June 2019 DSHRM News Print

President's Report

DSHRM Membership and Associates:

Since March, the DSHRM board of directors focused on reviewing the chapter’s business operations and visionary alignment with SHRM National and IL SHRM (SHRM Mission, Vision, and Purpose). One such effort is the review of the Chapter Bylaws.  May 31st marked the close of a 30-day review and comment period for members. The board will meet on June 27th to discuss all comments received and vote on the proposed changes. Proposed revisions will be submitted to SHRM for review. Please note the new bylaws will not be effective unless and until approved by the SHRM President/CEO or their designee.

At the May board meeting, Monica Guillory was appointed by unanimous vote to fill the Diversity & Inclusion Director position. Monica is currently employed by RR Donnelley in the role of Director, HR & Workplace Inclusion. She will serve in place of Alex Ahnert. Alex notified the board in early May that she would need to step-down from her newly accepted role. Alex previously served as the board Secretary and her contributions to the board will be missed. We wish her all the best and look forward to seeing her at future DSHRM chapter meetings and events.

Additionaly at the May board meeting, Shweta Virmani was unanimously appointed to serve in the director role of Webmaster. Shweta is the HR Manager at Nitor Infotech, Inc. The role of webmaster is a new board position and we look forward to the contributions of Shweta in this new role as she assists in meeting chapter goals.

Please join me in welcoming Monica and Shweta to the board!

Though we do not currently have a board opening, if you are interested in serving on the chapter board or volunteering to serve on a committee, please contact me at [email protected]

Did you know? In addition to the DSHRM LinkedIn Group (DuPage Society for Human Resource Management) were you can network with local chapter members, the chapter now has a LinkedIn company page where you can stay informed of local news and events.

 Follow our chapter at DSHRM

Thank you for being a part of the DuPage chapter of SHRM!


Linda A. Smith, SHRM-SCP

Interim President and Legislative Director

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Community Service

Sign up today to join me and other DSHRM members in the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer's. 

The event is scheduled for September 15th on North Central College's campus. If you would like to join the Chapter team, sign up under the name "DuPage SHRM" at

Register Here and Join the DuPage SHRM team


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Membership Report

Membership Corner:

Welcome Members and thank you for joining the DuPage Society for Human Resources (DSHRM).  

The DuPage SHRM Chapter (DSHRM) was founded in 1979 and is a local, professional association, serving the greater DuPage and eastern Kane county areas of Illinois, dedicated to professional development and networking for human resource professionals.  Our bylaws restrict membership to HR practitioners and those in close support of the HR profession.

The DuPage SHRM Chapter (DSHRM) board of directors is a group of appointed DSHRM members who jointly oversee the activities of the Chapter.  All board positions are volunteer and most of the board members are fulltime HR practitioners. Listed below are a few frequently asked questions:

Here’s what DSHRM does for you!

DSHRM provides bi-monthly meetings that include guest speakers who present on subjects that cover the scope of human resource issues today.  Our meetings are pre-approved by SHRM and/or HRCI for recertification credit. We hold a minimum of six meetings during the year in the months of (January, March, May, July, September, and November).

  • DSHRM provides an opportunity for Networking:  Opportunities for networking are an integral part of DSHRM’s activities as a vital part of career development and advancement.
  • DSHRM offers an affiliation with SHRM:  The chapter is affiliated with the Society for Human Resource Management, which is the world's largest group of human resource professionals and provides access to many resources that save time and money for HR practioners as they strive to stay compliant and create a great workplace.   
  • DSHRM provides Career Opportunity Services:  Assistance for those looking for employment in the human resource field.
  • DSHRM provides Professional Development Programs on current and relevant topics such as: Employee engagement, annual legislative update, motivation, workplace violence, diversity & inclusion, investigative interviewing and,
  • DSHRM provides employer branding opportunities - chapter involvement is a way to extend your employer's brand as you become involved in chapter activities, opportunities to advertise your business.

We want to ensure that your membership needs are being met so stay tuned for a DSHRM membership survey and we look forward to your participation!

HR PRACTITIONERS…we make a difference!

Sharon Merrill, VP Membership

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Programs and Certification News

SHRM is working on the development of a Certification App!

SHRM App to track certification, PDCs, history of courses completed, and the latest HR news.

Learn More About It Here!

Did you know SHRM maintains a Recertification Database of qualifying events?

Find a SHRM PDC Event near you!

IL SHRM State Conference will be held September 22 - 24 at the Drury Lane Theatre Conference Center located in Oakbrook Terrace. See this and other local and SHRM events by visiting the DSHRM Calendar of Events and stay connected and as we grow together.

Upcoming program events include: the May topic on HR fiduciary responsibilities; a workshop where you will have opportunity to speak with four data analytics subject matter experts; and a health and wellness fair sponsored by Connor & Gallagher, One Source.

Plan to attend these chapter events!


Conflict Management in the Workplace

July 18, 2019

DSHRM Health and Wellness Fair  - Wellabration

August 15, 2019
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM 
Connor & Gallagher One Source
750 Warrenville Road #400
Lisle, IL 60532

Please sign up today to attend all or some upcoming events at

Register Here

Looking to advance your skill set?

You can earn 10 PDCs for completing the SHRM Veterans at Work Certificate Program

Veterans at Work Certification - 10 PDCs

We want to hear from you!!!

Would you like to contribute to programming ideas? Look for upcoming event feedback surveys! Also you can let us know by sending an email to my attention at [email protected].

Kelli Gadbois, VP Programs & Certification

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Legislative Update

Your quarterly Legislative Connection has joined the DSHRM Newsletter. Flash updates will continue to be used when timely notice is an issue, however going forward regular Legislative News will be shared here.

Illinois Legislation to watch:

Sexual Harassment: The final version of the sexual harassment legislation was filed as an amendment to SB 75. It provides extensive changes to limiting unilateral employment agreements for sexual harassment and employment discrimination related to NDAs and arbitration. The legislation requires disclosure by any employer of a final adverse administrative or final judicial ruling to the Illinois Department of Human Rights. And, all Illinois employers will be required annually to have all its employees trained regarding sexual harassment. More details will be forthcoming. The Illinois Chamber led the negotiations on behalf of employers and is neutral on the bill.

Cannabis: The House Judiciary Criminal Committee advanced HB 1438. Some of the strongest provision for workplace protections are in the legislation. Again, the Illinois Chamber was on point in negotiations.

Janus: Affecting Illinois’ public sector employers, House amendment 1 to SB 1784 essentially undermines the rights of public employees that were recently granted by the US Supreme Court Janus decision.


Key resources that SHRM makes available to help you stay informed.

Join the SHRM Advocacy Team (A-Team) and/or visit the SHRM Policy Actions Center

Enter your address in the "Find Your Elected Officials" box. From there you can collect the contact information for your elected officials at all three levels of government and begin advocating.

If you choose to use the "Take Action!" option on issues of SHRM concern, a pre-populated correspondence is provided.


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


National SHRM - https://www.shrm.org/pages/default.aspx

Resources & Tools

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

Also see what is trending at: Express Requests: Trending Topics

Linda A. Smith, Legislative Director

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Career Opportunities

The DSHRM Chapter also hosts a webpage for Career Networking List a job - advertise your business - or if you are a DSHRM member in transition list your information and the situation you hope to find.

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