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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June 2016 Programming

Weather is scheduled to heat up in June…and so are all 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.

June 3 – Golf Outing – Rolling Meadows – Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac HRA

June 8 – PNC Networking Event  – Milwaukee, Metro Milwaukee SHRM

June 8 – Health Care Reform – Stevens Point, Stevens Point Area HRA

June 9 – Give your employees C.R.A.P – Wausau, Central Wisconsin SHRM

June 14 – Summer Social  – Watertown, Jefferson County HRA

June 15 – Beer Tasting and Networking Event  – Appleton, Fox Valley SHRM

June 15 – Professional Development Symposium  – La Crosse, La Crosse Area SHRM

June 16 – Disability Awareness and Sensitivity  – Racine, Racine/Kenosha Area SHRM

June 21 – Professional Development Summit  – Madison, Greater Madison SHRM

June 23 – Using Influence & Impact: Becoming an Effective HR Business Leader  – Eau Claire, Chippewa Valley SHRM

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Ready for the NEW OT Rule?


The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Solicitor of Labor M. Patricia Smith announced recently that the DOL’s Final Rule regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) White Collar Exemption Regulations will be published in July 2016, with an effective date of 60 days later.  While at this point it is unclear whether the Final Rule will reflect the Proposed Rule, employers should be ready to comply with the rule as proposed last year.

What is the big deal about this proposal?

While the proposed rule contains many provisions, its affect on overtime eligibility is the most controversial.  Under current law, an employer need only pay certain white collar employees $455 per week ($23,660 annually) to avoid paying overtime.  The new proposal calls for an increase in the current minimum salary threshold to $970 per week ($50,440 annually), with automatic threshold increases thereafter.  The DOL estimates that this change will affect nearly 5 million workers who currently are not eligible for overtime.

By way of example, in many industries (e.g, retail, fast food, gas stations) it is not uncommon for managers to earn annual salaries far below the proposed $50,440.  If the rule becomes final, employers will need to either increase manager salaries or be prepared to pay overtime to those workers.

Where does the DOL get the authority to issue this proposal?

The DOL cannot create new law.  The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is the law that guarantees minimum wage and overtime for certain workers.  However, the FLSA, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938, specifically gives the DOL the authority to “define and delimit” the terms of the FLSA that exempt certain workers from overtime pay.  Since 1938, the DOL has updated the exempt salary level requirements 7 times, most recently in 2004.

So, the DOL can change the rules however it wants regarding overtime?

Not quite.  The DOL’s rulemaking authority is limited.  After a rule becomes final, individuals and corporate entities may go to the courts to make a claim that a rule is unconstitutional, was made without following the notice‐and‐comment process, was arbitrary, or an abuse of discretion.  In sum, the courts have the power to trump the DOL and invalidate a rule if the DOL goes beyond the authority delegated by the FLSA.

What should employers do now?

Now is a good time for employers to audit all positions to make sure employees are properly classified as exempt/non-exempt in accordance with current law.  The widespread press about the proposed rule might cause employees to question whether they are currently eligible for overtime.  For more information on how to make sure you are compliant with the FLSA, contact your favorite employment law attorney.

Sara J. Ackermann – Attorney @ Ruder Ware, L.L.S.C.

Special thanks to CWSHRM for providing this content.


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WISHRM October State Conference: Exhibitors – Register by June 1st to SAVE


You are cordially invited to exhibit at the 30th Annual Wisconsin SHRM State Conference this year which will begin on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.  Plans are now taking place to bring you another great conference to be held at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.  More than 1,100 human resource professionals from across the State of Wisconsin attended our 2015 conference.

As we continue to grow, so does the demand and requests from new organizations to exhibit at the conference; therefore, we are encouraging your organization to register early to ensure a spot in our conference. Exhibitor booth space will be opened to approximately 110 exhibitors and reservations will be taken on a first-come basis.

*Early Bird Price!  Register & pay by June 1st and pay only $925 for a single booth or $1850 for a double booth.  Prices after June 1st will increase to $1,100.

Exhibitors will have an opportunity to take advantage of special advertising 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.

If your firm is interested in receiving additional recognition, there will be an opportunity to donate a gift above $100.00 for the Grand Prize Give-Away. The donated Grand Door Prizes will be given away during our event on Thursday evening.

For additional information regarding this year’s conference and to register, please use the following link:  WI State SHRM Conference Exhibitor Information

Thank you for considering the opportunity to exhibit at the 2016 Wisconsin SHRM State Conference.  We hope to see you there!

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact:

Jenny Lowe
Co-Chair, Exhibits
Phone: (920) 497-5458
Lori Olson
Co-Chair, Exhibits
Phone: (608) 789-6118
Kelly Holtmeier
Co-Chair, Exhibits
Phone: (920) 498-5444 x5291

Our 2016 Conference Premiere Sponsors:


Past Exhibitor Testimonials:

**  WISHRM does a great job!  A true stand out when compared to other state shows.  Keep up the class act. a well done vendor experience.
**  This is an extremely well run conference.  I found the staff and volunteers to be very welcoming and friendly.  Booth traffic was excellent.
**   I appreciate the effort the committee puts into coming up with activities to get individuals to visit the different booths – nice added value for the exhibitors.

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Wisconsin State Council SHRM Receives Prestigious SHRM Award for Advancing the HR Profession


Madison, WI, April 18, 2016 — The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently awarded the Wisconsin State Council SHRM its prestigious EXCEL Silver Award for the Council’s accomplishments in 2015.

The award is part of the SHRM Affiliate Program for Excellence, which aligns individual chapters and councils’ activities with SHRM’s aspirations for the HR profession.  The award recognizes accomplishments and strategic activities and initiatives that enhance the human resources profession.

“SHRM rewards chapters and councils that demonstrate a strong commitment to advancing the human resources profession through service to the community, local networking and professional development activities,” said Henry G. (Hank) Jackson, president and CEO of SHRM.  “Advancing the HR profession is at the heart of what SHRM does and Wisconsin State Council SHRM’s work this year helps us further showcase that mission.”

The EXCEL award can be earned at four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum, and each level has a prescribed set of requirements and accomplishments that have to be met. Wisconsin State Council SHRM will receive recognition in SHRM publications and conferences, a certificate of recognition, and a special banner to display at its meetings and events.

For more information on the award visit: www.shrm.org/communities/volunteerresources/resourcesforchapters/pages/award_info.aspx.

Media: For more information, contact Katie Walk, WI SHRM State Director, at Katie.walk@kellyservices.com or 715-834- 8001.

About the Wisconsin State Council Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 

The Wisconsin State Council Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) shares expertise and facilitates thought leadership to advance human resources professionals throughout the state of Wisconsin. Made up of 25 core council members and 19 chapter presidents, the Wisconsin State Council SHRM strives to connect and strengthen all local SHRM chapters and its members through development opportunities and shared information and resources on local, statewide and national levels. Supported by the national Society for Human Resource Management, the Wisconsin State Council SHRM promotes the value of the HR profession. To learn more, visit www.wishrm.org.

About the Society for Human Resource Management

Founded in 1948, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR membership organization devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 275,000 members in over 160 countries, the Society is the leading provider of resources to serve the needs of HR professionals and advance the professional practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit us at shrm.org and follow us on Twitter @SHRMPress.

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May 2016 Programming

Pick a day and network in May!  There are plenty of opportunities to do so with all 19 WISHRM Chapters this month.   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.

May 3 – 11th Annual Human Capital Conference – Madison, Greater Madison SHRM

May 3 – Networking: Brewers Outing – Milwaukee, Metro Milwaukee SHRM

May 6 – Leadercast 2016 – Oshkosh, Oshkosh Area SHRM

May 10 – Topic: TBD – Watertown, Jefferson County HRA

May 11 – Recognition and Other Event Ideas – Beaver Dam, SHRM – Dodge County

May 11 – OSHA – Stevens Point, Stevens Point Area HRA

May 11 – Hot Topics – Legal Updates – Lake Delton, Sauk Columbia SHRM

May 12 – 401K Retirement Plans – Wausau, Central Wisconsin SHRM

May 17 – HR and the Aging Workforce Strategies and Best Practices – Kimberly, Fox Valley SHRM

May 17 – FDL Works/Recruitment/Social Media– Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac HRA

May 17 – FDL Works/Recruitment/Social Media– Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac HRA

May 18 – Organizational Culture and Climate. What is it? – Baldwin, St Croix Valley

May 18 – Mental Health in the Workforce – La Crosse, La Crosse Area SHRM

May 18 – HR Professional Competency Model: A Rodmap for Success – Green Bay, Green Bay SHRM

May 19 – Affordable Care Act – Kenosha, Racine/Kenosha Area SHRM

May 19 – Financial Wellness – Sheboygan, Sheboygan Area SHRM

May 24 – HR Department of One – Milwaukee, Metro Milwaukee SHRM

May 25 – May Membership Meeting – Manitowoc, Lakeshore Area HRA

May 26 – Leadership Series Part 3: Coaching – Eau Claire, Chippewa Valley SHRM

May 26 – Uncovering the Truth – Milwaukee, Metro Milwaukee SHRM

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Wisconsin SHRM Council’s Second “Day on the Hill” opens dialog with state legislators


Human resource professionals from across the state gather at the capitol to meet with lawmakers

Madison, Wis. (April 18, 2016) – On Wednesday, April 6, members of the Wisconsin Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) organized and attended a ‘Day on the Hill’ event, with nearly 50 human resource (HR) professionals meeting with state legislators.

Members of SHRM met with state legislators individually to discuss future partnerships in workforce planning and employment-related legislation. After meeting with a total of 20 Senate and 28 Assembly legislative representatives, SHRM members are optimistic about ongoing dialogue about essential workforce issues, including family and medical leave and workers’ compensation.

“This event is great for human resources professionals to get involved in. It gives HR a chance to be on the front line and advocate for changes that will positively affect our profession and businesses” said Elise Rommes, Legislative Affairs Director for Wisconsin SHRM. “This contrasts going to a seminar and hearing about what’s changed; you’re trying to make an impact on what’s changing before you hear about it in a seminar. I’m looking forward to seeing this event grow each year.”

The morning of this daylong event included a legal overview of employment law with Attorney Bob Gregg, the Wisconsin SHRM Legislative Sponsor; a discussion with BJ Dernbach, DWD Division Administrator and Deputy Secretary Georgia Maxwell regarding the many tools and resources the Department of Workforce Development has to offer; and a presentation by Chris Reader of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce on SHRM’s advocacy efforts to combine state and federal FMLA laws and regulations. The morning ended with a Legislative Panel Discussion with representatives Dan Knodl, Mike Rohrkaste, and John Spiros to provide the opportunity to discuss current and upcoming employment related legislation that will have an impact on workplaces in our state.

The day also included training and education on engaging with legislatures on Wisconsin SHRM’s behalf.

To learn more about the Wisconsin SHRM Council and its advocacy positions, visit www.wishrm.org.

About the Wisconsin State Council Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

The Wisconsin State Council Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) shares expertise and facilitates thought leadership to advance human resources professionals throughout the state of Wisconsin. Made up of 25 core council members and 19 chapter presidents, the Wisconsin State Council SHRM strives to connect and strengthen all local SHRM chapters and its members through development opportunities and shared information and resources on local, statewide and national levels. Supported by the national Society for Human Resource Management, the Wisconsin State Council SHRM promotes the value of the HR profession. To learn more, visit www.wishrm.org.

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