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.

April  Benefit Administration Trends and Compliance for a New Millennia

The Afforable Care Act has given employers reason to re-evalute the structure of their benefit packages.  After an update on the ACA, Linda Johnson SPHR, will review how these regulations impact your current medical plans.

We'll explore what the current trends are in offering employee benefits.  Are employers simply discarding their benefit packages, or are there innovative ways to provide employers with valued coverages to remain an employer of choice?

Hear about some strategic approaches to controlling costs, including HRA and HSA options.  There are a variety of plan structures available to you - which one is right for your organization?

Speaker:  Linda Johnhson is a dedicated public sector and higher education health benefits consultant with Segal and Sibson Consulting (both groups are divisions of the Segal Group).  Her clients include state, city, county and municipal governments as well as school districts and higher education institutions in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Colorado.  In addition to a variety of professional certifications, Linda holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and a Master's Degree, which includes an MBA emphasis in Human Resource Management and Organizational Development.

She has more than 26 years of experience and has served as both a consultant and an employee benefits executive on the employer side within private industries and the public sector.  She began her career in employee benefits as a Human Resource professional in the 1980's.  As a professional with a strong business, accounting and financial background, Linda designed some of the first self-funded employee benefits programs and also has a solid understanding of underwriting and insured markets. She has helped clients design programs that offer effective cost containment under any number of funding and managed care arrangements. Her strengths include the ability to understand and align resources in effective pharmacy solutions, self-funding, employee choice, HSA/HRA consumer directed programs and integration of health and wellness throughout plan programs, including disease management and wellness programs.

                                                Wednesday, April 16, 2014              

Shilo Inn

 3105 O.B Riley Road, Bend

7:30 am Networking;  7:50 - 9:00 am Presentation

Please RSVP by completing the RSVP Form


There are no chapter meetings in July and August.

Events & News

  • Train the Trainer - A COCC professional education course. See FLYER for details.
  • "New System, New Updates" - HRCI has made some significant changes for recertification. Make yourself aware! Visit here for the recorded webinar hosted by HRCI.
  • Oregon Workforce Alliance - Worksource Oregon invites you to participate in a series of strategic sessions across Oregon to identify how the state's workforce system can be more effectively tied to regional needs. See the Invitation for state-wide dates and locations.
  • Our January sponsor, Coldwell Banker has created a HomeBenefitIQ website for our HRACO website.  HomeBenefit IQ Flyer

 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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