August 2018  

President's Report

Congratulations to Pam Garrett, Diamond Lakes Federal Credit Union for winning a free registration to the ARSHRM Employment Law & Legislative Affairs (ELLA) Conference on September 20th and 21th at the Robinson Center in Little Rock. Go to their website for more information or to register. Last year, the conference sold out, so register early. I hope everyone is planning to attend.

I hope you enjoyed Minnie Lenox’s presentation onEffects of Favoritism in the Workplace”. I want to say a special “Thank you” to Minnie. Our guest speaker had to cancel at the last minute and Minnie stepped up to the plate. We are still looking for speakers this year. If you have a suggestion on program topics or speakers please contact Minnie at

Thank you to everyone who donated school supplies and participated in Stuffing the Bus in July. Please continue to support our community outreach programs.  Our chapter is making a difference in our community.

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

August 23, 2018 - Managers Seminar (Hot Springs Convention Center)
September 20-21, 2018Arkansas SHRM ELLA Conference (Robinson Center, Little Rock).
September 25, 2018 - WCASHRM Business Meeting/ Vote on 2017 Board/ Financial Report

Please help support the chapter by registering your managers for the 15th Annual WCASHRM Managers' Seminar August 23th at the Hot Springs Convention Center.  For more information on the seminar, go to the website. Also, please share the event on Facebook, or go the Managers’ Seminar event page and invite anyone you think might benefit from attending this event. Paul Vitale is our keynote speaker. We also have great concurrent session speakers lined up.

The Managers Seminar is right around the corner. We are looking for door prizes. If you would like to provide a door prize please contact Mary Swope at

If you have not renewed your WCASHRM membership, please get your application turned in asap. Don’t forget to designate WCASHRM as your primary chapter.

It’s not too late to nominate a chapter member to serve on the Board and self-nomination is highly encouraged! We have several positions open and we would love for you to join us. Remember, this is your profession and your chapter, so serve it! Members do earn CE credits for volunteering. Email Mary Swope at or download the 2019 Board Nomination Form. As a reminder, Members will vote on the new Board at our September meeting.

I want to reminder everyone who is seeking certification to consider applying for the Certification Reimbursement Program if your employers does not provide your registration fees. This is a great way to help with the cost. The application period is 8/1/18 to 9/30/18. If you are interested in applying please contact Allison Ramsey at

Our next meeting is August 28th at 11:30 at CHI St. Vincent Health Center. Hope to see you there!


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Meeting Topic

August 28, 2018
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
CHI St. Vincent's Hot Springs McCauley Room

Check back for more info.

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


Kymberlie Jones - Financial Advisor, Operations Manager
Small & Associates Financial  / A private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

Professional Experience Kym joined Small and Associates Financial in 2013. Prior to joining, she was working for Ameriprise Financial in Memphis from 2006-2013 as a Paraplanner.

Kym is passionate about working with clients to help them meet their financial needs and plan for the future. She will look at your entire financial picture, including cash reserves and debt management, investments, protection and taxes. She also asks targeted questions and listens closely to your answers. That way, you can feel more confident that the advice she provides reflects your personal dreams and goals. You have dreams and goals and Kym will work with you to help put them more within reach. As an advisor living and working in your community, Kym is available to work with you in a way that meets your needs. Kym gains tremendous satisfaction in knowing that people in her community are more confident about their financial futures.

Kym holds the CRPC® Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM and APMA® Accredited Portfolio Management AdvisorSM  certifications.

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Community Involvement

Bring Toilet paper, paper towels, hand soap, Lysol wipes and spray for Hot Springs AIDS Resource Center to the August meeting.

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Membership Corner



During the month of July, we have grown our membership. Please join me in welcoming our two newest members:

James Dettman, Relationship Manager for JTS Financial
Teassa Eubanks, Payroll Admin – HR for Xpress Boats


Due to some clean up being done, we have actually had a drop in our current ACTIVE members. We are currently at 79 active members.  We are still trying to reach a goal of 100 members by the end of this year. You might be thinking…. “well, that’s not reasonable”. However, my thoughts are that you should set a goal beyond what you think you can achieve, so that you always have something to strive for. So, once again, I am asking for your assistance in attempting to achieve this goal of 100 members. Each of us not only has this WCASHRM group of contacts, but we have other contacts as well – outside of this group. Perhaps there is someone within your scope of contacts that would benefit from joining our group. Recommend / refer our group to others; give me a call or drop me an email, and I will be happy to follow-up with that individual.

As appreciation for your help in growing our membership base, we are continuing the incentive plan. As we did this past year, only POTENTIAL MEMBERS will count for a chance in the drawing and guests who join the chapter count as another chance to win. Here’s the math 1 GUEST + 1 GUEST WHO JOINS THE CHAPTER = 2 chances for the end of the year drawing.


We still have a list of approximately 25 past years’ members who have not renewed this year. After making one final attempt to call these individuals, if they are not renewing, I will I will be cleaning this up this month by placing these in an expired status.

As a reminder, although WCASHRM dues are FREE for National SHRM Members who designate WCASHRM as their primary chapter, we have been requesting that you still complete a membership application (attached). If you have any questions or need additional information, please email:

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WCASHRM Certification Scholarships
The application period for the SHRM certification testing is August 1 – September 30th. WCASHRM will accept scholarship applications until September 30, 2018. 

If you are interested in taking the SHRM certification test and want to apply for the WCASHRM scholarship or use the study modules we have purchased, please contact Allison Ramsey at for the application.

SHRM Foundation Certification and re-certification scholarships deadline
The application window for certification and re-certification scholarships will close on September 1. The certification scholarship awards $750 to 110 SHRM members to help cover the cost of the SHRM Certification exam and/or preparation courses and materials.

The re-certification scholarship awards $100 to 20 individuals to cover the SHRM re-certification application fee. 

Visit for more information.

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SHRM Foundation

Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship for Master's Degree Students

Susan R. Meisinger was the president and chief executive officer of SHRM from March 2002 until her retirement in July 2008, when this fellowship was created in her honor. Sue Meisinger has a passion for HR and strongly believes HR professionals must prepare for an HR career by not only gaining experience but also by pursuing a solid, meaningful and stringent education in the field of human resources. During her six-year term as president and CEO, she led SHRM and its affiliates to new heights—SHRM's membership increased by 29 percent, from 175,000 to 225,000 professionals. 

Fellowship: $10,000 renewable for a second year; up to $20,000 total 
Number: One new fellowship and one renewal fellowship annually
-Apply April 1 – August 15th 2018
-Notified October 15th 2018
-Award Presented November 2018

-SHRM member OR holds a SHRM Certification (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP)
-Minimum three years’ experience in HR
-Minimum five years of total professional work experience (including HR    experience)
-Accepted or enrolled in a degree-seeking master’s program at an accredited research university (R1, R2 or R3) anywhere in the world with at least two years of study still remaining
-Has not received another Master’s degree
-GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate program and 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in graduate program (if enrolled)
-Degree program is HR-related (e.g. psychology, organizational development, MBA)

Selection Criteria
-Demonstrated leadership in HR and potential to be a future HR leader
-Work and leadership experience and goals 
-Community involvement
-Undergraduate achievements

Apply at

The SHRM Foundation does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, disability, age, veteran status, ancestry, national origin or citizenship in the administration of its grant and scholarship programs.

Employees or national board members of SHRM or the SHRM Foundation and members of their immediate family are not eligible to apply for SHRM Foundation grants, awards or scholarships.


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Managers' Seminar


We are preparing for one our largest Managers Seminar's on August 23. We appreciate all our members that help promote our event and registered their mangers. This event was born to provide a low cost high quality seminar to our community in Hot Springs. Our first event had 4 sessions in the GCCC Auditorium. From that we moved to the Quapaw Technical Institute cafeteria and then to the Hot Springs Conventon Center. We have continued to grow because we are able to provide great topics, great speakers at a low cost. Today, we have managers and supervisors from all the state attend our event.

We are excited to have keynote speaker, Paul Vitale share his energy with our attendees, and know every single attendee will walk away with more motivation, tools and ideas to be a better employee, manager and supervisor.

If you can donate a doorprize to give away, please email If you can help with registration and direct attendees on Thursday morning, please email

Six hours of SHRM and HRCI is approved. We also have six hours for LTC Administrators. If you need a CE certificate, email

For more information, visit The $85 rate increases after Monday, 8/20 to $100.

Presenting Sponsor:

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Legislative Updates

Persuader Rule is Rescinded

On March 30, 2016, Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C., joined by a number of trade associations, as well as the State Chamber, filed the first lawsuit against the Department of Labor (DOL) to prevent enforcement of the unprecedented "Persuader Rule" regulations that sought to punish employers, their lawyers, and their consultants with criminal penalties, including up to one year of prison time, and fines up to $10,000.00, for failure to disclose confidential and attorney-client privileged information. Effectively, the Rule would have limited the rights of employers to consult with its counsel on union-related issues. This was one of three legal actions taken against the implementation of the Rule around the country, the other two being filed in Texas and Minnesota.

The Texas court issued a nationwide injunction against the Rule's implementation just before a decision was to be entered in our case. Subsequently, the DOL requested a stay of these three legal proceedings so that the new Administration could evaluate the rulemaking process and consider comments from the public with respect to its June 12, 2017 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. On August 10, 2017, this Firm-again joined by our partners at ABC of Arkansas, the State Chamber/Associated Industries of Arkansas, and the Arkansas Hospitality Association-submitted a twenty-six-page comment arguing in favor of full rescission of the Persuader Rule regulations.

We are happy to report that the DOL has now issued a final rule to rescind the 2016 Persuader Rule regulations, officially named the "Interpretation of the 'Advice' Exemption in Section 203(c) of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act," in part due to our litigation and comments. Indeed, although the DOL received 1,162 comments during the process, of the few it cited, one was from our coalition's comments in support of its rescission, to wit: "One commenter reported, for example, 'DOL's new Rule creates a regulatory scheme that is so confusing and convoluted, with so many illogical exceptions and mandates, that neither employers nor their advisors, including labor law experts, can understand how to comply with it.' [Associated Builders and Contractors of Arkansas LMSO-2017-0001- 1096, p.13]." In its press release, DOL explained, "by rescinding this rule, the department stands up for the rights of Americans to ask a question of their attorney without mandated disclosure to the government."

The DOL's decision marks a great victory for employers all across the country and continues the current administration's efforts to roll back unwieldy and burdensome regulations.

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WCASHRM sponsors one (1) $500 scholarship to a student annually. 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 the form
- Pursuing a course of study in a business/human resource related field
- Minimum 3.00 GPA overall

You can find the form here to download. The application deadline is October 1.

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Workforce Readiness

Workforce Readiness: Lauri Adams’ Workforce Readiness events for the month of August:

  • Every Monday, Workforce Readiness class at Garland County Detention Center
  • Aug 8 Russellville Business Expo
  • Aug 21 Arkansas Tech University Part Time Career Fair

If you have volunteered or conducted a workforce readiness activity, please email

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Quote- “We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”  Max de Pree

Book- “Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People”  by Mahazarin R Banaji

Notable August Dates: August 26th Women’s Equality Day

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Classified Ads


Currently seeking an HR Manager for our Hot Springs Call Center if you are interested, please click on the link below to apply or reach out to with questions.

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