Human Resources

Gina Heslep, Director
Ashley Carranza, HR Assistant
Alison Cavazos, HR Assistant
Abigail Chuquimia, HR Assistant
Maceon Grayson, Sr., Personnel Assistant
Ruth Zalsman, Benefits Specialist

Purpose Statement

The mission of the Human Resources department is to assist the conference administration in the management and strategic planning of its human resources in the areas of recruitment, hiring, employment, wage and hour, NAD Policy, benefits, compensation, and the formulation of policies and procedures.  HR serves in an advisory capacity, working with churches, schools, Pine Springs Ranch Conference Center and the conference office.  It is our goal to partner with these various entities, to be of service to our employees and to protect the resources of Southeastern California Conference.

Highlights of the Last 5 Years

Since our last report in 2011, the Human Resources department has worked on keeping current with the changes of the California Wage and Hour Laws employers must provide for employees. The HR staff continues to work on ways to help our churches comply with these rigorous requirements.

Recently we have been working on the challenge of adapting our conference to the new health care reform requirements. Implementation of this program began in 2010, however, a major shift for employers will be implemented January 1, 2014, which will require a lower benchmark for employees to qualify for health care benefits. Compliance under these new federal rules will require training of the local church boards and administrative staff on the particulars of this reform, requiring compliance at the local church level, as well as maintaining a close working relationship with the Human Resources department in the management of employees. This will require close attention and the ability to adapt to the changes as this program is rolled out. Severe penalties can be assessed for non-compliance.

In the last report, we mentioned the Human Resources departments efforts to fully implement the conference Illness and Injury Program with Cal/OSHA. We have successfully began the safety training for all employees, by assigning a web-based training module to all new hired employees, as well as training our current employees. We continue to work with Adventist Risk Management on customizing the web-based safety training for specific areas that are not currently covered in the training modules. We have coordinated our efforts with other California conferences, to come up with a program to bring administration of the Illness and Injury Program to the local church sights.