January 2021 Print

President's Report

Happy New Year!! We finally made it to 2021. 2020 threw HR a curve ball but, we caught it and RAN! We all learned how to think outside of the box this year that’s for sure & we’ve proven to be stronger than we thought we were. Let’s keep it going and together make 2021 the year of growth and success!

THANK YOU to the 2020 WCASHRM Board for all of your hard work and dedication to the chapter. A special THANK YOU goes out to Shayne King, VP of Programs, for her dedication to WCASHRM as well as ARSHRM.  Shayne’s commitment is always above and beyond. I know all the Board members would agree with me, we could not do this without her.

I look forward to working with the 2021 WCASHRM Board. I would like to welcome Janet Hunt, College Relations and Angie Boring, Workforce Readiness.  We are excited to have them join the WCASHRM Board of Directors in 2021.

Please mark your calendars for the January Meeting Program, January 26, 2021. Our speaker is Krista Scammahorn, Not everything is an Email: Creating a Communication Culture.

The Board has decided to continue our monthly drives again this year to benefit local organizations. If you have any suggestions, please email Terry Davis at [email protected]  This month, Please consider making a monetary donation to the United Way of the Ouachitas COVID-19 Relief Fund at United Way COVID-19.

I am excited to continue my leadership this year as WCASHRM Chapter President and hope to see each of you again soon.

Terry Davis | President 

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SHRM found that 1 in 4 U.S. workers dread going to work because they don’t feel safe voicing their opinions about work-related topics, and they don’t feel respected and valued at work.

As HR professionals, you have a responsibility to make sure your organization’s employees feel safe and included within the workplace. Join SHRM and renew your commitment to creating a better workplace for your current and future employees.

Learn more: http://shrm.co/whenigrowup

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Meeting Topic



January 26, 2021 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Reading, writing, and getting refocused after checking the 180 emails sent and received each day takes the average American worker 1,048 hours per year!  That's 52 percent of your time at work!  Are you drowning in all this messaging madness?  This session will invite you to rethink your workplace email culture.  You will consider how your actions and attitudes, along with those of your supervisor, impact the email practices of you and your work team.  And you can finally gain practical tips to streamline your inbox processes once and for all.

* Develop better skills by becoming aware of email efficiency techniques
* How to discuss current email culture with your teams to improve communication
* Practical tips to use for your email inbox usage
* Other communication options to use rather than email
* How to develop an Email Manifesto for your group/organization/team

Krista Scammahorn is an author, trainer, speaker, and consultant of business training.  She has over 20 years in Corporate Sales, Marketing, and development of cross-functional teams.  She and her husband, Skip, parent five boys and have four adorable grandchildren.  They work hard to put family first in the long list of priorities.  Krista is always enthusiastic to improve herself and others.

Krista is certified to train "Crucial Conversations", "Getting Things Done", and "Five Voices".  Her current passion is writing several books on Email Communication and how to help people/companies from drowning in emails.  Her full-time gig is bringing joy through her position of Workforce Development Consultant with Frances Tuttle Technology Center in Oklahoma City, OK.

1 hour SHRM PDCs and HRCI credit 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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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 | 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Join us for an HR Happy Hour on Zoom for an opportunity to network, discuss HR concerns, play games, and win doorprizes!

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Membership Corner

We hope all our local members and/or those members who did not elect auto renewal will renew your WCASHRM membership for 2021. The 2021 membership application is available here.

WCASHRM values you and helps you meet your professional goals. Benefits of being a WCASHRM member include:

  • Virtual meetings are free for members.
  • 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.



Encourage those you know in HR to join WCASHRM today by completing this application and submitting the appropriate dues. SHRM members are free when they designate WCASHRM (0467) has their primary chapter. (If you are a local member only and join now, you get the rest of the year complimentary.) 


SHRM Membership enhances your local membership. An individual SHRM membership costs just $219 annually and then your local dues with WCASHRM would be free. (SHRM Membership $219 minus WCASHRM dues $45 = $174 total new cost)

By joining the national organization, SHRM, membership grants you immediate access to:

  • Free member webcasts on important HR topics with CE credit;
  • Compliance alerts when legislation is enacted and information on how to implement the necessary changes;
  • Experienced, certified HR Knowledge Advisors who can assist with specific questions and offer advice on handling sensitive situations;
  • Resource centers to keep our organization up-to-date on topics such as workplace bias, communicable diseases and performance management;
  • Hundreds of sample job descriptions, policies and interview questions that are customizable so I can adapt and use them right away;
  • Daily e-newsletters with analysis on critical HR topics;
  • Discounted conferences, certification exam fees, seminars, e-learning courses and bookstore items;
  • And much more… [See this graphic for total value of $13,000]


I know money is tight with the pandemic and economic conditions. I know that you have to budget and fight for every dollar you spend, but I think with the above listed benefits, you’ll find that $18.25 a month is well worth it. I have found tremendous information that has helped me navigate during these last few months, and without SHRM, I would have spent more payroll dollars researching best practices than $18.25/month.

To join SHRM, go to https://www.shrm.org/about-shrm/Pages/Membership.aspx. Then email me your 2021 WCASHRM form to me noting you are a SHRM member, and we’ll update our records.

Call or 501-624-2172 or email if you have any questions.

Tara Mauk Arthur | Membership VP

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Legislative Updates

DOL Announces Final Rule Clarifying Independent Contractor Standard

The Department of Labor (DOL) issued its Final Rule clarifying the standard for classifying a worker as an independent contractor or employee according to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). A DOL spokesperson stated that the Final Rule did not contain any significant modification from its Proposed Rule published in September of 2020. The full copy of the Final Rule is available here.

The Final Rule was designed to address the modern “gig” economy and to relax the standard for permitting individuals to work in jobs without becoming an employee of the company. However, the Rule also re-affirms the “economic reality” test and upholds the importance of analyzing the nature and degree of control over the work. It establishes two “core factors”: (1) the degree of control a company exercises over the workers’ duties, and (2) the opportunity for profit or loss based on initiative, investment, or both.

The Rule also indicates that the actual practices of the worker and the potential employer are more relevant than what may be contractually or theoretically possible. Six examples are provided by the DOL in an effort to explain the application of the revised factors to actual scenarios.

The rule is scheduled to take effect on March 8, 2021. The incoming Biden administration may try to delay the implementation of the Final Rule, but to do so long term it must go through formal rulemaking procedures.

Arkansas Minimum Wage Increases January 1, 2021

On January 1, 2021, the Arkansas minimum wage will increase to $11.00 per hour.

This raise in minimum wage is the third and final increase associated with the Initiated Act Arkansas voters approved in November 2018. Previous increases associated with the Initiated Act took the Arkansas minimum wage to $9.25 per hour on January 1, 2019, and to $10.00 per hour on January 1, 2020.

The Arkansas Department of Labor maintains a Minimum Wage Fact Sheet as a resource for employers.

Congress Extends Employer Tax Credits for Paid Sick and Family Leave

On December 21, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act. While this bill does not extend mandated FFCRA leave beyond December 31, 2020, Section 286 of the bill, “Extension of Credits for Paid Sick and Family Leave,” allows covered employers to voluntarily provide emergency paid sick leave or emergency paid FMLA leave under FFCRA and claim the tax credit associated with this leave. The tax credit may only be taken for leave through March 31, 2021. Note, however, the bill does not increase the amount of leave available to employees under the FFCRA. Therefore, employers cannot claim the tax credit for employees who have already used all of their FFCRA leave entitlement.

In summary, FFCRA leave is no longer required as of January 1, 2021, but if covered employers voluntarily provide leave benefits to eligible employees through March 31, 2021, employers are eligible to take the tax credit for the leave.

The EEOC Releases First Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccination for Employers

On December 16, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its first direct guidance for employers regarding COVID-19 vaccines approved or authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Check out this article from The National Law Review for more information.

Bruce Cross | Legislative Director

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Other News

CGWG is offering a free lunchtime webinar on January 28 on planning for elder care and managing nursing home and long-term-care costs. If you are concerned with how your family will bear the expense of nursing home care, home caregivers, or assisted living, grab your favorite lunch and log in to join CGWG attorneys Laura D. Johnson and Maya S. Goree for this informative one-hour Zoom webinar that looks at options that may be available and the rules that accompany those options.

You can register by emailing [email protected]Go here for more info: https://www.cgwg.com/post/elder-law-basics-protect-your-family-with-this-free-webinar

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