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

June - Weed in the Workplace

Oregon voters have “Just Said Yes” to personal pot use.  Effective July 1st, Measure 91 allows people 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana in a public place & up to 8 ounces in their homes.

Must employers now accommodate or tolerate marijuana usage in the workplace?  Kurt Barker will explain how Measure 91 may affect your business practices and what a good drug-and-alcohol policy should include.  Will not having a policy solve the problem?  (Spoiler alert – the answer is NO!).

Dr. Michael Price will give us an up-to-date report on the effects of marijuana and how to recognize pot usage constituting reasonable suspicion.  We’ll also explore the latest methods of drug screening, their reliability and cost effectiveness.

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.


Speaker - Michael Ernest Price, MD

Dr. Price is board certified in Addiction Medicine and is currently the medical director for Bestcare Treatment Services in Redmond, Madras, Bend & Klamath Falls.  He is also the medical director for Rimrock Trails Adolescent Treatment Services in Prineville and on the medical staff at Serenity Lane in Eugene.


When: Wednesday, June 17, 2015  

7:30 a.m. Networking   8:00 am to 9:00 am Presentation

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

Mail checks with name(s) of participants to: HRACO (May 2015 Program), PO Box  1473 Bend, OR 97709

Registration: Please complete the RSVP Form

Events & News

  • "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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