Deadline for SHRM scholarship is 4/10!

Wisconsin SHRM State Council Certification Scholarship deadlines are coming up!
http://www.wishrm.org/index.php?module=express&cmd=newsviewpost&id=1518

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Check out the April events around WI!

April Shower Bring May Flowers! Click the link to see our April events all over the state.

April SHRM Events 2017 (002)

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Talent Acquisition Trends

Be ready for a shake up!

http://www.crowdstaffing.com/blog/talent-acquisition-trends-2017?utm_source=Linkedin&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=blog

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Telecommuting options for employees increase over the last year

Our own Joanne Krueger gives insight on the current work trend.  See the article below

http://www.jsonline.com/story/money/business/2017/03/26/dumping-daily-drive-more-telecommuters-find-their-niche/99316398/

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Leadercast Live hosted by Fox Valley SHRM

Fox Valley SHRM Hosts Leadercast Live

One of the strategic initiatives of WISHRM is to “Expand the External Brand” of SHRM. For the last seven years, Fox Valley SHRM has been a host site for “Leadercast Live” which has provided our chapter a chance to expand our external brand to over 250 HR and business professionals here in the Fox Valley and surrounding communities.

This year’s Leadercast Live will be May 5th, 2017 at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in the Kimberly Clark Theatre.

What is Leadercast Live?
Leadercast Live is the largest one-day leadership event in the world. Broadcast live each year from Atlanta to 100,000+ people in hundreds of locations around the world, Leadercast Live brings together many of the world’s most recognized and respected global leaders to create a leadership experience unlike any other.

Leadercast 2017 will focus on what it means to be Powered by Purpose.

What does it mean to be powered by purpose? To be part of a purpose-driven organization? To work with a team of people who understand the meaning in addition to the metrics? To recognize that why you do what you do matters as much or more as what you do. Where defined values drive a strong culture and intentional leadership inspires amazing results.

Leaders who are Powered by Purpose come from all walks of life … they are not limited to any single role or responsibility … no one type of company or industry or community. Instead, they have taken the time to distinguish their values, lead with intention, lift up their teams, and create a collective vision. And they are passionate about sharing their organization’s purpose with the world.

Come to Leadercast 2017 – where every detail of the experience is purposefully crafted to inspire and engage you in surprising and meaningful ways. Discover the steps you can take to uncover your purpose … to reconnect to your organization’s why … and to truly live, work and play in this world, Powered by Purpose.

2017 Speakers
Leadercast features a lineup of world-renowned leaders, speaking straight to your community, team or organization.

• Andy Stanley | Leadership Author and Communicator
• Dr. Henry Cloud | Clinical Psychologist, Leadership Expert, Author
• Molly Fletcher | Sports Agent, Author, and World-renowned Public Speaker
• Tyler Perry | Director, Playwright, Screenwriter, Producer, Actor, Author & Entrepreneur
• Suzy Welch | Leadership Expert and Best-Selling Author
• Jim McKelvey | Co-Founder of Square and Founder of LaunchCode
• Daniel Pink | Behavioral Science Expert, Author, and Host of Crowd Control
• Jess Ekstrom | CEO of Headbands of Hope
• Donald Miller |CEO of Storybrand

Leadercast Live will once again be directed and hosted by Comedian Tripp Crosby.
The Fox Valley SHRM chapter would like to extend an invite for you to join us at Leadercast Live in 2017 as we explore what is means to be a Visionary Leader, and learn what it means to lead in such a way that create bold cultures, builds faithful employees, and produces high achievement.
Cost of the all day program is $85 with includes breakfast, lunch, participant material and more! Attendees must be registered prior to the day of the event. Seating is limited so sign up today at http://event.leadercast.com/location/foxvalleyshrm!!

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How are your local chapters doing?

Please join these webinars for some great membership recruiting and retention ideas!
Membership CLA – 2017 webcasts
Thursday, Mar. 23, @ 4 p.m. ET
Thursday, May 25, @ 4 p.m. ET
Thursday, Aug. 17, @ 4 p.m. ET
Thursday, Nov. 2, @ 4 p.m. ET
How are you doing with your required SHRM numbers? New chapter affiliation requirements went into effect on January 1, 2017. Applies to all existing and new chapters.
• All 100%-Chapters
• Minimum of 25 national SHRM members AND
• 100% SHRM membership – no categories for non-SHRM members
• All Non-100% Chapters
• Minimum of 25 national SHRM members
Are you taking advantage of the E-Blasts and the Chapter Promotions E-mail Program?
• SHRM offers State Councils, Super Mega chapters, and 100% chapters the opportunity to reach at-large members via e-mail eight times per year (two per quarter)
• New! Non-100% chapters are provided with two SHRM-provided e-mail communications per year (Chapter Promotion E-mail Program)
• Use online request form in the VLRC; SHRM sends the e-blast on your behalf

Debbie Fedel Membership – Recruiting & Retention Tools

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Chippewa Valley SHRM has some great Spring events!

Chippewa Valley SHRM has many great things coming up this Spring for programming! We are excited about a few new networking events we have added as well as Leadercast Live 2017, which is a leadership simulcast that we are marketing to both HR leaders and business leaders in our community.

• Friday, March 3: First Friday Coffee & Conversation Morning Mingle @ French Press, 7:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
• Friday, March 3: Sole Practioner’s Networking Group Meeting @ NBI, 11:30 a.m.
• Wednesday, March 29: Hump Day Hangin’ with HR Happy Hour @ Hangar 54 Grill
• Friday, March 31: Recruiting Networking Group Meeting, @ TBD, (internship programs/best practice sharing)
• Tuesday, April 4: Human Resources Conference @ Florian Gardens, 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
• Friday, April 7: First Friday Coffee & Conversation Morning Mingle @ French Press, 7:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
• Friday, May 5: Leadercast Live 2017 @ CVTC, 7:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

CVSHRM is excited to host Leadercast Live 2017 on Friday, May 5. Leadercast Live is the largest one-day leadership event in the world. Broadcast live from Atlanta to hundreds of locations around the world each year, Leadercast brings together some of the most recognized and respected global leaders to create a leadership experience unlike any other. This year, CVSHRM will host the Leadercast simulcast at Chippewa Valley Technical College.

2017 Leadercast Live Speakers
• Dr. Henry Cloud, Clinical Psychologist, Leadership Expert, Author
• Jess Ekstrom, CEO Headbands of Hope
• Molly Fletcher, Former Top Sports Agent & Author
• Donald Miller, CEO of Storybrand
• Jim McKelvey, Co-Founder of Square and Founder of LaunchCode
• Tyler Perry, Director, Playwright, Screenwriter, Producer, Actor, Author & Entrepreneur
• Daniel Pink, Behavioral Science Expert, Best-Selling Author, and Host of Crowd Control
• Suzy Welch, Author, TV Commentator, and Business Journalist
• Andy Stanley, Leadership Author and Communicator

Visit our website, http://chippewavalley.shrm.org/ for more information on any of these great events!

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Sheboygan Area SHRM –What’s Not To Sponsor!

The Sheboygan Area SHRM chapter is proud to highlight our new Sponsorship Opportunities. Sponsorship is a great way to support HR professionals, practitioners, and providers working directly with local HR thought-leaders who embrace continuous improvement for themselves and their companies. This is also a great opportunity for area employers to learn more about Sheboygan Area SHRM, by gaining traction of the companies and HR professionals to become involved in our growing chapter! We rolled this new program out in Fall 2016 to our chapter. To date, we have secured five “Sponsor a Speaker” and two BRONZE level sponsors. We are very proud of this success to date! What’s not to Sponsor!
Platinum Plan – $1500 Contribution
• Table Top advertising – your logo on the speaker bio’s on each table
• LARGE company logo on banner
• Nine FREE program/meeting passes for guests or other members of your company
• 5-minute presentation about your company at one of the monthly meetings
• Allowed to put information on tables at two meetings (one in spring and one in fall)

Gold Plan – $1000 Contribution
• Table Top advertising – your logo on the speaker bio’s on each table
• LARGE company logo on banner
• Six FREE program/meeting passes for guests or other members of your company
• Allowed to put information on tables at one meeting

Silver Plan – $750 Contribution
• Table Top advertising – your logo on the speaker bio’s on each table
• MEDIUM company logo on banner
• Three FREE program/meeting passes for guests or other members of your company

Bronze Plan – $500 contribution
• Table Top advertising – your logo on the speaker bio’s on each table
• SMALL company logo on banner
• Two FREE program/meeting passes for guests or other members of your company

“Sponsor a Speaker” program
• $100 Contribution
• Sponsor a speaker for one regular meeting of your choice in 2017
• Introduction of your company at that meeting

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21st Century Cures Act Provides New Healthcare Option for Small Employers

On January 1, 2017, a new law took effect which allows small employers to provide their employees extra compensation to purchase their own health insurance without penalties. President Obama signed the new law, called the 21st Century Cures Act, on December 13, 2016. Previously, small employers who did not provide group health insurance faced penalties under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) if they provided their employees with additional monies to assist with individual health insurance premiums. Now, small employers may provide Health Reimbursement Arrangements (“HRAs”) (also known as Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements (“QSEHRAS”)) to their employees without facing penalties.
What are HRAs?
HRAs are arrangements under which the employer contributes funds up to a certain amount per year, which can be used to reimburse employees’ medical expenses including insurance premiums. Unused amounts may be used in future years. Funds the employer contributes are excluded from payroll tax. And, the funds the employee receives are excluded from the employee’s income for tax purposes.
Who is eligible to provide HRAs?
Small employers with fewer than 50 employees (based upon last year’s average and excluding seasonal employees) that do not sponsor a group health plan are eligible to provide HRAs to their employees. Employers with 50 or more employees cannot offer an HRA and may fall under the ACA’s requirement to provide group health coverage. Eligible employers can fund HRAs to pay for non-group plan premiums. Their employees can use the funds to purchase their own health insurance plans, including ones on healthcare marketplaces and exchanges under the ACA.
What are the requirements if we provide an HRA?
There are several requirements for small employers who choose to provide an HRA to their employees:
• Employers must offer HRAs to all Full Time Equivalent (FTE) employees except: those employed less than 90 days, those under 25 years old, seasonal employees, those covered by a collective bargaining agreement, and part time employees.
• The maximum reimbursement employers can provide is $4,950 for single coverage and $10,000 for family coverage per year. These amounts must be pro-rated for employees that begin employment mid-year. These amounts are set to be adjusted annually for inflation.
• Employers must adopt a policy that treats all employees equally. Contributions to HRAs should be the same for all employees, but, contributions can vary based upon price of the individual health insurance market.
o For example, an employer is compliant if they adopt a policy stating they provide 50% of the premium for all employees. Under this policy, an employee with family coverage or an older employee may receive more than a younger employee with single coverage. An employer is not compliant if they adopt a policy wherein they provide 100% of the premiums for managers and 50% of the premiums for all other employees. This would be an impermissibly unequal policy.
• HRAs must be funded solely by the employer, with no salary contributions or reductions from the employee.
• Employers must provide HRA notices to employees or face penalties.
o No later than 90 days before the beginning of an HRA plan year, or the date an employee first becomes eligible for the HRA, employers must provide a written notice to each eligible employee which includes: (1) the amount of the employee’s permitted benefit under the HRA for the year; (2) a statement that the eligible employee should provide their HRA benefit amount to any health insurance exchange to which the employee applies for advance payment of the premium assistance tax credit; and (3) a statement that if the employee does not have minimum essential coverage required by the ACA for any month, the employee may be subject to tax under the individual mandate for that month and HRA reimbursements may be taxed as gross income.
o If an employer does not to provide the required notice, the employer may be subject to a $50 per-employee, per-incident penalty, up to a $2,500 maximum.
• Employers must report the value of HRA benefits on their employees’ W-2 Forms beginning in 2017 (i.e. in January 2018 for the year 2017).
The new law may also encourage small and mid-sized companies who currently offer group health plans to replace them with health insurance premium reimbursements through HRAs, instead. This may prove to be a trend in the future especially if group health insurance premiums continue to increase and if small businesses tire of the administrative burden of providing such plans to a small work force.
If you have any questions about the new law and whether your business might benefit from HRAs, please contact Attorney Amanda E. Prutzman at Eckberg Lammers, P.C. via email at aprutzman@eckberglammers.com

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My First SHRM VLS

I had the pleasure of attending my first Volunteer Leadership Summit in November 2016. Each year, our chapter sends the incoming President-Elect to attend this event in Washington D.C. I can truly say this was an amazing experience that prepared me well for the President-Elect and President roles.

Upon arrival, our state council welcomed me with open arms, and we spent an evening touring the city and taking in all the beautiful sights and history. During the conference itself, I participated in many breakout sessions according to chapter size, topic of interest, and leadership training sessions. It became apparent, not even halfway through the first day, how much SHRM cares about preparing its leaders to create and maintain successful chapters.

One of the most beneficial parts of the conference was the chapter-size breakout sessions. During these sessions, leaders from around the country exchanged ideas, asked questions, and gave advice to each other. The time spent in these sessions was invaluable as each person truly cared and wanted to help each other succeed.

I remember when I first came on the Board in 2015, I felt very overwhelmed and was unfamiliar with half of the things the Board was discussing. This conference filled in all the blanks for me. From the Keynote speakers, to the breakout sessions, to the leadership trainings, I would recommend the VLS conference for anyone in a SHRM chapter board or leadership position! I am very grateful to be a member of a chapter that sees the value of our board members attending such events!

-Central Wisconsin SHRM
Kelsie Haase
Account Executive
Office: 715.203.8877
Cell: 715.965.0256
Kelsie.Haase@remedystaff.com

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