January 2018 

HR InTouch

The Monthly Newsletter of the Greater Madison Area SHRM

In This Edition

President's Message

By Melissa Chadwick
 

Government Affairs & Legal Updates

National SHRM Government Affairs A-Team Update – December, 2017

The Employment Law Standardization Act Introduced in the Wisconsin State Legislature

Compensation & Benefits

The 2017 GMA SHRM Compensation Survey

Professional Development

January Professional Development Summit - Recruiting in a Competitive Landscape

Add Members’ HR Advice Networks to your 2018 Calendar

SHRM Certification Scholarships​
 

 

GMA SHRM Media Relations


Did You Know?  Top 2 Reasons People Join GMA SHRM

Forward HR


GMA SHRM News & Upcoming Events

January Professional Development Summit -January 16, 2018 - Alliant Energy Center
Recruiting in a Competive Environment


View the 2018 Calendar of Events!
 

GMA SHRM Member News



Spotlights

Welcome New Members!

Movin' Up

In Transition

 


 

 

President's Message

GMA SHRM
2018 Corporate Partners

Gold Level

Boardman & Clark Law Firm
Career Momentum
Godfrey & Kahn
Hausmann-Johnson Insurance Group
The Payroll Company
Remedy Intelligent Staffing

Silver Level

Bunbury & Associates
M3 Insurance

Bronze Level

The Alliance
Edgewood College
Express Employment Professionals
The QTI Group
Restaino & Associates Relocation
Summit Credit Union
 

Thank you!

 


 

Greetings GMA SHRM Members –

Happy New Year!  I know we all always say this – but time sure does fly! 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 2018 is here. Within GMA SHRM the year is off to a busy start!
 
First, I want to take this opportunity to welcome all of our new 2018 Corporate Partners!  Thank you for supporting GMA SHRM through your sponsorship.  I know you will find great value in your parternship and we would not be as successful as we are without you. .  GMA SHRM members, please be sure to visit our partners at PDS events and learn how they may be able to assist your company with its initiatives and projects in 2018.  And – they usually have fun stuff they’re giving away!
 
We are holding our annual Strategic Planning Event on January 19.  If you are interested in learning more about GMA SHRM, 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.  The event normally runs from about 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and includes lunch!
 
Our first PDS of 2018 is on January 16 at the Alliant Energy Center.  If recruiting is an area of focus for you or your company in 2018, this is a PDS not to miss.We will feature subject matter experts who will talk on Recruiting in a Competitive Environment, which is something we’re all facing.  Register here to attend!
 
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 Ben Lodahl, 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!  Also, don’t forget our free, monthly HR Advice Network Roundtables.  These are fantastic monthly discussion groups on topics that are important and front of mind to our members. Come to a roundtable and meet your peers and brainstorm on any of your immediate, HR questions or situations.

Don’t forget about our 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!  

The WISHRM Day on the Hill Event is fast approaching!  The networking portion is on February 20 at Inn on the Park and the Day on the Hill is on February 21 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.  This event is also certified for 4.5 credits through SHRM and HRCI! To learn more about this event and register today, visit this site.

I hope everyone has a great start to 2018 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

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Government Affairs & Legal Updates

National SHRM Government Affairs A-Team Update – December, 2017 

Submitted by:  SHRM Government Affairs

As December 2017 comes to a close, we wanted to draw your attention to some recent accomplishments that were a direct result of A-Team efforts to advocate for HR issues on Capitol Hill. 
On December 15th, the U.S. House and Senate Conference Committee on H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, released their conference report (review a section-by-section analysis of the conference report[LH1] ). The 503-page agreement contained compromises on a wide range of tax reform topics and included several big wins for HR, employers and employees. Those include:

  • Preservation of Employer-Provided Education Assistance (Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 127): Allows employees to exclude from income up to $5,250 of education assistance provided by their employer, at the undergraduate, graduate or certificate level, per year. 
  • Preservation of Qualified Tuition Reduction Programs (IRC Section 117): Allows education institutions to provide their employees, spouses and children educational assistance tax-free. 
  • Preservation of Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (IRC Section 129): Allows employees to contribute up to $5,000 per calendar year tax-free into an account utilized for child care spending. 
  • Preservation of Adoption Benefits: Allows employees to exclude from income adoption assistance provided by their employer up to $13,500 (indexed for inflation). 
  • Preservation of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit: Provides employers with a 40 percent tax credit for hiring individuals in certain targeted groups. 
  • Preservation of Medical Savings Accounts (MSAs): Allows certain individuals to contribute to an MSA, which is a tax-exempt trust or custodial account. 
  • Preservation of Catch-Up Provisions for High Earners: Allows individuals making more than $500,000 annually to make catch-up provisions to 401(k), 403(b) and 457 plans. 

Both chambers have now passed H.R. 1 and the legislation is being considered by President Donald Trump, who has said he will sign the bill (NOTE:  This was signed by the President on 12/22/17). The accomplishments mentioned above could not have been achieved without the tireless efforts of the SHRM A-Team. We wanted to share with you a few highlights - or "Rock-Star" moments - from the past few months. The A-Team was directly responsible for:

  • Sending more than 3,000 letters to Capitol Hill urging Members of Congress to preserve valuable employer-provided benefits; 
  • Single-handedly stopping a Senate amendment that would have drastically reduced employer-provided tuition assistance; 
  • Advocating SHRM's position to more than 300 Members of Congress during the 2017 SHRM Volunteer Leaders' Summit (read Advocacy Day participant blog posts); 
  • Engaging their State Councils and Chapters, urging them to take action to preserve employer-provided tuition assistance (read Fox Valley SHRM's blog post and call to action);  
  • Engaging the media through interviews in many high-profile news outlets and placement of letters to the editor in local newspapers (read Las Vegas Review Journal Letter to the Editor); 
  • Taking social media - particularly Twitter (#SHRMTax) - by storm to raise awareness of the HR calls to action.  

We realize you all have very busy day jobs and other commitments, so we appreciate you dedicating time and effort to reach out to your Members of Congress and discuss the implications of workplace policy proposals. We look forward to continuing this great work with you all in 2018 to advance SHRM's workplace agenda and be the voice of HR in the halls of Congress and in statehouses across the nation. 
 
Warm regards, 
SHRM Government Affairs 

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The Employment Law Standardization Act Introduced in the Wisconsin State Legislature

Submitted by:  Jeff Palkowski, Director of Government Affairs GMA SHRM and SHRM Advocacy Captain (Wisconsin 1st CD)      

Members of the Wisconsin State Senate and State Assembly have introduced companion bills to establish statewide employment law standards by prohibiting local governments from enacting their own employment law restrictions on private employers.  The law is similar to Wisconsin’s minimum wage and local sick leave preemption laws that are already in place. 
 
Senate Bill 634 and Assembly Bill 748 are being reviewed in committee within the respective houses.  If passed, the act would address the following: 
 
1.      Prohibits Mandatory Labor Peace Agreements 
Labor Peace Agreements are used by municipalities across the country to force employers to relinquish their rights regarding union organizing granted under the National Labor Relations Act.  Under these agreements, if employers do not agree to certain union demands, they may risk not receiving a permit or license necessary to operate.  This bill prohibits local units of government and the state from mandating Labor Peace Agreements, but still allows willing parties to utilize them.  
 
2.      Restricts local governments from creating duplicative occupational licenses 
2015 Act 65 prohibited local governments from creating any occupational licenses moving forward. This bill builds on that legislation by restricting the ability of local governments to enforce licensing requirements that are more stringent that state standards, thus ensuring that employees do not have to comply with duplicative rules and fees across the state.  
 
3.      Creates statewide uniform regulations for employment hours 
Around the nation, some cities have begun passing ordinances that interfere with private scheduling arrangements between an employee and employer. This bill sets a statewide standard for employee scheduling, hour and overtime regulations.  
 
4.      Creates statewide uniform regulations for employee benefits 
Employees and employers should have the ability to negotiate a compensation package free of government interference.   This bill reaffirms the right for employees and employers to negotiate on items such as wage, retirement plans, insurance, and leave time without the intervention of local governments.  
 
5.      Gives employers the right to ask salary information from prospective employees 
Employers often ask prospective employees their salary history in order to make an informed decision on hiring or compensation package. However, there is a nationwide push to prohibit employers from even asking this question. This bill would prohibit local governments from passing ordinances that bar this process.  
 
6.      Eliminates mandated pay scales for employers that contract with local governments 
Current law prohibits local governments from setting their own minimum wage ordinances, except for contractors doing business with that local unit of government. Many local governments have used this loophole to establish wages that are based on politics and not market demands, ultimately placing a greater burden on taxpayers and private employers.  This bill eliminates this loophole. 
 
7.      Sets a statewide standard and prohibits local ordinances regarding wage claims 
If a worker believes they have not been paid earned wages, they currently have the ability to file a wage claim with the Department of Workforce Development or the Department of Labor.  This bill reaffirms that process, but stating that local units of government cannot enact an ordinance that creates a separate wage claim process.  
 
8.      Creates a statewide standard for employment discrimination 
This bill sets the statewide standards for employment discrimination set in §111.321 to be the statewide standards that apply everywhere. Local governments are prohibited under the bill from setting their own employment discrimination ordinances.  
 
As of this writing, the following groups have registered in support of the legislation: Schneider National, Inc.; Wisconsin Independent Businesses, Inc.; Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce; and the Wisconsin Restaurant Association.  Groups registered in opposition include:  AFSCME Wisconsin Council 32; League of Wisconsin Municipalities; Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health, Inc.; and the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. 
 
A public hearing for Senate Bill 634 is likely to be held on January 10, 2018 by the Senate Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform.  If anyone is interested in attending to provide testimony for or against this legislation, please visit the Wisconsin State Legislature web page for updates here: http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2017/proposals/sb634 


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Compensation & Benefits

The GMASHRM Compensation Survey

Submitted by: Dana Denny, Director of Human Capital Conference Committee
 
GMA-SHRM is pleased to announce the newly redeveloped and expanded biennial Madison Area Salary Survey. For many years, GMA-SHRM has produced one of the largest salary surveys in the state. The 2017 Annual Salary Survey included data from over 60 organizations reporting base pay and total compensation for approximately 200 job titles at all organizational levels, including manufacturing, administrative support, blue collar, technical, professional, and managerial positions.
 
In today’s global economy, because it is even more critical to ensure your organization is spending it’s compensation dollars wisely, having current external labor market information is the best method to knowing and understanding your positions worth and the current trends to correctly target merit increase budgets and salary range movement. In addition, accurately comparing organizational data to your competitors within the Madison labor market can only strengthen your position for either recruitment or retention efforts.
 
The GMA-SHRM Salary Survey is a great value! You will receive data on over 200 different positions from over 60 Madison, WI area public and private sector organizations. Job families included within the survey include:
 
Accounting
Engineering
Health Care
Information Technology
Legal
Manufacturing and Skilled Trades
Purchasing
Human Resources
Banking and Insurance
Finance
 
2017 Survey Pricing: GMA-SHRM Members who participated in the salary survey will receive a copy of the salary survey report for a discounted price of $300.00; GMA-SHRM Members who did not participate may purchase a copy of the salary survey report for $600.00.

Click here for more information and to purchase.

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Professional Development

January Professional Development Summit - Recruiting in a Competitive Landscape 

January 16, 2018 - Alliant Energy Center

Session 1:  Recruiting in a Competitive Landscape

Session 2:  Recruiting in a Competitive Landscape - Workshop

Matt Duffy knows that the best retention strategy starts with a great recruiting strategy.  In Session 1 Matt will discuss:

  • How the changing labor market and shift in demographics is impacting recruiting and retention strategies
  • Emerging trends in the recruiting industry
  • The three critical elements of a recruiting/sourcing strategy - and how you can leverage each to find more/better candidates
  • His favorite recruiting “hacks” and other tips and tricks 

For Session 2, if you are a Human Resources professional who is unsure of the effectiveness of your recruiting practices, this presentation will be one you don't want to miss.  In this inspiring assembly of innovative HR Professionals you will hear from area recruiters who are using exciting tactics to find valuable talent.

More information and registration.

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Add Members’ HR Advice Networks to your 2018 Calendar

Start the New Year by attending an HR Roundtable Discussion!

A great value to your GMA membership is the monthly HR Roundtable discussions. Roundtables are offered monthly in 3 different locations in Madison and are excellent opportunities to meet other GMA members, brainstorm and discuss issues that are happening in your workplace today and network with one another. Learn more by visiting this site and plan on attending a meeting in January or February and adding to your calendar for the rest of this year!

 We have three roundtables held monthly at three different locations throughout the Madison area. The current meeting schedule is:

East
Herzing University  
5218 East Terrace Drive
South Central
The Alliance
5510 Nobel Drive, 2nd floor
 
West
Johnson Block & Co 
406 Science Drive
  • Third Tuesday of every month (exception: 6/27 instead of 6/20 due to PDS), excluding December
  • 8:30am-10:00am
  • RSVP to Melissa Chadwick - melissa.chadwick@bakertilly.com
  • Max number of attendees: 25
  • First Thursday of every month excluding December
  • 8:30am-10:00am        
  • RSVP to Tracy Niesen Breunig – tniesenbreunig@weatrust.com
  • Max number of attendees: 25
  • Last Wednesday of every month, excluding December
  • 8:30am-10:00am        
  • RSVP to  Dawn Koopman – dkoopman@milios.com
  • Max number of attendees: 25

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SHRM Certification Scholarships

Submitted by Clara Tavarez, Media Relations Committee Member

Is one of your new year’s resolutions to get your SHRM certification this year? SHRM Foundation wants to help you reach this goal!

Every year the SHRM Foundation awards scholarships in support of students seeking undergraduate, graduate, certification and professional development opportunities. Scholarship funds may be used for any combination of test preparation expenses, such as SHRM Certification Preparation tools and/or exam fees.

For eligibility information and to apply go to the SHRM Foundation Scholarship page.

Now accepting applications for the spring offering through April 10, 2018.

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GMA SHRM Media Relations

Did You Know?

Submitted by: Brittany Hanson, Director of Media Relations Committee
 
Did you know – when polled – GMA SHRM members state that their top 2 reasons for joining GMA SHRM are Networking, and Professional Development/Recertification Credits.

Following GMA SHRM on Facebook & Linked In is the best way to stay on top of all GMA SHRM networking & programming!

Click below to Like and Follow
 
https://www.facebook.com/GMASHRM/


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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

January Professional Development Summit - Recruiting in a Competitive Landscape 

January 16, 2018 - Alliant Energy Center

Session 1:  Recruiting in a Competitive Landscape

Session 2:  Recruiting in a Competitive Landscape - Workshop

Matt Duffy knows that the best retention strategy starts with a great recruiting strategy.  In Session 1 Matt will discuss:

  • How the changing labor market and shift in demographics is impacting recruiting and retention strategies
  • Emerging trends in the recruiting industry
  • The three critical elements of a recruiting/sourcing strategy - and how you can leverage each to find more/better candidates
  • His favorite recruiting “hacks” and other tips and tricks 

For Session 2, if you are a Human Resources professional who is unsure of the effectiveness of your recruiting practices, this presentation will be one you don't want to miss.  In this inspiring assembly of innovative HR Professionals you will hear from area recruiters who are using exciting tactics to find valuable talent.

More information and registration.


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View the 2018 Calendar of Events!

Get out your calendars and save these dates now for the 2018 GMA SHRM Programming and Networking Calendar!

Click here to view the calendar!

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GMA SHRM Member News
 

Spotlights

GMA SHRM Board of Directors Spotlight: What are the benefits of being a Board member?

Submitted by: Tammy Wacek, GMA SHRM President Elect

There are so many reasons to serve on the Board of Directors for our Madison chapter of SHRM and I’m not sure our members know about the benefits. First of all, you will have the opportunity to get your name out there in front of Human Resources professionals in the Madison area and be part of a great group of HR leaders. Getting involved and taking part in the leadership team, provides opportunities to network, develop your leadership skills and support and improve our chapter. I have personally found it very rewarding to have a say in what our chapter is doing and how we are doing it. I feel honored to serve the membership and take part in moving the HR profession forward.  
 
There are also many more tangible benefits of being on the Board. You receive free local membership while serving on the Board including no cost to attend our Annual GMA SHRM conference. You will have the opportunity to attend leadership conferences paid at no cost to you or your organization. You will gain recertification credits just for being in a Board position. We also provide GMA SHRM logo attire for all Board members.  

We redesigned our Board structure in 2017 to ensure each Board leader was focusing on the right things and to ensure the responsibilities are evenly spread out among the various positions. Our new board structure is below. If you have questions about our Board positions or anything else about the chapter, please feel free to reach out to me at (608) 977-7018 or tammy.wacek@wpsic.com.  
 

 

Welcome New Members!

GMA SHRM welcomes the following members who joined our chapter in November 2017!

Emily Byrnes   Alliant Energy
Jaynie Page   Agrace
Jenifer Remsik   Adorable IO LLC
Cindy Schmelzer PHR, SHRM-CP Insightful HR Consulting



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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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