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April 2020 

President's Message

John Ruyter, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

CHRA President


Dear Colleagues -


To our fellow CHRA members and friends, on behalf of the entire Board of Directors, we hope this message finds you safe and healthy, and knowing that we will absolutely get through this challenging season together.


As the current situation unfolds, HR is being called to action in ways that many of us have never experienced.  As Jack Welch once wrote, “HR matters enormously in good times. It defines you in the bad.”  I know that as HR professionals, we will rise to the challenge and support our organizations and employees through this pandemic.


As always, our goal at CHRA is to provide you the resources and tools you need to support your organizations and to provide as much value as possible for your membership. 


We encourage you to visit our CHRA COVID-19 Resources Page for valuable information and links on this evolving issue.


On March 24th, CHRA presented a Webinar entitled "Emergency FMLA and Paid Sick Leave: What Employers Need to Know About the Families First Coronavirus Response Act". The content of this webinar, and all CHRA webinars is available (Free for CHRA members!) in our On-Demand Webinar Library that may be found here.


We invite you to visit our Calendar of Events to register for all of the educational programming that CHRA will continue to offer.


We encourage you to stay engaged with our CHRA Community through our LinkedIn Group and to reach out to us at any time at, if you have questions, an idea that helps us to move through these times together, an inspirational thought, or just to let us know how you are doing.


Take good care of yourselves,




John Ruyter, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

CHRA President


A Message from the SHRM President



As the U.S. and the world contend with the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), on behalf of the entire SHRM team, I send heartfelt thoughts to all those affected around the globe and in the HR community.

I want you to know we take our responsibility to you, our 300,000+ members, and the workplaces you serve, very seriously. In moments such as this, we believe it is our role and duty to lead the HR community as your committed partner guiding you through these uncertain times.

This is why we have created the
SHRM COVID-19 resource center. SHRM staff is working diligently to bring you, our valued members, the latest, creditable, SHRM-developed and curated, information on this evolving situation through webinars, toolkits and several other resources for members. In fact, due to your overwhelming interest and feedback on SHRM’s U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) webinar (over 40,000 people registered for this SHRM exclusive event), we have just agreed to have monthly virtual convenings with the CDC so you hear directly from the country’s top public health and disease experts about the latest on COVID-19. We are doing this because it’s important to me that we equip our members with the most reliable and current information to fulfill your vital roles during these dynamic circumstances.

Some of you have inquired about our efforts to help ensure the broader community of business leaders and non-SHRM members have access to the latest information about the workplace and COVID-19. Rest assured, we have stood up a special hub page that non-SHRM members can use to help them navigate these challenging times. In addition, we provide non-members access to a limited number of SHRM-created articles every month on our website.

Let me be clear, though, while we are proud to be able to help guide and refer anyone needing help during this crisis, we are 100% committed to ensuring all members of the SHRM Community have ready access to the absolute best and latest information and tools to do your jobs exceptionally. This is the essence of the SHRM membership value.

As we continue to maintain regular operations serving the hundreds of thousands of leaders around the world who are turning to SHRM for guidance, I want to share that we are also taking the necessary steps to ensure the safety of our employees through an organization-wide telework schedule.

We have also been an active voice in the halls of the U.S. Congress on behalf of the HR community as lawmakers work to bring forward sweeping legislation to provide relief to businesses and workers in the wake of COVID-19. Just Wednesday, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, a COVID-19 aid package that includes important changes to paid-leave policy for many organizations throughout the country.

In light of COVID-19, many of you have asked the status of SHRM’s upcoming conferences. I’d like to personally share with you the actions SHRM is taking on this front.

For weeks now, our team has been working with public health officials and venues to make an informed decision regarding our 2020 conferences. Our deliberations are based on the latest science and our ability to safely provide the HR community the excellent event and professional development experiences you’ve come to expect from SHRM.

It was through this lens that we decided to postpone our Advocacy@Work conference until fall 2020, and it is why today we have announced our Talent Conference & Exposition, scheduled for April 20-22, will transition to a fully virtual event.

With the SHRM20 Annual Conference & Exposition several months away, we remain hopeful we will hold this event as scheduled on June 28 – July 1, observing the fullest precautions.

We will continue to monitor the latest developments surrounding COVID-19 and will make future adjustments as warranted, notifying registrants accordingly. Please know the health and well-being of our members and conference attendees are always our top priority.

These are unprecedented and unsettling times for everyone. And uncertainty can certainly fuel anxiety and stress. As you navigate this crisis with your colleagues and your families, I encourage each of you to take care of yourself, mind and body, as you also care for those around you. We will get through this together, stronger than ever as an HR community. 

Thank you for your support and commitment to foster better workplaces during this trying time, and for the privilege to lead this amazing and critical organization.

Best Regards,

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP
SHRM President & CEO



A Message from the CHRA Spring Conference Chair


Dear Colleagues -


As you are aware, due to a State of Maryland Executive Order related to COVID-19, CHRA was required to cancel our Annual Spring Conference that was scheduled for April 16,2020. It was a heartbreaking decision to accept, yet the health and safety of our community, our members and our guests always come first.


Planning an event of this size would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the CHRA Spring Conference Committee. 


To our volunteer committee members, Lakeisha Brown, Elton Clark, Megan Dunham, Jakiraman Jones, Monica Meneses, Heather Nelson, Lori Raggio, Aubrey Scheppske and Jonathan Spivey, as well as the CHRA staff, thank you for helping to plan what would have been another memorable event for our members. 


To our Sponsors and Exhibitors, thank you for your continuous support of CHRA.  You are an invaluable asset to our community, and we appreciate your support that enables us to present conferences to our members.


To our registered attendees, our event was going to once again be standing room only!  We were truly looking forward to sharing our new conference app, valuable educational sessions and giveaway items with you.  We hope that you will join us next year!  


If you haven't already received your refund, please be assured that all advance payments made for registrations, exhibits and sponsorships will be fully refunded to the original method of payment as soon as is possible. If you have any questions regarding your refund, please contact our office at


Don’t worry, we are already planning for our Spring Conference for April 2021. 


Stay Healthy! 



Amanda Russo, Director, CHRA Spring Conference



Thank you for the support of our Premier/Silver Sponsors



Join Us For These Upcoming Programs


CHRA continues to offer timely and valuable educational programs to our members. Plan to join us for the following upcoming programs.


Thursday, April 23, 2020


WEBINAR-Enhancing Employer Retirement Benefits in a Digital World

FREE for CHRA Members!


Wednesday, May 6,2020


WEBINAR-Smart and Savvy Ways to Unlock Relationships and Drive Results

FREE for CHRA Members!


 Click here to view the Full Calendar of Events and to register online.


Welcome New CHRA Members from March

A warm welcome to our NEW CHRA members who joined in March. 


Ruth Dewey, The Bryn Mawr School

Joe Doherty, Abacus Solutions Group

Jennifer Folayan, Pearlstone Center

Candis Gary, Student

April Markowski, Amazing Grace Assisted Living

Tamiko McCord, Friends Community School

Stacy McDaniel, Textron Systems

Cindy McQuarrie, Tate Access Floors, Inc.

Jill Mikros, Johns Hopkins University & Medicine

Magaly Montes, Live Green Landscape Associates, LLC

Bettina Perry, REON

Melanie Ryles, Kaiser Permanente

Donna Sillick, Gorman & Williams

Don Vetal, LyfLynks, Inc.

Richard Winston, HR Consultant


Do you have an HR colleague who is not a member of CHRA? Invite them to join or renew here today!


In addition to all of the benefits of CHRA membership, members receive FREE access to our Webinars and our Online Webinar Library!


Consider a CHRA Corporate Membership for 2020



Do you have multiple individuals from your organization who are members of CHRA? Consider a Corporate Membership for 2020.


CHRA offers two types of Corporate Membership - Corporate Complete and Corporate Elite. Both options offer multiple benefits and savings for your organization.

Corporate Complete  - $1,000 per year annual membership dues
What a great employee benefit to provide to your HR team in 2020! 
Includes one year of CHRA membership for five (5) individuals from your organization - PLUS - four (4) free monthly education events registrations and one (1) free full-day conference registration (Spring or Fall Conference). A $2,000 value!

Corporate Elite - Save 50% off annual membership for 20 or more

For twenty (20) or more members from one organization, CHRA offers 50 percent off annual membership dues (based on SHRM-membership status). For twenty (20) members, your company would save a minimum of $750!


Join these leading organizations who have already renewed their CHRA Corporate Membership for 2020!


CHRA 2020 Corporate Elite Members

Baltimore County Public Schools

LifeBridge Health

Maryland State Highway Administration


CHRA 2020 Corporate Complete Members

The Associated, Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, Inc.

Catholic Charities of Baltimore

City of Baltimore Department of Public Works

Enoch Pratt Free Library

Erickson Living/Oak Crest Village

Howard Bank

Howard County Government Office of Human Resources

Kennedy Krieger Institute

LifeBridge Health

Mariner Finance

Maryland Department of Transportation

Maryland Public Television

Maryland Institute College of Art

PSA Insurance & Financial Services



Stifel Financial Corporation

Tower Federal Credit Union


Provide your HR team with the networking, resources and education offered through CHRA membership.


To set up your organization's Corporate Membership for 2020, please contact


Volunteer Spotlight


Each month, CHRA's Director of Volunteer Engagement, Karen Satchell, SPHR, SCP will introduce to you some of the outstanding people who dedicate their free time to helping CHRA succeed in achieving our mission. 


As we are all practicing social distancing at this time, we will resume the Volunteer Spotlight at a future date. Stay tuned!




If you would you like to get involved as a CHRA Volunteer - click here to sign up for a Volunteer Committee - or contact us at for more information.


HR Department of One Specialty Credential

Scholarship Available!


SHRM offers an  HR Department of One Specialty Credential to expand and leverage your resourcefulness as the sole HR practitioner in your organization.


CHRA offers an HR Department of One Forum to support HR professionals who are the sole HR practitioners in their organization. 


In 2020, CHRA is pleased to offer one $1,305 scholarship towards earning the SHRM HR Department of One Specialty Credential! 


For information on the SHRM Credential, the CHRA Scholarship and how you can get involved in the CHRA HR Department of One Forum, click here.


HR Department of One Forum


In these challenging times, CHRA offers solo HR practitioners support, information and connections.


If you are the sole HR practitioner in your organization, we invite you to participate in the CHRA HR Department of One Forum.


The Forum recently hosted a "Q&A Webinar on COVID-19 Issues" that was  specifically tailored to those who are the sole HR practitioners within their organization.


The content shared during this webinar is accessible on our On-Demand Webinar Library which may be found here.


Announcements regarding the format of upcoming HR Department of One Forum meetings will be forthcoming.


If you would like to receive regular updates on the HR Department of One Forum, please check your CHRA Weekly Resource e-mail, or contact us at to be added to the HR Department of One Forum e-mail list.



Executive HR Roundtable




Designed for C-Suite HR professionals, CHROs, Vice-Presidents and experienced, executive-level HR practitioners, the CHRA Executive HR Roundtable offers opportunities for thought leadership dialogue, collaboration, knowledge-sharing and networking.



The Executive HR Roundtable was recently recognized for excellence with a SHRM Pinnacle Award.


To be considered for the Executive HR Roundtable, please contact with information on how you meet the eligibility criteria and we will be pleased to share your information with Governing Committee.


For more information on the Executive HR Roundtable, please click here .


Announcements regarding the format of upcoming Executive HR Roundtable meetings will be forthcoming.


Post & View Open Positions on the CHRA Job Board



If you are seeking a new career opportunity - or - are seeking talented candidates for an open position in your organization, visit the CHRA Career Center.


The CHRA Career Center features local HR job openings and a section listing transition and employment resources. Visit our Job Board daily or set your email preferences (inside of your member portal) to email you anytime a new job is posted.


If you are an employer seeking a qualified HR professional, visit the Career Center on our website here to post an open position.


Student Scholarships Available!

Deadline Extended to May 1, 2020


Do you know a student who would benefit from a scholarship? CHRA is offering two (2) $1,000 student scholarships in 2020 (one for an undergraduate student, one for a graduate student). The scholarships are awarded to students who d emonstrate a commitment to the field of Human Resources, exhibit proven leadership ability and are actively involved in CHRA or other HR related organizations. 


For information on the Qualifications For Entry, and to apply, please click here


Applications are due by May 1, 2020.


Help us to spread the word by inviting students you know to apply!


Scholarships will be presented after May 31, 2020.


Junior Achievement


The Junior Achievement "BizTown" is a 10,000 square foot simulated city where fourth through sixth grade students experience hands-on workplace, business and personal finance challenges. This fun, immersive atmosphere inspires teamwork, critical thinking and decision-making skills.


For more information on JA "BizTown" and for future opportunities to volunteer once BizTown resumes activities, please click here.



Support CHRF Through Amazon Smile


We invite you to support the Chesapeake Human Resources Foundation (CHRF) by setting up your Amazon Smile account so that 0.5% of your eligible purchases go directly to CHRF.


CHRF funds are used to support key partnerships with valuable organizations like Junior Achievement of Central Maryland.


To learn more about the Chesapeake Human Resources Foundation, and how you can contribute and get involved, click here.



Maryland Family Network's LOCATE Child Care


Maryland Family Network's LOCATE is a free and confidential service available for any parent searching for regulated child care. For information please contact LOCATE: Child Care at 877-261-0060 or visit We encourage you to share this information within your organization.


For more information click here.


U.S. Department Of Labor Guidance


WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced its first round of published guidance to provide information to employees and employers about how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020.


FFCRA will help the United States combat and defeat COVID-19 by giving all American businesses with fewer than 500 employees funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members. The legislation will ensure that workers are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus while at the same time reimbursing businesses.


The guidance – provided in a Fact Sheet for Employees , a Fact Sheet for Employers and a Questions and Answers document – addresses critical questions, such as how an employer must count the number of their employees to determine coverage; how small businesses can obtain an exemption; how to count hours for part-time employees; and how to calculate the wages employees are entitled to under this law.


“Providing information to the American workforce is a top priority for the Wage and Hour Division,” said Administrator Cheryl Stanton. “With so many workers and so many employers struggling to find their way in these trying conditions, providing guidance on a rolling basis will allow workers and businesses to prepare for the law to go into effect on April 1, 2020. We remain committed, and are working around the clock to provide the information and tools for employees and employers alike.”


The guidance is just the first round of information and compliance assistance to come from WHD. A workplace poster required for most employers will be published later this week, along with additional fact sheets and more Q&A.


WHD provides additional information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19, and its effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act at


For more information about the laws enforced by the WHD, call 866-4US-WAGE, or visit .


For further information about COVID-19, please visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


WHD’s mission is to promote and achieve compliance with labor standards to protect and enhance the welfare of the nation's workforce. WHD enforces federal minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping and child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. WHD also enforces the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the Employee Polygraph Protection Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, wage garnishment provisions of the Consumer Credit Protection Act and a number of employment standards and worker protections as provided in several immigration related statutes. Additionally, WHD administers and enforces the prevailing wage requirements of the Davis Bacon Act and the Service Contract Act and other statutes applicable to federal contracts for construction and for the provision of goods and services.


The mission of the U.S. Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.


U.S. Census is Important for Maryland's HR Community


Please click here for important updates on Census operational adjustments due to COVID-19.


The U.S. Census Bureau conducts a count of every person living in the United States every 10 years, as mandated by the  U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2 . The data collected by the decennial census determines the number of seats Maryland has in the U.S. House of Representatives and is also used to distribute billions in federal funds to its local communities.


The 2020 decennial census is upon us. Maryland’s business community relies on census data for important decisions such as location, workforce, and opportunities for growth. Maryland needs your help to get everyone counted in 2020.


Census participation provides critical funding to our communities for those in need. Monies for public safety, emergency planning, schools and health services rely on accurate facts. Census data also provides important information for local economic development and planning decisions.


Your relationships with employees, customers, and vendors are essential tools in Maryland’s efforts to obtain a complete count. Human resource professionals are trusted voices in their organizations. Your efforts can overcome potential barriers in achieving a complete count for Maryland.


Visit to find ways for your company to participate.


Let’s make sure that all Marylanders are counted!



CHRA Staff Continue To Support You


The Chesapeake Human Resources Association is managed by an AMCI-Institute Accredited Association Management Company, Stringfellow Management Group (SMG).


SMG, with headquarters in Forest Hill, MD, is proud to be a member of the Baltimore business community and understands that together we are facing a unique challenge in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.


SMG is committed to the health and safety of our employees, and the Associations, like CHRA, that we serve.


SMG staff members who support CHRA are practicing social distancing and are fully set up to work remotely to support CHRA and its members during regular business hours. As always, CHRA staff are available by contacting 443-966-3870 or


We thank you for your continued support and hope that you and your colleagues remain safe and healthy.



Stay Connected - Follow CHRA on Social Media



For the latest CHRA updates, remember to "follow" the CHRA Company page on LinkedIn.


"Like" and share updates with your network!


CHRA Has Moved!

Please Note Our NEW Mailing Address

Chesapeake Human Resources Association

2331 Rock Spring Road Forest Hill, Maryland 21050 

443-966-3870 (same phone number) (same e-mail address)



In This Issue

President's Message
Message from SHRM President
Message from Spring Conference Chair
Upcoming Programs
Welcome New Members
Corporate Membership
Volunteer Spotlight
HR Department of One Scholarship
HR Department of One Forum
Executive HR Roundtable
Career Center & Job Board
Student Scholarship
Junior Achievement
Donate to CHRF through Amazon Smile
Maryland Family Network's LOCATE Child Care
U.S. Department of Labor Guidance
US Census Important For Maryland HR Community
 CHRA Office Update

Helpful Links
CHRA's Mission & Goals
CHRA Sponsorship Opportunities
Details on the HRCI certification program
Details on the SHRM certification program
Donate to CHRFoundation
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