The Monthly Newsletter of the Greater Madison Area SHRM
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Government Affairs & Legal Updates
Professional DevelopmentThe Education and Professional Development Committee
GMA SHRM Idea Exchange
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The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) released unemployment statistics for June 2016 and preliminary estimates for July 2016. Overall, the unemployment rate continued to decline and remains below the national rate. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Standards, had Wisconsin at 4.2%, a 15-year low. For Wisconsin counties, Dane County continues to maintain the lowest rate with an estimated July 2016 rate of 3.0%. The county with the highest unemployment rate is Menomonee at 8.9%
There is a recent Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) case that provides an important reminder to employers. The EEOC filed a lawsuit against Wayne Farms, LLC on August 18, 2016 for allegedly violating Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The EEOC charges that Wayne Farms has an inflexible attendance policy. The ADA requires that employers provide reasonable accommodations that could include time off work to workers with disabilities. Employers should avoid attendance policies that have a maximum number of absences and, if exceeded, automatically lead to termination of employment. When an employee indicates a need for time off work even beyond Family and Medical Leave (FMLA), employers should engage in an interactive discussion to determine if the accommodation is reasonable to avoid violating the ADA. For more information on this case or this topic, visit the EEOC website at https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/8-22-16.cfm.
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?
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 – held at 4:30 pm (venue TBD)
Tuesday, September 20th
Wednesday, October 19th
Tuesday, November 29th
Wednesday, December 6th
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.
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|Jonathan Burns||Tactical Financial Group|
|Karen Dorais||Employee Benefits Corporation|
|Rebeca Olson||Exact Sciences|
|Lisa M. Rusch, SHRM-CP, PHR||American Red Cross Blood Services|
|Shawna Schalk, SHRM-CP||RESCO|
|Sarah Shelley||Serta Simmons Bedding|
|Kris Sutter-Parent, PHR||SSM Health|
|Kenna Uphoff||Smart Motors|
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .