Legislative Flash Update

An additional great resource is the Illinois Chamber of Commerceat to "councils" then "employment law" to access past Employment Law Council Newsletters.


Thank you to Employment Law Council Newsletterfor the below information:


Upcoming Veto Overrides During the November 2018 Veto Session

SB 904(Hastings/Hoffman) will allow medical providers to pursue workers' compensation medical bill payment issues in circuit court. No other state in the country allows bill collection issues to proceed in court before the issue is resolved administratively. There are a number of changes proposed in this measure that we believe will work against employers' abilities to control medical costs, increases litigation and workers' compensation premiums. ELC OPPOSES A MOTION TO OVERRIDE Governor Amendatory Veto Message

SB 1737 (Muñoz/Hoffman) which makes changes to the workers' compensation insurance rates overseen by the Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI). Those changes will take Illinois from its current competitive marketplace approach to requiring an insurer/rating organization to file its rates, manuals, rules, etc. with DOI 30 days before their use. DOI would have 30 days from the filing to approve or disapprove the rates. It also, requires a company that intends to deviate from the filing of a licensed rating organization of which it is a member, the company shall provide the Director with supporting information that specifies the basis for the requested deviation and provides justification for the deviation. At renewal, if a rate is greater than 5% more than the rate filed with DOI, a notice of the increase must be provided to the policyholder 30 days prior to renewal. The following additional non-workers' compensation changes are in this legislation as well:

  • Creates the Short-Term, Limited-Duration Health Insurance Coverage Act;
  • Creates the Domestic Stock Company Division Law in the Insurance Code; and
  • Amends the Domestic Captive Insurance Companies Article of the Insurance Code regarding the authority and restrictions on captive insurers.


The Governor's AV eliminated the workers' comp and short-term health policy provisions from the bill. Governor's Veto Message

HB 4163 (Moeller/Castro) amends the Equal Pay Act of 2003 prohibiting an employer from inquiring about salary and wage history by adding new standards that limit employer defenses and adding new compensatory and punitive damage penalties on businesses who are not compliant. ELC OPPOSES A MOTION TO OVERRIDE Governor Amendatory Veto Message .

HB 4572(Guzzardi/Castro) amends the Illinois Human Rights Act to redefine "employer" to include any person employing one (currently 15) or more employees within Illinois during 20 or more calendar weeks within the calendar year of or preceding the alleged violation. ELC OPPOSES A MOTION TO OVERRIDE Governor Veto Message

HB 4743 (Ford/Lightford) amends the Equal Pay Act providing that no employer may discriminate between employees by paying wages to an African-American employee at a rate less than the rate at which the employer pays wages to another employee who is not African-American for the same or substantially similar work on a job that requires equal skill, effort, and responsibility and is performed under similar working conditions. Governor's Amendatory Veto Message


Linda Smith, SHRM-SCP, DSHRM Legislative Director

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Certification & Re-Certification Opportunities: October 2018

Hi, DSHRM members!

My name is Kelli Gadbois, SHRM-CP, and I'm so excited to serve as your Chapter Certification Director. I'm an HR manager at a small business in the west ‘burbs, and I'm passionate about continuing education and personal and organizational development. Knowledge is what empowers us to grow and make a positive impact in our organizations. Here at DSHRM, I plan to bring resources to you throughout the year so that getting certified or completing your recertification credits is easy to navigate and leaves you feeling empowered. You got this!

Not certified, but thinking about it? The Winter 2018 exam window is December 1 through February 15. The application deadline is October 19. Late applications are accepted through November 9.

Is that a little too soon? Certification courses for the Winter 2018 exam are already in session, but courses for the Spring 2019 exam window will be available through SHRM online as well as through NIU online and in-person starting in February 2019. Stay tuned here at DSHRM for more details or visit or 2019 testing dates, deadlines, and courses. We’ll let you know when the exact testing dates for 2019 are available!

I'm Certified! And I Need Those Credits!

You're already a SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. Way to go! But now it's all about those recertification credits.

Below is a roundup of a variety of programs available. The topics vary greatly so you can target content you're passionate about or get exposure to topics you may need more support in mastering. Formats and price points vary a lot, too, ranging from (free!) online webinars and courses to in-person classes and seminars.

Click here for SHRM's guide to what recertification can look like. There are so many ways to earn credit, some you may not have even known about!


  • Local:NIU has Continuing & Professional Education courses that are tailored to HR professionals and are SHRM Certified.There are three different courses offered each semester. To check out what's available Fall 2018, go to:
  • Take a Trip!: What a great excuse to see a new city while also earning certification credits.Who knows, maybe you could even get part of your travel expenses covered, too.



  • SHRM offers online courses to gain credit and credibility in a wide variety of HR topics:



  • Many HRIS providers also host frequent webinars with valuable content that oftentimes carry SHRM and HRCI credit.As someone who has personally signed up for these webinars and summits, I can tell you that these are all valuable content, very little marketing! Click the links below to sign up for each provider's mailing list. Not all webinars are available for credit, but many are. Bonus - if you sign up before the webinar date but end up missing it, you can watch the recording at a later date.


Group Programs:

  • SHRM offers group training to you and your organization that can count for recertification credit and help develop your HR team.This training is anywhere from 2-4 weeks, and can be offered in virtual and on-site formats. If you have many certified staff members and a project on your team's to do list, this may be a great resource to get expert guidance and credits at the same time:


We will be sending you an updated list every other month to help you stay on track and plan ahead.

If you have a re-cert opportunity that you know about that isn't on this list, please email me or message me on LinkedIn![email protected].

It's important to remember that recertification credits are eligible for scholarships through the SHRM Foundation, Also, don't be afraid to ask for support from your employer! As with getting your certification in the first place, each seminar and course you attend for credit further enhances your knowledge and expertise as an HR professional, which enhances their organization. Investing in you is investing in the organization.

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Legislative Connection

Welcome to DSHRM's Legislative Connection. My name is Linda Smith and I am currently serving as the DuPage SHRM chapter, legislative director. I look forward to getting to know you at one of the chapter meetings/events.

I am excited about serving in this capacity. Withover 900 pieces of legislation related to labor and employment topics under consideration in the Illinois and U.S. congressional houses, we have a lot to talk about and a great many issues to follow. To help  our local chapter membership stay informed, each Legislative Connectioncommunication will include the following:

  • Details related to the next scheduled DSHRM chapter meeting and networking events.
  • Links to current legislation under congressional consideration as they relate to upcoming DSHRM program topics.
  • Links to key resources that SHRM makes available at the National and State levels.

In addition to Legislative Connectioncommunications like this one, I will periodically send/post DSHRM Legislative Flash Updateson issues that may need your immediate focus and/or action.


Next DSHRM chapter networking event:

Investigative Interviewing and Workplace Violence

November 15, 2018
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Hilton Lisle/Naperville
3003 Corporate West Drive
Lisle, IL 60532

Learn interview techniques that can be used during the course of employee interviews and even prospective employee interviews.

To register for this event and learn more:


In connection to our upcoming topic for the November 15th DSHRM meeting, follow the links to current legislation under congressional consideration in Illinois and U.S.




Domestic Violence/Workplace Bullying  - on map

Click IL

Click US

Harassment in the Workplace   - on map

Click IL

Click US


Below are links to key resources that SHRM makes available to help you stay informed.

IL SHRM- Governmental Affairs Pending Legislative Tracking System (IL an U.S.)


National SHRM-

Resources & Tools

Legal Compliance - choose topic and state for specific areas of interest

October 15, 2018 SHRM Article by Lisa Nagele-Piazza, J.D., SHRM-SCP 4 Ways to Reduce the Risk of Violence in the Workplace


Linda Smith, SHRM-SCP, DSHRM Legislative Director

Message from Linda:

I am an HR professional in transition. Currently, working part-time as an independent business and human resource consultant while I complete my Master of Science degree in Management and Leadership (December 2018) at Western Governors University. I have spent the last twelve years in higher education where I worked at the mid- and senior levels to build assessment into the institution's academic and business processes in a continuous improvement approach and to utilize human capital strategies to support organizational goal success. During these experiences, I monitored legislative impacts to higher education and facilitated cross-functional teams. I also served as a district representative and as vice-chair on the Council of Academic Professionals (CAP), an advisory committee to the Provost on legislative and human resource issues. Additional prior work experience includes serving as a business and HR generalist/manager in the industrial manufacturing and construction industries.  I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management, with a minor in Psychology from Eastern Illinois University, and I am licensed as a Senior Certified Professional in the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP).


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