November 2018  

President's Report

Congratulations to the Chapter on winning a SHRM Pinnacle Award!!!   I am very excited to announce the chapter has won an award for our Community Outreach Program. Our Community Outreach Program has benefited so many and it is great to be recognized for supporting our community. The award will be presented at the Volunteer Leadership Summit in Washington DC later this month. Mary Swope will be attending the Leadership Summit as the incoming Chapter President and will receive the award on behalf of the chapter.

Congratulations also to our 2019 WCASHRM Board of Directors. As a reminder, the new board will be sworn in during our December holiday party on Tuesday, December 11th at Special Touch Catering.

Please mark your calendars for the following Programs/ Events of interest for 2018/2019:

December 11, 2018 - Holiday Party – Special Touch Catering (Hot Springs)
April 3-5, 2019 - Arkansas SHRM Conference (Hot Springs Convention Center)

June 23-26, 2019 – SHRM Annual Conference (Las Vegas)
August 29, 2019
 - Managers Seminar (Hot Springs Convention Center)

We will continue to hold a SILENT AUCTION at the Holiday Party in December, with the proceeds going to the SHRM Foundation, as part of our annual fundraising. Members can bring their items to the November meeting or to the Holiday Party. We have already collected some great items that will be included in the Silent Auction. **If you plan to bring your item to the Holiday Party to donate to the Silent Auction, please email Amanda Mace at the item to be auctioned and the value, so she can prepare the necessary bid sheet.

Please continue to support our community outreach programs.  Our program in November is a men’s shoes drive to benefit Jackson House. Our chapter is making a difference in our community.

Our next meeting is November 27, 2018 at 11:30 at CHI St. Vincent Health Center. Hope to see you there!


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Meeting Topic

with Speakers Melinda Thornton & Janetta Ritter from National Park College

November 27, 2018 - 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
CHI St. Vincent McCauley Room

Tired of being misunderstood?  Are lines of communication regularly getting snarled?  Do people bug you and you aren’t sure why?  True Colors is a model for understanding yourself and others based on your personality temperament.  The colors Orange, Gold, Green and Blue are used to differentiate the four central True Colors personality styles.  It is a simple yet effective tool the will help you realize that others are not “wrong” for having different preferences or doing what comes naturally, they are simply different.

1 hour SHRM PDCs and HRCI approved


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

Ouachita Behavioral Health and Wellness Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is here to help insure the emotional health and well-being of your employees and their families by encouraging early identification and treatment of personal problems. We are here to help create a healthy and safe workplace for all your employees, serve as a resource and maintain a confidential, efficient and cost effective workforce for your company.

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Community Involvement

*Jackson’s House – we will be collecting men’s shoes for Jackson House for November’s Community Outreach.

*Stephen Ezelle is in need of bus passes for his vets. He only has a few left.

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Workforce Readiness

*Hot Springs High School will have their Senior Interviews on December 13. Lorrie Duke is in need of 8 people to volunteer on the interview panel(s). Please let me know if you are able to assist her by email at

*Diamond Lakes Federal Credit Union is having a Reality Fair at Lakeside High School on December 6 and is in need of volunteers. If you can volunteer, email Kim Kellar at

*Stephen Ezelle is also needing volunteers for Our Point in Time (PIT) that is coming up to help count the homeless population in Hot Springs. This effort is under HUD and having volunteers to assist in our count makes our count more accurate and allows for more Grant money back into the community to combat homelessness.  Stephen Ezelle is the Chair for the Southwest Arkansas Partnership on Homelessness and the needs are great because is this a once-a-year event.  They are looking for Volunteers to serve the one day and we are in need of tarps, socks, t-shirts, male and female hygiene supplies, plastic rain coats (the little packs), or anything that one would think to give a homeless individual or family. 

Workforce Readiness News:

Stephen Ezelle will be speaking in Murfreesboro at the Veterans Memorial Ceremony on November 12th about Veterans Services and Veteran Workforce Readiness.

Lauri Adams goes to Garland County Detention Center every Monday to prepare inmates for entering the workforce upon release.

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Upcoming Events

Join WCASHRM as we celebrate the 2018 Year at Special Touch Catering.

December 11, 2018 - 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Special Touch Catering

We hope you will come join us for our annual party. As in year's past, we will play a few games, give away a few door prizes, and will be holding a Silent Auction to benefit the SHRM Foundation. In addition, we will induct the 2019 Board of Directors. (Board members will need to stay for a group photo.)

Cost: $0 for Members / $10 for Guests/ $0 for Potential Members (Potential members should register as a guest, and email Marina Mueller for membership info at

If you'd like to donate a doorprize, please contact Deanna Harris at

If you would like to donate an item for the silent auction, please email Amanda Mace at

In addition, it's the season of giving, so we ask that you bring a canned good for donation to Project Hope Food Bank!

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Membership Corner


This is the last month that you can invite a potential chapter member to our monthly meetings as a guest at no charge AND have your name put in the drawing for a $100 gift card.  We will hold the drawing at the Christmas party – winner must be present.  Please make sure to let Marina Mueller know via email at or at the meeting that you have registered a guest and who that guest is.  There have been some guests at previous months,

Potential members should contact Marina Mueller, Vice-President of Membership, at or 501-321-4417 for more information on joining the chapter.


We did not grow our membership during the month of October, so we still have a total of 81 current active members. 


There are many benefits from joining a local chapter including Networking Opportunities, Professional Development Learning Opportunities, Up-To-Date Information on Legislation that may impact your organization, Volunteering, and of course, Earning Credits toward recertification to name a few. 

If you have any questions or need additional information, please email:


By next month, we will be emailing the 2019 WCASHRM Membership Applications for your membership renewal.  We kindly ask that when you receive this, you complete the application and return it to

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SHRM Foundation

The SHRM Foundation is excited to announce the release of their new and free guidebook - The Recruitment, Hiring, Retention & Engagement of Military Veterans. Visit our webpage to learn more and download your copy today:

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Legislative Updates


Arkansas voted this month to increase the state's minimum wage rate. With over 68% of voters casting a "Yes" vote for Issue 5, the Arkansas minimum wage rate is increasing from its current rate of $8.50 per hour to $9.25 per hour on January 1, 2019. The rate will continue increasing each year until reaching $11.00 per hour in 2021. Employers must take steps now to prepare for the minimum wage increase effective in just a few weeks. There are penalties and liabilities for failing to pay covered employees minimum wages for all hours worked in a workweek. 

Employer Guidance Update ON Post–Accident Drug Testing and Worker Safety Incentive Programs by Bruce Cross

On October 11, 2018, OSHA rolled out new guidance that changes its stance on post–accident drug testing and the use of worker safety programs.

The guidance removes the requirement that there be a reasonable basis to believe that drugs or alcohol are a factor in an accident before you can administer a post–accident drug test. The guidance permits post–accident drug testing with the sole restriction being that you may not order a post–accident drug test to penalize an employee for reporting an injury. We advise that you announce a policy that mandates drug testing for all employees involved in or whose conduct could have contributed to an accident and/or injury, not just the person reporting the same. Such a policy would reduce claims that a drug test was retaliation for reporting an injury and comport with this guidance. A policy that mandates blanket post–accident drug testing will also remove the discretion of managers and other company employees tasked with enforcing post–accident drug testing policies, and will ensure compliance with post–accident testing requirements imposed by worker’s compensation and other insurance entities.

In addition to amending post–accident drug testing, the new interpretation reiterates that the following are other acceptable instances of drug testing: (1) random drug testing, (2) drug testing unrelated to the reporting of a work-related injury or illness, (3) drug testing under a state workers’ compensation law, (4) drug testing under other federal law, and (5) drug testing to evaluate the root cause of a workplace incident that harmed or could have harmed employees.

Also, this guidance removes barriers to the implementation of worker safety initiative programs. OSHA views these programs as beneficial to the promotion of workplace safety and health. OSHA offers guidance on two worker safety programs. One program incentivizes the reporting of near–misses or hazards, and encourages involvement in a safety and health management program. The other program is a rate–based program that rewards employees with a prize or bonus at the end of an injury–free period or evaluates managers based on a lack of injuries. For now, both programs are acceptable under the guidance.

However, OSHA warns employers not to take any adverse action under a worker safety program against an employee who reports an injury or dangerous condition. OSHA also warns against rate–based programs that have a deterrent effect on reporting. OSHA remains vigilant in its insistence that employees feel free to report incidents. As such, a mere statement that encourages reporting may not be enough. As a solution, OSHA suggests that an inadvertent deterrent effect can be counterbalanced by the combination of the rate–based program with the program that incentivizes reporting of dangerous conditions and near–misses. Training programs that reinforce reporting rights and responsibilities also evens out inadvertent deterrence as does the adoption of methods that accurately evaluate an employee’s willingness to report injuries and illnesses.

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November is National American Indian Heritage Month. The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.

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