January 2017

HR InTouch

The Monthly Newsletter of the Greater Madison Area SHRM

In This Edition

President's Message

By Melissa Chadwick
 

Government Affairs & Legal Updates

ACA Extensions: 1095-C Due Dates and Good-Faith Transition Relief

WI SHRM Day on the Hill – January 17-18, 2017

Why Should I Attend the Day on the Hill?  A Testimonial

Professional Development

GMA SHRM Professional Award - $1000

GMA SHRM Idea Exchange
 


GMA SHRM Social Media

Social Media & Technology Committee

Forward HR


GMA SHRM News & Upcoming Events

GMA SHRM Student Scholaship Finalists Selected

View the 2017 Calendar of Events!

January 31, 2017 - Professional Development Summit
Session 1:  Managing Your Public Image in the Wake Of A Crisis
Session 2:  Lifesaving Tips When Facing an Armed Intruder or Active Shooter in Your Company 


Human Capital Conference Committee - Join the Team!

GMA SHRM Member News

GMA SHRM Member Spotlight

GMA SHRM Volunteer Spotlight

Welcome New Members!

Movin' Up

In Transition

 


 

 

President's Message

GMA SHRM
2017 Corporate Partners

Gold Level

Boardman & Clark Law Firm
Career Momentum
Godfrey & Kahn
The Payroll Company
Remedy Intelligent Staffing

Silver Level

Bunbury & Associates
First Choice Dental
Hausmann-Johnson Insurance Group
M3 Insurance
QPS Employment Group
Summit Credit Union
Ultimate Software

Bronze Level

Adecco Engineering & Technology
The Alliance
Edgewood College
Escape This! Team Building - Special Events
The QTI Group
Stark Relocation
Unity Health Insurance

Thank you!

 


 

Greetings!
 

Happy New Year!  I hope each of you had a chance to relax, take some time off work and enjoy the holiday season with friends and family.  It’s hard to believe 2017 is here and within GMA, the year is off to a busy start!
 
First, I want to take this opportunity to welcome all of our new 2017 Corporate Partners!  Thank you for supporting GMA SHRM through your sponsorship.  I know you will find great value in your sponsorship and we would not be as successful as we are without you, so thank you for your support.
The WISHRM Day on the Hill Event is fast approaching!  The networking portion is on January 17 at Inn on the Park and the Day on the Hill is on January 18 at the Park Hotel.  You will have a chance to meet with legislators, receive employment and legal updates and hear an analysis on the recent election.  To learn more about this event and register today, visit this site.
 
We also are holding our annual Strategic Planning Event on January 27.  If you are interested in learning more about GMA, what goes into our strategic plan and how we can better serve you, our members, please save the date and email me at melissa.chadwick@bakertilly.com for additional details.
 
Our first PDS of 2017 is on January 31 at the Alliant Energy Center.  This is a PDS not to miss – we will feature 2 speakers, who will speak on “14 Lifesaving Tips when Facing an Armed Intruder or Active Shooter in Your Company” and “Defending Your Reputation in the Wake of a Crisis”.  Register here to attend!
 
With January upon us, we also are officially rolling out our new Guest Grant Registration!  If you are considering joining GMA SHRM, have a bona fide connection to Human Resources and would like to apply for one of these Professional Grants, please complete the contact information on the form at this link.  We would love to have you join us! Thank you to Mike Johnson and the Membership Committee for creating this great opportunity for future members to check us out.
 
Finally, perhaps you have a New Year’s Resolution to get more involved in GMA SHRM and serve on a committee but aren’t sure where to start.  I encourage you to reach out to LeaAnn Rens, our Director of Volunteer Engagement to learn more.  Whether you have only one hour or many hours to give, we have a volunteer opportunity for you!
 
I hope everyone has a great start to 2017 and I look forward to seeing you at one of the many upcoming events.  If you have any questions on upcoming events or feedback to share, please reach out to me at melissa.chadwick@bakertilly.com.


Best Wishes,

Melissa Chadwick
President
GMA SHRM
Click here to view the full GMA SHRM Board of Directors
 

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Government Affairs & Legal Updates

ACA Extensions: 1095-C Due Dates and Good-Faith Transition Relief

Submitted by Mary Wilkosz, Forward Service Corporation and ABR Employment Services

On November 18, 2016 the IRS issued Notice 2016-70 announcing an extension of the due date for “Applicable Large Employers” to provide employees with the 2016 Form 1095-C (Employer provided health insurance offer and coverage) from January 31, 2017 to March 2, 2017; an employer with 50 or more full-time and/or full-time equivalent employees on average during the year is considered to be an “Applicable Large Employer”.   IRS Notice 2016-70 also extended the “Good-Faith” Transition Relief to apply to 2016 reporting as it did in 2015. 

The notice does not extend the due date for filing the 1095-Cs with the IRS.  Paper forms are due to the IRS by February 28, 2017 and electronic submissions are due no later than March 31, 2017.

The “Good Faith” transition extension provides reporting entities relief from information reporting penalties as long as those entities file in a timely manner and can demonstrate they made a good faith effort to comply with reporting requirements.


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WI SHRM Day on the Hill – January 17-18, 201

Submitted by:  Jeff Palkowski, Director of Government Affairs GMA SHRM

The agenda for the 3rd Annual WI SHRM Day on the Hill event has been finalized.  For this year’s event, the program includes:

  • Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch – State of Business in Wisconsin
  • Bob Gregg, Boardman & Clark – Developments, Trends and Hot Topics: The Annual Legal Overview
  • Prof. Charles Franklin, Marquette Law School – Election Analysis & Projection
  • Jim Chiolino, WI Department of Workforce Development – Labor Law Updates
  • WI Legislative Reference Bureau – How a Bill Becomes a Law
  • Meredith Nethercutt, SHRM – Day on the Hill Training
  • Legislative Meetings with members of the Wisconsin State Assembly and State Senate at the State Capitol 

The event has been preapproved for 4 SHRM and 3 HRCI recertification credits.
Reception:       1/17/17 – 5:30pm-8:00pm – Park Hotel on the Capitol Square
Program:          1/18/17 – 7:00am-4:30pm – Park Hotel and State Capitol   

If you are interested in attending this event, co-sponsored by GMA SHRM, please register at:  http://www.wishrm.org/2017-Day-on-the-Hill.  To ensure that individual meetings may be scheduled for you and your legislators, please register by no later than 1/3/17.
 
UPDATE – Day on the Hill has now been pre-approved for 4 credits for both HRCI and SHRM! 

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Why Should I Attend the Day on the Hill? A Testimonial

Submitted by: Tammy L. Wacek, WPS Health Insurance

On January 18th, 2017, the Wisconsin Society for Human Resource Management Council is holding their Day on the Hill event. You might be asking yourself what is this event all about and why should you attend. This event provides a unique opportunity to meet your legislators and advocate on behalf of the HR profession. In addition, there are multiple speakers coming to discuss timely legislative updates topics.

This year will be my third time attending the event and I can tell you it is a very interesting and educational opportunity. If you are someone that has never met with your legislator, this event will allow you to gain insight into how to talk with your elected officials and the forum to do so in a way that is not intimidating. When you sign up for the event, a legislative meeting will be scheduled for you and you will be able to meet your legislators along with other attendees within your district. Training is also provided prior to your scheduled meeting so you have talking points and will feel prepared for your meeting. This is a great opportunity to become an advocate or continue your advocacy efforts! 
For more information about the event and to register, visit the website: http://www.wishrm.org/2017-Day-on-the-Hill


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Professional Development

GMA SHRM Professional Award

The Greater Madison Area Society for Human Resource Management (GMA SHRM) has established a professional awards program encouraging continuing education in the human resources field.

Award
The annual $1,000 award will be given to a GMA SHRM member to support his or her professional development.
Examples of covered eligible programs include:

• Attendance at a National/State SHRM conference
• Post-secondary degree in business or human resources related discipline
• Support of certification or re-certification (PHR, SPHR, GPHR, SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, CCP, CEBS, etc.)
• Certificate programs in business or human resources related discipline


Eligibility
Eligible applicants for the GMA SHRM Professional Awards Program must meet the following criteria:

• GMA SHRM Member
• Currently working in an HR related field
• Current GMA SHRM Board Members are not eligible
Professionals who receive 80-100% tuition reimbursement from their employer are not eligible to use this award for tuition reimbursement.


To Apply
To be considered for the professional award, applicants must email one (1) pdf file containing the following information to chapteradmin@gmashrm.org.  Do not use the body of the email for any required portions below.

• Brief one page purpose statement explaining how continuing education or professional certification will enhance your HR career
• Current resume
• List all volunteer activities, including SHRM and relevant organizations including all community activities in which you have participated without pay.  Note all special awards, honors, and offices held. If you have participated in a research project, please include that experience as well. 

Award Provisions
Award recipients will be selected by the Professional Awards Committee based on demonstration of leadership qualities and interest in the human resources field, GMA SHRM participation, and a dedication to the advancement of the HR field.
The award program is open NOW and all applications must be emailed in one (1) pdf file by ­­­­­­February 1st, 2017 to be considered. Application materials should be sent to chapteradmin@gmashrm.org.
The award will be paid on a reimbursement basis, pending a one-time submission of receipts for course work or program activity. Recipients must use monetary contributions within one year of receipt.

Additional Information
Questions regarding the professional award program should be directed to Jeff Westra.
The Greater Madison Area SHRM and its Professional Awards Committee reserve the right to alter or change this program. Any tax liability is the responsibility of the recipient.


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GMA SHRM Idea Exchange



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 tia.gibson@covance.com for teleconference dial in info!  
 


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Workforce Readiness & Diversity

Consider candidates who need a second chance in 2017

As you know and are probably experiencing, this is an extremely competitive market for recruiting and hiring. Companies everywhere are looking for different talent pools to fill their openings. One such source of candidates may be ex-offenders. While the overall Dane County unemployment rate as of November 2016 stood at 2.7% (not seasonally adjusted)[1], the rate of unemployment for ex-offenders can be 1.1 to 5.4 percentage points higher [2].
 
In October 2016, SHRM’s HR Magazine ran an extended feature on “Hiring Job Seekers with Criminal Histories.” [3] Every company and hiring manager needs weigh the potential risks and rewards for hiring a candidate with a less than pristine history. Most that do find that “the best approach to hiring individuals with criminal backgrounds is not so different from the one they use for everyone else: to evaluate each candidate on his or her merits.” [3] There are also incentives to hire ex-offenders – Work Opportunity Tax Credit and federal bonding programs  - and local organizations that are willing to help support ex-offenders re-entry – the Re-entry Program partnership among Madison-Area Urban Ministry (MUM), Dane County Human Services, and the Employment and Training Association (EATA). [4]
 
The benefits of giving an ex-offender a second chance can cause ripple effects through your organization and the community. Think about the feeling of being able to potentially positively impact an individual’s career path and the financial stability of their family. Think about how perceptions and unconscious (or conscious) biases towards someone with a criminal background may be challenged and changed. It’s a new year; consider giving an ex-offender a new start.
 
Do you have success stories or lessons learned regarding hiring ex-offenders? We’d love to hear them and feature them in an upcoming newsletter article. Contact Heather Kennedy, heather.kennedy@sparqcoach.com.
 
[1] http://worknet.wisconsin.gov/worknet_info/maps/pdf/uRatesCo.pdf
 
[2] https://www.chicagofed.org/~/media/publications/profitwise-news-and-views/2016/pnv-issue2-2016-employment-article2-pdf.pdf
 
[3] https://www.shrm.org/hr-today/news/hr-magazine/1016/Pages/hiring-job-seekers-with-criminal-histories.aspx
 
[4] http://www.eata.org/Re-Entry_Program.html


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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 via telephone conference.  January Meeting TBD - Contact Tia Gibson at tia.gibson@covance.com for teleconference dial in info!  

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Forward HR

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.

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GMA SHRM News & Upcoming Events

GMA SHRM Student Scholarship Finalists 

The Greater Madison Area Society for Human Resource Management (GMA SHRM) has established a scholarship program encouraging the continual pursuit of achieving an education in the human resource field.
 
Help us in congratulating our 2016 Student Scholarship Recipients – Claire Doyle and Aaron Ganske - these students will each be receiving a $750 scholarship towards their pursuit of a degree in the human resources field (or related course of study).


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View the 2017 Calendar of Events!

Get out your calendars and save these dates now for the 2017 GMA SHRM Programming and Networking Calendar!

Click here to view the calendar!


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Professional Development Summit - January 31, 2017

Session 1:  Managing Your Public Image in the Wake Of A Crisis  -  Presenter:  Steve Lyons  -  Husch Blackwell, Public Affairs, Communications and Goverment Affairs Advisor

Session 2:  Lifesaving Tips When Facing an Armed Intruder or Active Shooter in Your Company  -  Presenter:  Ted Hayes, CSP, MSE  -  M3 Insurance, Senior Risk Manager

Location:  Alliant Energy Center

Full Program Information

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Human Capital Conference Committee - Join the Team!

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.

If you want to learn more about this committee and how you might benefit from volunteering for this conference, please contact Tammy Wacek at tammy.wacek@wpsic.com.  


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GMA SHRM Member News
 

GMA SHRM Member Spotlight

Name: Kristina Maher
 
Where do you currently work?  
TeamSoft, which is an IT consulting firm. 
 
What is the focus of your position? 
As an HR Generalist, I enjoy a variety of job duties.  I’m kept busy with background checks, new hire orientation, benefits administration, resolving employee issues, updating policies, keeping our HRIS current, managing FMLA cases, processing exits, ACA reporting, event planning, and more!
 
How long have you been in the Human Resource field?
About ten years. I was lucky to have a college internship at the State of Wisconsin’s Office of State Employment Relations.  My first job out of college in the summer of 2007 was in HR at Clasen Quality Coatings. 
 
Which of your career accomplishments makes you proudest? 
Any time I’m able to connect with an employee or their family members and help them navigate a stressful situation or celebrate big milestones.  I’m proud when my role in HR can have a positive impact on someone else’s life.
 
What is the best advice you’ve ever received? 
There are only a few matters that are truly life or death situations.  This perspective changed the way I handle stress at work and in my personal life.  
 
Why did you decide to join GMA SHRM?
I wanted to network with others in HR and knew GMA SHRM had great opportunities for professional development as well.  It has proven to be a valuable resource! 
 

GMA SHRM Volunteer Spotlight

Name:   Jon Stinemetz
 
How long have you been volunteering with GMA SHRM? January will complete my first year    
 
What committee are you volunteering with? WRDC
 
Have you volunteered on other committees? Not at this time, but I’m looking forward to expanding my options in 2017.
 
What do you enjoy about volunteering? Volunteering allows me the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals as well as utilize my strengths of team building and community outreach to my maximum ability.
 
What would you say to others who are considering volunteering with GMA SHRM?  The conversations and idea sharing is like no other group or organization.  Take advantage of this opportunity to network and grow, both personally and professionally.
 
What have you gotten back from volunteering with GMA SHRM?  Watching professionals interact with jobseekers during the Job Boot Camp solidifies why we do what we do within GMA SHRM.  Seeing the smiles on the faces of both GMA SHRM members and jobseekers was one of the best ROI’s I could have imagined when I volunteered for this committee.
 



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 @ brittanyahanson@gmail.com

 

Welcome New Members!

GMA SHRM welcomes the following members who joined our chapter in November 2016!
 

Carly Cohen UW Madison Student
Jessica Zych TRICOR Insurance

 



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Movin' Up


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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In Transition


If you are a member who is in between jobs, or who is currently employed but seeking new positions or career paths, write us a brief description of your skill set, areas of expertise, what you’re looking for, etc. Send us an e-mail. We’ll publish your information in the next HR InTouch.

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HR InTouch Guidelines

Article Writing:

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.

Article length:

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.

Solicitation:

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 chapteradmin@gmashrm.org .

 

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