October 2016 Programming

Hello Fall!  As your go-to morning coffee drinks go from ICED to HOT, stop by one of our HOT local WISHRM chapter events!  Click on the program title below for details to events in your area.

Not sure which chapter is nearest you?  Take a look at WISHRM’s Local Chapters page for more information.

October 11 – TBD– Watertown, Jefferson County HRMA

October 11 – Affordable Care Act – Beloit, Blackhawk Area HRA

October 12 – EEOC Investigations – Beaver Dam, SHRM – Dodge County

October 12 – Investigative Resource for HR Professionals– Oshkosh, Oshkosh Area SHRM

October 14 – Positive Psychology: Shifting Perspective, Boost Positivity in the Workplace – Tomah, West Central Wisconsin SHRM

October 18 – Labor and Employment Law Update– Kimberly, Fox Valley SHRM

October 19 – Society 3.0 – Workforce in a Digital World – Green Bay, Green Bay Area SHRM

October 20 – Networking Event: Member Appreciation – Eau Claire, Chippewa Valley SHRM

October 20 – Fair Credit Reporting Act, Background Checks and You – Racine, SHRM Racine and Kenosha Area Chapter

October 20 – Successful HR Strategies for Building an Ethical Workplace Culture– Sheboygan, Sheboygan Area – SHRM

October 25 – Networking Event: Member Appreciation – Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac Area HRA

October 25 – Networking Event: Pinot’s Palette –  Green Bay, Green Bay Area SHRM

October 26 – HR War Stories: Innovative Approaches to HR’s Most Common Pitfalls – Manitowoc, Lakeshore Area HRA

October 27 – GMA SHRM Revealed: Member Orientation – Madison, Greater Madison Area SHRM

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New Website Connects WI Employers to UW Student Talent

New Website Connects Wisconsin Employers to UW Student Talent

UW System creating talent pathways to fill statewide workforce needs

 The UW System announces the launch of its Career Connect website that connects Wisconsin employers with students for internships, job shadowing, and potential careers.  Career Connect was created in-house to help students get experience in their chosen field, while employers have the opportunity to capitalize on the talent at UW institutions.

 “This is a win-win-win for employers, our students and Wisconsin,” says UW System President Ray Cross.  “We can efficiently and effectively connect employers with resources their organizations need while our students get valuable career experience.  We know internships often turn into job offers.  A meaningful job experience can lead to more graduates staying in Wisconsin to raise their families, becoming an integral part of our workforce and economy.”

As a growing number of today’s workforce reach retirement age, that demographic shift will create a significant demand for the educated, innovative workforce of tomorrow.  Career Connect is a talent development initiative highlighted in the UW System’s 2020FWD strategic framework that will help provide UW System juniors and seniors at least one professional experience during their college career.  It is one of many initiatives in 2020FWD designed to address future workforce demands as voiced by business and community leaders in UW System’s listening sessions across the state in the past year.

The Career Connect portal conveniently directs employers to UW institution resources and students in their area to fill internships, mentorships, short-term projects, apprenticeships and more.  The website includes:

  • Services available for employers to connect with students at UW campuses
  • A  tool that allows employers to search what majors exist at each campus
  • Direct links to each institution’s career services websites and contact information for staff
  • Links to employment data for each campus, as well as UW accountability data
  • Calendar of Events for employers, including job fairs across the UW System

Career Connect was developed in-house with input from UW institutions and a variety of statewide partners:  Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD), Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA), Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC), Wisconsin Society for Human Resource Management (WI SHRM), and Wisconsin Technology Council (WTC).

Here is what the Career Connect partners have to say:

Ray Allen, DWD Secretary:  “The Department of Workforce Development collaborates with the UW System and other education and training partners to expand the number of students who enter the workforce with hands-on experience.  With tens of thousands of job openings every day on JobCenterofWisconsin.com, Wisconsin’s free online public labor exchange, our state needs as many tools as possible to help employers find skilled talent and help students secure good-paying jobs after graduation. To this end, Career Connect will be an important resource both for employers and UW students.”

Brian Douda, WEDA Executive Director:  “It is critical to Wisconsin’s economic development organizations to align the talent pool with the needs of our local communities.  This portal will play a key role in supporting those efforts.”

Mark Hogan, WEDC Secretary and CEO:  “As the state’s lead economic development agency, one of our missions is to help companies statewide attract and retain young talent.  What makes Career Connect an ideal tool for those retention and attraction efforts is that it will target UW students already familiar with Wisconsin and increase their awareness of the many career opportunities that exist here.”

Kurt Bauer, WMC President:  “To help keep Wisconsin competitive, we must continue to attract and retain talent to our state.  When we connect businesses with UW students in their communities, we’re developing the workforce of tomorrow and the next generation of entrepreneurs.”

Katie Walk, WI SHRM Council President:  “WI SHRM is proud to support this important workforce development initiative.   We look forward to witnessing the connections made between students and employers, ultimately resulting in growing and retaining our future talent.”

Tom Still, WTC President:  “As I travel around Wisconsin, I hear from employers who say they need talent to fill open jobs.  They would also appreciate a ‘front door’ to UW System campuses to better connect them with possible interns, graduates, and other opportunities to collaborate.  Career Connect offers just such a portal.”

 “As more employers become aware of our broad and deep talent pipeline, the number of available internships will multiply, providing additional opportunities for UW students.  We are creating talent pathways to fill statewide workforce needs,” says Cross.

Connect with a UW System institution to find the talent you are looking for at wisconsin.edu/career-connect.

See President Ray Cross talk about the Career Connect website

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Would you like to have a part in making the 2016 WI SHRM State Conference a total success? If so, we welcome and encourage you to volunteer in one of several areas throughout our three day conference. Volunteering is a great opportunity for both Student and Professional members.  With just a small volunteer role from individuals like you, the conference will be a success!  We could not run this conference without all of our volunteers.  We hope you will consider volunteering this year.

As a token of our appreciation, all of our volunteers will receive a discount off any books purchased onsite at the SHRM Store. Vouchers will be provided when you check in at the Volunteer desk.

Volunteering is a great way for you to:

  • Be involved – as the future HR leaders, volunteering will be a great opportunity to see what the HR world has to offer
  • Network –  with more than 1,200 attendees at the conference, volunteering provides an opportunity to build your network and meet new people
  • Gain experience – volunteering looks great to future employers, as well as provides an opportunity to do something you may not have thought of doing before
  • Provide assistance – by the end of the conference, you will be glad you volunteered.

We will need Volunteers in the following areas:

  • Programming – Be an usher and/or introduce speakers during break-out sessions
  • SHRM Booths – Assist with the SHRM Book Store and SHRM Foundation
  • Registration – Assist with the registration process by working at the Volunteer and/or Registration desks
  • Accommodations – Assisting with exhibitor lunches and/or directing attendees during meal times
  • Activities – Greet and direct attendees during evening entertainment

Attendee registration is now open and remain open until the end of September.  If you have any questions or would like to discuss volunteer options in more detail, please contact the Volunteer Coordinators below:

Volunteer Coordinators:
Greg Bachrach
LaShana Miller
Your service for these 3 days is of great help to the conference
and will help make the event a success!
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September 2016 Programming

As summer winds DOWN, the local WISHRM chapters are heating UP!  Click on the program title below for details to events in your area.

Not sure which chapter is nearest you?  Take a look at WISHRM’s Local Chapters page for more information.

September 1 – Annual Fall Kickoff Event – Beaver Dam, SHRM – Dodge County

September 8 – Kidjacked: A Father’s Story – Wausau, Central Wisconsin SHRM

September 9 – Social Media in the Workplace Update – Tomah, West Central Wisconsin SHRM

September 13 – Career Mapping – Watertown, Jefferson County HRMA

September 13 – STEP Industries Introduction – Neenah, Fox Valley SHRM

September 13 – Coaching as a Management Style: Be More Effective with Less Effort – Madison, Greater Madison Area SHRM

September 14 – All Day Workshop– Stevens Point, Stevens Point Area HRA

September 14 – Wellness in the Workplace – Eau Claire, Chippewa Valley SHRM

September 14 – Retirement Planning for the HR Professional – Oshkosh, Oshkosh Area SHRM

September 15 – What Every HR Professional Needs to Know About the Form I-9 Process – Kenosha, SHRM Racine and Kenosha Area Chapter

September 15 – Employee Relations & Customer Service – Sheboygan, Sheboygan Area – SHRM

September 20 – HR a la Carte – Milwaukee, Metro Milwaukee SHRM

September 20 – Legal Updates – Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac Area HRA

September 20 – Finance and Accounting for the Non-Financial Leader – Kimberly, Fox Valley SHRM

September 21 – Project Management 101 – La Crosse, La Crosse Area SHRM

September 21 – Employment Law Seminar: The Challenge of Change – Richmond, St. Croix Valley Employers Association

September 21 – Annual Legal Update and Vendor Fair – Green Bay, Green Bay Chapter SHRM

September 28 – Employment Law Update – Manitowoc, Lakeshore Area HRA

September 29 – Workforce Development Summit 2016– Cleveland, Sheboygan Area – SHRM

September 29 – USERRA Workshop – Kimberly, Fox Valley SHRM

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Just When You Thought You Had a Handle on Gen Y…

Just when you thought you had a handle on Gen Y…. bam!  Along comes Generation Z.

Who is Gen Z?  They are the generation of future workers who are approximately 8 to 23 in age.  Also known as iGen, Post-Millennials, Centennials, or Plurals (what??  Plurals? What’s that all about?), Gen Zers have never known a world without smartphones and social media.

Marketers and social historians are vigorously trying to define the characteristics of this group, but the significant age swing (grade school to post-high school) is posing a challenge.  What does seem fairly evident is that Gen Z is comfortable with technology, with interactions on social media websites a large part of their socializing.  US Consultancy Sparks and Honey reports that 41% of Generation Z spent more than 3 hours per day using computers for purposes other than schoolwork in 2014, up from 22% in 2004.  Because of the prevalence of smartphones within this group, it is estimated that 24% of teens go online almost constantly.  One Gen Z put it this way, “Generation Z takes in information instantaneously, and loses interest just as fast.”

Marketers are taking note, advising clients to communicate in “five words and a big picture”, or risk not reaching this audience.

Members of Gen Z seem to prefer newer, more anonymous social media platforms like Secret or Whisper, as well as Snapchat, where images disappear almost instantly.  This may be partly because their parents are less likely to use those platforms, but also because Gen Z seems to value privacy more so than Millennials.  They are more likely to “follow” others on social media than “share.”  Speed and reliability are important to them.

Studies also point to a greater sense of pragmatism and risk aversion among Gen Z.  They may have experienced first-hand in their families the challenges of unemployment or job instability; as a result, members of Gen Z are said to seek contentment and passion in their careers rather than a lucrative salary.  Business Insider magazine expects Gen Z to be “more entrepreneurial and pragmatic about money” compared to Millennials.

The risk-aversion also shows up in their personal behaviors, with lower percentages reporting alcohol use and higher percentages reporting seat belt use than previous generations.

Gen Z is also now the largest segment of the U.S. population, at nearly 26%.  Millennials top out at 24.5%.  They self-identify as being loyal, compassionate, thoughtful, open-minded, responsible, and determined.  They see their peers as competitive, spontaneous, adventuresome, and curious.

The oldest members of Generation Z will soon be hitting the “career” job market (versus the summer job market).  Will you and your organization be ready?

This post was submitted by SPAHRA.  Thank you for the content!

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August 2016 Programming

Keep summer alive – attend one of these HOT sessions!  Our WISHRM chapters have some great events coming up.  Click on the program title below for details to events in your area.

Not sure which chapter is nearest you?  Take a look at WISHRM’s Local Chapters page for more information.

August 4 – What’s Measured Gets Done – Wausau, Central Wisconsin SHRM

August 9 – Annual Open House – Milwaukee, Metro Milwaukee SHRM

August 9 – Annual Summer Program – Oconomowoc, Jefferson County HRMA

August 10 – Going Postal: Managing Threats of Violence at Work – Stevens Point, Stevens Point Area HRA

August 11 – Eau Claire Express – Fan Deck (Networking)– Eau Claire, Chippewa Valley SHRM

August 16 – Building Your Compensation Strategy – Kimberly, Fox Valley SHRM

August 17 – Connecting With Your Community Through Non-Profits– La Crosse, La Crosse Area SHRM

August 18 – Paint Night! (Networking) – Fitchburg, Greater Madison Area SHRM

August 23 – 2016 Employment Law Update – Eau Claire – Eau Claire, Chippewa Valley SHRM

August 24 – 2016 Employment Law Update – Menomonie – Menomonie, Chippewa Valley SHRM

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JCHRMA August Chapter Meeting and Annual Program for Executives, Supervisors and HR Professionals


August Chapter Meeting and Annual Program for Executives, Supervisors & HR Professionals

Date:                   Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Time:                  7:30 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.                    Breakfast & Networking

7:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.                    Chapter Announcements

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.                 Speaker Presentation

Location:            Olympia Resort: Hotel, Spa & Conference Center, 

1350 Royale Mile Rd, Oconomowoc, WI 53066

Speaker:            Bob Gregg, Boardman & Clark Law Firm

About the Presentation: 

All employment laws are interconnected. One decision can trigger several laws, and multiple liabilities.  All decisions require interaction of all management levels, and can impose organizational and personal liability on executives, supervisors, board members and HR.  All must understand the issues and work together.

This program provides the opportunity for HR professionals to bring executives and supervisors so that all understand the legal and practical issues, and the importance of how to work together to legally and practically address employment issues.

Topics that will be discussed:

Personal LiabilityAre You in the Crosshairs? Executives and Supervisor’s Personal Liability in Employment Cases.

Beware and be aware! Personal liability means that legal damages are collected from the individual’s personal bank account, retirement fund and/or sale of personal property (car, home, collectibles, etc.) In a growing number of cases, plaintiffs are naming both the employer as well as the individual(s) who were “in charge.”  In these cases the court may award damages against both the organization and the individual manager. This program covers the danger areas and preventative practices.

Liability for Employee Off-the-Clock Behaviors Off the Clock But Still on the Hook.

Off the clock is not off the hook for liability. What is “off the clock” for wage and hours and FMLA purposes? Why can customers or the public sue the company and the managers personally, for employees’ non-paid-time acts? Are you liable for what a worker did on vacation? Can after-work happy hour be a liability? Can an employer fire workers for “private” activities off the job (blogs, chat rooms, social activities)? Where are the lines between invasion of employee privacy, employer responsibility, and liability to the public? Learn the danger areas and have policies and practices to protect your company and yourself.

FMLA for SupervisorsFMLA Basics for Supervisors and Executives.

HR may handle the complex regulations, forms, and intricate details of FMLA. However, managers are most directly affected, and executives may be personally liable for FMLA violations. Managers and executives need to have a fundamental understanding of FMLA (and other legal leave rules for companies under 50 employees), and how to coordinate with HR to assure fair treatment of employees and proper compliance with the laws. Practical pointers on what to do and what not to do.

About the Presenter: 

Bob Gregg, Chair of the Labor & Employment Practice Group, Boardman & Clark Law Firm in Madison, Wisconsin, has been involved in Employment Relations for more than 30 years. He also litigates employment cases, representing employers in employment contracts, discrimination cases, FLSA, FMLA and all other areas of employment law.  His main emphasis is helping employers achieve enhanced productivity, creating positive work environments, and resolving employment problems before they generate lawsuits. He has designed the workplace policies of numerous employers. Bob has conducted over 3,000 seminars throughout the United States and authored numerous articles on practical employment issues.  Bob is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, the National Speakers Association, is a National Faculty Member of the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity and served on the Board of Directors for the Department of Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute Foundation.

Using humor and anecdotes drawn from personal experience, he simplifies and illustrates even the most complex employment issues in layman’s terms. His seminars bring a positive, practical, “hand-on” approach to help employers succeed, identify problems, avoid litigation, and implement good employment practices.

Registration Information (Contact Melissa Reinwald at mmreinwald@gmail.com with any questions):

Member Cost: $50 per person

Non-Member Cost:  $60 per person

Student Cost: $15 per person

Special Discount:  $200 for a group of 5 people

Please register online by NOON on Monday, August 8, 2016 by clicking the following link:


This program has been submitted for general recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). This program has also been submitted for recertification credit hours toward SHRM recertification.

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2016 WISHRM Annual Conference


Join us for the 2016 Wisconsin State SHRM Conference!

Kalahari, Wisconsin Dells, WI

With over 1000 attendees, 100+ vendors, & top-notch speakers, the Wisconsin State SHRM Conference is always the must-attend Wisconsin HR Event of the Year!  You can visit the Conference website at – http://www.wishrm.org/2016-State-Conference

Conference at a Glance

  • Wed. Oct 5th Attend a Preconference Workshop from 1:00-4:30 p.m. for only $75
    • The Annual Legal Overview:  Hot Topics in Employment Law
    • Apples and Oranges – Business Acumen for HR
    • Moving from Transactional to Strategic: Becoming an HR Business Leader
    • Advanced Active Shooter Training
  • Thursday & Friday Learning Sessions – For Session descriptions click here
  • Exhibit Booth opportunities avaliable – click here
    • Exhibitors will have an opportunity to take advantage of special advertising deadline July 15 in our program. As an additional bonus, if you choose to become an exhibitor there will be a 10% discount off of advertising based on the size of the ad you desire. In addition, the conference offers opportunities for sponsorship which will maximize your firms’ exposure while demonstrating your commitment to the HR profession.
  • Back To The Future – follow this link to view our activities
    • Where we’re going, we don’t need roads!” Join us on Wednesday evening for great conversation and activities. This year’s activities will take you “BACK TO THE FUTURE”. Get on your power lacing shoes, hop on your hover board and test your knowledge of all things Marty McFly related! You will be expected to learn about the exhibitor’s specialties and services, as well as answer trivia questions from the three 3 Back to the Future movies. Collect enough stickers to be entered to win a prize!
    • Money Machine in the Exhibit Hall – Earn dollars for the SHRMbookstore
    • Take time for a photo opportunity in our photo booth or in the Back to the Future DeLorean Time Machine replica!

Register by July 29th to receive the Early Bird Discount – Click Here to Register Today!

Keynote Speakers 

Jacob Morgan

Jacob Morgan – Twitter @jacobm, Facebook @FuturistJacob, Web The Future Organization

Thursday, 10/6 at 8a – “Why the Future of Work is All About the Employee Experience”  

Vince Molinaro

Vince Molinaro – Twitter @VinceMolinaro, Facebook Dr Vince Molinaro, Web The Leadership Contract

Friday, 10/7 at 8:30a – “Are you Enabling Mediocre Leadership?”

Talent Anarchy

Talent Anarchy – Twitter @TalentAnarchy, Facebook @TalentAnarchy, Web Talent Anarchy

Friday, 10/7 12:15p – “UnManagement: Confronting the Inconvenient Truth about Innovation”

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July 2016 Programming

This July, stay as cool as your local SHRM group!  Our WISHRM chapters have some great events coming up.  Click on the program title below for details to events in your area.

Not sure which chapter is nearest you?  Take a look at WISHRM’s Local Chapters page for more information.

July 20 – Membership Appreciation and Networking Event – La Crosse, La Crosse Area SHRM

July 20 – Oshkosh Area SHRM on the Loos Cruise – Oshkosh, Oshkosh Area SHRM

July 21 – Build Your Own EQ for Success  – Kenosha, Racine/Kenosha Area SHRM

July 21 – HR Round Table & Happy Hour  – Eau Claire, Chippewa Valley SHRM

July 27 – July Summer Outing  – Milwaukee, Metro Milwaukee SHRM

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Seeking Inaugural Wisconsin Certification Scholarship Winner!

New in 2016, the Wisconsin SHRM State Council has sponsored a certification scholarship to be awarded by the SHRM Foundation. This scholarship, with a $750 award, is open to SHRM national members who live or work in Wisconsin, and who are preparing to sit for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification exam. In addition to this Wisconsin only certification scholarship, members are also eligible for one of the other more than 225 scholarships available this year. Because of the generosity of donors and sponsors, the SHRM Foundation’s annual scholarship program supports hundreds of HR professionals and students who are pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees, SHRM certification, and professional development.

Ready to become SHRM certified?  Deadline for scholarship applications is July 15 and awards will be given in mid-October. Learn more at:shrmfoundation.org/scholarships.   Select SHRM Foundation Scholarship for HR Professional, then select Certification Scholarships.

One application will enable you to apply for any and all certification scholarships for which you may be eligible including the brand new Wisconsin Certification Scholarship!

Apply Today at: Apply for a Certification Scholarship

Earn Recertification PDCs for SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP
If you are already SHRM Certified, SHRM offers a variety of FREE opportunities to earn PDCs for recertification to help you maintain your credential.  To maintain your certification, you must earn 60 professional development credits (PDCs) within your three-year recertification period.  You are already 9 credits closer just by being a SHRM member!

PDC Category* Example PDC Maximum*
Advance your Organization Supervisor-endorsed work projects 20
Advance your Organization SHRM members can view free webcasts on critical HR Issues 30
Advance Your Profession Volunteer leadership in any SHRM chapter No maximum
Advance Your Profession Speaking at SHRM conferences No Maximum
Advance Your Profession Presenting at SHRM seminars or for SHRM webcasts No Maximum
Advance Your Profession Researching, writing and publishing No Maximum

For more information on recertification, go to:

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