Covid-19 Statement

Updated June 8, 2020

Moving forward together for your health and the future of your career.

Since 1944, our community is our top priority. Always has been and always will be.

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves and local, state, and federal authorities announce plans to reopen California, it has become clear that adjusting our original 2020 California HR Conference schedule is imperative to ensuring the health of our attendees and community.

Rafael Rivera, host of the California HR Conference, and CEO of Professionals In Human Resources Association, announces today the postponement of our 2020 annual event. Please see his official statement below followed by a list of questions you may have regarding this decision and our answers. 

As always, you can reach us with questions at

HR Community,

We remain committed to the health and safety of our community. Given how quickly and unexpectedly the COVID-19 pandemic is unfolding at local and national levels, and the uncertainties we’re all facing, we couldn’t deliver on our original June 8th estimate for making a public announcement about the 2020 California HR Conference.

We want to wait until we are confident our decision will not be significantly altered by developments that would put anyone’s health or safety at risk. We now anticipate making that announcement around the end of June once we’ve worked through all the factors involved, conferred with various service providers, and made a decision with our board of directors.

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Thank you for the patience and support. We look forward to hosting you in the fall.



Rafael Rivera, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Host, California HR Conference
CEO, Professionals In Human Resources Association

Questions and Answers

Is the 2020 California HR Conference still happening?

Yes, we are creating a hybrid event (both an in-person and virtual experience) over new dates and with a new format.

Why did PIHRA decide to postpone the 2020 California HR Conference?
Based on coronavirus circumstances and Governor Newsom’s cautious four-stage plan to reopen California, we do not believe it would be feasible to present our event from August 30 – September 2. To ensure the health and safety of our practitioners, providers and presenters, we required more time to implement new guidelines based on health experts and elected officials. By creating a hybrid event, we want everyone to experience the California HR Conference in a way that works best for them.
Is there a new refund policy?

Yes. All registered attendees will automatically be transferred to the fall 2020 California HR Conference. Attendees may also defer registrations to the 2021 California HR Conference from August 30 to September 1, 2021 in Long Beach, CA or request a refund. The option to request a refund will open once we announce the new fall dates.

Can I transfer my 2020 California HR Conference registration to the 2021 California HR Conference?

Yes. Please hold onto this request until we publish our official form.

Will I be able to get refunded on my flight reservation?

Attendees should check directly with their airline. Many have updated policies around cancellations regarding the coronavirus travel restrictions.

What will happen if my registration includes a PIHRA membership?
If you request a transfer to the 2021 California HR Conference, your membership may lapse before the start of the conference and you would not have access to member benefits. If you request a refund, you will receive a refund for the conference registration and your membership will remain active until your expiration date.
I was selected to speak at CAHR20 – do you have the new dates for the conference?
Currently, we are creating a hybrid event (both an in-person and virtual experience) over new dates and with a new format. This will require communications to be sent to all speakers once the new dates are set to determine availability and interest in participating in the new format.

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