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SHRM Northern California provides webcasts to SHRM members in the region. To register for upcoming webcast use the links below, you may also view previously recorded webcasts at their respective links. If you're not able to attend a webcast at the designated date and time, register now and watch the recorded webcast later!

Most SHRM Northern California webcasts provide one Professional Development Credit (PDC) per webcast.


October 28 - Driving Bias Out Of Selection, Performance & Promotion Decisions (FREE for Members)

The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the divisions in our national politics have dramatically raised the topic of race relations and equality at work. Diversity and inclusion is frequently a difficult subject of "haves" and "have-nots," with perceptions on all sides of preferential treatment of the other.

HR has the methods, validated assessments and now the digital technology to significantly drive bias out of the decisions made to hire, reward and promote employees. Moreover, HR can track the decisions made by management over time, identify where there are anomalies in the organization's decision making and investigate those anomalies. Are they caused by flukes in the numbers, or are there conscious or unconscious biases at work?

This webcast will identify many of the methods, assessments and digital technologies available to help with this work and will show HR leaders how to use these tools to improve hiring and promotion decisions, organizational performance, employee experience, and diversity and inclusion.


-Learn about the selection and digital technologies that accurately and reliably result in hiring high-performing employees without bias.
-Discover how to use validated assessments in the hiring, succession planning and promotion processes.
-Learn how to discern validated and reliable assessments from the bright, shiny objects.
-Learn how to create a strategy and plan for your business and budget.

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. PT
Webcast - FREE for Members

PDC: 1
Member: FREE
Non-member: FREE
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Victor Assad is the CEO of Victor Assad Strategic HR Consulting, managing partner of InnovationOne and sales advisor to MeBeBot. He works with companies to transform HR; conduct executive and technical searches; implement remote work; and improve leaders, teams and cultures of innovation.

Victor is the author of the highly acclaimed book Hack Recruiting: The Best of Empirical Research, Method and Process, and Digitization.

In 2020, he also published, with The Conference Board, new research on the traits of highly innovative companies titled “Useful and Emerging Practices of Highly Innovative Organizations in the Digital Era.” In response to COVID-19, Victor published 9 Steps to Implement a New Post-COVID19 Office Environment, a new guidebook on how to safely and effectively reopen in the post-COVID-19 office environment with remote work.

Victor has been an active member of executive business teams and the leader of human resource organizations in the fast-growth, high-technology, global businesses of Honeywell and Medtronic. He has led HR from Mumbai to Milano.

Victor holds a Master of Arts degree in human resources and industrial relations from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He has executive leadership certifications from Harvard and Kellogg. He and his wife live in Scottsdale, Ariz.




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Advance You, Advance HR: How Do I Get My SHRM Certification? with Jon Decoteau, SHRM-SCP

Discover the advantages of becoming SHRM-certified and how it will positively advance your professional development and your organization. Learn the ins and outs on navigating the SHRM certification process from how to complete the exam application to how to prepare for the exam. Earning your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification makes you a recognized expert and leader in the HR field. You’ll become an invaluable asset, especially in today's competitive economy. Get all your questions answered about how to get your SHRM certification today!

PDC: 1
Recorded: August 25, 2020

Tips for Making Recertification Simple for Your SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP with Jon Decoteau, SHRM-SCP

This free webcast provides an overview of the SHRM Certification recertification process. Learn how to get the most out of SHRM resources and SHRM member benefits and where to quickly find them. You'll get insights into creating a customized professional development action plan to maintain your SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification.
Note: This webcast will be available for on-demand viewing following the live broadcast. It is not eligible for recertification PDCs.
Recorded: August 25, 2020

College Savings: A Critical Part of your Employee Financial Wellness with Adalberto (Adal) Padilla

In today’s highly globalized, digitized, and competitive marketplace, employers are finding it extremely challenging to recruit and retain top talent. In an attempt to gain a competitive edge in the marketplace and distinguish themselves as a top employment destination, employers have been diligent in identifying ways to enhance their benefits package, particularly those pertaining to financial wellness. Consequently, financial wellness has become THE big buzzword in the HR industry, gaining mass popularity with top companies across the country. College savings, in particular, is at the top of the list being a zero-cost benefit with a measurable impact to the bottom line. The ScholarShare 529 Workplace Savings Program can be added to an organization’s existing benefits lineup at no cost, giving their employees access to a top-rated, low cost 529 college savings plan, and the easy option of contributing to a college savings plan via payroll direct deposit.

PDC: 1
Recorded: August 20, 2020

Working From Home Effectively with Kids with Alexis Haselberger, SHRM-SCP

Navigating the new normal as unexpected remote workers is difficult. Managing kids at home with no childcare and varying degrees of school support makes it even more so. In this course, you'll learn best practices for working parents to work from home, and manage their kids, effectively.

PDC: 1
Recorded: July 15, 2020 - Expires October 15, 2020

Immigration Update: Executive Orders, Travel Bans, & Visa Compliance Issues
with Bernard Wolfsdorf, Charina Garcia, Farshad Owji

Get updates on recent executive orders and travel bans as well as explore the impact of new rules on U.S. employers. Topics of discussion will include:

  • Compliance and updates to employee I-9 onboarding procedures during the COVID-19 era;
  • Update on travel ban executive orders (Canada/Mexico, Schengen, Brazil, and other countries);
  • Immigrant visa bans and exemptions;
  • Nonimmigrant visa bans and exemptions; and
  • Status of U.S. consular posts and USCIS government office openings.

PDC: 1
Recorded: June 23, 2020 - SPONSOR: Wolfsdorf Rosenthal Immigration Attorneys

State Disability Insurance General Overview Presentation
 with Jennifer Kohlruss
Effective July 1, 2020, Senate Bill 83 will extend the maximum duration of Paid Family Leave benefits from 6 weeks to 8 weeks. SHRM Northern California is partnering with EDD to ensure the employer community is aware of the upcoming change to the Paid Family Leave program and which forms will be impacted. This is a general overview of the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program. It is not intended to make you an “expert” on SDI, but it provides the general knowledge needed to understand how the program works.

PDC: 1
Recorded: June 16, 2020

Do You Have a Crisis Management Plan?
 with Ryan Searles
In the event of a crisis, are you and your organization prepared? Listen from Ryan T. Searles,  Senior Consultant Security Assessment and Protective Services of IMEG Corp., as he covers the basics in identifying, preventing, and controlling crisis situations. He will explain crisis management basics, from preparation to training and compliance are discussed, as are various stages of a crisis, and the need to establish a crisis management team. Ryan will also cover how to clearly identify roles and functions of the crisis management team and how it is essential for the ultimate success of contingency planning. PDC: 1
Recorded May 28, 2020

Responding to COVID-19: Tech Tools to Enhance your Workplace with Erica Young
Our knowledge of COVID-19 is minimal. Some experts are saying we’ll be dealing with Coronavirus until July or August. Others report a full year. In the age of the unknown it’s imperative we have a plan for any scenario. Technology allows us to continue “business as usual”, even when we are physically distant. This webcast will explore technologies you can use immediately to enhance a remote or partially remote workplace. PDC: 1
Recorded April 29, 2020 - CO-HOSTED WITH: ParagonLabs

Successful Workplace Giving Program in a Time of Crisis with David Grubman and Thara Jinadasa
As the COVID-19 pandemic is causing public health and economic chaos, employers are looking for ways to deliver on their philanthropic mission. Employees are concerned over their lack of control in this new chaotic world and are looking for ways to make a difference. In this time of crisis companies are launching amazing giving programs that are engaging employees and delivering social good. Workplace giving has more than doubled in recent months while employers are rolling out new programs daily. The need is going to continue to grow.Please join us as Bright Funds’ David Grubman and Thara Jinadasa discuss the latest developments in workplace giving in the age of the COVID-19 crisis. They will layout the components of a successful giving program. How the elements have changed by the Coronavirus. David and Thara bring the practical experience of having worked with the dozens of companies that Bright Funds supports on their platform. Without giving away their punch line, workplace giving has seen a dramatic uptick. PDC: 1 
Recorded April 14, 2020 - SPONSOR: Bright Funds

Banish Burnout: How to Engage EQ to Manage Stress & Prevent Burnout  with Janice Litvin
Two thirds of American workers are approaching burnout. Furthermore, in May, 2019 the World Health Organization named burnout an official medical diagnosis, explaining it as "a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed." Learn how to prevent burnout in yourself and others by understanding how to recognize and reframe your reactions to stress cognitively based on the work of Dr. Albert Ellis, who in the 1960's developed a methodology called cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). PDC: 1
Recorded March 18, 2020

Intro to SHRM Essential to Human Resources
 with Terry Welker, SHRM-SCP
SHRM Essentials of Human ‭Resources provides foundational HR Knowledge and ‭incorporates components of the SHRM BoCK. It provides insights into the standards for knowledge, ‭strategies and competencies required of effective ‭HR professionals around the world. This one-hour introductory course will provide an overview of what to expect from the full, 2-day course by covering all six key HR topics, but not diving deep into any one specific topic (that will have to wait for the actual class!) PDC: 1
Recorded February 27, 2020

A Mind, Body and Spirit Approach to Corporate Wellness
 with Jennifer Cassetta
Tight deadlines, long hours and increasing demand over time can create burnout for your already stressed employees. Implementing a mind, body and spirit approach to corporate wellness is the only solution for sustainable results. The goals of a holistic program include creating an environment to support peacefulness in order for productivity to flow, a nutrition program that feeds energy and starves stress and systems for employees to feel supported and acknowledged. Health and empowerment coach, Jennifer Cassetta, will give you science-backed takeaways to help you and your employees THRIVE, not just survive.. PDC: 1
Recorded January 21, 2020

Getting Talent Back to Work: Second Chances for Those with Criminal Records with Jon Decoteeau
Every single year, almost ¾ of a million men and women are released from prison and seek to enter the workforce. Yet despite the growing need among U.S. employers for workers, applicants with a criminal record often face huge obstacles to achieving gainful employment. 
As the nation reaches nearly full employment, business leaders and human resources professionals are considering this previously overlooked population for the first time as a source for workers. In fact, job applicants with criminal records are proving to be a viable workplace solution for many organizations.

Hear from Jon Decoteau, SHRM-SCP, SHRM Divisional Director West, explains SHRM's Getting Talent Back To Work initiative and provides an overview of our Getting Talent Back To Work Toolkit which has the information, guidance, and tools needed for businesses to hire confidently from this untapped labor pool and make a real social impact. PDC: 1

Recorded on June 18, 2019 - SPONSOR: Good Hire

All You Need To Know About SHRM Certification
Learn all about becoming SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certified, from how to complete the exam application to what’s covered on the exams and how to prepare. Earning your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential makes you a recognized expert and leader in the HR field—and a valuable asset to your organization, keeping you and your organization more competitive in today's economy. This professional distinction sets you apart from your colleagues, proving your high level of knowledge and skills. This webcast will cover the SHRM Certification—competency-based, relevant, universally applicable, focused on advancement, strategic, accredited and backed by SHRM. * No Professional Development Credit (PDC) for this webcast
Recorded on February 13, 2019

SHRM Member Benefits for California Webcast
Recorded on December 7, 2018

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