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Hampton Roads Chamber partners with Hampton Roads SHRM

“With so much going on in the country right now, it is absolutely imperative that we go out of our way to stay up to date on the changes impacting our current work environment” – Kristina Vaquera (Partner, Jackson Lewis PC).


The Hampton Roads Chamber and the Hampton Roads Society for Human Resource Management (HRSHRM) hosted a virtual webinar to inform participants of critical changes taking place in today’s workforce. Vaquera was also joined by Mike Godwin (VP of Human Resources, Community Alternatives), Kelly Lane (Director of Human Resources, The Casey Automotive Group), and Gwen Gilbert (Chief Human Resource Officer, Divaris Real Estate).  


We all know that there has been so much change in the workforce this year. 

Between COVID-19 changing the way we operate day-to-day, and new Virginia Employment laws, there is a lot to keep up with. Today our panelists provided valuable information on the following:

Legal Pitfalls in the Interview Process

“Are you a US citizen?” “Do you have children?” These types of questions are discriminatory and can lead to conversations that are not only inappropriate but illegal. Don’t ignore legal pitfalls! Spend time reviewing and identifying compliance issues when you’re subject to statutory requirements. 

Stay up to date by utilizing law firm websites. 

“Not only is it important to familiarize yourself with these new statutory requirements, it’s important to make sure management and interviewers are familiar with them as well.” – Vaquera.



Using Social Media as a recruiting tool is at an all-time high, with 92% of companies utilizing its potential. Websites like LinkedIn are ideal for networking and making professional connections, as well as attracting business professionals to apply for job openings. 

Here are some tips for compiling a job posting:

  • Write a realistic description of the job’s main functions/roles.
  • Make sure the posting is JAZZED UP – don’t just copy and paste the job role, actually convince the candidate to come work for you.
  • Ensure that the posting is on as many online hiring sites as possible. There are even companies that can streamline that process for you, and monitor where you’re having success.


Employee Handbook

Now more than ever it is important to have an employee handbook. 

  • Establishes Expectations
  • Explains, organizes and updates company policies
  • Protects the company from compliance violations


Remote Workforce Considerations

Now more than ever, candidates are attracted to remote job listings. 

COVID-19 has changed how we think about Remote Working.

  • How much of your work culture was already “remote”
  • Do current methods of communication meet your employee’s needs?
  • Are you prepared to invest in the proper software and tools to assist remote working?


There will be two more events in this series; September 24th and November 18th from noon – 1:00 pm. You can register for this event by visiting our website Thank you so much to our Series Presenting Sponsor; South Bay Communications and Security, and our Virtual Gold Series Sponsor; Let’s Pack & Go Dream Vacations.

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