18 Issue 8
Fri, 08/12/2011 - 11:15am - 1:00pm
Speaker: Elizabeth Rehm, J.D.
Topic: The Bermuda Triangle: the Interplay
Between the ADA, the FMLA and Workers' Compensation
Fee: $15 for MSHRM members, $17 for guests
Location: Heron Lakes Country Club, 3851 Government Boulevard,
Mobile, AL 36693
Register online (below) to pay with a credit card or RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to
pay at the door
With fall just around the corner, it’s certainly time to start thinking
about professional development if you’ve taken a break from continuing
education over the summer. The Gulf Coast Human Resources conference
is a top professional development opportunity for HR professionals,
and it’ll be here before you know it. You won’t want to miss this year’s
event, so go ahead and make plans to spend the day of November 18 at
the Mobile Convention Center! You’ll have an opportunity to attend
a variety of informative sessions, earn HRCI certification credits,
meet vendors, enter to win door prizes, network with your peers, enjoy
great food and more!
There’s plenty of time for you to get involved with the conference!
Whether you’d like to work on the conference committee, help secure
donations for the silent auction, reserve a vendor booth, or sign up
to attend the event, the conference committee would love to hear from
you! Contact Candice Swiger at email@example.com to
find out how you can get involved. New information will be added to www.mobileshrm.org about
the conference in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!
Professional development opportunities provided through the chapter
don’t end with the conference. If 2012 is your year to earn your PHR
or SPHR certification, you’ll be happy to hear that the next chapter-sponsored
certification preparation is just around the corner. It will begin
in January, so that participants will have the opportunity to prepare
using the new SHRM Learning system, which will be revamped to be consistent
with the brand new HRCI body of knowledge, also to be released in January.
Classes will be held at Mobile Technical Institute on Monday evenings;
exact dates will be released soon.
These are just a few of the terrific professional development opportunities
available to you as a member of the Mobile SHRM chapter. Be sure to
take the time to RSVP for this month’s chapter meeting today. I look
forward to seeing you there!
Mary White, Chapter President
Hand Arendall, LLC
Human Resource Admin
Huntington Ingalls Industries
HR Business Partner
South Alabama Utilities
Denise T. McLeod
Landrum Human Resource Companies, Inc.
Vice President and COO
HR Business Partner
William (Bill) Kiszla, CISR
International Assurance, Inc
Mrs. Marcia L. Washam
Vice-President of Corporate Housing and Sales
ATTENTION New Members:
Everyone please update your on-line membership profile
on the web-site (www.mobileshrm.org).
After logging-in on the "CLUB
to "My Profile" and update your information.
There is log-in assistance if you can't remember
your log-in or password. Of particular importance
is your e-mail address. This is the groups preferred
manner of communications and is extremely important.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact
the treasurer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event is scheduled for Friday, November 18, 2011 at the Mobile
Convention Center, located in Mobile, AL from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (check-in
begins at 7:30 am
Conference Registration Fees for Mobile SHRM Members:
- $99.00 through September 1
- $109.00 after September 1
Conference Registration Fees for Non-Mobile SHRM Members:
- $109.00 through September 1
- $119.00 after September 1
Registration fee includes all includes all sessions, admission to
the trade show, continental breakfast, and lunch.
To register and pay by check, please download the attached
conference registration form, complete, and submit per instructions.
If you'd like to pay with a credit card, please register online (below).
Please note that a 6% convenience fee is added for online payments.
For More Information please contact Candice Swiger at email@example.com or
Scott Dwelle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mobile SHRM – 2011 Annual Conference is now on Facebook! Just
search for “Mobile SHRM – Annual Conference” when using Facebook. Be
sure to “like” the page. This will be a great way to keep up
with what’s going on in regards to the 2011 Annual Conference.
SHRM Newsletter Sponsor
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Sponsor a Mobile Society for Human Resource Management chapter meeting
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$400, sponsors may have an exhibit near the check-in table, place literature
on each table, and have an opportunity to speak briefly about their
companies during the meeting agenda. What could be better than that?
Limited opportunities are available, as there can be only one sponsor
for each regular meeting.
Contact Tom Woodford at email@example.com or
251-378-2211 to reserve your month!
- HR Internships and Co-op experiences
Students majoring in HR would like to complete internships this summer
and fall. Students must work approximately 150 hours for course credit.
Fewer hours are possible without course credit. IRS regulations discourage
the use of unpaid internships.
Pay ranges from minimum wage to $10 per hour. If your company needs an intern,
please contact Dr. Marjorie Icenogle, firstname.lastname@example.org (251-508-6491)
"Thank you for all of the door prizes donated at
the Jujy meeting".
Employment Screening Services
We appreciate your support of our chapter and our mission!
** All Door Prize Donors will be recognized in our Monthly Newsletter
For more info contact Becky Lovgren at email@example.com
(Door prizes are needed for future meetings)
Diverse Workforce Is 'Key to the Future' By Kathy Gurchiek
Organizations today are seeing three major trends—a rapidly diversified
workforce, an aging workforce and an influx of military veterans—Society
for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Chief Global Membership Officer
Janet Parker, SPHR, said during opening remarks at “The
SHRM underwrote the National Journal policy summit, held July
12, 2011, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
“Our 260,000 members face these three issues every day in organizations,
whether they’re large or small, across our nation,” Parker said.
“We all know that it is important to have the right strategy in place;
it’s essential for us to move forward,” she noted, but believes having
the right people in place is essential. Organizations that are considered
leaders recognize that there is value in having a diverse workforce
and that this is “the key to the future,” she said.
Parker referenced SHRM’s 2010 Workplace
Diversity Practices Poll, which found that nearly 70 percent
of the 402 SHRM members surveyed had diversity practices or were
conducting diversity training.
“From a purely pragmatic viewpoint, they have no choice. A diverse
workforce is the most effective, innovative and productive workforce,”
A diverse workforce comes with challenges, she noted, including managing
intergenerational conflict as five generations work side by side;
addressing issues caused by older workers remaining in the workplace
longer than expected; translating skills of returning military personnel
into the workforce; and helping veterans adapt from a hierarchical
military structure to the “fluid environment of the civilian workplace.”
During her remarks, Parker referred to SHRM’s micro site, www.weknownext.com,
and SHRM’s July
2011 Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) report,
which reflects employment trends. LINE’s findings include data showing
that in June 2011, landing candidates for key jobs remained an HR
Changing Face of the Workforce
The summit included an interview with
U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and a discussion by
a panel whose members included demographer William H. Frey, senior
fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution.
Frey shared 2010 census figures that show the aging population, the
declining birthrate of white children and the growing Hispanic population
will change the face of the U.S. workforce.
“The Ozzie and Harriet family is almost nonexistent,” Frey said.
“This means that people in the labor force will have all kinds of
family arrangements. These are some of the major changes … that undergird
some of the issues” discussed at the summit, he said.
He pointed to what he called “sharp demographic shifts” in the U.S.
that include many black workers relocating to the South, creating
much of the new labor force in states such as Georgia, North Carolina,
Texas and Florida.
Additionally, while the number of white workers in the U.S. declines
as that population ages and retires, there is a growing shift in
the racial makeup of people under age 18. The population of white
children is declining, while the population of Hispanic and Asian
children is growing, according to Frey. By mid-2020, about one-third
of young adults will be Hispanic, he said, citing census projections.
“This is the pipeline that’s going into the workforce,” he said.
“This is a huge change, and it requires a lot of emphasis on how
we prepare for the workforce.”
Kathy Gurchiek is associate editor for HR News. She can
be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The wide-ranging summit discussion also explored why jobs go unfilled
despite a 9.2 percent unemployment rate, the need to update the K-12
educational system to better prepare students for the work world,
and the importance of job training programs and workplace flexibility.
SOCIETY FOR HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
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.
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