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

September - HR Legal Roundup - Legislative Update

Come mingle with colleagues and learn what’s new in labor and employment law. Highlights include what to consider with recruitment processing, hiring, leaves and more. Many changes have occurred and key decisions are pending. Discussion will include important labor areas that could affect budgets, specifically, possible new guidelines for exempt status.

This presentation will cover new Oregon laws from the 2015 Oregon legislative sessions (including the sick leave mandate, the prohibition against obtaining criminal conviction information during the hiring process, and group health care coverage during an OFLA leave), employment-related US Supreme Court decisions from the 2014-2015 session (such as the duty to accommodate religious beliefs, the duty to accommodate pregnant workers, and whether security screenings constitute paid work time), new US DOL regulations concerning exempt workers and independent contractor status, and new NLRB decisions affecting employers (such as the use of email for organizing purposes). 

Speaker - Kurt Barker, Attorney

Kurt Barker is a partner at Karnopp Petersen LLP, the preeminent Central Oregon law firm.  As the current Chair of the firm’s Employment Law department, Kurt’s practice emphasizes the counsel and defense of clients in most all employment-related matters, including discrimination, harassment, wage and hour, tort, non-compete enforcement, and trade secret obligations.


When: Wednesday, September 16, 2015   

7:30 a.m. Networking   8:00 am to 11:00 am Presentation

Where:  Shilo Inn, 3105 O. B. Riley Road, Bend, OR     (541) 389-9600      

Registration: Please complete the RSVP Form

Cost:    $30 for HRACO members and $45 for non-members

               Mail checks with name(s) of participant to

             HRACO (September Program), PO Box 1473, Bend, OR  97709

Events & News

  • SHRM is offering 3 scholarships in Oregon for SHRM Certification Participant study materials! Deadline is Sept 1. APPLY HERE!
  • 2015 Central Oregon Legal Update - Presented by Barran Liebman. August 25, 2015 2:00 - 5:00. Details Here
  • Supercharge Your Hiring Practices!  September 24, 2015.  Registration Flyer.  Approved for 4 credit hours for SHRM-CP and HRCI credits pending.
  • "New System, New Updates" - HRCI has made some significant changes for re-certification. Make yourself aware! Visit here for the recorded webinar hosted by HRCI.
  • Registration for the 2015 NHRMA Conference is OPEN!  Pre-approved for 19.5 SHRM PDC's and 19.5 HRCI Recertifcation Credits.  October 5 -7 in Portland. Details here

     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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