Vol 19 Issue 2   February 2012

Monthly Meeting

Chapter Meeting - February 2012
Meeting Time: Fri, 02/10/2012 - 11:15am - 1:00pm

Speaker: Doug Layman, EVP & CSMO with Gilsbar, Inc.

Topic: How to become a Best Place to Work Company while Curbing Healthcare Trend.


Fee: $15 for MSHRM members, $17 for guests

Location: Heron Lakes Country Club, 3851 Government Boulevard, Mobile, AL 36693
Register online - Deadline is Thursday 3:00pm

Register Online


President's Desk

With the New Year behind us, Mobile SHRM is off to a running start for another spectacular year of Human Resources education and networking. Our President-Elect, Kay Watson, has already signed up numerous interesting speakers for the year. One thing that we will be doing differently this year is that we will try to obtain HRCI certification for as many monthly meetings as we can. This will be of an obvious benefit to our members who are either a PHR or SPHR. Due to strict HRCI regulations for obtaining credit for meetings, it will be necessary for us to begin our monthly meetings at 11:15 a.m. instead of 11:30 a.m., but we promise to have you out the door at 1:00 p.m. Door prizes will now be awarded prior to the speaker presentation.

Our VP of Membership, Candice Swiger, is working with me on various initiatives to increase national SHRM members and professional members in our organization. In that regard, it is extraordinarily important for all members to visit our website at www.mobileshrm.org, log in to the website using the tab at the left and update your membership information. Your log-in information consists of your first initial of your first name and your last name. If you do not know your password, you may ask the website to send that password to you, via email.

Leida Javier-Ferrell and Renee Sorenson, our Workforce Readiness Co-Chairs, have really hit the ground running. Read all of the opportunities for free funding from local, state and federal entities in this month's newsletter and on the website!

For this year, we are pleased to announce that we have contributed $3,300.00 to the national SHRM foundation for its educational and outreach activities. We have also contributed an additional $5,000.00 to the corpus of the Mobile SHRM HR Scholarship at the University of South Alabama.

Please check out our website to see the world of opportunities available to you at Mobile SHRM.

Thomas J. Woodford
Chapter President

In This Issue


Our Newest Members!

February Members

Brad Adams
Littler Medelson, PC

Brenda Davis
Coordinator of Career Development
University of Mobile

Ronald Dyess
HR Director
Coastal Human Resources Group

Gary Grady
Cypress Employment Services

Jason Jones
Owner, Managing Agent
The Jones Agency

Thomas Luna
Helmsing, Leach, Herlong, Newman & Rouse, P. C.

Kelly Reese
Of Counsel
Littler Medelson, PC

Debra Walters
Payroll Analysis
Hackbarth Delivery Service

Lana Mosley
Branch Manager
Reliable Staffing

ATTENTION New 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.


2011 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 Kay Watson at pres-elect@mshrm.org to reserve your month!

Workforce Development

Hiring Incentives: Funding for companies

  • OJT- On the Job Training- for new hires, $9.30 or more; reimbursement of 50% of wages while new hire is in training- 11 weeks or more; new hire must qualify for WIA (such as unemployed, underemployed, just coming out of armed forces or college). For additional information contact Lynn Krueger, Mobile Works, 432-0909
  • VOW Hire a Hero Act:
    Tax credit of up to $5,600 for hiring veterans who have been looking for a job for more than six months, as well as a $2,400 credit for veterans who are unemployed for more than 4 weeks, but less than 6 months. Tax credit of up to $9,600 for hiring veterans with service-connected disabilities who have been looking for a job for more than six months
  • SAWDC National Funder’s training:
    Looking for significant training need projects from local industry that will bring up a group of incumbent to a higher skill job with better pay. The National Funders partnership with SAWDC has matching funding to partially subsidize training projects. For information, Laura Chandler, 251-445-2090; lchandler@sawdc.org
  • Alabama Technology Network (ATN) E3 initiative- sustainability training
    Training at no cost for incumbent workers in areas of alternative energy, water, environmental factors, environmental management, Lean/green; among others. If you are interested in hosting any of the trainings as an “open enrollment,” or on-site training, please contact Dana Stone at 205-943-4806 or dstone@atn.org

Business driven Workforce Development activities

  • SAWDC’s Worlds of Opportunity- September 26 and 27- 10,000 8th grade students, counselors and educators from 8 counties.
    Opportunity for engagement through joining a “world” as an educational exhibitor; providing volunteers, sponsorship. For information please check www.SAWDC.org or contact Carol Lambert, clamber@mobilechamber.com; 251-431-8619
  • Wouldn’t it be cool; Choices; reading buddy, Vital Link, STEM and other school programs- Mobile Area Education Foundation
    Need business and industry partners to get training and visit schools in 8 counties or host students during the summer.


  • Initiative to achieve 80% graduation rates by 2020- Community forum- Mobile Area Education Foundation- www.maef.net
    Currently we have around 50% on time graduation rate in Mobile County. This hampers our economic development, the capacity of industry and businesses to get qualified candidates for high skilled jobs; and increases the costs of social services and the corrections system. If interested in hosting a Community Forum at the workplace, church or community group, please call Jennifer Edwards, 470-5209, Jedwards@maef.net


  • When you receive the Labor Information Market Survey for employment projections, please take some time to fill it up. After the third reminder, if they do not get information from your company, LMI will pull information on workforce needs and projections from a “similar” company somewhere else in the US. If you don’t have time to fill the whole survey, just attach a spreadsheet and the LMI staff will use the information.
  • Funding, training and workforce planning in the area depends on having good information from our local business and industry.

SARPC Job Fair Set for April 19

The South Alabama Regional Planning Commission’s 14th Annual Business Expo/Jobs Fair will take place atthe Mobile Civic Center Expo Hall on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

Mobile SHRM Thanks!

Thank you

AHI Corporate Housing
Better Home & Gardens-Real Estate Generations
Employment Screening Service
Managed Health Care

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 becky.lovgren@expresspros.com
(Door prizes are needed for future meetings)


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.

5300 Halls Mill Road Suite H #102 | Mobile, AL 36619