The Canning Group, LLC and NAAAHR New Jersey Join Forces to Attract Diverse Candidates for Municipal Career Opportunities

February 08, 2018

The Canning Group, LLC has partnered with the New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR New Jersey) to expand their mutual mission of identifying professional opportunities for talented leaders. 


The Canning Group is a unique management and consulting organization that specializes in municipal management consulting and placement in the State of New Jersey and beyond. Providing for a level of excellence in the areas of Executive Searches, Interim City Managers, Management & Leadership Seminars and Efficiency Studies, the Group has become the fastest growing municipal managerial consulting firm in the State of New Jersey. The members are passionate about professional and ethical leadership and service in government at all levels in serving our citizens.



The New Jersey chapter of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources is a not-for-profit association that exists to further the mission of the nationally-established and recognized organization in providing a unique global forum for the career development of Black and African American human resource professionals, as well as support of its members' career goals and opportunities to "lead where they live." 


Both groups view this partnership as a way to increase the diversity of New Jersey professionals who are positioned to support and influence the impact of local government in our state.


November 01, 2017

It’s that time of year again to sign up for health insurance! Get ready for this year’s ACA open enrollment period, which ends on December 15th!


Millions of Americans count on for quality, affordable health insurance. Last year, over 12 million people signed up! Open enrollment only happens once each year. Don’t miss your chance to get covered!

v  P.S.: Attached you will find a resource guide to help answer many questions you may have for this year’s open enrollment.

                 You can also find this information on our website.



ü  Apply for coverage at  or, for Spanish speakers.  


ü  Apply for or renew your health plan by December 15th to ensure coverage beginning on January 1st.  


ü  You may qualify for financial assistance to make coverage even more affordable. 

ü  Premium tax credits are available to many depending on your household size and income.  For example, a family of four making about $98,000 would qualify for financial assistance. 

ü  You may also be eligible for a cost sharing reduction, which lowers out-of-pocket costs, like deductibles and copays. 


ü  Free enrollment assistance is available: Find local help on; call the Marketplace Call Center by dialing 1-800-318-2596; or visit  


ü  If you are currently enrolled in a plan on, you MUST opt to renew your plan or choose another plan.  If you don’t, you may be auto-enrolled in the same or a similar plan for 2018. 


ü  NJ has three insurers offering plans on the marketplace this year: Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, AmeriHealth, and Oscar.


ü  Having health coverage is the law. If you don’t have coverage from another source and miss the December 15th deadline, you could face a penalty during tax season.


ü  If you miss the deadline, you may have to wait another year to get covered on the marketplace, unless you qualify for a special enrollment period.


Not sure if you can afford health insurance? Not to worry!  Last year, nearly 80 percent of New Jerseyans received an average tax credit of $349 a month, lowering the average monthly premium to $148. This year, many people will have access to a health plan for $75 or less or month.    


Enrolling in health coverage is quick and easy! During last year’s open enrollment period, it took most people about 10 minutes to submit an application. If you have questions about signing up or want to talk through your options with a trained professional, free and confidential assistance is available.

ü  Marketplace Call Center representatives are available to provide free help to you 24 hours, every day by dialing 1-800-318-2596


September 27, 2017

Senators: Latest Action Part of a Pattern to Sabotage the ACA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) called for an investigation into the planned periodic shutdown of – the official federal website established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) where Americans can enroll in a health insurance plan – during the 2018 open enrollment period (OEP). During open enrollment – the time of year that individuals can enroll in a new health plan – the Trump Administration plans to make the website inaccessible for 12 hours on nearly every Sunday and on the first night of open enrollment.

The four Senators asked Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma why and how the scheduled shutdowns were deemed necessary by HHS and how they will impact Americans trying to access The letter also asks the agency to extend the open enrollment period to January 31, 2018. In a second letter, the senators asked Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General (IG) Daniel Levinson to investigate the need for and impact of these scheduled shutdowns.

“We are disappointed to learn that CMS has created a new barrier to enrollment,” the senators wrote in their letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “This planned downtime will be particularly harmful as this year’s OEP is only 45 days – significantly shorter than previous OEPs, which were at least 90 days.  Furthermore, the planned downtime is peculiar given that had successfully met its goal of having a system uptime of 99 percent or greater in previous OEPs.”

The senators point to a number of actions the Trump Administration has taken to undermine the ACA, including making drastic funding cuts to ACA advertising and outreach programs.

“Since taking office, President Trump and his Administration have made multiple policy changes that threaten to undermine the ACA marketplace—and the recent announcements of extensive shutdowns of for ‘maintenance’ appear to be part of that pattern,” the senators wrote in their letter to HHS IG Daniel Levinson. “We therefore ask that you include a review of CMS’s decisions regarding scheduled shutdowns of in your recently announced assessment of Federal Marketplace Enrollment Systems, including the reasons for the downtime, as well as whether the planned downtime complies with all applicable regulations, policies, and procedures.”


To read the full text of the senators’ letter to the HHS Inspector General, click here.

To read the full text of the senators’ letter to the CMS Administrator, click here


Workplace Politics "Brunch & Learn"

October 21, 2017

Members: FREE

Non-Members: $35.00

NAAAHR New Jersey will be presenting quarterly "Brunch & Learn"  sessions throughout the state, and we'll kick off the series on Saturday, October 21 in Newark with a topic that always garners a lot of buzz: Workplace Politics. The session, entitled "Workplace Politics: How to do the Right Thing in the Smart Way," will be an interactive discussion around some of the challenges in navigating politics on the job, how your political style and behavior impact your success, and what you can do to improve - or reinforce - your political savvy. NAAAHR New Jersey Chapter president, Vanessa Phipps will facilitate the conversations. 


Come hungry because we'll get started with a large buffet breakfast, complete with a variety of hot and cold beverages - and of course - mimosas!

NAAAHR NJ South Jersey Summer Networking Mixer

July 13, 2017


The New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources invites South Jersey HR professionals and business leaders to join us for some great networking, along with complimentary hors d'oeuvres, wine and beer on the patio at one of the most talked about eateries - and according to Zagat, #1 on their list of "The Hottest New Restaurants in Philly"(!!) We want NAAAHR to become a household name - or certainly a company-wide resource - for our South Jersey professionals, and we're committed to making that happen. You don't want to miss out, so GET IN HERE! Registration is limited.

2017 NABA Northern NJ Annual Scholarship & Awards Brunch

June 17, 2017

The Northern New Jersey Chapter of National Association of Black Accountants invites you to our 2017 Annual Scholarship Reception. Join us to celebrate deserving minority students who demonstrate academic achievement, leadership, and a commitment to their community. This year we will be awarding over $13,500 to outstanding NJ students pursuing careers in Accounting, Finance, and Business.

NABA Northern NJ Members - $45

Non-Members - $60

Contact NABA Northern NJ for Corporate Partnership or Group Pricing

Ticket price includes buffet, unlimited sangria and an afternoon of celebrating our students, members and partners.

"Insider Edition": BASF Corporation Hosts a Session On The Real Scoop On HR

May 11, 2017

So, what does everyone in Human Resources do on a day-to-day basis?

  • How do benefits plans get selected - and salaries get decided?

  • What really happens in a talent planning discussion?

  • What's the difference between a recruiter and a sourcer?

And if you're...

  • interested in starting your career in HR

  • transitioning into HR from a different area of the business, or

  • taking on a different role in your current HR division, what do you need to know?

The HR team at BASF Corporation wants to answer these and many more questions for you! Come join us at their headquarters in Florham Park, New Jersey to get "The Real Scoop on the HR Profession!"

Bring your business cards - Networking opportunities available!

Food and beverages will be served.

Planning, Politics, and Presence: Crossing The Line to Career Success

April 25, 2017

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | 6:00 PM 

Rutgers Business School-Newark hosts NAAAHR New Jersey and New Jersey Black MBA Association for a unique panel discussion. 

Hear what five diverse professionals - whose careers span corporate, state politics, and entrepreneurship - have experienced in crossing their own unique finish lines to success. Come learn from their lessons, ask questions, and participate in the conversations!

Food and beverages included!

Spring Break in South Jersey at Little Negril Jamaican Restaurant

April 06, 2017

The New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources [NAAAHR] is hosting their first South Jersey mixer to usher in Spring and invite its South Jersey members and supporters to come enjoy some incredible Jamaican food and share a glass of wine on us! Let's talk about how this organization can support you in building a successful career in the HR profession, including connecting you with fellow practitioners and leaders. Feel free to bring a fellow HR friend/colleague!

The Power of Politics in The Business of Human Resources

March 29, 2017


Facilitated by Vanessa Phipps, Principal, The Future Force Group

Politics: It’s not a dirty word!

If, as widely described, an organization’s culture consists of the values, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that employees share and use to get work done, then political savvy is, perhaps, the skill that allows us to ensure our people maintain an admirable – and sidestep a questionable – sense of integrity in our quest to succeed in that work. This one hour webinar session (with post-session Q&A) will offer a high level look at:

  • knowing your political strengths

  • managing the “buzz” about you

  • creating a power image that allows you to influence decision-makers

  • building a savvy work team


THIS SESSION IS THE FIRST OF THE 2017 WEBINAR SERIES PRODUCED BY THE NAAAHR NORTHEAST REGION CHAPTERS! Baltimore, Delaware, Greater New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia & Washington D.C.

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