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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 1 - Global Immigration HR Roundtable: HR Hot Topics 

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. PT

Virtual HR Round Table
Register now to attend live or on-demand!

With all the changes in global immigration spurred by the covid-19 pandemic, it is vital that human resources and global mobility managers stay up to date on current and future challenges. During this two-hour HR and global mobility roundtable, WR Immigration will report on key developments in the global immigration landscape.

WR Immigration will be giving out over $100 in Amazon gift cards to attendees of the virtual roundtable. Attend the live session to win!


  • Gain knowledge of recent developments in the global immigration landscape and how they will affect business travelers, transferees, foreign workers, and immigrants;
  • Learn to analyze and identify key compliance issues related to remote work policies for global workers;
  • Understand the critical role of technology and data analysis in global workforce management.

WR Immigration
PDCs: 1.75 (HR Expertise, Critical Evaluation, Global & Cultural Effectiveness)
Member: $15
Non-member: $30

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 The Future of Workplace Commute: What It Means for Transforming Commute Flexibility & Mode

Major companies across the US are announcing plans for a hybrid workplace
once the pandemic subsides. This is an effort to offer employees more flexibility to work remotely, an amenity that though forced upon us in March, has shown popular among employees.

While the majority of employees do want to return to the office in some capacity, many areasking for more flexibility. With the recent distribution of two vaccines, the return to work timeline has more certainty building around it, and employers soon need to start taking appropriate actions to prepare.

In order to attract and retain top talent, companies are adopting a hybrid workplace, and with it comes a need for daily flexibility and choice and commute/parking technology that puts the employees’ flexibility at its center. Now is the time for industry professionals to share best practices for employers planning a return to the workplace in 2021. How do I adapt my policies to manage demand and provide flexibility? How do I implement these changes at my organization? What does an employee first approach look like in our new normal for commuting?

1. Define the hybrid workplace and required response from employers.
2. Understand how to get started by redefining your commuter benefits program, policies, and technology to create the daily flexible choice to have a successful hybrid workplace.
3. Establish organizational resiliency to to mode shift changes that could impact your
employee experience and bottom line.

PDC: 1
Recorded: May 21, 2021 - SPONSOR: Spare the Air Program

Solutions for Untapped Talent at Work & PsychArmor Partnership  with Tina Atherall and Wendi Safstrom

The world of work is changing. Good culture is good business. HR possesses the power to transform work in pursuit of true societal change. The SHRM Foundation is on a mission to mobilize the power of HR by:
1. Recognizing differences that make workplaces stronger and building inclusive cultures where we all succeed.
2. Developing the next generation of HR leaders who will ensure sustained growth for people and organizations.
3. Building upon established thought leadership with new research that offers scalable, evidence-based HR solutions for organizations or all sizes and types.

As the philanthropic affiliate of the world’s largest professional HR society with access to more than 300,000 members representing 80,000 organizations and impacting 4 out of 5 workers (115 million workers a day) the SHRM Foundation has developed and will develop solutions and resources for HR professionals to hire and retain untapped pools of talent with high potential to succeed in the workplace.

The SHRM Foundation has produced content, tangible tools and certificates, or is in the process of producing these resources, for the following audiences:
1. Veterans at Work, military spouses and care givers
2. Employing Abilities @ Work
3. Getting Talent Back to Work for individuals with criminal backgrounds
4. The Next Generation of HR Leaders

Learn about these initiatives along with SHRM Foundation's partnership with PsychArmor.

PDC: 1
Recorded: February 23, 2021

Dare to Lead™ - Developing Brave Leaders & Courageous Cultures with Katie Fredricksen

The world is desperate for brave leaders—leaders who are not silent about hard things, who ask the right questions, and who are self-aware enough to lead from their hearts and not from fear. Based on the research of Brené Brown, Dare to Lead™ is an empirically based courage-building program in which participants learn the skills and tools necessary to become more-daring leaders in their work and lives.

The most significant finding from Brown’s recent research is that courage is a collection of four skill sets that are teachable, measurable and observable. During Dare to Lead sessions, participants engage in learning, reflection, conversation and practice of these skills in order to better support the cultivation of their own brave leadership and courageous culture. The common experience builds trust; strengthens relationships and connections; and provides a shared language, understanding and support for the usage of the courage-building skills.

As a result of engaging in this work, participants will be equipped with the skills and tools necessary to become daring leaders—leaders who lean into vulnerability, take smart risks, use their values to guide their behaviors and purposefully build trust in their relationships, creating a culture where brave conversations are the norm and armor is not needed or rewarded.

PDC: 1
Recorded: January 14, 2021

How to Lead a Human Resources Data Analytics Team with Felix Caraballo, Ph.D.

Learn how an I/O psychologist uses data analytics to help improve the effectiveness of an organization’s human resources functions. The data and visual representations help decision makers understand the status of an organization and key levers to target in order for improvement in effectiveness or efficiency in hiring, training, and performance management.

PDC: 1
Recorded: December 18, 2020 - SPONSOR: California Psychological Association

Creating & Delivering An Amazing Virtual Internship Experience with Robert Shindell, Ph.D.

Delivering an Amazing Virtual Internship Experience is designed to help you and your organization build a win-win virtual internship program. Based on the most in-depth research ever to be conducted into the successful management of internship programs, you can be assured that you will leave the webcast with the confidence to deliver virtual internships.

PDC: 1
Recorded: November 12, 2020 - SPONSORS: InternBridge and GradLeaders

Driving Bias Out Of Selection, Performance, And Promotion Decisions with Victor Assad

The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the divisions in our national politics have dramatically raised the topic of race relations and equality at work. Diversity and inclusion is frequently a difficult subject of "haves" and "have-nots," with perceptions on all sides of preferential treatment of the other. HR has the methods, validated assessments and now the digital technology to significantly drive bias out of the decisions made to hire, reward and promote employees. Moreover, HR can track the decisions made by management over time, identify where there are anomalies in the organization's decision making and investigate those anomalies. Are they caused by flukes in the numbers, or are there conscious or unconscious biases at work? This webcast will identify many of the methods, assessments and digital technologies available to help with this work and will show HR leaders how to use these tools to improve hiring and promotion decisions, organizational performance, employee experience, and diversity and inclusion.

PDC: 1
Recorded: October 28, 2020

Advance You, Advance HR: How Do I Get My SHRM Certification? with Jon Decoteau, SHRM-SCP

Discover the advantages of becoming SHRM-certified and how it will positively advance your professional development and your organization. Learn the ins and outs on navigating the SHRM certification process from how to complete the exam application to how to prepare for the exam. Earning your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification makes you a recognized expert and leader in the HR field. You’ll become an invaluable asset, especially in today's competitive economy. Get all your questions answered about how to get your SHRM certification today!

PDC: 1
Recorded: August 25, 2020

Tips for Making Recertification Simple for Your SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP with Jon Decoteau, SHRM-SCP

This free webcast provides an overview of the SHRM Certification recertification process. Learn how to get the most out of SHRM resources and SHRM member benefits and where to quickly find them. You'll get insights into creating a customized professional development action plan to maintain your SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification.
Note: This webcast will be available for on-demand viewing following the live broadcast. It is not eligible for recertification PDCs.
Recorded: August 25, 2020

College Savings: A Critical Part of your Employee Financial Wellness with Adalberto (Adal) Padilla

In today’s highly globalized, digitized, and competitive marketplace, employers are finding it extremely challenging to recruit and retain top talent. In an attempt to gain a competitive edge in the marketplace and distinguish themselves as a top employment destination, employers have been diligent in identifying ways to enhance their benefits package, particularly those pertaining to financial wellness. Consequently, financial wellness has become THE big buzzword in the HR industry, gaining mass popularity with top companies across the country. College savings, in particular, is at the top of the list being a zero-cost benefit with a measurable impact to the bottom line. The ScholarShare 529 Workplace Savings Program can be added to an organization’s existing benefits lineup at no cost, giving their employees access to a top-rated, low cost 529 college savings plan, and the easy option of contributing to a college savings plan via payroll direct deposit.

PDC: 1
Recorded: August 20, 2020

Immigration Update: Executive Orders, Travel Bans, & Visa Compliance Issues
with Bernard Wolfsdorf, Charina Garcia, Farshad Owji

Get updates on recent executive orders and travel bans as well as explore the impact of new rules on U.S. employers. Topics of discussion will include:

  • Compliance and updates to employee I-9 onboarding procedures during the COVID-19 era;
  • Update on travel ban executive orders (Canada/Mexico, Schengen, Brazil, and other countries);
  • Immigrant visa bans and exemptions;
  • Nonimmigrant visa bans and exemptions; and
  • Status of U.S. consular posts and USCIS government office openings.

PDC: 1
Recorded: June 23, 2020 - SPONSOR: Wolfsdorf Rosenthal Immigration Attorneys

State Disability Insurance General Overview Presentation
 with Jennifer Kohlruss
Effective July 1, 2020, Senate Bill 83 will extend the maximum duration of Paid Family Leave benefits from 6 weeks to 8 weeks. SHRM Northern California is partnering with EDD to ensure the employer community is aware of the upcoming change to the Paid Family Leave program and which forms will be impacted. 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.

PDC: 1
Recorded: June 16, 2020

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

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

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

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