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July 2014 - MVHRA Connections


Presidential Ponderings Volume 3, Edition 7

Annual SHRM Conference

Kelly O’Connor, PHR, GBA President/Servant Leader 

SHRM just wrapped up their annual conference in Orlando, FL. I didn’t attend, but thanks to technology, it felt like I was there. I saw pictures and status updates on Facebook, email updates from SHRM, photos on Instagram and a continuous strand of tweets. It was a blast to witness from afar. 

Want to see snip-bits of what the annual SHRM conference looks like? Watch the following brief videos:

* Sunday, June 22:  

* Monday, June 23: 

* Tuesday, June 24:  

* Wednesday, June 25: 

Highlights of the conference included the announcement of the name for the new SHRM certifications, keynote speaker Robin Roberts, great professional development workshops, exciting networking opportunities and a concert by Tim McGraw.

The annual SHRM conference is definitely on my list of conferences I hope to attend in the future. But we also have our own mini version of the SHRM conference here in Ohio. The Ohio HR Conference is this September and has been pre-approved for 18.5 credits. Over 870 HR professionals attended the conference last year. It’s a great time to connect with other Ohio HR professionals. Want to learn more? Go to 

Enjoy the summer! Take time to enjoy your family, friends and the sunshine. But also take some time to connect with your HR community… whether it’s by attending a conference, a local gathering or connecting through social media. We want to connect with you! 

Membership – 50% Discount

Join from July 1st through September 30th and your 2014 professional, professional-in-transition or HR business partner membership will be discounted by 50%.


***Our August Wine Social will be held at a new location***


912 East Dorothy Lane | Kettering, Ohio 45419

When: Thursday, Aug 21st at 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Cost: $5 (SHRM Foundation Donation)

RSVP: Please RSVP online at

The MVHRA Wine Social is a great way to meet new connections within the HR community!

If you have any questions or have any ideas regarding the Wine Social please contact

Amanda Burke – Networking/Community Relations Chair | 937-401-5579

SHRM Foundation Raffle

The SHRM Foundation provides comprehensive, research-based answers to your HR challenges through its support of research grants, scholarships, educational programs and practitioner resources.

The SHRM Foundation invests in the future and supports lifelong learning through its scholarship and awards programs. It supports researchers who bring us greater understanding of the complexities of HR, and creates materials to help practitioners understand and apply the new knowledge that research provides. (

At our August MVHRA Luncheon you will have the opportunity to participate in the SHRM Foundation Raffle by purchasing tickets for $5 each. The winner of the raffle will receive a Business Professional travel pack, including a quality leather carry on size bag, travel mug, and Starbucks Gift Card.

Your participation in the raffle will help the SHRM Foundation provide a substantial and sustained investment in the future of HR. Thank you in advance for your support!

Employment Corner!!

Check out these exciting Human Resources job opportunities:

·         Human Resources Generalist – Woolpert

·         Benefits Coordinator – Wright-Patt Credit Union, Inc.

To see full job descriptions and/or apply for these employment opportunities, please visit the MVHRA website and click Job Opportunities


Obama Administration Proposes Regulatory

Change to Family and Medical Leave Act for Same-Sex Spousal Care Leave


Jeffrey A. Mullins, Esq.   Ryan T. Smith, Esq.

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

40 North Main Street, Suite 1700, Dayton, Ohio  45423



On June 20, 2014, President Obama announced a proposed regulation that will make legally married, same-sex couples eligible for benefits under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in all 50 states, regardless of whether the state recognizes same-sex marriages.  This rule, once it takes effect, will change the law for Ohio employers.

The FMLA allows employees to take leave from work to care for a family member with a serious health condition. Before last summer, same-sex couples were not allowed to take FMLA leave to care for a same-sex spouse anywhere in the United States. This was the rule under the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  The Supreme Court’s U.S. v. Windsor decision last summer struck down parts of DOMA, including the uniform restriction against same-sex benefits.

Following the Windsor decision, federal benefits for same-sex couples are longer determined by federal law, but instead, by a “state of residency” standard. This means that employees are eligible to take FMLA leave to care for same-sex spouses, but only if they reside in a state that recognizes same-sex marriages. Ohio is not one of those states. So presently, Ohio employers are not required to allow employees to take such leave (though they may choose to do so).

The new regulation would change that. It adopts a “state of celebration” standard, in which spousal status for purposes of FMLA is determined based on the law of the state where the employee was married. For example, if the employee was married in New York, but now resides with his same-sex spouse in Ohio, the employee will enjoy FMLA rights to care for his spouse as if he had resided in New York.

It is important to note that this rule is only proposed; it is not official. The rule must still undergo constitutional approval procedures—including public notice and comment—before it takes effect. The DOL has been foreshadowing this position for some time, though, so it is not a complete surprise.  And ultimately the rule will likely be approved, though it may take several months. Employers should track the rule and plan accordingly.

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Creative World of Learning

HRCI Recertification

Brandon Bernzott, Right Management

July, 2014 – due June 20, 2014

A Great Learning & Networking Opportunity and an Accelerated Way to Earn Recertification Credits – The 42nd Annual Ohio Human Resource Conference

On September 17th, over 700 HR professionals will descend on the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky for the 42nd Annual Ohio Human Resource Conference. And, attendees who carry HRCI credentials will earn up to 18.5 pre-approved General credits toward their recertification (NOTE: Pre-approval for Business credits is pending and will be announced shortly).

Conferences, like the Ohio State SHRM Conference, provide all attendees with a great opportunity to broaden their knowledge and network, but offer an added benefit to PHRs, SPHRs and GPHRs – the ability to earn a lot of recertification credits in a very short period of time.  This is a convenient option for busy HR folks who don’t have time to attend monthly meetings and/or track their recertification credits throughout the year.

New SHRM Certifications Update

What’s in a name? The names of the new competency-based SHRM certifications were announced in an email to all SHRM Volunteer Leaders on June 17th. As many expected, there will be two levels to the new certification, the names of which are (drumroll please!):

  • SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP)
  • SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)

Personally, I’m a little disappointed that they didn’t go with Human Resource Ninja (HRN) or WAHRP Wicked Awesome Human Resource Professional (submitted by a true Bostonian), but who am I to judge? At least the mystery is solved.

In addition to the new name, SHRM has continued to release details about the new certifications in recent weeks including an update from the CEO on June 3rd, a pre-recorded webinar and an ever expanding FAQ page. Links to all of these can be found on the Volunteer Leader Resource Center - link below. As promised, I will continue to provide additional updates on this evolving topic in future articles.

Scholarship Reminder: MVHRA has traditionally offered two scholarships per year to the HRCI study programs offered by Sinclair Community College and Wright State University. I have contacted both to get the ball rolling for the Fall, 2014 session and will provide additional guidelines regarding submissions soon. In the meantime, if you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact me directly. My email address is available on the MVHRA website (Committees | Certification).

Useful Links

The Ohio State SHRM Conference:

SHRM Volunteer Leaders Resource Center:

SHRM Certification Overview:

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