February 2018  

President's Report

Following Mary Ann Wiestner resigning as President, I am sorry to announce Linda Heitz will be relocating away from our area and has resigned as President –Elect. Thank you Mary Ann and Linda for your service to the chapter as board members. You both will be missed.

Thanks to Mike Harbour for speaking to us on “5 Keys to Lead and Keep your Best People”. I hope you enjoyed the program. If you have a program you would like to hear about or know someone who would like to speak to our chapter, please contact Minnie Lenox at

Thank you to those who brought fleece blankets to benefit the Salvation Army in January. This month we are holding a drive to benefit Birch Tree Communities in Malvern. Birch Tree Communities is a non-profit organization specializing in mental illness/disability rehabilitation. The items collected will help patients transition to independent living. Please join us in helping Birch Tree by bringing kitchen items to our February meeting.

Please mark your calendars for the following Programs/ Events of interest for 2018:

April 4- 6, 2018 - Arkansas SHRM HR Conference & Expo (Hot Springs Convention Center)
June 17- June 20, 2018 - SHRM National Conference Chicago, IL
August 23, 2018 - Managers Seminar (Hot Springs Convention Center)
September 20-21, 2018 - Arkansas SHRM ELLA Conference (Robinson Center, Little Rock)

The early bird deadline to register for the Arkansas SHRM Conference ends on February 28. I look forward to seeing you at the Conference April 4 – 6 at the Hot Springs Convention Center. I hope everyone is planning to attend. Hot Spring is our hometown and it will be great to represent our Chapter at the Conference with a large chapter presence.

Arkansas SHRM is looking for door prizes for the HR Conference in April. If you would like to donate something, please bring it to one of our next two meetings or email Mary Swope at

We are looking for monthly meeting sponsors. The cost is $75 for members and $125 for non-members. If you are interested in sponsoring a meeting or know of a company that might be interested in sponsoring, please email me at

Our next meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. on February 27, 2018 at CHI St. Vincent Health Center. See you there!


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Meeting Topic

TOPIC: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
February 27, 2018
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
CHI St. Vincent's Hot Springs McCauley Room

Brian Vandiver is a partner with Cox, Sterling, McClure & Vandiver, PLLC and has over 15 years of experience in practicing law. He graduated from University of Arkansas Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law. Brian primarily represents employers in all areas of labor and employment law. He routinely advises and represents management in all areas of labor and employment law litigation and compliance. He also represent clients on various legislative, public policy, and constitutional law matters.

1 hour SHRM PDCs and HRCI pending


WCASHRM is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.

The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program.  It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit. 

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Monthly Sponsor

Our presentation will cover the ways you can decrease your employee healthcare spending, educate your employee on lifestyle changes and have a healthier employee population.

Promoting heart health, education, wellness and providing preventative steps in fighting heart disease in Arkansas: That is what The Corporate Health Department at Arkansas Heart Hospital brings to businesses and corporations across the state.

We bring our exceptional cardiologists, physicians and staff to your business providing educational opportunities. We supply education materials covering a wide range of topics; from diabetes awareness to hypertension to healthy recipes.

We also provide an extensive wellness lab panel and lifesaving heart screenings, on site, at your office.

We understand a healthy employee is a productive employee. Arkansas Heart Hospital wants to provide you with the tools you need to ensure a healthy workforce and in turn lower insurance costs.

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Membership Corner

In previous newsletters, we had asked that EACH member complete a renewal application form so that we have a clean slate to start with for 2018. Unfortunately, we have not received many of these renewal applications. So once again, I am asking that you please complete this form and send it to so that we can properly update your information in the system.

REMEMBER,The early bird deadline for the reduced rates is March 31, 2018.  

  • National SHRM members who designate WCASHRM as their primary chapter will have a $0 dues payment.

  • National SHRM members who have another chapter designated as their primary chapter will be charged $30. ($40 after 3/31/18)

  • If you are NOT a National SHRM member, dues will be $45. ($60 after 3/31/18)

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Workforce Readiness

Jan. 25, 2018, at the request of Cathy Davis of Cutter Morning Star School, Lauri Adams participated in a panel discussion for 9-12 graders.  The object of the panel was to introduce students to various types of jobs in the community, the education required for those jobs and answer any questions about preparing, searching, acquiring and maintaining jobs.  There were approximately 15 other working professionals that made up the panel with varying types of jobs.

Lauri Adams also did a specific classroom instruction to the same grade students on work readiness including resume preparation, tools used for job searches, the application process and dressing for success.

Lauri Adams also goes to the Garland County Detention Center and does Workforce Readiness every Monday. She rotates between the male and female inmates.

Stephen Ezelle, Veterans Representative of Arkansas Workforce Services, has a speaking engagement at Lakeside High to freshmen and sophomore students to talk about workforce readiness, community leadership and employer needs in the workforce.  Set for January 31.

Stephen Ezelle, Veterans Representative of Arkansas Workforce Services, will be a guest speaker at Henderson State University business students of Kelli Hernandez about Community Leadership and employer workforce.  Set for March 5. 

The 2018 DECA (Distributive Educators of America) State high school competitive events will be held on February 28, 2018 at the Marriott Hotel Little Rock.  We would love for you to be a judge for us!  Please click on the Google Response link below and select if you are able to attend.

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Community Involvement


Our Community Outreach for February will be Birch Tree Communities. Please donate Pots, Pans, Silverware, Plates, Bowls, Drinking Glasses/Cups. Birch Tree works with mental rehabilitation. Birch Tree members have a need for kitchen items when they move into an apartment on their own.  When someone is ready to transition back into the workforce/ independent living, they are required to provide their own supplies. Anything we can do to help will be great because the members are responsible to furnish their own apartment and it can be expensive when they have to provide it all.

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Register for the Arkansas SHRM State Conference & Expo online at set for Apri 4-6 at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

Andy Masters will kick off the conference with "HR Leadership Lessons from H-O-L-L-Y-W-O-O-D!” at Wednesday's keynote session. Make sure to also join Colonel Greg Gadson for Thursday’s keynote “Overcoming Adversity.” And, the closing keynote will be Paul Vitale “Setting the Tempo for Success.” We have general sessions with Tim Orellano, Wes Booker, Charlotte Strickland, Sheila Moss, Judith Tavano and Frank Niles, and a fantastic concurrent session line up.

The 2018 Arkansas SHRM Conference, the premiere HR conference in the state, is also a great opportunity for you to showcase your company, and we have expo hall and sponsorship availability, as well as need door prizes. 

WCASHRM is giving away a registration to one lucky member at the February meeting. Your membership must be renewed and you must be present to win! (See above Membership article.)


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Legislative Updates

February 15 - Deadline to Implement New Tax Withholding Tables
The Internal Revenue Service released updated income-tax withholding tables for 2018 that reflect changes made by the tax reform law enacted at the end of December.

February 28 - E-Verify Records Download
E-Verify employers have until Feb. 28 to download case information from the “Historic Records Report” if they want to retain information about each E-Verify case that will be purged. On March 1, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services must dispose of E-Verify records that are more than 10 years old. 

March 2 - ACA Form 1095 Due to Individuals
Form 1095 for tax year 2017 is due to individuals no later than March 2.

March 31 - EEO-1 Reports Are Due
The Employer Information Report EEO-1, otherwise known as the EEO-1 Report, is required to be filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's EEO-1 Joint Reporting Committee. Reports must be submitted and certified by March 31 at the latest.

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As reported last month, the board approved a new Certification Reimbursement and Testing Sponsorship. The chapter will reimburse up to $400 for two (2) chapter members, who successfully pass their certification testing, per testing window in 2018.  The reimbursement is available to chapter members who are national SHRM members and their employment does not pay for their certification testing. Applications will be accepted January 1, 2018 thru February 28, 2018 for the spring testing window and August 1, 2018 thru September 30, 2018 for the winter testing window. 

In addition, the chapter will purchase one (1) Learning/Prep Kit that can be utilized by the chapter members preparing to test for certification.  If you are planning to test for certification in 2018 and are interested in applying for the reimbursement or you are interested in studying getting certified please contact Allison Ramsey at

Earn PDCs as a Test-Development Volunteer Are you looking for a way to give back to the HR community and move the profession forward? Is the idea of expanding your professional network while earning recertification credits intriguing? Do it all at the same time—just get involved! 

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