Vol 20 Issue 8  August 2013

Monthly Meeting

Meeting Time: 
Fri, 09/13/2013 - 11:15am - 1:00pm

Speaker: Rick Thome, CRPS®, CSNA

Topic: How to create your HR 401k Fiduciary Responsibilities check list and understanding your liability as the HR manager        

Sponsor: Hub International Gulf South LimitedHub International

Fee: $15 for MSHRM members, $20 for guests

Location: Heron Lakes Country Club, 3851 Government Boulevard, Mobile, AL 36693

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From The President's Desk

Can you believe that 2013 is more than halfway over? It won’t be long before we’ll be ushering in the holidays and ringing in a new year. As the fall season approaches, open enrollment is right around the corner. Although choosing the right benefit package is a personal choice, most employees struggle with the selection and definition of the plans. It’s difficult for our employees to predict if the flexible spending account with the HRA plan or the long-term savings with the HSA plan will cover additional medical expenses, in the event of a serious illness. We’ve all been touched by a family member, friend, or co-worker’s sudden/serious illness. The time of diagnosis is not the time that we want our employees to seek an understanding of their benefits, or face decisions of either keeping their lights on, or buying an expensive prescription. We have an obligation to protect, prepare, and inform our employees. After all, we are in the business of “Human Resources”.

I know that there’s a special group (Benefits) that are the real brains of the open enrollment process. But what can we do to assist? The Benefits department is usually staffed with only a few team members that take care of hundreds of employees. Can we help them get the message out, and help our employees make educated decisions? Sure we can! We can share the demographics of our workforce with Benefits to help them better organize materials for distribution. We can partner with Benefits to schedule meetings that focus on smaller doses of information, rather than one meeting serving up all plans in one sitting. We can suggest setting up a help-line or email box, to assist with fielding questions. Most importantly, HR can be available to lend a hand. If we don’t know the answer, assure our employees that we’ll work until we get one.

Selecting the right benefit package, that will provide the right coverage not just for an annual check-up, but in a medical emergency is as much a part of the Wellness focus as encouraging exercise. We must leave no stone unturned when it comes to taking care of our employees, because they are our most important asset.

Best Regards,
Kay Watson

In This Issue


Our Newest Members!

July Members

To be announced:



2013 Meeting Sponsorships!

Would you like to have an opportunity to market your company’s products or services to a captive audience of HR professionals? Sponsor a Mobile Society for Human Resource Management chapter meeting and you’ll have an exclusive opportunity to do just that! For only $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 Carol Statter at pres-elect@mshrm.org to reserve your month!

Mobile SHRM Conference

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Congratulations to MSRHM’s newly certified professionals!

Congratulations to the chapter members and/or prep class attendees who notified the chapter that they earned HRCI certification during the winter 2012/2013 testing window.

  • Dana Harris, PHR
  • Laurie Lipus, SPHR
  • Ashley McLaney, PHR
  • Judy Moseley, SPHR
  • Nick Robertson, PHR
  • Angela Smith, PHR

If you earned your PHR certification during 2012 or 2013 and are not listed here, please contact certification@mobileshrm.org to share your good news and we’ll include you in a future announcement.  
The next chapter-sponsored certification prep class is scheduled to begin January 27, 2014. Watch for details in next month’s newsletter!



SHRM Foundation Raffle


We have a wonderful opportunity for our Mobile SHRM membership.  We are offering a two meeting raffle of Alabama and Auburn gorgeous wreaths to celebrate as fans of our home state college teams.

Tickets will be on sale at our next monthly luncheon: One for $1 or Six for $5
(cash or checks accepted)
Get in the game and play to win!


The new Mobile SHRM website is finally replacing the outdated site this month with tons of upgrades and new user functions. Our new site will require ALL USERS to create a new user account even if you had one previously on the old site. This includes members, non-members, board members and any visitors registering online for an event or meeting.

The purposes for the new account creations is to combine both the user features of the website (meeting signup, newsletter, etc.) and the administration features of member tracking (member renewals, notification, applications, etc.). In the past these features were on separate websites and required separate accounts…we have finally combined them.

Unfortunately for security reasons ALL USERS will need to create a new account. Yes, it can be the same as you used in the past because it’s a completely new system. Your new account will track your membership renewals, invoices,  meetings attended and other account information for you all in one place with one login.

Once you have created your new account we will cross reference your new account to your membership status and then assign you the correct permissions to the site.
The complete migration to the new site will take a couple of weeks and will be ongoing with some tweaks happening daily. Feel free to create your NEW ACCOUNT at ANYTIME  by going to the login block at www.mobileshrm.org and selecting the “Create New Account”.

We apologize for any convenience the migration might cause in the next few weeks but the new website will help us serve our chapter members and sponsors more effectively.


Mobile SHRM Thanks!

Thank you

AIM Mail Center
American First Credit Union
ESS-Employment Screening Service
Hargrove Engineers
MHCA-Managed Healthcare Administration
University of Mobile

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 Jane Bahr
(Door prizes are needed for future meetings)

Mobile SHRM Diversity Champion Award Application

We have added to our website the application to become the Mobile SHRM Diversity Champion.  The award is provided to those entities in our community that strive to achieve racial diversity in the workplace and in the community in general.  If you think your company is deserving of this award, please fill out the application and send it to President@mobileshrm.org.  Award applications are due each year on August 31.

Click here to print the application.


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