The Monthly Newsletter of the Greater Madison Area SHRM
In This Edition
Government Affairs & Legal Updates
Professional DevelopmentSecond Annual All Student Night Out - Still Time to Register
The Education and Professional Development Committee
GMA SHRM Idea Exchange
Workforce Readiness & DiversityThe 2016-2017 When Work Works Award Is Now Open
Looking for a Few Good People?
GMA SHRM Social Media
GMA SHRM Member News
The year may be winding down, but November will still be a busy month. It’s the unofficial start of the holiday season, new FLSA laws will be in effect for December 1 and, likely by the time you are reading this, we’ll have a new president elected. For many, it’s also a time of giving back and reflecting on the many joys we have in life, whether at home or at work. I hope each of you will take some time this month to thank your employee’s, co-workers, and your own HR network for being there when you need a sounding board, HR guidance or to share your own HR stories. Similarly, take some time to thank your family – parents, significant others, children, friends – for the support they give you. Working in HR is a challenge and if you’re like me, you couldn’t do it without your co-workers, employee’s and support network.
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank people who have supported GMA and me in the past year:
I look forward to what is to come – with a new president there will likely be no shortage of proposed legislature awaiting us in 2017. I hope to see each of you at the November 8 PDS and again in January for Day on the Hill, our January PDS and Strategic Planning Session. As always, please contact me with questions, suggestions or feedback on GMA.
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Submitted by Ross Hellenbrand, Sub-Zero Group, Inc.
Companies are trying to leverage their wellness programs to balance healthcare costs by incorporating mandatory requirements surrounding employees’ eligibility to be on company sponsored plans and to determine employee/employer premiums for the health insurance. There is a fine line between these initiatives being legal and them violating individual’s rights under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). The ADA safe harbor exemptions are looked at closely in both of the cases below. We will highlight a couple of court cases in Wisconsin that shed some light on how the initiatives are being interpreted by the courts. These cases can help and guide HR professionals to determine if wellness programs are compliant with the ADA.
DWD Requests Your Unemployment Input
Submitted by Mary Wilkosz, Forward Service Corporation and ABR Employment Services
Submitted by: Tammy L. Wacek, WPS Health Insurance
Second Annual All Student Night Out - Still Time to Register!Thursday, November 10, 2016 6 pm – 8 pm
As part of GMA SHRM’s commitment to attract new talent to the Human Resources profession, the Education and Professional Development committee is hosting an educational event for students with an interest in HR career paths. This year’s event will take place at American Family Insurance National Headquarters at 6000 American Parkway in Madison, WI. Appetizers will be provided and activities will include speed networking and panel of HR professionals to answer student questions you have about building your career within the HR industry! We will also be collecting student resumes for creating a resume book to supply to interested GMA SHRM members in attendance. Seating is limited, so interested members should RSVP no later than Friday, October 28, to Alicia.Foulker@unityhealth.com
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The Education and Professional Development CommitteeInterested in joining the Education & Development Committee? Simply want to learn more about them?
Mark your calendars for one of their upcoming meetings! All who are interested are free to attend!
Future Education & Development Committee Meetings –
Tuesday, November 29th– 4pm-5pm in Grainger Hall 1080
Tuesday, December 6th – 4pm-5pm at CUES
(5510 Research Park Drive, Fitchburg, WI
Directions: CUES is in Fitchburg next to CDW (old Berbee); enter the front door, take stairs or elevator down to lower level to the Training Center. This meeting will be dedicated to judging student scholarship finalists.
Contact Jeff Westra for more information and meeting locations.
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Sometimes you just have that question…..you would really just like to ask an HR colleague quickly. Perhaps it is limited to your field of work, or a specific situation. Let GMA SHRM help!
In response to a specific need, we are excited to launch the “Idea Exchange” as part of your membership in GMA SHRM! The goal of the Idea Exchange is to provide a secure area for all GMA SHRM members to be able to start a dialogue and find someone to network with on a particular issue, and to share files in a more secure format - or at least share contact details so files could be shared.
This great new tool is available to all members of GMA SHRM. You simply sign in on the GMA SHRM Home Page (click on Member Log In at the top) to access questions or to provide your response!”
Once you are logged in, click on ‘File Library’ at the top right, and Idea Exchange will appear on the drop down menu.
Interested in joining the Social Media & Technology Committee?
Simply want to learn more about what we do?
Join our next committee meeting vie telephone conference! November date TBD - contact Tia Gibson at email@example.com for teleconference dial in info!
The 2016-2017 When Work Works Award Is Now Open
Join top employers across the country who have won the When Work Works Award. Take your place as an employer of choice and showcase your effective and flexible workplace.
On October 26, 2016, Madison.com reported that unemployment rates had dropped in all of Wisconsin’s counties and 32 largest cities. (http://tinyurl.com/hvtuqac) While that is great for the economy, it poses challenges for employers – how to find good people in an ever tightening job market. Now, more than ever, you have to diversify your recruiting efforts. If you’ve always just relied on posting the job and waiting for applicants to apply, you may be missing people with great potential. I could write for days on all the ways we could network more broadly, mine LinkedIn, create employee referral incentives, etc. But, no one’s got time for that. Rather, here are a couple of options you might want to explore:
GMA SHRM Social Media
Social Media & Technology Committee
Interested in joining the Social Media & Technology Committee? Simply want to learn more about what we do? Join our next committee meeting vie telephone conference on 9/23/16 from 12p-1p!
Want to know what’s going on in HR for the other areas of Wisconsin? WI SHRM has a new blog, Forward HR. Click here to take a look.
View the 2017 Calendar of Events!Get out your calendars and save these dates now for the 2017 GMA SHRM Programming and Networking Calendar!
All scholarship applications must be postmarked by December 2nd, 2016, to be considered.
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In our first year together, GMA SHRM and Community Partnerships have accomplished the following:
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Are you interested in getting involved and making connections with other Human Resources Professionals? We are starting to plan our May 2017 all-day conference and welcome YOU to contribute to this effort. This is a great opportunity to provide input on topics and speakers for the event, build relationships with other members and gain valuable experience with event planning.
GMA SHRM Member News
GMA SHRM Member Spotlight
Name: Liz Hanson
Where do you currently work?
What is the focus of your position?
I work on so many aspects of HR work, which is great. Recruitment, benefits, payroll, talent management, etc. Being fairly new to the world of HR I have enjoyed the opportunity to learn all components.
How long have you been in the Human Resource field?
For about 18 months. I had previously worked as an advocate for survivors of domestic & sexual abuse.
Which of your career accomplishments makes you proudest?
I am proud of myself for diving into this new career opportunity. Before I came to ERDMAN I had not thought about HR as a career path, but I very quickly felt like this is where I belonged. It has been a very exciting year and a half, with lots of new challenges and growth. I am so proud of the work our HR department does and am thrilled to be a part of Team ERDMAN!
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
I have a friend who is very directionally inclined, whereas I am not. She likes to tell me, “You are never truly lost”. I find this to be appropriate for many situations in life, and not just those where the GPS is “recalculating”.
Why did you decide to join GMA SHRM?
To connect with people in the HR community and learn more about the field.
GMA SHRM Volunteer Spotlight
Name: Gail Johnson, Restaino & Associates, Relocation Specialist
How long have you been volunteering with GMA SHRM? 5 years
What committee are you volunteering with? One day GMA SHRM conference and Membership. Have you volunteered on other committees? If yes, which one? Marketing.
What do you enjoy about volunteering? Giving back and supporting this organization that our clients belong to. Having the opportunity to get to know our clients with face to face opportunities that GMA SHRM offers. Getting to know the other volunteers, making new connections, and helping to make a difference. Fun to be involved sharing your time and helping where you can.
What would you say to others who are considering volunteering with GMA SHRM? It doesn’t take a lot of time, lots of different committee’s to consider that speak to your interests and skills. Fun, caring group of professionals.
What have you gotten back from volunteering with GMA SHRM? Expanded my professional network, made new friends & colleagues, and learned more on the industry in which we serve. Keeps you engaged with the connections you have; building on those relationships. Being of service, you gain advice from your peers discussing common challenges and opportunities that can open the door to valuable recommendations and guidance.
If you’d like to be published in an issue of HR InTouch, please complete this profile and submit (along with a photo) to Brittany Hanson @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome New Members!
GMA SHRM welcomes the following members who joined our chapter in June 2016!
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Have you started with a new company? Has your organization recently promoted you to a new position? Or do you want to recognize a new person or promotion within your department? If so, we want to hear about it. Send us an e-mail, and we’ll publish your good news in the next HR InTouch!
HR InTouch Guidelines
Do you have an interest in writing for the HR InTouch? We have an interest in learning more about your area of expertise!
Why should you volunteer? Top three reasons: 1) to share your knowledge and experiences to educate others; 2) to become more connected in the HR and Dane County communities; and 3) to contribute towards the advancement of GMA SHRM and the HR profession.
The first step is for you to choose a submission option: you can pre-submit an article to GMA SHRM at any time for us to use in any of the upcoming newsletters, you can sign up to write for a particular month, or we can put you on a list of people to contact in future months whenever we need articles.
Because the HR InTouch is now in an online format, the size is flexible. The article should be engaging and hold readers’ attention. Include the core information in your article, and we will advise if it is too lengthy.
GMA SHRM is conscious not to allow solicitation through the articles, in an effort to protect the interests of our partners and members. The nature of the article should be educational (i.e., what are the business advantages of having a product like yours) or informational. Otherwise, if you truly are interested in advertising through the HR InTouch, you can work with our Marketing Committee. As a rule of thumb for article writing, if the submission relates to a for-profit event, or specifically markets your company (vs. your industry), it is an advertisement, and should be purchased. If it is a not-for-profit event that your company is hosting, or an announcement (i.e., a SHRM member recently joined your company), it is an acceptable addition to the HR InTouch content. If you have any questions related to the appropriateness of your submission, please contact us.
If you have questions, or to submit an article, contact GMA SHRM at email@example.com .