislative and/or regulatory changes.

Presenter: J. Robert McCormack, Esq.

Bob McCormack is a Shareholder in the Tampa law firm of Ogletree Deakins. He has been practicing employment law in Florida for over 23 years. Bob is currently serving as the Federal Director of Legislative Affairs for HR Florida, has been the Government Affairs chair for his local chapter, Suncoast HR, for the past three years and was previously co-chair of the chapter’s conference committee. He has been named in the publication "Best Lawyers in America" in the categories Labor Law – Management and Employment Law – Management and has been named as one of Florida's "Super Lawyers in the categories “Employment Litigation, Employee Benefits and Professional Liability.” Bob has successfully represented clients before various government agencies including OSHA, the EEOC, the US Department of Labor, the Florida Commission on Human Rights, the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) and the State of Florida Department of Labor. Bob’s recent speaking engagements include presenting for the EEOC in its Miami Technical Assistance Program in June 2013 and for the American Conference Institute’s Seventeenth National Forum on Wage & Our Claims and Class Actions.

This program has been approved by HRCI for 1 hour of business certification credit. 

(formerly known as strategic credit)

 Registration closes Monday, May 12,2014

"5 for 5" Program Kick-Off 
Big Bend SHRM’s 2014 goals for Workforce Readiness and Community Relations will include a special project called “5 for 5.” The project kick-off will take place at our May membership meeting when special guest Beth Burns, Co-Founder of the Chelsea House, provides insight as to how BBHRM members can assist displaced women and single-mom families with much needed consultation on applying and interviewing for jobs in greater Leon County.

As we hear more about the mission of Chelsea House and the “5 for 5” program, BBSHRM members will be invited to donate funds to help provide a safe home for women who are getting back on their feet. Your generous donations help sponsor expenses for daily/weekly/monthly living, depending on the needs of these women in crisis. Please plan to bring your donations with you to the May and June meetings.  
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