May 2020 Print

President's Report

Hello WCASHRM Members,

I’d like to send a BIG Thank you to Cindy Kolb from Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon and Galchus, P.C. for the Webinar on FFRCA, unemployment and other related issues.  Cindy was able to answer a lot of questions for our members. The webinar was a great success, we will continue to provide information to our members any way we can. If you missed it, you can watch it here.

Please be sure to register for our May Virtual Meeting; Tricky HR Situations with Wayne Young & Dan Herrington. You can register HERE.

We want to keep our community strong during this unprecedented time. Please join us by donating to United Way of the Ouachitas - COVID Relief Fund,  Donate Here. You can also mail a monetary donation to: WCASHRM, PO Box 8, Hot Springs, AR, 71902.

Please mark your calendars for the following Programs/ Events of interest for 2020:
Super Conference October 12th-15th, Rogers, AR – ELLA 2020 & ARSHRM HR Conference & Expo (separate registrations for two events)
August 27th - Join us for the 17th Annual WCASHRM Managers' Seminar [8 a.m. - 4 p.m.]  At the Hot Springs Convention Center - Hot Springs, AR

A message from SHRM: Elevate HR’s Voice Through SHRM’s New Advocacy Website…. As the policy debate shifts in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, your voice deserves to be heard. Whether engaging in the changing debate over paid leave or discussing the assistance available to organizations facing economic uncertainty, as an HR professional, you have the expertise to influence the policies that will impact the future of our workplaces. To help elevate our voice and reach policymakers, we are proud to share our new SHRM Advocacy website. This website will provide you with the resources to learn about emerging workplace policies and the tools to directly communicate with policymakers throughout the country. Visit the new site.

Hope to see you all soon!


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Chapter Meetings, RSVP's, Payments

We do not know when we will resume our in person meetings. In the meantime, we will meet virtually on the last Tuesday of the month, and the meeting cost will be free.

We are compiling a COVID-19 survey for our membership with a special link to be emailed to you. If you do not get the email, please check your junk email or ensure that you have verified your email with our WCASHRM Star Chapter system.

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Meeting Topic



Virtual | May 26, 2020 | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Dan and Wayne will present Tricky Situations from A to Z -- hiring to discharge to accommodation to harassment and more.  They will expound on the court and administrative rulings that will provide attendees valuable insight into some of the most challenging issues facing today’s HR practitioners. One of them will play the role of employee's counsel in arguing the tricky situation. The audience members will actively participate, serving as the initial judge and jury.

Wayne Young is a partner with Friday Eldredge & Clark and a member of the Labor and Employment Law Practice Group. His practice focuses on employment and labor law including discrimination matters, harassment, wage and hour compliance, family and medical leave and covenants not to compete. He advises his clients in these matters from the compliance stage, to defending government investigations and litigation if necessary. Wayne is often called upon to speak on topics such as medical marijuana in the workplace,  social media, discrimination and updates to regulations and new legislation. Wayne currently serves as General Counsel to the Arkansas State Council of the Society of Human Resource Management and that organization awarded him the Russell Gunter Legislative Advocacy Award in 2017. He is a member of Central Arkansas Human Resource Association and was awarded the association’s Legislative Advocacy Award for 2018. 

Daniel L. Herrington is a partner in the Labor and Employment Relations Practice Group at Friday Eldredge & Clark, focused on representing employers in all areas of labor and employment law, including ADA, FMLA, Wage and Hour, Title VII, OSHA and NLRA. He proactively works with his management clients to help ensure their employment decisions can withstand legal scrutiny. Dan has successfully defended those decisions before state and federal agencies and courts, including the EEOC, OSHA, NLRB, DOL, Arkansas Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals for Eighth Circuit. He also has extensive experience in litigating covenant not to compete and trade secret cases.  Twice voted as one of the top labor and employment attorneys in Arkansas by the readers of Arkansas Business, Dan has also been recognized nationally for his work in labor and employment since 2010 in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and since 2011 by Mid-South Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America. In addition, he was named by Best Lawyers as "Lawyer of the Year 2018" for his work in labor and employment litigation.  Dan is sought after speaker on employment law topics and regularly presents to groups such as ARSHRM and its affiliate HR associations around the state. And Dan was most recently recognized as CAHRA's 2019 Member of the Year.

1 hour SHRM PDCs and HRCI credit is available.


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

Diamond Lakes Federal Credit Union, with its headquarters in Malvern and two offices in Hot Springs, was chartered in 1960 to serve the employees of Reynolds Metals Reduction Plant. In the last 60 years, the credit union has expanded its membership to include residents, employers and organizations in Garland, Hot Spring, Grant, Clark, Pike and Montgomery Counties and Hot Springs Village.   Services available include:  savings, checking, certificate and individual retirement accounts; free debit cards; free 24-hour telephone service, free online banking & bill pay; free mobile app; and free online statements.  Loans available include:  new and used auto, boat, RV, motorcycle and ATV loans; VISA Credit Card; Credit Builder Loans; signature loans; mortgage loans; and savings secured loans.  To find out more about the benefits of credit union membership call 525-6530 in Hot Springs or 332-6530 in Malvern and ask for Lorraine Davis or Vickie Gilliam, or visit

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Membership Corner

Matt Johnson – Siplast, Inc., Arkadelphia, AR
Mary Mantia – Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort, Hot Springs, AR
Kisha Nichols – Grant Garrett Excavating Inc, Benton, AR

If you haven’t renewed 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!

If you are a SHRM member without a chapter affiliation, WCASHRM Dues are free for SHRM Members who designate WCASHRM (#0467) as their primary chapter. You can complete the application and email it to [email protected].

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 join the chapter. You'll introduce them to our great group of HR leaders and great resource for their profession.

Have a local membership only? Consider joining SHRM for access to thousands of essential resources to help you stay at the forefront of the HR profession. For more information, visit SHRM’s Membership Page.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at [email protected], or call me at 501-624-2172.

- Tara Mauk Arthur, VP of Membership

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Legislative Updates

The Arkansas SHRM Government Affairs team put together a number of resources for the membership regarding the multitude of laws, regulations and orders related to COVID-19. While the information is constantly changing, we hope you find the information helpful as you navigate through this pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic prompted a flurry of activity at both the state and federal levels during late March and throughout April. As a result, employers were faced with an evolving set of rules and regulations that impacted multiple aspects of everyday operations. Little Rock’s employment law firm Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus (CGWG) kept area businesses informed through HR Alerts, website updates, and postings on its social media accounts. Some of these notifications included:   

Families First Coronavirus Response Act. If you are an employer subject to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), you are required to provide employees with Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency Family and Medical Leave for certain qualifying reasons related to COVID-19. The Act took effect on April 1, 2020. Employers are required to post a FFCRA poster to notify their employees of leave available under the FFCRA. The Department of Labor has provided a link to the required poster:

Required Notice at Entrance. On April 4, 2020, Governor Asa Hutchinson signed Executive Order 20-13, which, in part, requires all Arkansas "businesses, manufacturers, construction companies, and places of worship" to post a notice at the facility entrance that specifies the following:

-   Please do not enter if you have a cough or fever.
-   Maintain a minimum six-foot distance from other people.
-   Sneeze or cough into your elbow.
-   Do not shake hands or engage in any unnecessary physical contact.

CGWG posted a version of the notice on their website at

Notice of Availability of Unemployment Compensation Benefits. Effective April 27, 2020, Emergency Rule 30 of the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services required all employers in the State of Arkansas to notify an employee of the availability of unemployment compensation benefits upon that employee’s separation from employment.  The precise language of the required notice is contained in Attachment A of Rule 30.  This rule expires on December 31, 2020.

OSHA the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has translated and published its “Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus” poster in 11 additional languages.

Translations of OSHA Poster To Help Prevent Workplace Coronavirus Exposure. Previously available in English and Spanish, the poster highlights 10 infection prevention measures every employer should implement to protect workers’ safety and health during the coronavirus pandemic. Safety measures include encouraging sick workers to stay home; establishing flexible worksites and staggered work shifts; discouraging workers from using other workers’ phones, desks and other work equipment; and using Environmental Protection Agency-approved cleaning chemicals from List N or that have label claims against the coronavirus.

The poster is also now available for download in the following languages: Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, French Creole, Hmong, Korean, Polish, Russian, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

Visit OSHA’s Publications webpage for other useful workplace safety information.

Paycheck Protection Program: SBA Will Provide Relief from Potential Reduction in Loan Forgiveness for Attempts to Rehire Employees

The SBA recently issued updates to its Frequently Asked Questions interpreting provisions of the Paycheck Protection Program. FAQ #40 addresses application of the CARES Act provisions that reduce the amount of loan forgiven based upon the number of employees retained by a borrower. Specifically, the FAQ provides that a borrower would not lose the benefit of loan forgiveness if a previously laid-off employee declines an offer to be rehired. The FAQ indicates that a new interim final rule will be issued providing that those former employees are to be excluded from the CARES Act loan forgiveness reduction calculation.

To read more, visit the Friday's firm website.

Podcast on the Employee Retention Tax Credit Paychex Compliance Analyst Andy Gargana shares with Gene Marks what you need to know about the Employee Retention Tax Credit, including what it is, business eligibility, revenue qualifications, and more.

Return to Work FAQs
As states begin to re-open and businesses start returning to more normal operations, we've outlined guidance and best practices around some common questions related to these new challenges. Explore FAQs covering changes in staff, safety, HR, employee challenges/concerns and PPP loans.

360training has a *FREE* COVID-19 training. The 360Training course provides a primer on the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), providing learners with crucial facts and tips to stay safe and prevent the further spread of this virus. Link to the course is HERE.

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Check out the new video titled “SHRM Navigating COVID-19” featuring SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., and filmed via webcam. It provides an authentic look at the harsh realities individuals and organizations are facing during COVID-19.

For the latest news and advice on handling COVID-19 in the workplace, visit SHRM’s Coronavirus Resource Center, as well as our updated list of articles SHRM has published on the pandemic.

A Guide to Employee Temperature Checks
Keep results confidential
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has said employers can check employees' temperatures to try to ward off the spread of the coronavirus. How can employers set up an efficient and compliant system for these checks, and are they effective?

Addressing Refusals to Return to Work
When an employee refuses a recall to work, employers must evaluate whether the refusal is reasonable. Depending upon the circumstances, an individual may be unavailable for work due to COVID-19. However, some employers are already encountering refusals due to the amount of unemployment benefits employees are receiving through the end of July.

Reopening Your Workplace
As U.S. mayors and governors start considering lifting the social distancing orders they imposed to curb the coronavirus outbreak, employers must prepare to address a vast array of issues.

FFCRA Leave Eligibility Decision Flow Charts
Determining an employee’s eligibility for leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) can be tricky. Decision flow charts to the rescue! We’ve assembled several flow charts to assist HR professionals in determining leave eligibility under the FFCRA.

Masks in the Workplace
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has strongly recommended—and state and local lawmakers are increasingly requiring—that individuals wear masks in public settings.

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There are not too many careers that will offer you a multitude of separate certificates in your chosen field. In the Human Resources Profession, you have the opportunity to certify with SHRM or with HRCI, or both.....

HRCI currently offers a variety of certifications, with levels of difficulty primarily based on experience whereas SHRM currently offers two certifications, one for professionals with less experience and scope and a certification focused on senior-level HR leaders

An HR Certification sets you apart from your colleagues, and (no matter which one you choose to obtain), is one way to prove you have the knowledge and skills to move up in your career, especially if you want a management position. A certification can give an up to 29 percent greater chance of getting a promotion.

Additionally, this credential makes you a recognized expert and leader in the HR field—and a valuable asset to your organization, keeping you and your organization more competitive in today's economy.

SHRM has adjusted their 2020 Spring Testing Window. The new test dates are June 1 through August 15, 2020. Although early-bird registration has passed, the standard registration window is still open until May 15, 2020. IF you apply for your SHRM exam by May 15, 2020, you will be able to test from home through their remote proctoring offer. More details can be found on

HRCI now offers year-round testing and is available by a first-come appointment basis for online proctoring within 120 calendar days from the application approval date. You can find additional details for this at

Earning a certification from SHRM or HRCI® is a long-term commitment to yourself, your career and the HR profession. Recertification is the process of renewing your certification and demonstrating your ongoing commitment to professional development in the HR field. Recertification, required every three years, is accomplished by demonstrating professional development activities (the preferred method) or retaking an exam.  Details can be found on each of the respective websites referenced above.

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. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are extending our Winter/Spring deadline to May 31. If you applied previously or you are interested in the scholarship, please submit your application to [email protected] If you previously submited an application during the 2020 year, we ask that you submit your form again. You can download the scholarship form here.

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SHRM Foundation

New, Free HR Training Program Closes Disability Inclusion Gap in the Workplace

The SHRM Foundation and Workplace Initiative by Understood today announced the availability of a new, free training program focused on helping businesses drive disability inclusion in the workplace.

The Employing Abilities @Work Certificate is designed for human resources professionals and hiring managers. With eLearning content provided by the Workplace Initiative by Understood, the training program dispels myths and highlights opportunities to hire, retain, develop, and advance employees with disabilities in the workplace.

Training program participants will advance through 12 micro-learning modules that define concrete steps to foster inclusion at work and outlines the business benefits of investing in disability inclusion programs. Courses focus on how to welcome and support employees with disabilities in the workplace. To read more: go HERE.

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Community Involvement

Our community involvement for April-June will be United Way of the Ouachitas COVID Relief Fund.  Donate Here or You can also mail a monetary donation to: WCASHRM, PO Box 8, Hot Springs, AR, 71902.

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Other News

Click on the cover for the May issue of HR Professionals Magazine to access this month's issue. This magazine is a great resource for our members. This issue features Liz Suprinski, Director of Data Science for SHRM, on the cover. We have also included the entire SHRM Research Team. Our focus in this issue is HR strategies for handling the coronavirus pandemic.


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