Bay Area Human Resources Association
10.11.12 at 11:00am
Bay Oaks Country Club
14545 Bay Oaks, Houston, TX 77059
Members: $25.00; Non-Members $35.00
** If you are unsure of your status, email firstname.lastname@example.org
(Registration begins at 11am, Buffet* opens at 11:15)
Approved for 1 Strategic CEUs
LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!
A team of experienced SHRM volunteers conducts the Legislative Roadshow,
Legislative Action Roadshow
How many times have you heard a politician talking about workplace issues and you thought to yourself, “I wish he/she really understood more about [fill in your favorite HR topic here].” Wouldn’t it be great if you could share your experience as an HR professional with lawmakers before they pass legislation that causes problems? Well, you can. The Legislative Action Roadshow will teach you how to become a legislative action expert the easy way.
Have a chance to ask questions. Leave with written instructions to use as a reference so you can find and track important legislation that impacts your career and contact your state or federal elected officials to express an opinion or provide important information about pending HR-related legislation. They really do want to hear from you!
Members of the SHRM Texas State Council’s Legislative Action Committee will provide step-by-step instructions on how to:
- Determine who your elected officials are
- Look up the text of a specific bill and its status
- Write a letter, fax or email to express your opinion
- Call the office of your elected official to express your opinion or schedule an appointment
- Conduct a face-to-face meeting with your elected official or a member of their staff
This fun, interactive session has been submitted to HRCI for 1 hour of strategic recertification credit.
JOSEPH G. (CHIP) GALAGAZA is a partner in the Houston office of Jackson Lewis. He received his A.B. Degree, with Distinction, from Kenyon College, obtained his Juris Doctor Degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law, and is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.Mr. Galagaza is a senior litigator who has represented employers in a wide variety of labor and employment law matters before both administrative agencies and in state and federal courts. This experience covers discrimination claims of every variety under federal and Texas state law, wrongful discharge cases, a broad range of employment law torts, ERISA litigation, workers’ compensation retaliation cases, matters arising under OSHA and wage and hour matters. In the wage and hour area, Mr. Galagaza routinely assists clients with wage and hour issues, from advice and counsel to having represented employers in collective actions, including those with a potential class size in excess of 2,000 current and former employees, and in significant DOL wage and hour audits. In the traditional labor area, Mr. Galagaza has experience in union elections, unfair labor practice charges, collective bargaining, and arbitration. Mr. Galagaza received a peer selected AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale Hubbell and was peer selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in 2010 and 2011 for Labor and Employment Law. Mr. Galagaza has also been selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers® since 2003.
Lori A. Thomas is the communications practice leader for Employee Benefit Solutions, Inc. (EBS). She has more than 20 years of consulting experience in executive benefits, compensation and the communication of benefit and compensation programs. Because of her work on performance-based pay plans, she was asked by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to testify on their behalf before the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee's Workforce Protections Subcommittee in support of the Rewarding Performance in Compensation Act.
Prior to joining EBS, Lori served as interim manager of government relations for the Greater Houston Partnership, the primary advocate of Houston’s business community. Before working with the Partnership, Lori was senior vice president of Apogee, a compensation and benefits consulting firm in Houston, where she was head of consulting and later chief administrative officer. As CAO, her communications focus expanded to include corporate branding, public relations and corporate key messaging. Lori graduated magna cum laude from University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science, and she has completed post-baccalaureate courses in accounting and finance. She holds the Certified Compensation Professional designation conferred by WorldatWork (formerly the American Compensation Association). She is a member of WorldatWork, Houston Compensation & Benefits Association, SHRM and HR Houston, where she has served as chair of the Legislative Action Committee, treasurer and chair of the Audit Committee. Lori has been a member of the Advisory Board and was chair of the Education Committee for Blaffer Gallery, The Art Museum of the University of Houston. She continues to support University of Houston as a member of the Houston Alumni Organization.
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Texas Bay Area SHRM
Welcome to the Texas Bay Area SHRM Association!
We are an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management. Whether you are new to the HR field or have many years of experience, we are a local starting point for networking, information, professional development and continued support of excellence in Human Resources.
We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming meeting or event!