Vol 20 Issue 2 February 2013

Monthly Meeting

Meeting Time:
Fri, 03/08/2013 - 11:15am - 1:00pm
Speaker: Andrew Torelli, President, e3 Financial
Topic: Health Care Reform - What Will it Cost Your Company?
Sponsor: America's First Federal Credit UnionFirst America
$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 secretary@mobileshrm.org to pay at the door.

Register Online

President's Desk

Thank you for allowing me this opportunity to preside over Mobile SHRM for 2013.  SHRM’s efforts to advance the HR profession are a challenge that I embrace.  Knowledge is the greatest contribution to increasing the value of HR in our organizations, and in 2013 we hope to present informative monthly meetings that can be applied to our every day duties.

In addition, our support of national SHRM  is vital to advancing our profession as well.  Collectively, we did a phenomenal job supporting the SHRM Foundation.  Activities such as raffles at our monthly luncheons and the Silent Auction at our annual conference helped us exceed our goal.  For 2012, Mobile SHRM shines on the “All-Star Chapter” list of top 10 contributors in the nation, with over $3300 in contributions. The state of Alabama came in at #2 (Texas #1) on the “All-Star States” list. While the Southeast Region came in as the #1 region in total contributions. I am confident that together we can exceed our goal in 2013 and continue to do fantastic work for the foundation.

Your time, your support, and your expertise will make a difference in what we can achieve in 2013. Thanks for all that you do!

Kay Watson
President – MSHRM 2013   

In This Issue


Our Newest Members!

Shunda La”Shea Carter
Jackson County Board of Supervisors

Melissa Dravis
University of South Alabama

Gerald Gattis
University of South Alabama

Sherry Lowry
Comcast Cable

Thelma Matthews
Goodwill Easter Seals

Anne Laurie McClurkin
McDowell Knight Roedder & Sledge

William McGinnis
McGinnis & Associates, Inc..

Julie Miller
Human Resource Management, Inc.

Angela Rattler
Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Justin Williams
United Rentals.


ATTENTION All Members:
Everyone please update your on-line membership profile on the web-site (www.mobileshrm.org). After logging-in on the "CLUB LOGIN" go 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 treasurer@mobileshrm.org

2012 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 Tom Woodford at pres-elect@mshrm.org or 251-378-2211 to reserve your month!

HR Foundation

What is the SHRM Foundation and why should we care???? Well…. as reflected in the branding above, it is shaping the future of HR and we care about that.

The SHRM Foundation's work includes:

Innovative academic research grants:  The SHRM Foundation is a leading funder of HR research.  Over the past three years, the SHRM Foundation has awarded more than $1.8 million in grants to fund rigorous, original academic research with practical implications for HR management practice.
This research helps us understand what is happening in practices that are of interest to us. The results are published in very important publications that are considered sources of authority.  For example

The Foundation awards grants to fund rigorous, original research with practical implications for management practice. Once a SHRM Foundation study is completed, the findings are written up and submitted to top-tier, peer-reviewed journals for publication. In general, less than 10 percent of the
articles submitted are accepted for publication. However, the SHRM Foundation is very selective in its funding criteria, with the result that more than 80 percent of SHRM Foundation-funded research subsequently has been published. Journals publishing SHRM Foundation research include Human Resource Management, the Journal of Applied Psychology and Personnel Psychology.

After publication, research results are presented at professional conferences and used as the basis for writing textbooks. Students studying HR and business rely on these materials to learn about the topic and prepare for professional careers. The research also is used to update professional certification exams and to prepare new exam questions. Authors and consultants study research results and incorporate the findings into their reports and presentations. The cumulative effect of multiple research studies is to
discover and document what practices work best and under what conditions. In this way, research advances the HR knowledge base, educates practitioners and ultimately influences the practice of human resource management.

Scholarships:  The SHRM Foundation awards $170,000 annually in education and certification scholarships to professional and student SHRM members, and doctoral students.  In fact some of you may remember a 2005 award winner from the University of South Alabama, Edie Mobley.   If you are a national SHRM member and interested in applying for a scholarship or award, visit www.SHRMFoundation.org  and click on “Scholarships & Awards” to learn more.  The current application period is from April 1, to July 15, 2013.  A total of $20,000 for each region is available.

Educational resources:  The SHRM Foundation's Effective Practice Guidelines series makes research findings easily accessible to HR practitioners.  The Foundation has also created a series of educational DVDs for SHRM chapter programming, staff trainings, and executive education sessions.
To fund its programs, the SHRM Foundation conducts an annual fundraising campaign.  The Foundation recognizes the generous support of the SHRM chapters and state councils, individuals, corporations and others who make its work possible. 

If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to Sally Reynolds @ sr2310@att.com.

Door Prizes!
Mobile SHRM Thanks

Infirmary Health Wellness Manager
MHCA-Managed Healthcare Administration
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 Jane Bahr


(Door prizes are needed for future meetings)


You’re Gay? You’re  Fired!

Gay and FiredNow that Congress has overcome obstructiveness and ended “don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT), and now that many states voted to recognize same-gender marriage, we need to keep in mind that it’s still perfectly legal in 29 states to fire someone because they’re gay—and you can fire someone over their gender identity in 34 states—according to the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Campaign.

The discriminatory laws and lack of protections in these states tell us that it is not good enough for your particular work area in your particular company to have a “safe workplace.” We need all workplaces to be “safe”—as well as “safe sidewalks,” “safe schoolyards” and “safe neighborhoods.” There must be universal, nationwide protection of civil and human rights for LGBT people in all 50 states.

The good news is that we now have openly gay veterans, with Combat Infantry Badges, Air Medals, Purple Hearts and Silver and Bronze Stars walking proudly and openly in our society. No matter how red the state is, I don’t think it will be tolerable to treat combat veterans with such cruelty as to fire them for their orientation or gender identity. It’s a shame that we have to leverage veterans that way, but my hunch is that they won’t mind. I’ve never met a fellow veteran who didn’t agree with John Adams, who wrote, “Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.”

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