I am very pleased to provide the following update regarding SHRM’s May 31, 2016 communication regarding their legal action against the NCHRA. SHRM had filed a motion for a preliminary injunction in the Eastern District of Virginia seeking to prohibit the NCHRA from holding its Seattle, Las Vegas and Phoenix HR West events. SHRM claimed that NCHRA’s Charter as an affiliate of SHRM restricted its activities to an undefined geographic area in Northern California.
This past Friday, June 24, 2016, the federal court in Virginia denied SHRM’s motion. In denying the motion, the court reviewed all of the evidence and arguments presented by SHRM and found that it did not clearly show that it was likely to prevail on the merits or that SHRM would suffer irreparable harm if the conferences were to go forward as planned. This did not come as a surprise to us as we were confident we had the right to bring our conference to a new audience without restriction and will continue as planned.
Although the court denied SHRM’s motion, the underlying lawsuit filed by SHRM will continue. SHRM’s choice to sue us (NCHRA) has been disappointing, but just as we did in the matter of the preliminary injunction, we are confident we will prevail with regard to the lawsuit. In light of the court’s ruling on Friday, it is our hope that SHRM will spend more time on elevating the Human Resources profession and less on making difficult the continued success of one of its oldest affiliates.
Chief Executive Officer
Northern California HR Association
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