Welcome to the SJHRA Website

The San Joaquin HR Association (SJHRA) is an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). 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 welcome you to use this site as a resource, and encourage you to check back frequently for updated events and information. We also encourage your involvement and suggestions about all of our activities, on the web and off. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming meeting or event!


Benefits of Membership

Our award-winning chapter provides many services, including:

  • Local networking and opportunities to get involved in chapter activities
  • Best practices roundtable discussions
  • Regular program meetings February through December
  • Annual all day conference, typically held mid-January
  • Website resources
  • Scholarships for professional development
  • Certification study group
  • Student chapter
  • Job board (reduced fee for members to post)

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July 2015 SJHRA Lunch & Learn

Why Today’s Rock Stars Need Immigration Management Skills


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Presenter

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Justin Storch

Mr. Justin Storch supports the Council for Global Immigration’s Government Affairs team as Manager of Agency Liaison, responsible for working with federal immigration agencies to ensure employment-based immigration policies enable U.S. employers to build America’s future workforce, grow the economy and create U.S. jobs.

Prior to joining the Council, Mr. Storch worked as an immigration paralegal at both Trow & Rahal, PC and Freilicher & Hoffman, PC. Mr. Storch has also spent time serving in the offices of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and U.S. Representative Jerry Costello (D-IL).

Mr. Storch received his JD from American University, where he worked as a student attorney in the university’s Immigrant Justice Clinic. Mr. Storch also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Program Goals and Objectives

In this session, learn why, in today’s globalized economy, top HR professionals need to be proficient in immigration management. Explore the reasons why employment-based immigration planning is essential to successful hiring strategies — whether you have foreign nationals in your workforce or whether you need to hire the perfect candidate. And, review the seven key lessons you need to know about hiring foreign nationals to work in the United States, including:

  1. Limitations on available visas
  2. Financial investments required
  3. Work that goes into hiring foreign nationals
  4. Time required to complete visa processes
  5. Documentation requirements
  6. Compliance issues
  7. Potential changes ahead with immigration reform

Who Should Attend?

  • Human Resource Professionals
  • Business Owners
  • Business Managers and Supervisors
  • CEOs and Business Executives
  • Frontline Associates

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June 2015 SJHRA Lunch & Learn

Lunch & Learn Featuring Renee Bosley, Chris Walker, JD, and Craig Schmidt

Is your Wellness Program Compliant?

Learn the Legal Pitfalls of a Wellness Program


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Presenters

Renee Bosley

Renee Bosley

Renee Bosley

Renee Bosley is Vice President of Employee Benefits with EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants in Sacramento, California. Renee specializes in employee benefits consulting, including compliance, cost containment, negotiations, wellness programs, communications and human resource support.

Renee helps her customers develop sustainable solutions that align with corporate philosophies and financial objectives. As a health care reform specialist, she is uniquely qualified to keep her customers apprised on the ever changing health care industry.

In addition to the many years Renee has spent serving the health care industry; she’s also successfully run her own business and understands the specific challenges and benefits associated with choosing a business partner that will bring value to the organization.

Renee Bosley is a Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist by the Healthcare Reform Center and Policy Institute.

Chris Walker, JD

Chris Walker, JD

Chris Walker, JD

Chris is an in-house attorney and member of EPIC’s Employer Services Platform team. He supports clients with state and federal benefits compliance issues.

Chris has over 12 years of experience in the Employee Benefits field and maintains a strong knowledge of healthcare statutes and regulations related to regulatory agencies such as DOL, IRS, DHHS, CMS and departments of insurance.

Chris has prior work experience at Wellpoint – Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield where he was the subject matter expert on federal employee benefits and healthcare laws including ERISA, COBRA, Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP), HIPAA portability and nondiscrimination wellness programs, FMLA, cafeteria plans and more.

Chris sits on the Board of Directors for the Western Pension & Benefits Council (Denver Chapter). The Western Pension & Benefits Council provides educational opportunities for those with responsibilities in the health and welfare fields.

Chris earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver.

Craig Schmidt

Craig Schmidt

Craig Schmidt

Craig is a Wellness Consultant in EPIC’s Employer Services consulting practice. Craig specializes in creating, strategizing, implementing and enhancing corporate wellness culture.

Craig has worked in multiple fields of worksite wellness including roles with premier wellness vendors.

Craig earned his BS from East Carolina in Health and Promotion in Worksite Studies, and a Certificate of Public Health Science, Health Systems, Management and Policy from Colorado School of Public Health at the UC-Denver Anschultz Medical Campus.

Craig is not only a professional in wellness, he’s an advocate personally. Craig competes in marathons, triathlons, and ironmans, constantly looking for new challenges.

Program Goals and Objectives

  • Attendees will understand the difference between participatory and outcomes based wellness programs and how regulations affect them differently.
  • Attendees will be up to date on regulatory requirements of Wellness Programs including the Affordable Care Act (ACA), HIPAA, ERISA and ADA
  • Attendees will be given suggestions and strategies for setting and measuring goals for Wellness Programs to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Attendees will be up to date on regulatory requirements of Wellness Programs including the Affordable Care Act (ACA), HIPAA, ERISA and ADA
  • Attendees will be given suggestions and strategies for setting and measuring goals for Wellness Programs to achieve desired outcomes.

Program Summary

Wellness programs continue to grow in popularity. This event will discuss the recent developments including several EEOC lawsuits against employer wellness programs and whether they are valid or not. The speakers will provide an in depth look at regulatory issues that govern employer sponsored wellness programs and will provide strategies for employers to achieve success! Attendees will understand the difference between participatory and outcomes based wellness programs and how regulations affect them differently.

Who Should Attend

  • Human Resource Professionals
  • Business Owners
  • Business Managers and Supervisors
  • CEOs and Business Executives
  • Frontline Associates