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MC-SHRM is thankful to the corporate sponsors who generously underwrite $250 of General Meeting costs, to help defray recurring operating expenses.

The Sponsor Company Receives:
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If interested in sponsoring a meeting or would like additional information, please contact Kim Fox-Marchetti or 936-321-2370

Mark your calendars for the 2nd Tuesday of every month to attend a dynamic Human Resource Program!

The time of the program rotates each month, throughout the calendar quarter, generally* as follows::
1st Month of each Quarter - Morning Meeting: 7:30 am - 9:00 am
2nd Month of each Quarter - Lunch Meeting: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
3rd Month of each Quarter - Evening Meeting: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
*Note: Times may be altered for special presentations watch the newsletter and website for details.

General Monthly Meeting - Meeting Agenda Example:
7:30 - 7:45 Registration & Networking
7:45 - 7:55 Announcements & Chapter Business
7:55 - 9:00 Speaker Introduction, Presentation & Questions

MC-SHRM... A Dynamic, Growing Local Chapter - Affiliated with SHRM

"Superior Merit Award" Winning Chapter, Affiliated with The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), which is the World's Largest Association, Devoted to Human Resource Management and Including 190,000+ Members!

Locally, We Offer:

Professional Development
Monthly Meetings
...featuring Speakers on a Variety of HR Topics
Workshops & Seminars
...emphasizing Education on Functional Areas of Human Resources
Special Programs
...spotlighting Latest Trends Affecting Human Resource Professionals
Professional Certification Partnership with Rice University School of Continuing Studies, Increase Your Knowledge of Human Resource Management and Prepare for the Professional Certification Exam, Administered by HRCI (Human Resource Certification Institute). SHRM Learning System is Utilized. Discounted Rate is Offered to MC-SHRM Members.
Networking & Professional Resources
Network with Your Peers
...Build Professional Relationships
Legislative Updates
...Access Current Human Resource Information Affecting Local and National Workforce and Advising on the Latest Trends
Take Action to Impact Legislative Issues
... Participate in Legislative Activities that Influence State and Federal Laws Affecting Your Worksite and Employees
Leadership Enhancement
Volunteer to "Serve the Professional and Advance the Profession"
Build a Professional Network
... Attend Meetings, Join a Committee, Get Involved

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Career Services

For more career services information, please see our Career Services page. To post your job listing or resume, please consider becoming a member.
Upcoming Programs
Date: Tue. Jan 13, 2015
Topic: ====================================
Members: $10 - - - Prospective Members & Guests: $20 ====================================

Wage and hour disputes can result in significant, multi-million dollar judgments against even the most sophisticated companies. Allegations involving improper wage practices can turn into collective and class action lawsuits encompassing former and existing employees who never made any prior complaints, but are aggressively pursued by plaintiffs attorneys. Wage and hour plaintiffs often seek back wages for three years, a double recovery for liquidated damages and attorneys fees. Some courts have held that senior management and company executives can be held personally liable for any wage-hour violations.

Join us at the January MC-SHRM Meeting for another outstanding program conducted by Meghaan McElroy. She will review recent hot button legal topics, provide a glimpse into workplace developments for 2015 and help HR plan for tomorrow's landscape.

Learning Objectives:
1. Recap Recent Wage and Hour Lawsuits and Outcomes

2. Discover Current Department of Labor Enforcement Efforts, Target Industries, Fines and Amounts Recovered

3. Examine Off-the-Clock Issues - Work from home, Personal Electronic Devices, Security Checks and Recent Supreme Court Decision

4. Identify Regular Rate Concerns - What Should be Included

5. Address Misused Exemptions/Misclassifications - Employee vs Independent Contractor

6. Clarify Status of Interns - Recent Cases and Legal Concerns

7. Explore Class and Collective Action Waivers - Understand Court Enforcement of Waivers

8. Discuss Weather-Related Incidents - Payment for Weather delays and Closures

Meghaan McElroy is an associate in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the Houston office of Haynes and Boone, LLP. Meghaan has experience in a variety of labor and employment matters, including: Employment, Wage & Hour Litigation, Counseling & Training, Government Audits & Investigations, Unfair Competition, Restrictive Covenants, & Fiduciary Litigation plus additional Labor & Employment Issues in Business Transactions.

Some of Ms. McElroys Honors, Publications & Education include:
- Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers-Rising Stars Edition in Employment & Labor (2013)
- "Employees Get What? What Texas Employers Need to Know About Mexican Labor and
Employment Law," Co-Author Yasser Madriz & Felicity Fowler, The Houston Lawyer, Jan/Feb 2012
- "Sextual Frustration: Why the Law Needs to Catch Up to Teenagers' Texts," The Houston Lawyer, Nov/Dec 2010
- "Health Care Reform 101: For Employers, "Law 360 Guest Column, Co-Author with Felicity Fowler and Katie Chatterton, June 14, 2010
- J.D., William and Mary School of Law, 2009, Order of the Coif; William and Mary Law Review; ranked first in class; recipient of the Kruchko & Fries Award for Excellence in Labor & Employment
- B.A., History and Political Science, Tulane University, 2006, Phi Beta Kappa; cum laude; Minor in Business

Additionally, Ms. McElroy places a strong emphasis on her pro bono docket, particularly cases presenting opportunities to help children and families.

This program has been submitted for approval for 1.00 (General) recertification credit hour toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI).
For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HRCI homepage at
Time: 7:30am-9:00am
Location: Lone Star College - Montgomery (Room B-102)
RSVP by: Wed. Jan 7, 2015
Speaker(s): Meghaan McElroy, Associate
Organization: Haynes and Boone, LLP
- RSVP No Shows Will Be Billed

Date: Tue. Feb 10, 2015
Topic: ====================================
Members: $10 - - - Prospective Members & Guests: $20 ====================================

From briefcases to lunch-boxes, hardhats to hand-helds, we are a nation of workers facing opportunities unlike any other. When companies follow EEOC guidelines by promoting equality of opportunity, adhering to laws and prohibiting employment
Discrimination - they can focus on business and build a strong prosperous workplace.

Join us in February for one of Joe Bontke's notably entertaining programs. He will reinforce the notion that hiring and recruiting practices are generally geared toward business success and avoiding an EEOC charge or litigation.

Learning Objectives:

1. Conduct Self-Audit
-Become better prepared to conduct a self audit, ensuring employment processes, handbook, anti-harassment, non-retaliation, social media policies and employee compliance procedures are up-to-date

2. Determine Training Needs
- Identify suitable training for supervisors and employees

3. Grasp Impact of Reasonable Accommodation Requests
- Learn consequences for mishandling accommodation requests
- Find skillful ways to handle accommodation requests
(whether for employee who has a sincerely held religious belief and needs a day for that reason or by a disabled employee)

4. Review Hiring Procedures
- Uphold consistency regarding employment processes
- Verify proper use of employment / candidate questionnaires including appropriately tailored questions for job requirements

5. Identify Workplace Discrimination Developments
- Gain clear understanding of workplace discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community
- While Sexual orientation is not covered as a protected class under Title VII or any other federal anti-discrimination law, the EEOC continues to take on LGBT issues in the context of sexual stereotyping, which is unlawful

Joe Bontke is the outreach manager and ombudsman for the Houston District office of U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Joe has been in the field of Human Resources & Civil Rights for the past 27 years and has experience in employment law and adult education.

With a Bachelor's in Philosophy and a Masters in Education, he has been a Human Resources Director, a Training Coordinator for the American Disabilities Act (ADA) Technical Assistance Center for Federal Region VI, was appointed as Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine and recently has been named Chair of the Governors Committee for People with Disabilities by Governor Rick Perry. Using his entertaining style, Joe has educated groups throughout the country and most recently, his work at the EEOC has enabled him to empower employers and employees with the understanding they need to work effectively at their jobs. Joe's philosophy of education is - that 90% is knowing where to find the information ... when you need it.

This program has been submitted for approval for 1.00 (General) recertification credit hour toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI).
For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HRCI homepage at
Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
Location: Lone Star College - Montgomery (Room B-102)
RSVP by: Wed. Feb 4, 2015
Speaker(s): Joe Bontke, Outreach Manager
Organization: EEOC-Houston
- RSVP No Shows Will Be Billed

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