June 2018  

President's Report

Congratulations to the chapter for receiving a 2017 Platinum Excel Award! I want to say a special “Thank you” to the 2017 Board for their service to WCASHRM.  Their hard work really paid off. 

The chapter also received the SHRM Foundation Chapter Champion Award. Thank you to those who supported the SHRM Foundation. 

Looks like summer is here. I hope you are staying out of the heat and getting ready for vacation.  I am getting ready to attend the National SHRM Conference this month in Chicago.  I am looking forward to the conference.  Thank you to WCASHRM for giving me the opportunity to attend. 

Last month Steve Ezelle for spoke with us on “Disabled Veterans Outreach”. Our veterans need our assistance in getting back into the workforce.  I hope Steve’s program gave you some ideas on working with our veterans. 

It is almost time to start working on our submission for a SHRM Pinnacle Award. We will be submitting our community outreach program this year.  Please continue to support our community outreach. Thank you to those who donated nonperishable items to help support the Community Service Office.

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

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. 

We want to continue to encourage our members to invite "potential members" to our monthly meeting. As a reminder, the first meeting is free for guests. You have the ability to register your guests online, but please feel free to Marina Mueller at [email protected] if you have any problems. You may email her when you register your guest, so that she can make the necessary adjustment to waive the registration.

As we move into the summer, we would like to remind each of you that we will be taking Board nominations in the month of July. I would like to take the time to highlight some of these positions. 

PRESIDENT: Presides over monthly meetings and conducts 4 Board Meetings each year. Participates in the ARSHRM State Council meetings as a representative from our local chapter. Mary Swope will be the President for 2019.
PRESIDENT-ELECT: Works alongside the President and performs any duties that the President is unable to perform. The President-Elect also coordinates the sponsor for each meeting, interviews the Board nominees and coordinates the election for the incoming Board.
VP-PROGRAMS: Arranges the programs for each meeting and coordinates with HRCI and SHRM to certify these programs.
VP-MEMBERSHIP: Maintains a roster of our membership and reaches out to potential members to educate them on the value of being a part of WCASHRM. This position also coordinates different events to bring in new membership and reach out to past members.
SECRETARY/TREASURER: Manages check-in at our monthly meetings, takes payments, records minutes at the Board Meeting, and manages the WCASHRM accounts.
DIVERSUTY DIRECTOR: Communicates diversity information to chapter and coordinates annual diversity program with VP, Programs.
LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR: Communicates legislative updates and alerts to chapter members. Provides legislative updates to members at monthly chapter meetings. RECOMMENDED TO BE A SHRM MEMBER.
COLLEGE RELATIONS: Serves as liaison between WCASHRM and any area SHRM student chapter. Promotes the scholarship. Develops mentor relationships.
CERTIFICATION DIRECTOR: Coordinates HR Certification Study Group and promotes HR Certification.
WORKFORCE READINESS: Coordinates chapter’s school-to-work functions.
SHRM FOUNDATION DIRECTOR: Coordinates chapter SHRM Foundation fundraiser; promotes Foundation. MUST BE A NATIONAL SHRM MEMBER!

Committee Chair positions – (not board positions)
Chair, WCASHRM Managers Seminar – Oversees and coordinates chapter conference committee.
Chair, Business Expo – Oversees and coordinates chapter’s business expo booth.
Chair, Job Fair Booth – Oversees and coordinates chapter’s job fair booth.
Chair, Holiday Party – Oversees and coordinates chapter’s holiday party.
State Conference Door Prize Chair – Requests and organizes door prizes from our chapter members and local businesses for door prizes at the Arkansas State SHRM Conference.

This is just a brief overview of the positions. We welcome self-nomination or please nominate someone you think would fulfill one of these roles. Serve your profession, and get involved in your professional organization!

Our next meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. on June 26th, 2018 at CHI St. Vincent Health Center. See you there!


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Meeting Topic

June 26, 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

The Henderson MBA is comprised of 32 hours of graduate credit or 11 courses.  We will work with each individual student to create a plan of study that makes sense for them.  We consider your background, your experience, your undergraduate degree and make a pre-requisite plan which will maximize your chances for success. As part of the course requirement each incoming student will complete the MBA Boot camp, allowing each student to begin with a similar foundation, and creating graduate level content for the foundational courses. The HSU MBA has the power to change and transform your professional career.  We like to say that it will make you a productive economic generator.  That is, you will learn how to create value for yourself, your company, and the society that you live in.  You will be able to make contacts with people who will also be creating this same value and thus your networks will expand. You will have a chance to be challenged by world-class faculty and thus your knowledge of the business world will grow.  You will have the opportunity to explore how your small corner of the world fits into entire global economy. 

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Membership Corner


Last month we had one new member join our group –

Amy Priddy, HR Coordinator for Falk Plumbing Supply


We are currently at 77 active members, down from end of year, 2017.  We are still trying to reach the 100 member mark. I am looking for volunteers to help with the membership outreach. Please contact me if you are interested. Additionally, if you know someone that would benefit from our local group, give me a call or drop me an email, and I will be happy to follow-up with that individual.

There is something in this for you in helping to grow our membership…..

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.


If you have not yet renewed your membership for 2018, please contact Marina Mueller at 501-321-4417 to assist you. As a reminder, although WCASHRM dues are FREE for National SHRM Members who designate WCASHRM as their primary chapter, we are still requesting that you complete a membership application (attached). If you have any questions or need additional information, please email: [email protected].

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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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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 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 [email protected].

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Managers' Seminar

KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Watch for more information!

Concurrent Sessions:

Stuart Jackson - Medical Marijuana & Workplace Impairments
Wayne Young - Dealing with Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Kathleen McComber - Leadership
Jason Hudnell - Generational Differences
The Importance of Documentation
Active Shooter

Check our website for more information.





Thank you to FirstStaff for being our event Presenting Sponsor!


2018 Committee:

 Tara Mauk Arthur – Chair
Holley Little – Programs
Janet Edgar – Sponsors & Vendors
Terry Davis – Registration
Deanna Harris – Publicity
Kymberlie Jones - Facilities 

Volunteer needed for Doorprizes position. 
Email Tara at [email protected] if you are interested.


We have Sponsorship & Vendor OPPORTUNITIES!

Contact [email protected] or go online and register.

$250 Concurrent Session Sponsors:

Name on Website and Onsite Program
Recognition for Session
Introduction of Speaker  (optional)
One (1) complimentary registrant

$225 - Vendors:

Face-to-face time with 300 individuals
representing over 75 companies
Booths include 6 foot table 2 chairs
Electricity with payment
Registration List after event
One (1) complimentary registrant 

Click on Registration Click to Register as Guest. Input Data, Then Click on the necessary Product Item. Questions? Call Terry @ 501-520-0909.

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Legislative Updates

Supreme Court OKs Arbitration Agreements Waiving Employees’ Right to Join a Class Action
The ruling gives businesses the power to stop employees from banding together to file claims for work-related issues. Employers who want to use class-action waivers should frame their arbitration programs in a way that points out the benefits to employees. 

ICE Plans Surge of I-9 Audits This Summer
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is preparing for a nationwide increase of Form I-9 audits this summer. The agency will step up investigations of criminal cases against employers and deportations of employees who are in the country illegally. 

Hiring Veterans
With many men and women leaving military service each year, more companies will need to create programs to recruit veterans, many of whom have the skills needed to help address talent shortages across a range of functions and industries. Visit SHRM’s Hiring Military Veterans Express Request.

Senate Passes Sexual Harassment Bill
Less than a week after Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., called on the Senate to stop "dragging its feet on sexual harassment reform," changes are coming for those who work on the Hill. 

ACA’s Affordability Threshold Rises for 2019 
The IRS announced its annual adjustment for group health plan premium cost-sharing limits under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Employers should consider the affordability standard in developing their 2019 plan designs.

Sexual Harassment Training Should Involve Real Conversations
Employers typically have relied on compliance-based training to limit their organizations’ liability. But research shows that real conversations and bystander education help make training more effective.

Employers Must Prepare OSHA Form 300A for Electronic Filing
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will require covered employers to electronically submit OSHA Form 300A by July 1—including employers in states with their own plans that haven't adopted the federal electronic record-keeping rule. Employers should also note that proposed changes to the rule are coming.

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SHRM ARTICLE: How Do You Combat Racism at Work? Experts Offer Suggestions


5 - World Refugee Day serves to commemorate the strength, courage and resilience of millions of refugees that have been forced to flee their homes out of fear of persecution or to escape disasters.

14 - National Flag Day is when Americans celebrate the meaning of their nation's flag, honor the traditions associated with its care, and educate those around them to its significance. The Flag of the United States is to be honored and carries with it both history and tradition.

14 - Ramadan (End ) is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, during which, for a period of thirty days, Muslims abstain from eating, and drinking from sunrise to sunset.

17 - Father's Day is the day to recognize, honor and celebrate the sacrifices and accomplishments of fathers.

19 - Juneteenth, also called Freedom Day and Emancipation Day, celebrates the abolition of slavery in the United States.

21 - The Summer Solstice marks the beginning of the summer season in the Northern Hemisphere.

24 - St. John the Baptist day commemorates the life of John the Baptist, a Jewish preacher who baptized Jesus in the Jordan River.

26 - The International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking serves to draw awareness to the need for action and cooperation in order to achieve a drug-free world.

29 - The feast day of St. Peter celebrates the life a disciple of Jesus Christ who is best known for spreading Christianity throughout the world.  Peter took on a leadership role before Christ's death and resurrection.  Roman Catholics consider him to be the first bishop and Pope.

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Workforce Readiness

Steve Ezelle attended the Ground Breaking for Cutter Morning Star for the rising Seniors for the new facilities on May 21. 

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Community Involvement

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