February 2020  

President's Report

Meet the 2020 Board of Directors:
Sitting: Terry Davis (President), Shayne King (Programs), Tara Mauk Arthur (Membership). Standing: Deanna Harris (Secretary-Treasurer), Jennifer Tiller (Foundation), Kelli Burris (President-Elect), Marina Mueller (Certification), Lanetta Bryant (Workforce Readiness). Not pictured: Bruce Cross (Legislative), Minnie Lenox (Diversity), Amanda Mace (Foundation) and Mary Swope (Past President)

Dear Friends: Our first WCASHRM Meeting for 2020 was a full house thanks to Bruce Cross.  Bruce shared all Legislative and Legal Updates for 2020 so far. 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 Shayne King at [email protected]

Thank you to those who donated money for Bus Passes for Veterans.  We will continue to accept donations for Bus Passes for Veterans monthly until May. Please join us in helping Veterans get to where they need to go. If you have any suggestions for our monthly drive, please email Lanetta Bryant at [email protected].

Please mark your calendars for the following Programs/ Events of interest for 2020:

April 1st - April 3rd- ARSHRM HR Conference & Expo  - Rogers, AR

August 27 - Join us for the 17th Annual WCASHRM Managers' Seminar [8 a.m. - 4 p.m.]  At the Hot Springs Convention Center - Hot Springs, AR.

September 24th & 25th - Arkansas SHRM Employment Law & Legislative Affairs (ELLA) Conference Robinson Center - Little Rock, AR.

The early bird deadline to register for the ARSHRM Conference ends on February 28th.  I look forward to seeing you at the Conference April 1st – April 3rd in Rogers.  I hope everyone is planning to attend. 

ARSHRM is looking for door prizes for the ARSHRM HR Conference in April. If you would like to donate something, please bring it to one of our next two meetings or email Pam Garrett @ [email protected]. Please help us reach our Chapter goal of 40 door prizes.

We are looking for monthly meeting sponsors to fill the few openings we have left. 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 [email protected].

Our next meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. on February 25th, 2020 at CHI St. Vincent Health Center. Lunch will be Baked Chicken, Vegetables, Salad, Dessert

See you there!


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Meeting Topic

EEOC Update with Debra Finney

This session will address the latest hot topics from EEOC to include the agency’s enforcement priorities, new regulations or guidance, updates to any programs, key statistics, significant litigation, best practices and more. Have a burning question for EEOC? Bring it to this session to get the answer.

Debra Finney is the Outreach & Education Manager for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Memphis District. She is responsible for the Outreach and Education program in Arkansas, Tennessee and North Mississippi. As Outreach & Education Manager she is a frequent speaker at conferences, meetings and other events throughout the district, and nation. She trains at the National EXCEL Conference and is a collateral duty trainer for Office of Federal Operations. She began her career with EEOC in 1981 and, prior to becoming Outreach & Education Manager, was an Investigator in the Little Rock Area Office for 23 years.

1 hour SHRM PDCs and HRCI credit is Pending Approval.


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

The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.


Baked Chicken, vegetables, salad, dessert

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Monthly Sponsor


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Community Involvement

WCASHRM will hold a Transportation Passes Drive to benefit local veterans during the months of January, February, March and April. Member Steve Ezelle who works with our local veterans through the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services will ensure they benefit from the Chapter’s generous donations. Transportation passes can be purchased (cash or check only - No credit or debit cards accepted) at the Hot Springs Transportation Depot (located at 100 Broadway Terr) or bring a check made payable to the City of Hot Springs or cash to the meeting and we will purchase the passes for you. Monthly bus passes cost $41.25 or Coupon books (10 rides) - $9.25. 

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Managers' Seminar

Save the Date! Make plans for you and your managers to attend our 17th Annual Managers Seminar on Thursday, August 27, 2020 at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

If you have any suggested topics, please email [email protected].

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Membership Corner

Membership Corner


Amber Accardo - Quapaw House, Inc., Hot Springs
Jennifer Greer, SHRM-SCP - Penn National Gaming, Hot Springs
Jennifer Tiller - FirstStaff, Hot Springs


It’s time to renew your WCASHRM Membership! Our 2020 application is available on the WCASHRM Join Page or click here:

New this year! Checkmark auto renewal on the form, and you'll never have to complete the form again!

As a reminder, WCASHRM Dues are free for SHRM Members who designate WCASHRM (#0467) as their primary chapter. You can email [email protected] for information. And if you are not a member of National SHRM, remember, the early bird deadline for the WCASHRM reduced rates is March 31, 2020.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at [email protected], or you may call me at 501-624-2172. A BIG thank you to those who have already sent your applications back.


Last year, Marina Mueller set up a membership welcoming committee. The committee welcomes new members into our group. Basically, when we have a new member, they will be assigned a “buddy” who will sit with them at the meetings and help to introduce them to other members. So who’s up for this task? 


Do you know someone who would benefit from having contacts within our group and from hearing our monthly speakers on the various HR related topics? If you answered yes, please invite them to come to a meeting. You'll introduce them to our great group of HR leaders and great resource for their profession.

- Tara Mauk Arthur, VP of Membership

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When Work Works Against You

As we launch into 2020, SHRM continues to elevate workplace topics at the highest levels with a new commercial and an important update on changes to workplace law in 2020.

The new commercial, titled “When Work Works Against You” is narrated by and features our President & CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.. It highlights the importance of inclusion by illustrating the effects biases have on untapped talent pools and how toxic work environments constrain human potential. The workplace needs work. According to SHRM research, 1 in 5 American workers have left a job due to toxic workplace culture.

We’re proud to share it with you, along with relevant resources to support you in your daily work towards building better workplaces for a better world. 

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I talked with a young person the other day and this was their answer to the question “What would an ideal workplace look like?”

Diversity means different and not deficiency.  So understanding diversity in the workplace begins with the recognition that “out of many, we are one.”

This concept may be best understood by imagining yourself and the people you work with as patches in a quilt.  No two patches are alike in weave, color or cloth.  Instead, the quilt is made of wool, silk and various pieces of material or remnants of old garments sewn together with sturdy hands and a strong cord – a thing of beauty and power bound by a common thread. Each piece of fabric has a story, unique in its own right.  But it is that common thread, that bond that unites it and it becomes one creation.  So our differences, when embraced, become our strengths, as we all work together toward the same goal, a beautiful tapestry. 

- Minnie Lenox, WCASHRM Diversity Director

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WCASHRM sponsors one (1) $500 scholarship to an undergraduate (junior or senior status) or graduate student each semester. The scholarship is open to any student who meets the following requirements:

-Junior/Senior status or graduate student
-A resident of West Central Arkansas or enrolled student in an accredited college/university for the current school year in the West Central Arkansas region as defined on form
-Pursuing a degree in business/human resources related field or law (with emphasis on labor/employment law)
-Minimum 3.00 GPA overall

The WCASHRM scholarship is awarded to one individual and is based on a variety of factors, including academic performance, demonstrated leadership, human resource related experience and/or extracurricular activities, career goals and overall presentation capabilities. The WCASHRM Scholarship Committee will determine the scholarship recipient based primarily on the above criteria, and will award the scholarship for the student’s use toward college costs.

To apply for the scholarship, you must complete the application in full.  In order to be considered, you must submit:
Two (2) written recommendations from employers and/or professors
-College transcript
-Current resume 
-Fully completed application

DEADLINE to mail or e-mail completed applications: is October 1 (for Spring) or April 1 (for Fall) of each year. 

Click here for the Scholarship Application.

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Legislative Updates

Legislative News from SHRM

New Edition of I-9 Form
A new version of the I-9 employment eligibility verification form has been issued. The new edition of the Form I-9 is dated Sept. 21, 2019, but employers are not required to use it until May 1.

Through April 30, employers can choose to use the previous edition dated 07/17/2017 or the new edition. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) publishes a paper I-9 Form and an electronic, fillable I-9 Form. The new version of the paper form has no changes from the prior version.

OSHA 300A Posting Period Begins
Employers that are covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) record-keeping rule must post a summary of 2019 work-related injuries and illnesses in a noticeable place from Feb. 1 to April 30.

Deadlines Loom as Employers Prep for Affordable Care Act Reporting in 2020
Meet the March 2 due date for distributing 1095 forms
The IRS granted additional relief to small employers with regard to furnishing employees with Forms 1095-B, letting them post a notice on their websites that Forms 1095-B are available on request, and will allow large self-insured employers similar relief with regard to furnishing Forms 1095-C to part-time employees.


The Policy Action Center was developed by the SHRM Government Affairs department as a way to assist HR Advocates — professionals like you — in making your voices heard on public policy issues impacting the workplace. 

This week, the House of Representatives will vote on H.R.2474, the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act). This piece of legislation would disrupt labor-management relations as we know it and ultimately harm employers and employees. 

The PRO Act:
Violates Employee Privacy
Revokes Attorney-Client Privilege and
Shortens Union Election Time Frame

Take just 5 minutes today to make HR's voice heard on this important issue. Reach out to your legislator to ask them to Vote "No" on the PRO Act. To join our advocacy efforts against the PRO Act and contact your representative with one click, text PROACT to 52886 or visit this page.

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Workforce Readiness

WCASHRM members are invited to participate in the upcoming Hot Springs Metro Partnership's 11th Grade Career Exploration Fair. It will be held on Wednesday, February 12 at the Hot Springs Convention Center. The cost is $30 for a standard booth.

The career exploration fair is an opportunity for our local 11th grade students to learn about the many career options with our local companies. Many of our students do not know what career paths they want to take, so this provides exposure of the variety of high paying jobs and careers right here in our own community and opens their eyes to a successful future.

If you have any questions, please call Michelle Ratcliff at 501-321-1700 or email [email protected]

We hope our member companies will participate in this important workforce development event. Your participation will lead to a direct impact on the future of our workforce. If you are participating in this job fair, email [email protected] so we can maintain a list.

Local High School Job Fairs:

April 9th: Glen Rose (Job Fair for community & students)
Contact: Steve Finley [email protected]

May 4th: Glen Rose High School  
Contact: Steve Finley [email protected]

May 14th: Benton Junior High School
Contact: Erica Arivette [email protected]

Aware of other career fairs for us to post? Email [email protected] or [email protected]

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