March2020 Print

President's Report

March is here and with that I hope we have more sunny days! What a great speaker Bill Cash was at our February Meeting! I hope his EEOC updates and tools were helpful. Please be sure to share your feedback when you get the Survey from WCASHRM. 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].

Congratulations to June Dickson for winning the drawing for a free registration to the ARHSRM Conference! June says "this is the first conference she has been able to attend and wants the chapter to know how much she appreciates the opportunity."

I look forward to seeing everyone at the ARSHRM Conference, HR2020, April 1st – 3rd in Rogers, AR.  The next deadline for an early registration rate of $400, is 3/15. I hope everyone is planning to attend. We are collecting any type of eye glasses for the conference. The used eye glasses will be donated to the Lions Club after the conference, please bring them to the next chapter meeting.

Thank you to those who donated money for Bus Passes to benefit local Veterans. We have been able to purchase over 40 bus passes so far! We will collect money for Bus Passes again in March. Please continue to support our community outreach.

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

April 1 - April 3ARSHRM 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 24 & 25 - ELLA 2020, Employment Law & Legislative Affairs Conference at Robinson Center - Little Rock, AR.

Nominations for the 2020 HR Awards to be presented at our Annual State Conference have been extended to March 4th. Think of those who may have won other awards within our chapters, those previously nominated in the past, those companies whose creative and innovative HR initiatives have proven successful, those whose long-time commitment and dedication to the profession and impactful leadership are due recognition, and nominate someone at ARSHRM Nominations.

WCASHRM is accepting door prizes for the ARSHRM HR Conference in April. If you would like to donate a door prize, please bring it to the March meeting or email Pam Garrett @ [email protected]. Please help us reach our Chapter goal of 40 door prizes.

SHRM Live 2020 Virtual Event Registration is Now Open - Broadcasting live from Capitol Hill, workplace experts will discuss the latest on workplace policy and legislation at the state and federal level to leave you feeling informed and empowered. This event is free for members and $49 for nonmembers. Encourage your HR networks and peers to tune in live March 17th

Our next meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. on March 31st, at CHI St. Vincent Health Center. Lunch will be Lasagna, Salad & Dessert.

See you there!


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Website is Under Construction

Our chapter website is under construction for a new, fresh design. Once updated, it will be more user friendly and mobile friendly. Watch for a new look on our website in the next few weeks.

Please register for the monthly meetings

Members have the option to prepay for all monthly meals, register and pay online with credit card prior to the meeting, or register and pay with cash or check at the meeting. If you need your member ID and Password to log-in to the Member Area, email [email protected] to request your login information.

As a reminder, the deadline to register is always the Friday before the meeting. (Late registrants will pay a $2 late charge.)

Please note the following when registering for a monthly meeting:

- Select the Pre-paid Meal Ticket $0 if you pre-paid your meals when you joined or renewed your membership.
- Select the Member Ticket $8 (or $10 if late fee applies) when registering to attend and eat.
- Select the Attending, but not eating Ticket $0 when registering to attend but not eating.
- Select the Guest Ticket $10 when registering a guest
- Email [email protected] and [email protected] if this is a 1st time guest to have the charge waived.
- Members should receive an email confirmation
- Email [email protected] if you do not receive an email confirmation.

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Meeting Topic

Because of the COVID-19, WCASHRM is cancelling this meeting. Watch for this topic rescheduled.

Reasonable Suspicion Training: How to Properly Detect and Report Impairment with Jeff Sims
March 31, 2020 - 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
CHI St. Vincent McCauley Room

This session is designed to identify key indicators of recent drug use and to keep pace with emerging trends.  It will also discuss the appropriate steps necessary to take upon completing your HR investigation of suspected substance use. 

Jeff Sims is the President of Xpert Diagnostics, Inc. (formerly A’TEST), a nationally recognized drug testing corporation since 1992. He is actively involved in new business development, volunteer public speaking, and is an author of several training courses used by his industry worldwide. 

Jeff began his drug-testing career in 1987 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (U.A.M.S.), while he was in college at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is Arkansas’ only Certified Substance Abuse Program Administrator, (CSAPA), is currently serving a fourth term on the Board of the Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association (SAPAA), is past President of SAPAA, past Legislative Affairs Chairperson of SAPAA, is an active member of the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA), and is serving as a Commissioner for The Certification Commission for Drug and Alcohol Program Professionals (CCDAPP). 

Jeff’s other notable accomplishments include serving as a student drug testing expert for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, testified on behalf of the U.S. Government Accountability Office during oversight hearings in the U.S. House of Representatives, created an international strategic partnership between SAPAA and the European Workplace Drug Testing Society (EWDTS), was 1 of only 14 awarded the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paul D. Coverdale Drug-free Workplace Grant, and was recently recruited as a drug policy expert to audit and help redevelop the drug-free workplace of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory post recreational marijuana legalization.  

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.


Lasagna, vegetable, salad, dessert

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Monthly Sponsor

Stability. Experience. Dedication. Founded in 1922, McGriff Insurance Services is a subsidiary of BB&T Insurance Holdings, Inc., the fifth largest insurance broker in the United States and the sixth largest in the world. We partner with the very best insurance companies to provide highly consultative risk management services and nearly all types of coverage—including personal, small business, corporate, employee benefits, and life and health. Our experienced insurance and risk management professionals develop highly tailored services and deliver them based on a proprietary and proactive approach we call Client Focused Risk Solutions.

We combine a consultative approach with a clear understanding of how and when to deploy McGriff’s vast resources.
-We listen, understand and execute with precision
-We do what we say every single time
-We are passionate and relentless about making our clients successful

When you choose us, you’ll be joining thousands of other individuals and business owners across the country who made the decision to select a national agency that focuses on long-term relationships.

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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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Membership Corner


Kari Ekberg - Radius Aerospace, Inc., Hot Springs, AR
Charity Hall - Radius Aerospace, Inc., Hot Springs, AR
Libby Harrington - Express Employment Professionals, Hot Springs, AR
Traci Hughes - Compact Family - Hot Springs, AR
Emily Merryman - Taylor King & Associates, Arkadelphia, AR
Alyssa Mraz - Paylocity, NLR, AR
Carrie Pratchard - B & F Engineering, Hot Springs, AR
Michelle Ratcliff - Hot Springs Metro Partnership, Hot Springs, AR
Nia Rieves - Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts, Hot Springs, AR
Kathy Squier - Nidec Motors Corp - Mena, AR
Ainsley Stewart - Radius Aerospace - Hot Springs, AR
Missy Weaver - Hot Springs Village POA - Hot Springs Village, AR


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.


Here are a number of ways that WCASHRM benefits you:

- An opportunity to network on a monthly basis with local HR professionals.
- Regular legislative updates in the industry, community, state and federal levels.
- Recertification credits at our chapter meetings and annual Managers’ Seminar.
- Monthly topics that are relevant and of concern to Human Resource professionals.
- Monthly newsletters with information relating to the chapter, SHRM and HR industry.
- Participation in local workforce readiness activities.
- Certification study groups.
- The opportunity to post jobs at no cost on our website.
- A chance to be part of one of the best local SHRM chapters in the state.


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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Workforce Readiness

Click on the image above to sign up.

Lakeside High School Job Fair - May 6, 2020. Interested employers who will hire students for the summer should contact Peggy Schaeffer at [email protected] or 501.262.1530.

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The chapter will reimburse up to $400 for two (2) chapter members, who successfully pass their certification testing, per testing window.  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 January 1 thru March 31 and August 1 to September 30.

In addition, the chapter purchased 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 this year and are interested in applying for the reimbursement or you are interested in studying getting certified, please contact [email protected]

You can download the scholarship form here.

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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 which consists of the following counties: Garland, Hot Spring, Clark, Pike, and Montgomery.
Pursuing a degree in business/human resources related field or law (with emphasis on labor/employment law)
Minimum 3.00 GPA overall

DEADLINE is October 1 (for Spring) or April 1 (for Fall) of each year. Click here for the Scholarship Application.

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Diversity and Inclusion:  They are not the same!
Diversity is coined as the full range of ways a person can identify.  When we say diversity in the workplace, we mean the idea that our companies and organizations reflect the communities in which we serve.  Diversity has different facets including race, ethnicity, gender/gender identity, age, religious affiliations, and sexual orientation just to name a few.  But diversity also includes somethings we can’t measure or see like differing educational backgrounds, personality types, cultural references, experiences or physical abilities.

Inclusion is when every single person in the community is valued, heard, respected, empowered, and feels a true sense of belonging.  It goes well beyond tolerance to where we actually are celebrating and elevating every person in the room.  

Diversity then becomes a numbers game and Inclusion is about IMPACT!

- Minnie Lenox - WCASHRM Diversity Director

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Legislative Updates

Last week, the NLRB issued a less stringent standard on joint employer liability, returning to a decades old approach which had been applied until the NLRB’s decision in 2015 which made the standard less predictable and more difficult for employers. The new standard goes away from the more-relaxed, abstract test which brought more contractors, franchisers, and employers into labor disputes and negotiations as “joint employers,” and requires actual control to be exerted over the employment relationship to warrant a finding of joint employment.

In 2015, the NLRB ruled that a business was a joint employer if its control over the essential terms and conditions of another business’ employees was merely indirect, limited and routine, or contractually reserved but never exercised. The standard proved to be untenable and, most troubling, unpredictable.

The newly established rule now requires that a business exercise substantial direct and immediate control over one or more essential terms and conditions of employment of another business’ employees in order for it to be deemed a joint employer. Essential terms and conditions of employment include wages, benefits, hours of work, hiring, discharge, discipline, supervision, and direction. The new rule defines the key phrase “substantial direct and immediate control” as control which “has a regular or continuous consequential effect on an essential term or condition of employment of another employer’s employees.” Such control is not “substantial” if it is only exercised on a sporadic, isolated, or de minimis basis.

In conclusion, the new rule will help businesses more easily determine whether joint employer status applies and limits the likelihood of it occurring. The rule will go into effect April 27, 2020.

- Bruce Cross, CGWG - WCASHRM Legislative Director

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Managers' Seminar

We're excited to announce our Keynote speaker will be Debra Schmidt! Debra J. Schmidt is known as the Loyalty Leader®. She helps firms and companies boost profits by leading the way to greater customer, employee, and brand loyalty.  She is an author, consultant, trainer, and professional speaker. She is in demand as one of the nation’s top customer loyalty experts — helping clients keep more customers, retain more employees, get more referrals, and sell more service / product.

Watch for more information coming soon and 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 or speakers, please email [email protected]. We are securing speakers and hope to have it all finalized by June 1.

To register now, go to our seminar registration page.

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