Human Resources of Central Oregon

Welcome to:
The Human Resource Association of Central Oregon
(SHRM Chapter 310)

HRACO is a member organization for Human Resource professionals and a local chapter affiliated with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). 
Our mission is to provide opportunities for education, networking and community connection to Human Resource practitioners in Central Oregon. 
We offer individuals in the Human Resources occupation opportunities for skills enhancement as well as tools to obtain certification as professionals in the field of HR.  We meet the third Wednesday of each month and have speakers on various HR-related topics.  See our Calendar of Events for more information. 

Take a moment to browse through our website and outstanding offerings including our monthly meeting calendar, the educational opportunities, job postings and presentations.  If you are not currently a member of SHRM, we encourage you to join now.  SHRM membership will enhance your career and open a world where thousands of resources are at your fingertips such as sample forms, toolkits, webcasts, podcasts, supervisory newsletters, employment updates and so much more.  Your membership in SHRM automatically provides you with member benefits in HRACO.  Membership provides you with "member only" access to information on both the HRACO website and SHRM.
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We invite you to attend our local monthly chapter meetings. HRACO is not only a professional organization, but also provides members and guests with a great place to meet new friends and learn new ideas for professional growth. We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting. 

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Upcoming Events

There are no chapter meetings in July and August.

September -  Labor & Employment Law Update

2014 has been a year of change for employers with regard to the labor and employment laws.  While the Oregon legislature implemented modest changes in 2014, there has been increased activity on the federal side, from Presidential Executive Orders to updated regulatory guidelines in key areas such as pregnancy and religious discrimination and background checks.  On top of that, the US Supreme Court and other courts have weighed in on a number of issues important to employers, such as who is a supervisor for whom an employer can be held liable? The following topics and more will be covered at this meeting:

  •  New EEOC guidance in the areas of pregnancy, religion and background checks
  • The US Supreme Court 2014 Term – how will its 5 new opinions impact employers?
  • The NLRB issues even more decisions that further restrict non-union employers
  • Presidential Executive Orders concerning pay equity, sexual orientation, etc.
  • New court cases discussing an employer’s legal obligations for long term medical absences
  • New court cases on unlawful harassment – what is it, and what isn’t it
  • Arbitration Agreements – new decisions that may make you want to implement them!

Speaker:  Katherine Tank, Tank Law, PC.   Ms. Tank has over 25 years of experience successfully representing employers in labor and employment matters.  She was named Best Lawyers in America’s 2013 “Lawyer of the Year” Litigation – Labor and Employment®, Eugene Area, by US News/Best Lawyers.  She has also been recognized as a Best Lawyers in America in Labor & Employment by US News/Best Lawyers (2012-2014), and was named an Oregon Super Lawyer by Law & Politics magazine (2009-2014), a peer-elected distinction given to only the top 5% of all attorneys in Oregon. Her law firm, Tank Law, PC, was named a 2014 Tier Two “Best Law Firm” by US News and Best Lawyers. Ms. Tank is currently the Legislative Affairs Chair for HRACO, and is the President of the Oregon Employer Council – Central Oregon.  

Wednesday, September 17, 2014              

Shilo Inn 3105 O.B Riley Road, Bend

Cost/Registration: $30 for HRACO members / $45 for non - members  

Mail checks with name(s) of participants to HRACO (September Program), PO Box 1473 Bend, OR 97709

7:30 am Networking;  8:00 - 11:00 am Presentation

Please RSVP by completing the RSVP Form


There are no chapter meetings in July and August.

Events & News

 The HRACO Mentoring Program

Although human resource professionals have informally been mentors to others in the field for decades, formal SHRM mentoring programs across the country have had great success.  We believe our members in Central Oregon can also benefit from such a program.

The Mentoring Program is still accepting applications for HR Professionals who would like to be mentored.

Find out more information by visiting the Programs page.

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