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Thank you Captain DiLorenzo for presenting an informative session on Active Shooters in the Workplace at the October 10th meeting! 

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2019 Employment Law Update & Annual Meeting

November 05, 2019
8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
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Pine Lakes
5603 Granddaddy Drive
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Please join us for our Annual Year End Employment Law Update & Annual Meeting.

This session will cover:

Year End Employment Law Update: 2019 Review of Key Court Decisions and Legislation.

Presented by: Molly Cherry


Molly Cherry is a member in the Charleston and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina offices of Nexsen Pruet, LLC.  She has a broad background in general business litigation, employment litigation and dispute resolution, and is a certified specialist in labor and employment law, as well as a civil court mediator.  Molly is active in the South Carolina Bar, having served as chairperson of the Employment and Labor Law Section.  She is also an active member of the Tri-County Human Resources Management Association, having served on the board for a number of years, including as chair.

Molly recently completed her service as chair of the SC Employment and Labor Law Advisory Board, and she was named the 2016 Charleston “Lawyer of the Year” in Litigation -- Labor and Employment.

Molly represents management in a variety of employment matters including discrimination law, disability law, employment contracts and non-competition covenants, employment torts, wage issues, harassment litigation and training. She is a frequent speaker for business and community organizations on these topics and others. 

Annual Meeting

We will provide our annual "State of the Union" of COHR including membership, financials, and voting of 2019 Board Members.

Your COHR Annual Sponsors Are:

If you register and are unable to attend the event, please notify us at least 24 hours prior to the start of the event.  Failure to attend or notify, may result in a charge for the full amount of your ticket. 


$20.00 COHR Member Ticket

$10.00 Student COHR Member Ticket

$35.00 Non-Member/Guest

$0.00 1st Time Guest Ticket

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We are accepting applications for 2020 Board Members

Do you believe you can make a valuable contribution to the COHR SHRM Chapter? If so, we want to hear from you! Please contact Nicole Bennet, Chapter President, to express your interest. 


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WE ARE GROWING! Welcome our NEW COHR members!

Jean Ann Stevens Senior Payroll & HR Advisor Heartland Payroll
Julie Cook Talent Development Specialist Fluor
Joanna Slider Human Resources Coordinator South Atalantic Bank


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Better Managers Can Remedy the Workplace Culture Crisis


One in four Americans say they dread going to work each morning, and almost half of American workers have thought about leaving their current jobs. Those statistics point to a grim reality for today’s employers: We have a culture crisis at work. And it’s costly.

SHRM’s new report, The High Cost of a Toxic Workplace Culture, released today, reveals what many employers are seeing every day: the strong correlation between workplace culture, satisfied and engaged employees, and business productivity. When it’s toxic, everyone loses.

Nearly 1 in 5 American workers have left their jobs in the last five years because of a bad workplace culture, costing organizations approximately $223 billion. Their number-one reason for leaving? Fifty-eight percent said the culture issues rested with their managers.

The critical role People Managers play in workplace culture is also the subject of the latest in SHRM’s current series of television commercials. In the new spot, which launched on Friday, SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., talks with Ajay Banga, President and CEO of Mastercard, about the importance of inclusive cultures and the role managers play.

“People managers are the single most important thing,” said Ajay. “You’ve got to give people guidance, and that is the People Manager’s first and most important responsibility. It comes with the privilege of being a leader.”

Our culture report found plenty of room for improvement at the management level: One-third of U.S. workers claim their manager doesn’t know how to lead a team, and almost as many don’t trust their manager to treat them fairly. Another 3 in 10 say their manager doesn’t encourage a culture of open and transparent communication.

Cultivating better People Managers can have a positive impact on the culture, but leaders at all levels must join in the effort. Culture is a responsibility shared among People Managers, HR professionals, and other workplace decision-makers. Together, they drive the values and beliefs that underpin all strategy and structure in the organization.

Culture change isn’t easy or quick. But we at SHRM believe it starts with open, honest dialogue about what the culture is vs. what we want it to be. Such “values blueprinting” requires a candid conversation about the beliefs and principles that ground the organization. Once those values are blueprinted, we can have conversations that identify what works at work and what doesn’t—and what needs to change.

As the new culture report summarizes, “In today’s world, the best workplace culture wins.”

View the full series of SHRM’s new culture commercials featuring CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., in conversation with the CEOs of Humana, IBM and Mastercard at

Alex Alonso is SHRM’s Chief Knowledge Officer and author of The Price of Pettiness: Bad Behavior in the Workplace and How to Stomp It Out, now available from the SHRM Store.


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How HR Can Balance Compliance,

Presenters:Libby Mullen, BizLibrary; Cassie Whitlock, BambooHR

View live: October 17, 2019, 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT(available for on-demand viewing through December 2019)

Program length:60 minutes

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Gratitude is a rare thing to receive in human resources. Traditionally, HR’s role in many organizations was to do their best to keep up with paperwork and other tactical requirements of compliance issues, leading employees to see HR as disciplinarians and leadership to see HR as an obstacle to overcome.

But now that HR has the technological bandwidth to handle these compliance tasks, employees and leaders are expecting more. HR has to strike a balance between three competing roles: employee advocate, strategic partner, and compliance facilitator. The workforce continues to put emphasis on wanting to work for companies that will invest in their professional development, and companies are constantly in a battle for top talent. This puts HR in a unique position—they become the bridge between their leadership’s vision and the employee experience, doing their best to protect the organization and support everyone’s future in it. The new HR professional can’t just react to issues—they needthe knowledge and tools to become a strategic resource for their organizations.
In this webcast, BambooHR's Cassie Whitlock and BizLibrary's Libby Mullen discuss how HR professionals can balance the demands of legal, leadership and employee concerns. They'll cover four key facets where HR's efforts will be the main factor in producing desirable results, like increased employee engagement, higher productivity and strong company culture. With this new mindset, HR will finally have the time, know-how, and buy-in to focus on the human side of human resources.

This webcast will cover:
  • How HR professionals can break free of stereotypes and become strategic partners within their organizations.
  • Four areas of your organization that can generate higher profits and happier employees when HR is viewed as an employee advocate.
  • The benefits of HR being able to hand over the torch to managers when it comes to giving individuals feedback and recognition.
  • The overall positive effect this transformation of the HR role can have on an entire organization and how to get your organization on board.

Learn about our speaker
About the Presenters: 
Libby Mullen is the learning & development manager at BizLibrary, where her favorite aspect of her role is developing employees to realize their maximum potential. Mullen has more than 25 years of experience in education, training, and business consultation, both in the higher education realm and in all verticals of the business sector. Building positive partnerships, solving business challenges creatively, and bringing out and developing the strengths in others are what makes Whalen “tick.” She is a fervent writer, an experienced public speaker and is most passionate about the importance of life-long learning in helping employees to take initiative to become “Smarter Every Day.”
Cassie Whitlock is the director of human resources at BambooHR. She started her career in the accounting world, but working with small and medium-sized companies, the HR function was always handed to her. Whitlock loves the intersection of business and humans, and believes that when companies focus on the human aspect of their people, the people in turn focus on the business needs. She enjoys her work most when she can take her talents in data, processes, and human psychology to make someone's day better.
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Recertification Credit

SHRM Certification has approved this webcast for 1 PDC toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification. A program code will be provided at the end of the webcast. The program also meets recertification credit standards set by the HR Certification Institute and other HR certifying bodies, but candidates must manually enter their activity into their records.

Webcast Sponsor

This webcast is sponsored by BambooHR

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