August 2019 DSHRM News Print

President's Report

DSHRM Membership and associated HR Professionals:

It is hard to believe we have reached August! With summer marching right along, so is the chapter. Since our June newsletter, the chapter hosted its July event with 43 individuals in attendance and the board has met to review comments received on the recommended bylaw changes. Moving the document forward for legal review is the next step prior to sending the revised document to SHRM national for review and approval.

As part of our ongoing goal to improve operations and delivery of services, we continue to review board roles and functional processes. Additionally, and something very exciting is our current focus on listening and understanding your needs! At the July 18th event, Conflict Management in the Workplace, those who attended had the opportunity to access a post-event survey and provide us with feedback and ideas for future topics. The board reviewed your comments at the July directors' meeting and we are working on plans to take action. A big thank you to Kelli Gadbois the chapter's VP Programs & Certification for establishing the event survey and leading the chapter to incorporate your voice into our future actions! Please plan to take advantage of this communication pathway each time you attend a future event.

In 2019, DuPage SHRM turns 40 years old and we are planning to celebrate the milestone at the September event. To do so we need to hear from you!

Please send a favorite memory and/or a picture of some past DSHRM/SHRM experience. In doing so, you will be entered into a prize drawing! When sending your picture/memory, please include the date/year of the event, a description, and if appropriate, the names of those in the image. All submissions should be sent to [email protected] by August 31, 2019.

A Note of Thanks: Please join me in thanking Sharon Merrill from North Central College for her prior service as the chapter's VP for Membership and President-Elect. Sharon stepped out of her board roles on July 2nd. She has been instrumental in helping our chapter grow from 77 members at the end of 2018 to our current membership count of 88. Though Sharon will continue to be a part of the chapter, we will miss her valuable contribution on the board. With this change one of our current board member's, Christine Bedalow, expressed interest in filling the membership director vacancy and on July 25th the board voted to place her in the role of VP for Membership.

We currently have a board opening!

If you are interested in serving as the chapter's Marketing and Social Media Director, please contact me or one of the seated directors at [email protected].

Thank you for being a part of the DuPage chapter of SHRM and I am excited about our future as we grow together!

Linda A. Smith, Interim President and Legislative Director

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Membership Report

Members and associated HR Professionals:

We want to hear from you!

To help us better serve you, please participate in one of the following surveys!

Member Survey


Associated HR Professionals (non-members) Survey

(Individual responses will remain confidential and shared in aggregate only)

Please take the survey by August 31st!


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

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. 

  • 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.


Christine Bedalow, DuPage SHRM VP for Membership is available to assist with any questions or concerns.

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Programs and Certification News

Major Changes to SHRM Recertification Policies - find out what is new!

SHRM Recertification - Effective August 1, 2019

Earn and Record PDCs During Grace Period

Begin Earning PDCs for Next Cycle Right Away

Carry Over - Up to 20 Credits into Next Cycle


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

Find a SHRM PDC Event near you!


As does your the DuPage chapter for local events...

DuPage Chapter Calendar

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.


Plan to attend these DuPage SHRM chapter events!


Health and Wellness Fair

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

Sneak Peak Video for Wellabration


Generations in the Workplace

September 19, 2019 - 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

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

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

Register Here


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.

United States:

  US DOL Opioid Assistance - grant funding for Illinois

  Disciplining Employees for FMLA and ADA Abuse

  Bipartisan Paid-Leave Plan Uses Child Tax Credit to Fund Time Off

  House Passes Fair Chance Act


Equal Pay Act of 2003 Amended: On July 31st, Governor Pritzker signed HB 834 into law as PA 101-177, effective September 29, 2019. This legislation is similar to legislation vetoed by former Governor Rauner. Thank you to Jay Dee F. Shattuck, CAE of Shattuck & Associates Consulting, Inc for the following summary of the new law.

Equal pay has been the law in Illinois since 2003. PayScale finds the pay disparity between men and women for the same job and qualifications is a 2 cent differential for every $1 earned by men. The Illinois Chamber supports efforts to eliminate the differential but argued that HB 834 was not a viable solution. With Governor Pritzker's signature of HB 834 into law, all Illinois employers face more regulation and greater risk of lawsuits with much higher financial awards. The Illinois Chamber opposed HB 834 as it diminished employer defenses and dramatically increased the value of litigation.

We supported SB 1707 that limited an employer's seeking and using prior pay history in a less intrusive and litigious manner. SB 1707 also provided an incentive to employers to review and address any pay deficiencies similar to Massachusetts law.

The Illinois Chamber urges employers to review their pay systems to assure compliance. The Illinois Chamber provides resources that can assist employers in complying with this new law and other new regulation recently enacted into law.

Work Place Flexibility & Leave - Chicago Passes Advance Scheduling Bill


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 -

Resources & Tools

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

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


I am always happy to hear from you, please reach out at your convenience.

Linda A. Smith, 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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Career Opportunities

The DSHRM Chapter 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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