UPDATED RSVP Policy:  Please e-mail membership@smhra.net and indicate number of attendees, names and method of payment.

RSVP’s are required no later than the Monday before the luncheon.  All “yes” RSVP’s must be paid regardless of attendance (New catering policies at the Santa Maria Inn).

PayPal payments should be made at the time of RSVP (or within 24 hours) and in advance of the meetings.   Cash and checks will still be accepted at the door.  Checks by mail in advance of the meeting to the PO Box are also welcome: SMHRA P.O. Box 130 Santa Maria, CA 93456

Luncheon Fee:  $20.00 for SMHRA members, $25.00 for non-members

NEXT MEETING: Wed. August 24th, 11:45am-1:00pm. Monte Grix will be speaking on the topic of “Transgender Laws”.

Date: Wednesday, August 24th  (fourth Wednesday of August)

Topic: Transgender Laws

Time: from 11:45am-1:00pm 

Cost: $20 members, $25 non-members Location: The Historic Santa Maria Inn

Speaker: Monte Grix

!cid_image001_jpg@01D1DB87Monte Grix is a senior associate in the Los Angeles office of Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP.  He has represented a variety of employers with respect to labor and employment matters, including higher education institutions, hotels and other hospitality industry entities, manufacturers, electronics distributors, general construction contractors (union and non-union), high tech service companies, retailers, aerospace companies, government contractors, agricultural companies..  His practice emphasizes both litigation and counseling, including providing presentations in English and Spanish on California-mandated anti-sexual harassment and anti-bullying training  On the litigation side, Monte focuses primarily upon the defense of claims for workplace harassment, wrongful termination, employment discrimination, as well as class action and PAGA (Private Attorneys General Act)  labor and non-labor wage and hour claims..  Monte has successfully litigated for his clients at trial, arbitration, and on summary judgment and summary adjudication.  He has also favorably resolved a number of cases involving allegations of sex, race, religious and disability discrimination civil RICO, and claims for wrongful termination, retaliation, harassment, class action litigation and various wage/hour issues.  In addition to his litigation practice, Monte counsels employers with respect to employment and labor issues, and has experience conducting internal employment eligibility (I-9) audits as well as neutral investigations for private sector employers with regard to internal discrimination, harassment, wrongful discipline complaints, and ethics compliance.  Monte is also a frequent speaker on labor and employment issues before Human Resources Professional Associations. 

Luncheon Fee: $20.00 for SMHRA members, $25.00 for non-members
Please indicate payment method in RSVP email. Payment by cash or check may be made at the door or by credit card via PayPal online at www.smhra.net within 24 hours of email RSVP.


Upcoming September Seminar

Date: Wednesday, September 28th (fourth Wednesday of August)


Time: from 11:45am-1:15pm 

Cost: $20 members, $25 non-members Location: The Historic Santa Maria Inn

Speaker: Mike Deblieux

001_ThomasPellicerPhoto_MikeDeblieux  Mike Deblieux, SHRM-SCP is a trainer, consultant, and on-site coach for workplace leaders. He has worked with supervisors, managers, and executives in a wide variety of organizations to help them understand and apply leadership concepts, practices, and habits. He uses a practical approach to analyze issues and explore solutions that allows workplace leaders to ask questions, seek guidance, and adapt to the ever-changing realities of their workplace.


The Performance Review is a long-standing tradition. It has come under attack in recent years. Books, articles, and speakers use it as a favorite target. The bandwagon roar of criticism points to significant flaws in this time honored HR tool.

The traditional performance review is by no means perfect. It is, however, a step toward a critical goal – clear performance management communication between a leader and a follower. The question is not, “What is wrong with the performance review?” The question is, “What does it take to create collaborative communication about job performance in a 21st century organization?”

This engaging presentation takes you into the world of real-life performance feedback. It leads you to a new path for your organization that worries less about forms and more about collaborative communication that supports strategic goals, job performance, and competencies.