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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.


June 16 - State Disability Insurance General Overview Presentation (Webcast - FREE for Members)

JUNE 16, 2020
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. PT
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Effective July 1, 2020, Senate Bill 83 will extend the maximum duration of Paid Family Leave benefits from 6 weeks to 8 weeks. We wish to partner with the Society for Human Resources Management Northern California to ensure the employer community is aware of the upcoming change to the Paid Family Leave program and which forms will be impacted. Attached is a message that we would appreciate your assistance with disseminating to members as soon as possible.

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.


  • California’s State Disability Insurance Program
  • Disability Insurance
  • Paid Family Leave
  • Eligibility
  • Employer Responsibilities
  • The Claim Filing Process

PDC: 1
Member: FREE
Non-member: $25
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Jennifer Kohlruss has more than three years of experience working for State Disability Insurance (SDI) at the Employment Development Department. As a Program Representative, she assisted customers by reviewing claims and determining eligibility in accordance with Disability Insurance laws, policies, and procedures. Currently as an Outreach Analyst, she develops and implements strategies to educate Californians about the SDI program. She regularly provides claimant, employer, and medical provider presentations; responds to media and customer inquiries; and attends outreach events. Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in business with a concentration in marketing from California State University, Sacramento.

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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

Emotional Intelligence: It's Not an Oxymoron with Susan Schwartz
Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a powerful tool for 21st Century HR professionals. At its core, EI is not about feelings -- it is a paradigm through which people view and react to the business world around them. Hear Susan Schwartz with River Birch Group introduce the core elements of the EQ-I 2.0 Emotional Intelligence model and demonstrates how HR professionals can transform hard to measure skills sets people hone to become expert in the areas of talent acquisition, recruitment, and retention into tangible professional development plans. PDC: 1
Recorded November 20, 2019

Hot Legal Issues to Watch For Leading to 2020
with Jason Geller
As we approach the end of 2019, there are several issues that will remain topical going into 2020. One is the recent Dynamex decision relating to independent contractor/employee classification. This will have far reaching implications for California workplaces. Other hot issues are the continuing debate over the use of arbitration agreements in the employment context and an update on the training requirements under the Me Too era. The program will also cover some of the bills that will be on the Governor’s desk to sign or veto in October. PDC: 1
Recorded September 21, 2019

Active Shooter Response and How to Prepare your Organization
with Ryan Searles
We often associate active shooter incidents with schools, but most people aren’t aware that active shooter incidents happen at businesses twice as often. These events can dramatically impact operations, lives, and communities. While we may feel as though we have no control over this alarming trend, organizational leaders are obligated to prepare their organizations to respond if faced with such a situation. In this session, we’ll discuss how to gather, assess, and synthesize external environmental information related to active shooter incidents to ultimately guide your organization through strategic decisions that will improve the company’s competitive advantage to stay in business, should such a tragic event occur. Attendees will gain knowledge regarding best available risk management strategies regarding this topic, including avoidance, mitigation, and acceptance. PDC: 1
Recorded August 21, 2019

Ambidexterity: How Is It Tied To Effective Sourcing & Talent Pipeline Development
with Nicole Jackson, PhD

Today's economy has placed increasing demand on companies to be both efficient and innovative. Yet, how can companies manage both successfully and especially in the talent and innovation driven economy? Moreover, how might companies retain investments in historical practices that may still work but require incremental refinement? In strategy, managing for this duality requires attention to two general paradigms to capture value - called "ambidexterity". On the one hand, companies need to look to their past competencies as a basis of stability and compliance. On the other hand, they need to build for innovative and resourceful employees and leaders to execute change and tap newer markets. This course will introduce what ambidexterity is, how to identify it in organizations, and most importantly how to evaluate and assess for ambidexterity in the talent and sourcing pipeline as part of HR and business strategy implementation. PDC: 1
Recorded on July 24, 2019

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

How to Win at Immigration in the Age of Trump 
with Sophie Alcorn
Businesses sponsoring immigrants face new challenges every day under the Trump administration. The implications affect your personnel of you are in technology, life sciences, or beyond. This program will cover the basics of immigration law and recent trends for H-1B visas, green cards, audits, and more. Learn what to ask every employee to make sure they have all of their immigration law needs met - and learn what red flags to spot if they haven’t with attorney Sophie Alcorn.

Recently the presidential administration has been focusing on targeting Silicon Valley employers with raids and audits. How can CEOs, General Counsel, and HR successfully recruit and retain the necessary talent while keeping up with legal changes? Join us for an overview of immigration processes, and updates on immigration in the news.. PDC: 1
Recorded on May 21, 2019

Making Difficult Conversations, Safe Conversations with Lorie Reichel-Howe
Strained working relationships result in lowered productivity, employee underperformance and negative workplace culture. When managers and teams engage in “safe conversations,” they can effectively address tough workplace issues quickly and confidently. Whether those issues be challenging team dynamics, mismanaged expectations or good old-fashioned bad behavior, this training will transform how you uncover and deal with hidden workplace issues.Foster greater innovation, inclusion and collaboration by safely dialoguing about behaviors that hinder success with speaker Lorie Reichel-Howe with Conversations In The Workplace. PDC: 1
Recorded on April 24, 2019

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

SHRM Member Benefits for California Webcast
Recorded on October 25, 2018

SHRM Recertification: Maintaining Your SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Credential Webcast
Previously Recorded 2018

Risky Business -Making Safe Pay Decisions in Changing Times Webcast
Recorded  on October 15, 2018

Safe Conversations - Dialogue that Transforms Workplace Culture Webcast
Recorded on September 24, 2018

All You Need To Know About SHRM Certification Webcast
Recorded on August 13, 2018

New California SHRM Member Benefits Webcast
Recorded on July 25, 2018 

If You Think You're Not a Fiduciary, Guess Again! Webcast 
Recorded on July 16, 2018

Workflex - Special Topics for California Webcast

Recorded on March 29, 2018

Recruiting Hard, Recruiting Fast - Making Headway? Not Really. Webcast with Christine Nichlos
Recorded on February 27, 2018

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