Human Resources

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Nonprofits recognize that people are their most important asset. They utilize effective leadership and fair practices to attract and retain employees and volunteers.

Keep your employees and volunteers on the right side of the law. This training course provides nonprofit leaders with practical and actionable skills for developing high-performing agencies.

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of key employment and discrimination laws relevant to an organization’s size, and how to implement practices to follow those laws.
  • Learn how to create, review, and revise an organization’s personnel handbooks, policies, and practices to ensure compliance with applicable laws.
  • Gain critical insight into employee recruitment best practices, learn new methods to retain and motivate employees, and leave with a toolkit for performance appraisals that drive performance.

Facilitated by Kelly Jensen



In order to receive the Human Resources Badge, the organization must submit the following items to UNA to be reviewed:

Job Descriptions—Provide job descriptions for at least 2-3 positions (or group of positions) clearly stating whether the position is exempt or nonexempt. Document whether any of the position might need to be changed status-wise if the 2016 proposed salary test occurs. Ensure that job descriptions have bona fide occupational qualifications and essential functions.
• Bona Fide Occupational Qualifications (BFOQs)—For any BFOQ’s that are not blatantly obvious, provide a brief explanation as to why that qualification is necessary (e.g. anything dealing with gender, religion, etc.)

Key Volunteers—Provide a job description and a detailed explanation of key volunteer positions. Include an explanation for their status as volunteer rather than employee.

Employee Handbook—Provide a copy of the employee handbook. Include these particulars.
• Pregnancy Accommodations Notice: For organizations with 15 or more employees, make sure that the notice is in the handbook book and on labor posters.
• Harassment Policy: List all protected classes and provide reporting process which includes at least two people to report violations.
• Accommodations: Provide accommodations for anxiety, service animals, and depression for anxiety.
• Pay Policies: Communicate time tracking and overtime policies as well as paydays.
• Independent Contractors—If your organization uses independent contractors, provide a sample/template of any Independent Contractor agreements used by your organization. Include justification as to why they are not employee positions.
• At-Will Statement—Provide a copy of your at-will statement and explain where and how it is presented to employees.
• Training on Contracts—Provide proof of leader (board and staff) training on avoiding implied contracts. Examples of such proof may include: material from a recent training on implied contracts, training calendar, description of when, with whom and by whom such trainings take place, leadership handbook which includes guidance on implied contracts or similar proof.
• Anti-Discrimination Policies—Provide documentation of any anti-discrimination policies your organization has based on the size of your organization.
• Training on Anti-Discrimination—Provide proof of leader (board and staff) training on anti-discrimination. Examples of such proof may include: material from a recent training on anti-discrimination, training calendar, description of when, with whom and by whom such trainings take place, leadership handbook which includes guidance on anti-discrimination or similar proof.
• Termination Process—Document the organization’s process and practice of termination for employees and for volunteers.
• Handbook Acknowledgement—Document when, where and how employees have received and acknowledged receipt of employee handbook. Also note how distribution of revised handbooks are handled and acknowledged.

Employment Application-- Provide a copy of your Employment Application, if used. Note any problem areas.

Independent Contractors—Provide a list and justification for all independent contractors.

Kelly Jensen

Facilitator: Kelly Jensen, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Kelly Jensen joined Employers Council in 2012 with over 13 years of experience in human resources. Prior to joining Employers Council, Kelly worked as an HR Director and Payroll Manager with Professional Management Group, a corporation specializing in revenue cycle and practice management for numerous anesthesiology groups in Utah and the western U.S. He also previously worked at JCPenney as a leave of absence specialist managing leaves relating to FMLA, workers compensation, and ADA. With approximately 140,000 employees at the time, this was a very fast-paced environment dealing with complicated types of leave. Immediately prior to joining Employers Council, Kelly worked as an HR Director in the heavy construction industry. This position required a focus on intensive recruiting, pre-employment screening, and employee relations. Kelly’s primary responsibilities with Employers Council include: answering hot-line calls from members on all HR-related topics and training. He received his BA and MBA from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.


Joni Chelemes Small

Instructor: Joni Chelemes, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP Human Resource Consultant

Human Resources Credential Session Wednesday, October 10, 2018 – Topics: HR Essentials, Performance Management, Employee Development

Joni B. Chelemes joined the staff of Employers Council in 2007.  Her work includes consultation with members on Human Resources management-related issues including FMLA, FLSA, ADA, benefits, policies and procedures, recruitment and retention, and a host of other issues. 

Prior to joining the Employers Council, Joni had twelve years’ experience as a Human Resources Manager/Director in retail and manufacturing environments.  During that time she was responsible for recruiting, benefits analysis, compensation plan design, employee relations, training, safety issues (including Workers Compensation and OSHA compliance), and policy development.

Prior to her career in Human Resources, Joni taught Middle and Upper School English, history and humanities for five years at a private school in New York City.

Joni has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Utah and a Master of Arts degree in English Education from New York University.  She has been certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) since 2001.  In 2015, Joni achieved the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).  Joni earned both a New York State Permanent Teaching License and a Utah Professional Educator License Level II.


Debra Turner Small

Instructor: Debra Turner – MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP Attorney, Human Resource Consultant

Human Resources Credential Session, Thursday, October 11, 2018 – Topics: HR Essentials, Performance Management, Employee Development

Debra graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Minor in Business from the University of Utah in 2001.  In 2005, she graduated from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, where she earned her Juris Doctorate degree and Masters in Business Administration.

Prior to joining Employers Council in 2014, Debra worked as a Staff Attorney for an Oregon-based employment and labor law firm, where she worked closely with employers on HR issues, employment claims, and labor relations.  She also served as both a Human Resources Manager and General Counsel for an IT company in Salt Lake City.  There, Debra focused on all areas of HR, including benefits, recruitment, performance management, employee development and workplace policies and procedures.  She also oversaw all employment, immigration, contracts, real estate and corporate governance legal needs.

Debra’s duties at Employers Council include consulting with members on a variety of HR and legal issues, including difficult employee terminations, medical leave and reasonable accommodation issues, and harassment complaints.  She regularly represents members in discrimination claims, collective bargaining, union grievances, and unfair labor practices.  Debra also conducts I-9 compliance audits, handbook reviews and provides training on HR, employment law, labor law, and immigration topics.