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The Mobile SHRM Chapter Newsletter
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Holiday InnSave the Date

Friday, November 3, 2017
8:00am – 4:30pm

Annual Gulf Coast Human Resource Conference
301 Government Street
Mobile, AL 36602

Watch for registration details (including early bird discounts and sponsorship opportunities) coming soon on!

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New Meeting Registration/Pricing Policy

A new pricing policy will be in effect for Mobile SHRM chapter meetings, effective with the May 2017 meeting.

The fees are not changing for prepaid online registration made by the standard deadline of the Monday before each meeting. Additional fees will apply for pay-at-the-door or late registrations. Note that late registrations are available on a space-available basis only.

Regular Registration

Register and pay online by due date of the Monday prior to the meeting:

  • Visitor = $20
  • Mobile SHRM member = $15

Register by due date of Monday prior to meeting to pay at the door:

  • Visitor = $25
  • Mobile SHRM member = $20

Late Registration (space available only)

Registration after Monday prior to meeting:

  • Visitor - $30
  • MSHRM Member - $25
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Need an Intern?

Looking for a way to help advance the profession and your organization? Offer an internship! We have eager students looking to get involved with HR, help further the field, and gain valuable experience in the HR community. Please contact Mobile SHRM’s College Relations Director Tiphanie Evans at if you’re interested in participating as an internship site!

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SHRM Primary Chapter Designation

If you are a national SHRM member, please visit the SHRM website and designate Mobile SHRM as your primary chapter.


The primary chapter designation is important to Mobile SHRM for two reasons:

  • To remain affiliated with SHRM, at least 30% of our members must also be SHRM members.
  • SHRM reimburses chapters $10 per year per SHRM member, which helps keep our program costs low.


To designate Mobile SHRM as your primary chapter, please follow these steps: (You are not required to log in to complete this process.)

  • Click on “Communities”
  • Click on “Volunteer Leader Resource Center”
  • Click on “Resources”
  • Click on “Forms”
  • Click on “CDF-Primary Chapter Designation Form”
  • Chapter #: 176
  • Chapter Name: Mobile SHRM
  • Complete the remaining information and click “Submit.”
  • Chapter Name: Mobile SHRM
  • Complete the remaining information and click “Submit.”

We appreciate you taking the time to designate Mobile SHRM as your primary chapter!

Members may belong to more than one chapter, but may only designate one chapter as their primary chapter. The designation can be changed at any time.
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Governmental Affairs

Revised OSHA Regulation on Reporting and Recording Occupational Injuries and Illnesses
On May 12, 2016, OSHA published a final rule that, among other things, amended 29 C.F.R. 1904.35 to add two new provisions: section 1904.35(b)(1)(i) makes explicit the longstanding requirement for employers to have a reasonable procedure for employees to report work-related injuries and illnesses, and (b)(1)(iv) incorporates explicitly into Part 1904 the existing prohibition on retaliating against employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses under section 11(c) of the OSH Act, 29 U.S.C. § 660(c). See this memorandum for further explanation of these provisions.

Related to this new rule, Mobile SHRM member Celia Collins, J.D. indicates, “OSHA believes that a blanket policy of drug testing employees whenever an injury is reported may have the effect of discouraging employees to report injuries and, therefore, is a form of retaliation. There is a current lawsuit pending in federal court in Texas challenging the rule. In late November, that court denied the plaintiffs' request for preliminary injunction against the enforcement of the rule, resulting in the rule becoming effective on December 1, 2016. The ruling on the request for preliminary injunction does not mean the issue has been decided, but it did clear the way for OSHA to enforce the rule while the case proceeds to a final resolution.”

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Diversity Spotlight

I would encourage us all, African Americans, Asians, Latinos, Whites, Native Americans to study history. I long for the time when all the human history is taught as one history. I am stronger because you are stronger. I am weaker if you are weak. So we are more alike than we are unlike.

- Maya Angelou
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Workforce Readiness Initiative - HR Helping Readers

HelpThis quote neatly sums up Mobile SHRM’s Workforce Readiness Initiative for 2017. As the literacy battle continues, we need caring Mobile SHRM members to join the fight! Current statistics indicate approximately 66% of fourth graders in public schools nationwide are reading below proficient levels. These students are four times less likely to graduate high school on time and six times less likely if they are from low income families. These numbers speak not only to the important way poor reading skills are connected with unfavorable life outcomes for the students but also an unfavorable outlook for future workforce needs.

So, how can you help?

  • Set aside at least one hour in the coming months to read to a class of kindergarten through 3rd grades students – particularly in the underserved areas of our community.
  • You could even make this a company event and partner with a particular school or organization such as Boys and Girls Club.
  • Need help getting connected with a school or group? Please contact Maria Harkins, Workforce Readiness Director, at She is happy to help.

At a recent SHRM regional meeting in San Diego, California, Alabama was recognized as the only state focusing on workforce readiness at the student level. Let’s show them that we are continuing to do so and intend to improve the statistics in our state. So that we may report our efforts to SHRM, please submit your total number of hours volunteered to Maria by July 31, 2017.


Carol Statter (State Workforce Readiness Director) and Maria Harkins (MSHRM Workforce Readiness Director)
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SHRM Foundation Certification Scholarship

Scholarship: $750 for SHRM Certification exam and/or preparation (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP)
Number: 220 scholarships (20 reserved for members engaged in veterans or aging workforce issues in a professional or volunteer capacity) 

Deadlines: April 10 and October 10, 2017 - The following information applies to individual applicants. View Chapter and State Council Certification Scholarship application information.


  • Current SHRM member (Professional or student membership must be active when applying and throughout the year in which you receive the award.)
  • Meet eligibility requirements for SHRM Certification. 
  • Took certification exam in 2017 or plan to sit for exam in next 12 months. 
  • How to Apply
  • Complete online application including:
  • Contact information
  • Short answer questions about volunteer/career experience
  • Current resume
  • One letter of reference (letter may be addressed to the 'SHRM Foundation Scholarship Review Committee' and should provide insight into your character, career and volunteer accomplishments, work ethic, values and need for the scholarship. May be written by work or volunteer colleague,  professor, coach, etc. but should not come from a family member.
  • Selection Criteria
  • 40% Work experience/progression (HR involvement & future career plans)
  • 40% Volunteer activity (SHRM experience preferred, but not required)
  • 20% Financial need
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Door Prize Sponsors

Thank you

Thanks to the companies that provided door prizes for our chapter meeting!!

ESS (Employment Screening Services)


Door Prize Request

Members love door prizes! We’d love it if you’d bring a door prize to share at an upcoming meeting! No prior arrangements are necessary – just drop off your door prize at the check-in table. You’ll be recognized at the meeting and in the newsletter.


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The Mobile, Alabama chapter of SHRM exists to promote quality human resource practice among local industries, businesses, educational institutions, and government agencies. We bring together leading practitioners to provide education, networking and discussion of various human resource topics and to identify the best practices for all aspects of human resource and industrial relations work.

6300 Grelot Rd., Suite G 102, Mobile, AL 36609