Our meetings are generally held on the second Thursday of each month at:

McHenry County College Shah Center
4100 W Shamrock Lane, McHenry, IL 60050
(815) 455-8593

National SHRM Event
View upcoming National SHRM events by visiting SHRM.org

Employee Mental Health and Wellness Post-COVID-19 @ Zoom Webinar
Jun 11 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

You are invited to a Zoom meeting facilitated by Brittany McCafferty, MSN, RN and Rachel Boldman, M.S., LCPC.

Summary: Over the past few months, we have been working under unprecedented and unique circumstances. It is important to acknowledge and understand the trauma and loss the COVID-19 pandemic may have caused in our, and our employees’, lives while working remotely. Looking ahead to the future, returning to work in the office after the COVID-19 pandemic can cause differing emotions among workers. Some may experience  disbelief, fear, grief and even anger – much like after a disaster, while others may struggle with finding suitable child care. Learning signs and symptoms to recognize employee struggles and encouraging employees to reach out to Human Resources for available resources can help the remote work transition back in to the office. Above all, recognizing the need to extend grace while navigating this new found situation is critical for success.


  • Understand the effects of a sustained trauma, like the COVID-19 pandemic, on the body and mind
  • Discuss the importance of trauma-informed care for ourselves and our employees
  • Recognize the emotions that coincide with returning to the office
  • Discuss Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
  • Understand how to practice grace with your employees in this unique situation

Register in advance for this Zoom meeting:










“The Challenge: Keeping Your Workforce Safe From Sexual Harassment and Keeping Your Company Compliant!” @ MCC Shah Center
Jul 9 @ 7:45 am – 9:45 am


William R. Heffernan, LCPC, CEAP; Co-Founder, Employee Resource System – Cynthia Ferrara-Elstien, Senior Vice President, Human Resources Client Services, Alper
Services LLC

Summary of Presentation:

Review Minimum Training Standards outlined in Section 2109 (B) State of Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) which include: – An explanation of sexual harassment consistent with the IDHR; – Examples of conduct that constitutes unlawful harassment; – A summary of relevant Federal and State statutory provisions concerning sexual harassment, including remedies available to victims of sexual harassment; and – A summary of responsibilities of Employers in the prevention, investigation, and
corrective measures of sexual harassment. – Presentation Goals and Key Takeaways: (bullet points work best for this) – Educate Human Resource Professionals to understand IDHR’s requirements. – Open discussions about ‘what has worked and what has not worked’ in training
sessions. – Include in the policy the essential responsibilities of the Employer in the prevention,
investigation and corrective measures of sexual harassment which is in line with the
Illinois Department of Human Rights recommendations. – Prevent Sexual Harassment by reducing exposure and mitigating claims. 


Stateline SHRM Members:  $15

Non-Members:  $30

How Do Your Benefits Stack Up? @ MCC Shah Center
Aug 6 @ 7:45 am – 9:45 am

Presenters:  Kris Tominsek, SPHR, SHRM-SCP and Mackenzie Button with MRA

    • Summary of Presentation: Many organizations have endured various challenges amid COVID-19 and as a result implemented changes that affected their workforce. Benefits are an important factor in whether employees stay with an organization for the long haul or jump ship. Has your company evaluated whether your benefits are competitive to retain and engage your key employees? During this presentation we will share information about unique benefit options and how to match your benefits to your employee population, plus we’ll share key benefit trends and insights. We’ll also review benefits benchmarking and help you discover how your benefits stack up against your competition.
  • Participants will learn about:
    • Cost Containment Strategies
    • Key Benefit Surveys Available
    • Benefit Trends on The Rise
    • How to Develop & Implement a Total Rewards Strategy



Stateline SHRM Members:  $15

Non-Members:  $30

OSHA Pandemic Safety @ MCC Shah Center
Sep 10 @ 7:45 am – 9:45 am

Speaker: Michael Serpe, CSP; President SafetyFirstna, Inc.

Summary of Presentation: This presentation will cover information critical to preparing for a pandemic. We will detail understanding what a pandemic is, what needs to be done at all levels to prepare for pandemic influenza, and what could happen during a pandemic.

We will include:

  • The Difference between Seasonal, Pandemic Influenza and Avian Influenza
  • How a Severe Pandemic Influenza Could Affect Workplaces
  • Who Should Plan for a Pandemic
  • How Influenza Can Spread Between People
  • Classifying Employee Exposure to Pandemic Influenza at Work
  • How to Maintain Operations During a Pandemic
  • How Organizations Can Protect Their Employees
  • Recommendations for Company Written Pandemic Policy
  • Speaker: Michael Serpe, CSP; President SafetyFirstna, Inc.


Stateline SHRM Members: $15

Non-Stateline SHRM Members: $30

Developing Compensation Programs During Increased Minimum Wage Pressure @ MCC Shah Center
Oct 8 @ 7:45 am – 9:45 am

Speaker:   Tom Wardrip CCP, Principal Consultant, Gallagher



Presentation will help attendees to design a Compensation Philosophy and apply it through Compensation Program Design. Minimum Wage Movement can have lasting implications on the Organization and must be modeled and analyzed to achieve meaningful results



Building an overarching Compensation Philosophy
Understand basic compensation design to minimize pay equity concerns
Understand Potential Strategies for updating required Minimum Wage changes




Stateline SHRM Members:  $15

Non-Stateline SHRM Members:  $30

Legal Update @ MCC Shah Center
Nov 12 @ 7:45 am – 9:45 am

Speaker:   Carlos Arevalo, Partner, SmithAmundsen LLC

More Information Coming Soon!


Stateline SHRM Members:  $15

Non-Members:  $30