December 20th 2017 

The Official Magazine of
The HR Florida State Council.
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Representing key decision-makers in HR positions throughout the state. The HR Florida Review is published three times a year and mailed to more than 15,000 HR professionals.
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Time is Running Out to Register for the 25th Annual HR Florida Leadership Conference!
Join us on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Rosen Shingle Creek for the 25th Annual HR Florida Leadership Conference. If you are a SHRM affiliated chapter president, president-elect, committee chair, board member or other volunteer leader within the 28 chapters across the state of Florida, this event is for you!

2018 HR Student Games | Case Competition & Leadership Conference
Friday, January 5th. This year’s conference theme is Creating Florida’s Finest Leaders. The HR Student Games is a one-day case competition held in conjunction with the HR Florida Leadership Conference.
HR Florida Volunteer Leaders: The Legislative Conference is Near!

Join HR Florida as we prepare to meet with our state legislators regarding pending legislation important to HR professionals. The event will begin on January 24th, with a full briefing on pending legislation by representatives from SHRM as well as labor and employment professionals from throughout the state. On January 25th, we will meet with our state representatives and senators to share our expertise regarding pending employment-related legislation. Click here to learn more and register for the conference.

Autism and Employment Tip of the Month
Behavior-based interview questions use past behavior to predict future performance, but many working aged individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have not held previous jobs.

Thank You for Your Support of the SHRM Foundation
HR Florida is currently #1 in the country for supporting the SHRM Foundation in 2017. Congratulations to following Florida Chapters who rank in the top 15 for contributing to the SHRM Foundation: Charlotte County SHRM (#5), SHRM Jacksonville (#7), HR Collier (#12), HR Tampa (#13) and GOSHRM (#15).

One Last Award Deadline for 2017
The SHRM Foundation fulfills its mission to champion workforce and workplace transformation through the support of SHRM chapters, state councils, and volunteer leaders.

New Editor Takes Reigns

After two years as the editor of the HR Florida Newswire and the HR Florida Review, I am turning over the reigns to new editor, Katrina (Katie) Merlini, Ph.D. She can be reached at I thank everyone for the wonderful experience I have had serving on the HR Florida Council and strongly encourage all HR professionals to consider serving in some capacity. It is a delightful, meaningful, and deeply rewarding experience shared with some of the finest people on earth. I have heartily enjoyed every moment. I wish you and our new editor the happiest of holidays and the very best in the new year.

J. Lenora Bresler, J.D., SHRM-SCP, SPHR

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Upcoming Events 
2018 HR Student Games | Case Competition & Leadership Conference
Friday, January 5th. This year’s conference theme is Creating Florida’s Finest Leaders. The HR Student Games is a one-day case competition held in conjunction with the HR Florida Leadership Conference.
25th Annual HR Florida Leadership Conference
This event will introduce attendees to a brand new format designed to better provide educational opportunities for all levels of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) chapter leadership. Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando, FL
2018 HR Florida Legislative Conference
HR Florida is pleased to announce its 8th Annual Legislative Conference (formerly Day on the Hill) in Tallahassee on January 24th and 25th, 2018! Tallahassee, FL
January 2018 Council Meeting
In addition to the Council meeting on Friday, please join us for a Council dinner the night before our council meeting. Please RSVP to ensure we have proper numbers for this event. Thank you in advance for you commitment. We look forward to seeing you! Tallahassee, FL
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Check Out Other Chapter Happenings
The HR Florida State Council's 28 affiliate chapters host wonderful educational, service, and social events every single month. When you are traveling or just want to get a feel for what is going on in other chapters, we encourage you to attend and support each other’s good efforts on behalf of the HR community. Be sure your chapter is posting events on our calendar and then check regularly to see what is going on all over the state. Click Here to view the list of events.
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