March2019 Print

President's Report

Thanks to Bruce Cross, Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon for speaking on “Legislation Affairs Update” last month. I do hope you enjoyed the program. If you would like to hear about this speaker’s presentation or know someone who would like to speak to our chapter, please contact me at [email protected].

We still have a board position available - VP of Programs. Are you interested in volunteering for programs? Or do you know someone who would like to be a part of our chapter board? Please do not hesitate to contact myself or any board member! This is a very interesting position and very rewarding.

Thank you to those who brought hygiene and cleaning products last month for Hope Movement. Please join us this month by helping our local veterans by purchasing city bus passes or donating cash/check. For more information, see Steve Ezelle or click here or email [email protected].

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

Junior Achievement – Still looking for volunteers to participate in the Spring Semester!
Junior Achievement Community Meeting – TBA (March 2019)
March 14, 2019 – Dawson Co-op Regional Advisory Meeting (Malvern)
April 3-5, 2019 Arkansas SHRM Conference (Hot Springs Convention Center) Click here for more info.
June 23-26, 2019SHRM Annual Conference (Las Vegas)
August 29, 2019 – Managers Seminar (Hot Springs Convention Center)

Don’t forget to get registered for the ARSHRM Conference! Discounts end on 3/15th & 3/31st. I look forward to seeing you at the Conference April 3rd – 5th 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.

CALLING ALL MEMBERS/GUESTS!!! 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 Cinthia Machado at [email protected].

We are looking for monthly meeting sponsors. The costs is $75 for members and $125 for non-members and have 3 months available! If you are interested in sponsoring a meeting or know of a company that might be interested in sponsoring, please email Kym Reed at [email protected].

Our next meeting will be at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 at CHI St. Vincent Health Center. Our meeting sponsor will be Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. and our speaker will be Paul Rainwater, “The Way We Act, the Way We Speak, the Way We Look”, Click here for more info. This one will be very interesting - see you there!

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Board Positions Open

The Vice President of Programs position is open and we are seeking a volunteer to serve in this role. The position arranges each monthly meeting program and coordinates with HRCI and SHRM to certify these programs.

If you are interested in the position, please contact our President, Mary Swope, at [email protected].

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Meeting Topic

March 26, 2019 - 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
CHI St. Vincent McCauley Room

Presence: The Way We Act, the Way We Speak, the Way We Look.
with Paul Rainwater

Paul will show how our body language, speech patterns, and appearance effect how we see ourselves and how others react to us.

Paul Rainwater is a veteran of the classic menswear business. He has recently opened a men’s shop called Q Clothier in The Promenade at Chenal, Little Rock. Paul is a longtime Rotarian and serves as an Ambassador for the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce. He has been a speaker on subjects of personal development and image for many years. He is considered an authority on personal branding.

1 hour SHRM PDCs and HRCI is approved

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

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Monthly Sponsor

Gallagher is an international sales and marketing company that plans and administers cost-effective, differentiated property/casualty and human resource risk management programs as brokers, consultants, and third- party administrators.

Founded in 1927
Pat Gallagher, CEO
Fortune 500 Company
3rd Largest Broker in U.S.
Promotes a Consulting, Team Oriented Approach
Local relationship with Global Resources
Full Compensation Disclosure


Every organization wants to work better. Smarter. Stronger. But there are always challenges along the way.

To help you bring out your better, Gallagher has created Gallagher Better WorksS an approach to benefits, compensation, retirement, employee communications and workplace culture unlike any other. It’s an approach that attracts, retains and engages top talent at the right cost structures. One that takes a holistic look at employee wellbeing. One that strives to achieve greater productivity, profitability and organizational growth. It’s an approach that makes the workplace work better. Gallagher believes that, where your best ends, your better keeps going.

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Managers' Seminar

Registration now open! Secure your spot early to guarantee registration for you and your managers. Go to our Seminar page for info.

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Legislative Updates

OSHA Issues Final Rule on Electronic Workplace Injuries and Illness Reporting

provided by Bruce Cross, CGWG

On January 25, 2019, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration ("OSHA") issued its final rule on the Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses. The rule rescinds the requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees to electronically submit information from OSHA Forms 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report). The rule still requires covered establishments to maintain both forms on site for OSHA inspection. Covered establishments will also continue to submit information regarding work-related injuries and illnesses electronically via Form 300A.

Additionally, the final rule modifies the record-keeping regulation, which now requires covered establishments to submit their Employer Identification Number (EIN) electronically along with their Form 300A submission data.

Although the workplace incentive programs and post-incident drug testing included in the 2016 Obama-era rule was not the focus of the Trump administration’s rulemaking, the new rule states that its limited scope "does not prohibit workplace safety incentive programs or post-incident drug testing. To the extent the 2016 preamble suggested otherwise, it has been superseded." The Trump-era administration hopes this final rule will improve enforcement targeting and compliance assistance, and decrease the burden on employers.

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Membership Corner

It’s time to renew your WCASHRM Membership! Our 2019 applications is available here: WCASHRM Membership App.doc.

A BIG thank you to those who have already sent your applications back.

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, 2019.

We ask that everyone complete the membership application annually even if your dues are zero because of your national SHRM membership.

If you have any questions, contact [email protected].

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Please bring your doorprize donations for the State Conference to the March meeting or contact Cinthia at [email protected]

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Community Involvement

Please bring Transportation Passes Drive to benefit local veterans. 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. Below are the bus fees:
Monthly bus passes - $41.25
Coupon books (10 rides) - $9.25

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Workforce Readiness

We are still in need of volunteers for the JA Program. The volunteers will go into Lakeside and teach the following classes:

JA Be Entrepreneurial: 8-8:50 am
JA Career Success: 10-10:50 am
JA Career Success: 10:55-11:45 am
JA Personal Finance: 2:20-3:10 pm

We need 1 volunteer per class.

Volunteers are needed for the upcoming Diamond Lakes Reality Fairs:

Thursday, March 28th – Sheridan Jr High 7:45am – duration of school day (3:00-3:30)
Friday, April, 26th – ACTI (Arkansas Career Training Institute)  8:00am 3:00pm
Thursday, May 2nd- Lakeside High School 7:30am- 3:30pm
Friday, July 12th- ACTI (Arkansas Career Training Institute)  8:00am-3:00pm

Please email Lanetta at [email protected] if you can help with either program.

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The WCASHRM Board has again voted to reimburse two (2) successful chapter members up to $400 in the spring and $400 in the winter testing periods (representing a total of four (4) tests per calendar year or $1,600). This would be applicable for a SHRM or HRCI certification.

A total of four (4) names will be drawn each testing window. If a recipient does not pass or fails to test, the runner up will be granted the opportunity for reimbursement. The goal is to supplement the certification expense to an individual. This reimbursement would be made available to those candidates who do not receive reimbursement from their employer.

Exam (SHRM-CP/SCP): $300 (SHRM Member) (includes $50 application fee)Exam (aPHR): 350  (does not include $100 application fee)
Exam (PHR):$395  (does not include $100 application fee)  
Exam (SPHR):  $495 (does not include $100 application fee)

Applications will be accepted January 1, 2019 thru March 31, 2019 and August 1, 2019 to September 30, 2019. Members can find the application HERE.

Email your completed application to [email protected]. If you have any questions, please call Deanna Harris, Certification Director, at 501-624-2172.

Certification Information

If you are interested in becoming certified with SHRM or HRCI, please see the information below.


As the leading advocate for HR professionals worldwide, providing HR research and education, SHRM launched an unparalleled study to define not only the knowledge, but also the competencies required of today’s HR leaders. The result of this rigorous research was the SHRM HR Competency Model which forms an important foundation for the new SHRM Certification (SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP).

For more information on the application process, fees. eligibility criteria, SHRM Foundation Certification Scholarships, testing locations, the HRM Certification Handbook, the SHRM BoCK, the SHRM Certification Practice Questions, visit

2019 Spring Exam Window - May 1 - July 15, 2019
Applications Accepted – January 2, 2019
Regular Application Deadline – March 22, 2019
Late Application Deadline – April 12, 2019

2019 Winter Exam Window - December 1, 2019 - February 15, 2020
Applications Accepted – May 13, 2019
Regular Application Deadline – October 18, 2019
Late Application Deadline – November 9, 2019

HR Certification Institute (HRCI)

HR certification is a career-long commitment that shows your peers, your employees and your organization that you have mastered the principles of human resources and that you are dedicated to staying current in your profession.

To become certified, you must meet strict professional experience and educational requirements before taking the exam. To remain certified, you must stay current in the HR profession and recertify every three years. You display your certification by putting the credentials after your name. For information on how to apply for certification, visit the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) website.

HRCI provides year-round testing, which provides you with the most flexibility possible to accommodate your busy schedule. Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements to take an exam, which is valid for 120 calendar days from the application approval date. For complete details, visit

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