HR Florida


Florida State Council Affiliate of SHRM

September 2023


Employment Verification Requirements – New Rules and Guidance

By John Mazzeo

The Summer of 2023 has been revolutionary for HR professionals tasked with completing Employment Eligibility Verification. Read More.

Embracing Automation: Infusing the Human Touch into Modern HR Processes

By Jay Polaki

The ‘human’ in Human Resources is a reminder that people, their well-being, and their growth are at the core of organizational success. Read More.

What is Pill-Shaming and Why is it a Problem?

By Kim LaMontagne

Changing the conversation around pill-shaming and why I won’t stop taking medication to manage my mental health. Read More.

Villyge Supports the “Whole Person”

While the importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is widely acknowledged, one crucial element often gets overlooked: Belonging. In fact, many experts in the field would argue that belonging is the most valuable—and yet elusive—quality in the modern workplace. And, research consistently shows that high levels of belonging are linked to improved job performance, reduced turnover risk, and a drastic decrease in sick days and absenteeism. Read More.

Congratulations Amber and Alan!


Moment of Inspiration

“If who you are doesn’t fit where you are, change where you are not who you are.” — Caroline Wanga, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ESSENCE

Provided by Karis Richardson, HR Virginia State Council Director

HR Florida Conference 2024 — Save the Date!

Register Here – Pre Sale Ends Sept. 30!

Find a Chapter Near You

HR Florida is a community of 28 professional chapters and a growing number of student chapters organized into 10 districts. Each month we bring you information from around the state so you can stay informed on upcoming meetings and conferences. Chapters work hard to provide timely, exceptional educational programs, often for recertification credits, and welcome you to attend as a member or as a guest! If you are not a member of a local chapter, visit 2023 Chapters & Chapter Presidents – HR Florida State Council to find a Chapter near you.

What’s Happening in Your Local Area?

Check out the Chapter Community Calendar on our website!

If you are an affiliated chapter within the state of Florida and wish to post an event, please email Kathy Scott at [email protected].

Community Spotlight

By Leigh Jacobs, CEBS, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, District 5 Director

Greater Orlando SHRM (GoSHRM), Volusia/Flagler SHRM (Volusia/Flagler) and Space Coast Human Resources Association (SCHRA) are District V Rock Stars! All three chapters received the 2022 EXCEL Platinum Award from SHRM. One returning veteran President and two rookie Presidents, what are they going to do to top 2022? Read More.


Earn Your SHRM Certification

HR Florida recognizes the importance of Human Resources professionals obtaining their SHRM certification. Obtaining a certification can be a valuable step for HR professionals to advance their career and demonstrate their mastery of the field. If you have been thinking about obtaining your certification, please visit HR Certification – HR Florida State Council.

The Women in Leadership Institute™

WIL is a four-day learning conference that equips women leaders with actionable strategies to overcome the hurdles women often face in the workplace. This isn’t your typical women’s conference. This immersive leadership development experience drives results and accelerates the advancement of women. Register Here! and use promo code WIL23-FL to designate you heard about the conference from HR Florida State Council.

Upcoming SHRM National Events

10/30 – 11/1,
Inclusion 2023Virtual & Savannah, GA
11/13 – 11/16,
2023 Women in Leadership Institute | Linkage, Inc. ( & Orlando, FL



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HR Florida Review Magazine

Share your expertise as an HR professional with over 16,000 other HR professionals! Encourage colleagues to submit articles too. We are currently looking for content on topics ranging from Employee Relations, State & Federal Compliance, Inclusion & Diversity, Leadership, Organizational Development, & any other Best Practice Advice for HR Professionals.

Submit an article for our next issue!

HR Florida Newswire

Purpose: Share upcoming events, announcements, and recent news relevant to HR professionals and Chapter members.

Style: Brief, direct, summarized information (pictures appreciated).

Submission deadline: The 3rd Wednesday of each month, for the following month’s newswire.

Format: Send submissions in Word format to Alan Bernstein at [email protected].

Mouth of the South Blog

Share your interesting stories/tips from the HR Profession.

Submissions: ONGOING

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We hope you enjoy our selections of original content, local and national updates, and news you can use. Please let us know what you think! All comments are welcome and encouraged. Send to [email protected]. Thank you for your readership and contributions!