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Q:   Can I purchase a membership for my company and have different HR representatives attend meetings under that membership?

A:   No. We do not have corporate memberships that are transferable or assignable among company staff. Each SBHRA membership is an individual membership that belongs personally to the person who applies and is approved for membership.  It does not belong to an employer, even if the employer pays for the benefit of membership. If the membership holder leaves employment, the membership moves with the (ex)employee; it does not remain with the employer for another employee to use. 

Q:   If my employer has paid for membership, does my membership belong to them?

A:   No. Each SBHRA membership is an individual membership that belongs personally to the person who applies and is approved for membership. It does not belong to your employer, even if your employer pays for the benefit of membership. If you leave employment, the membership moves with you; it does not remain with your employer for another employee to use. 


Q:   Does SBHRA permit solicitation of business at association meetings and other events?

A:   No. Members may not actively solicit business from any other member at Chapter meetings unless the soliciting member is attending the event in the capacity of a meeting sponsor.


Q:  Can I get my registration fee refunded if I am unable to attend an event for which I registered?

A:  It depends. SBHRA will refund your registration fee if you cancel your registration by contacting our Chapter Administrator by the specified cancellation deadline for the event.  Because SBHRA must guarantee attendance numbers prior to the event, costs are incurred by SBHRA for individuals who cancel at a later date. If you register in advance and do not show, you are still expected to pay the generated invoice. 

Q:  If I join SBHRA in October, will I need to pay to renew my membership at the end of the calendar year? 

A:   No. SBHRA memberships renew on a join-date anniversary cycle.

Q:   Why does SBHRA want my home contact information in my member profile?

A:  SBHRA requests your home contact information to ensure that we can contact you if you change employment.  Your membership belongs to you individually, not your employer, so we want to ensure that we can communicate with you long term.


Q:   Are you part of SHRM, the national HR membership organization? I don't understand your relationship.


A.   No. SBHRA is an affiliated Chapter of SHRM with members primarily located in the tri-county area of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura Counties. We are a separate business entity from SHRM with our own dues structure, bylaws, board of directors, and member application process. We offer access to a strong local network of HR professionals, locally provide educational programs on professional development within HR competencies, and support legislative advocacy in the employment law arena.


Q.    If I join SBHRA, am I also a member of SHRM?

A.   No. Although we are a SHRM Chapter Affiliate, membership in SBHRA is separate and apart from membership in national SHRM. We encourage membership in both organizations. Learn about the value of SBHRA and SHRM dual memberships here.



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