The Monthly Newsletter of the Greater Madison Area SHRM
In This Edition
Government Affairs & Legal Updates
Professional DevelopmentSecond Annual All Student Night Out
The Education and Professional Development Committee
GMA SHRM Idea Exchange
GMA SHRM Social Media
GMA SHRM Member News
I hope to see many of you at GMA Revealed on October 27 at Badger Bowl. This event is not only for new members, current members are also encouraged to attend and learn more about the chapter, opportunities we provide our members and how you can get more involved with the chapter. Our last PDS of 2016 will be on November 3 - Hot Topics in the HR Legal World. I hope to see you there!
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Submitted by Mary Wilkosz
Local law firm, Boardman & Clark LLP, recently hosted another of their informative and engaging “Bagels & Coffee” events featuring updates on trending workplace legal issues. One of the breakout sessions, “Alcohol in the Workplace”, addressed two recent changes to Wisconsin’s Workers’ Compensation law that went into effect 3/2/2016.
WISHRM, along with some programming assistance from the GMA SHRM Government Affairs Committee, will be hosting the 3rd Annual “Day on the Hill” event on January 17-18, 2017 at the Park Hotel on the Capitol Square in Madison.
Did you ever wonder why we operate under both federal FLSA and Wisconsin FLSA rules? Did the recent FLSA overtime changes just sneak up on you? How does the Affordable Care Act impact your organization? Did you ever wonder how your organization is affected by laws that are passed in both Madison and Washington, DC?
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 –
Wednesday, October 19th – 4pm-5pm in Grainger Hall 1195
Tuesday, November 29th– 4pm-5pm in Grainger Hall 1080
Wednesday, December 6th – TBD
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.
Apply for the When Work Works Award!
Is your organization an effective and flexible workplace? Do you want to know how you compare to other organizations? The application cycle for the When Work Works Award will open September 26, 2016 and close November 18, 2016. All applicants will receive a benchmarking report comparing their organizations to others in the same industry. Winners will be recognized for their flexible practices and featured on the When Work Works website as part of the Guide to Bold New Ideas.
The thank you and testimonial was provided to GMA SHRM for our participation in the annual Job Boot Camp and work with the Dane County Job Fair.
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.
Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided. Although this is a free event, we would like you to register ahead of time so we can better prepare for the event size.
Session 1: Hot Legal Issues & Conducting Internal Investigations
Campaign season will soon be over! It’s time to regroup and ensure you are up to speed on key legal issues affecting your workplace. Join us at the Legal Summit on November 8th to delve into timely legal topics with four experienced labor and employment lawyers. You know you can never get enough of this stuff, so don’t miss this informational morning that will update your knowledge and give you tools to improve the HR practices and outcomes in your workplace!
Session 1 will focus on 5 new legal issues you need to know and best practices for conducting internal investigations. You will learn:
In Session 2 our presenters will take a deep dive into the new DOL Overtime Rules and find out if you are truly ready for them. We will also look at the issues of avoiding liability for arrest/conviction record, wrongful refusal to rehire and OSHA whistleblower and retaliation claims. You will learn:
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: Linda Greene, PHR, SHRM-CP
Where do you currently work?
The Employer Group
What is the focus of your position?
As a Human Resources Business Partner, I am responsible for providing proper employment guidance and information to The Employer Group’s clients. I am responsible for a variety of specific human resources activities, including but not limited to: HR consultation and compliance for clients, benefits support, talent management, general human resources administration, and training.
How long have you been in the Human Resource field?
Which of your career accomplishments makes you proudest?
Achieving my PHR Certification early in my career.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
I don’t have one specific piece of advice, but I would like to recognize and thank my mentor, who was willing to take a chance on me. Her guidance, training and wisdom influenced me greatly and contributed to my success as an HR professional.
Why did you decide to join GMA SHRM?
I joined GMA-SHRM because they are an excellent organization that provides training and networking opportunities and as well as resources for HR professionals.
GMA SHRM Volunteer SpotlightName: Shaun Thomson
How long have you been volunteering with GMA SHRM?
For about eight years.
What committee are you volunteering with? Have you volunteered on other committees? If yes, which one?
I am currently Chair of the Communications & Marketing Committee as well as serving on the Human Capital Conference Committee.
What do you enjoy about volunteering?
I’m the only HR Professional at Second Harvest Foodbank. Volunteering with GMA SHRM helps me to get to know other HR Professionals that I can relate to and bounce ideas off of.
What would you say to others who are considering volunteering with GMA SHRM?
I would definitely recommend it. There are so many ways to get involved, and you’ll get to meet some really great people.
What have you gotten back from volunteering with GMA SHRM?
I was a member of GMA SHRM for about seven years before I started volunteering. I would go to the occasional event and gravitate towards the one or two people that I knew. Once I started to volunteer, I felt like I was getting so much more out of my membership. I’ve created wonderful friendships and really feel invested in the chapter
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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!
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