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September 2020 Newsletter

Monday, August 31, 2020  
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September 2020

President's Pen

By Jessica Stephenson, SHRM-CP

Hello, IndySHRM!

 I'm coming down off the excitement of this year's HR Indiana Conference. And while it looked very different having been delivered in a virtual only format, my HR cup is still quite full. For those of you who registered to attend, you know that you still have access to many of the concurrent sessions for an entire year. I know I'm going to watch a session or two each week until I get through all of them--for over 40 certification credits!

I'm pleased to announce that IndySHRM was selected as Chapter of the Year during the conference! I'm delighted to be a part of an organization with all of you... an organization that strives to advance the HR profession in Central Indiana through comprehensive programming and collaborative development opportunities. What a special honor for our Chapter in such a challenging year, especially!

Finally, as we get closer to Election Day, I want to share with you SHRM National's Election Resource Center. Visit this site to learn more about the legacy of the 19th Amendment (having recently celebrated its 100th anniversary), the importance of voting, and to find tools and resources to help you and your organization navigate state and presidential elections this November.

Warm Regards,

Jessica Stephenson, SHRM-CP
President, IndySHRM

Board of Directors Spotlight

Suzanne Newcomb, Director of Legislative Affairs

Suzanne Newcomb has been IndySHRM's Director of Legislative Affairs since 2017. This is her final year of her second Board term, and she is an Employment and Labor Attorney for SmithAmundsen LLC.

A skilled litigator, Suzanne’s jury trial experience spans an array of industries including commercial aviation, hotel and hospitality, manufacturing, banking, nonprofit, and the public sector and she vigorously represents clients facing litigation through all phases of the process. However, whenever possible Suzanne uses the insight gained through years of defending businesses facing litigation as well as her earlier experience as a plaintiff’s side employment attorney, to help her clients spot and defuse potential problems before they become litigation. By guiding her clients through complex personnel issues in real time, Suzanne often helps them avoid litigation and quickly return to running their business.

If you'd like to get involved with the Legislative Affairs Committee, please visit the
IndySHRM committee overview page here.

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Upcoming Events 

Wednesday, September 9th: IndySHRM Webinar: The Ultimate Department of Labor Audit Survival Guide

Tuesday, September 15th: Sip + Share: Diversity & Inclusion

Thursday, September 17thIndySHRM Webinar: Communicating HR and Benefits to a Distracted World – Open Enrollment and Beyond

Tuesday, September 22nd: IndySHRM Webinar: Emotions Matter - Leveraging Emotional Intelligence

More information is available here 

Updates & Blogs

Welcome New IndySHRM Members!

Katherine Armstrong
Natalie Cruse
Deirdre Horton
Michael Leland
Chris Norris
Kim Oren
Jen Pavlus
Kim Pohlman

Registration is Open for IndySHRM Virtual SHRM Certification Study Group

If you are planning to sit for SHRM’s Certification (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP) exam this year, don’t go it alone. Our IndySHRM SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP study group is an excellent way to add structure, accountability and a supportive peer network to your SHRM Certification exam preparation – in addition, IndySHRM offers one of the most affordable programs around!  Our IndySHRM study group sessions are facilitated by SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certified professionals who are not only passionate about helping others achieve their certification goals, but who are also subject matter experts in that particular HR discipline. 

Our IndySHRM SHRM Certification study group will meet once a week on Tuesday evenings for 11 consecutive weeks virtually via Zoom.

The cost for the IndySHRM SHRM Certification study group (which includes the 2020 SHRM Learning System hard copy booklets AND online/web based version of the booklets) will be:

  • $850 = current/active IndySHRM members
  • $949 = those who join IndySHRM that are National SHRM members (National SHRM membership number
  • required)…IndySHRM membership for 365 days at a special $99 rate and get the study group for the $850 member rate
  • $975 = those who join IndySHRM (membership for 365 days = $125) and get the study group for the $850 member rate
  • $1,100 = non-members

* $75 late fee will be added to IndySHRM SHRM Certification study group registrations received on/after September 1, 2020. 

The SHRM Certification study group is limited to 25 participants – REGISTER ASAP to secure your spot.

You can learn more by reaching out to our Director of Certification, Alona Bahler, SHRM-SCP, SPHR at

More Info Here

SHRM Certification - Winter Testing Window Applications are Being Accepted

The WINTER SHRM Certification (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP) exam application window opened on June 1, 2020 and exam applicants will be eligible for an early bird rate ($75 discount) though October 16, 2020 or the regular application deadline is November 16, 2020 for the WINTER December 1, 2020 - February 15, 2021 testing window.


View the entire SHRM Certification application process Here.

Also, you can check the SHRM Certification exam eligibility requirements Here.

2020 SHRM Certification Handbook

The SHRM Certification Handbook provides an overview of both the SHRM-CP and the SHRM-SCP certification exams, including the steps you should take to earn and maintain your credentials, as well as test policies and procedures.

Download the 2020 SHRM Certification Handbook.

SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (BOCK)

You can find the 2020 SHRM BoCK and a booklet with more detailed and expansive information related to both the behavioral and technical competencies. This is a great resource to ensure that your 2020 chapter programming aligns with one or more areas of the SHRM BoCK. You can also use it to hone in on your personal development goals. The topics and learning objectives may also inspire your chapter to create a program focused around one of these. Or as an individual, you can build your own capabilities by learning more!

See the 2020 BOCK

SHRM Cares - Professional Development Grant

SHRM Foundation is excited to announce the latest Professional Development Grant, SHRM Cares. If you work in first responder services or essential businesses and are a SHRM member, we invite you to apply to this opportunity to enhance your skillset and stand out with a SHRM Certification. The application deadline is September 2, 2020. Read more about the SHRM Cares Grant and apply today!

SHRM Process Change: Introducing Digital SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Certificates

Effective June 1, 2020, all candidates who pass the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam will receive a digital certificate approximately four (4) weeks after passing their exam. These digital certificates will replace printed certificates that were previously mailed. Candidates will receive an email directing them to the “My Resources” tab in their certification portal to access the electronic PDF file.

While SHRM will no longer be printing certificates, they encourage passers to print and display their digital certificate. Additionally, passers may order a framed certificate or additional collateral through our third-party partner, The Award Group, (fees apply). An email with order instructions will be sent approximately two (2) weeks after score reports are received.

Employing Abilities @Work (an Opportunity to Earn an Employing Abilities @Work Certificate)

The SHRM Foundation, in partnership with the Workplace Initiative By Understood, has launched this initiative to strengthen the skills and abilities of professionals to hire, develop, advance and retain individuals with disabilities in their workplace.

This free, multi-faceted educational program will increase your knowledge and skills to hire, develop, advance and retain individuals with disabilities. This Certificate is an introduction to the benefits and implementation of disability inclusion in the workplace.

You can learn more at and register online at

The Employing Abilities @Work Certificate is free and open to all. You do not need to be a SHRM member, and you do not need to hold a SHRM credential to earn this certificate. You will need to create a free account when you register to begin the program.

Earning Professional Development Credits (PDCs) – if you are SHRM Certified (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP), you may claim 10 PDCs after earning your Employing Abilities @Work Certificate.

UPDATED – REQUIREMENT CHANGE for PDC-Qualifying Work Projects

The COVID-19 crisis, during which HR professionals are tackling unprecedented challenges on short notice, has prompted SHRM to change the time frame requirement for work projects that qualify for professional development credits (PDCs) toward SHRM Recertification. The revised requirement now focuses only on the number of hours dedicated to a PDC-qualifying work project in the "Advance Your Organization" category and eliminates the stipulation of a minimum duration for the project.

One More Way to Earn PDCs

Remember, your annual National SHRM Membership qualifies for three (3) PDCs per year (and SHRM automatically loads this in your SHRM Portal).

Monthly SHRM Recertification Live Chats

If you are a SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP credential-holder, join SHRM to ask the SHRM Recertification Counselors any questions you have about SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP recertification - regardless of where you are in your recertification cycle. This is a great opportunity to learn how to make the most of the resources available to you and to clear up any areas of confusion. SHRM’s Recertification Counselors are here to help.

Live chats will happen the second Wednesday of most months at 2:00 pm ET (for 30 minutes).

Register for Live Chats Here

Track your recertification credits with the SHRM Certification App

The easy to use app will help SHRM-certified HR professionals keep track of their recertification efforts. The SHRM Certification app was developed exclusively for use by SHRM credential holders with specially designed features to make it easier to maintain and recertify one's SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP designation. Download the app from the iTunes App Store or Google Play!