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Welcome to the South King County SHRM

We are an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Washington State SHRM, and the Northwest HR Management Association (NHRMA). 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 your use of this site as a resource, and encourage you to check back frequently for updated 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!

Project Overview

When Work Works is a nationwide initiative to bring research on workplace effectiveness and flexibility into community and business practice. It is a project of Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management. to learn more!

South King County SHRM Chapter Partners

The South King County SHRM partners that make our programs possible! 

Alliance 2020 is a background screening firm based in Renton, WA. Our services include but are not limited to:

Employment Screening, Drug Testing/ Breath Alcohol Testing, Electronic I-9 Solutions, Tenant Screening, Mortgage Credit Services, and more!

For more information contact our partner Gavin Bray at 425.264.1019, 800.289.8065, or

What Every Employer Should Know

Fisher & Phillips LLP is a national law firm committed to providing practical business solutions for employers’ workplace legal problems. Labor and employment law is all the firm does, offering deep and broad knowledge and experience in the area of the law the attorneys know best. Fisher & Phillips attorneys help clients avoid legal problems, are dedicated to providing exceptional client service, and are there when you need them. Founded in 1943, the firm has 330 attorneys in 31 offices, including Seattle. Learn more at

For further information, please contact our partner Catharine Morissetat or 206.693.5076.

Labor & Employment Law

New Era is locally owned and managed.  We are a specialty HR consulting company that is ready to help you manage the “people-side” of your business. 

For more information about our services please visit our website or contact Chance Brimhall at or 253.887.0746.

Human Resource Solutions

Sponsorship Opportunity

Connecting your business to potential new business.

TRUEbenefits provides practical, forward-looking and cost-effective employee benefit consulting services for leading Northwest employers.

For more information about our services please visit our website  or contact Grant McDonald at 206.267.4003 or

Please view our Chapter Partnership Guide for more details.

You can get additional information about the YesVets program by clicking on the following link: ||​ 

Upcoming Events

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  • April 24, 2019 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm
    Emerald Downs 2300 Ron Crockett Dr. Auburn, WA 98001 Lunch, 12:00pm (presentation 12:30pm-5pm)

    South King County SHRM Presentations for April 24th

    Our Annual Half-Day event has moved from Fall to Spring this year. Plan to join us on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at Emerald Downs in Auburn for lunch and an afternoon of dynamic, relevant topics.  This event has been submitted for 3...

  • May 15, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm


    This program will be submitted for SHRM and HRCI credits.

  • June 12, 2019 - 7:15am to 9:00am
    CenterPoint Conference Park Conference Center/Commons Building (Adjacent to Alki Bakery) 20809 72nd Ave S Kent, WA 98032 Breakfast, 7:15pm (presentation 8:00am-9:00am)

    Civility in the Workplace

    An ancient curse: “May you live in interesting times.” It seems as though we are living through interesting times, where we are at a crisis point with a lack of civility in the workplace. Incivility often leads to bullying and/or harassment behaviors...

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  •   By Allen Smith, J.D.  The Department of Labor has proposed an increase in the salary-level threshold for white-collar exemptions to $35,308 per year from $23,660. If finalized, the new overtime rule would result in the reclassification by employers of more than a million currently exempt...
    March 21, 2019
  • There are key elements to a proper ‘I’m sorry,’ communication experts say By Dana Wilkie At the monthly meeting you host as a manager, you publicly congratulate Angela, Dave and Saima on the award-winning project they completed, then hand them spot bonuses. Trouble is, you forgot about...
    March 21, 2019
  •   By Allen Smith, J.D. An employee has complained about a colleague's behavior. It's time to start an investigation into what happened. Where do you begin? Legal experts say you need to put employees at ease as you interview them, but you also need to move quickly and ask questions that drill...
    February 25, 2019
  • Rude e-mails are annoying and can bring the workplace down By Kathy Gurchiek The message in ALL CAPS sets your teeth on edge. A colleague's attempt at wit comes across as snarky and sarcastic. A hastily written note sounds brusque and abrupt. Rude e-mails are the bane of the workplace and can have...
    February 25, 2019
  •   Proposed rule sent to Office of Management and Budget By Lisa Nagele-Piazza, J.D., SHRM-SCP, and Allen Smith, J.D. Human resource professionals will pay attention to what legislation moves in the Senate and the newly Democratic-controlled House of Representatives in 2019, including a possible...
    January 29, 2019

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