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 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 –

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   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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