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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 Foundation Fundraiser

pot goldHow about having a bit of fun while contributing to a good cause?

If that sounds up your alley (and why wouldn’t it?), the Foundation Committee is sponsoring a Split-the-Pot Raffle benefitting the SHRM Foundation. Buy a ticket, or two! The more tickets you have, the better your chances are of being the lucky ticket holder who will win 50% of the proceeds from the total ticket sales.

Tickets will be on sale at the May monthly chapter meeting and at June’s mini-conference. The winning ticket will be drawn during lunch at the June 9 mini-conference. Please show your support for the Foundation by purchasing your tickets for $1 each, or six for $5.


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Governmental Affairs

Job Descriptions
Have you reviewed your job descriptions lately? Would a candidate be able to determine with certainty if they could perform the job with/without reasonable accommodation?

A well-written job description can provide clarity for external candidates as well as those already performing the job. Even though the ADA does not require an employer to maintain job descriptions, it is a good idea to ensure that “essential” tasks are plainly stated. Providing this clarity gives candidates an understanding of the job requirements, and can help defend claims of disability discrimination.

Visit to view a plethora of job description samples: SHRM Job Description Templates. (You will need to log in with your National SHRM member ID to view the templates.)

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Diversity Spotlight

April is Celebrate Diversity Month, started in 2004 to recognize and honor the diversity surrounding us all. By celebrating differences and similarities during this month, organizers hope that people will get a deeper understanding of each other.

Several diversity-related recognitions take place during May. For example, May is:

  • Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
  • Older Americans Month
  • Jewish American Heritage Month
May 21 is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, a day set aside by the United Nations as an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together better.
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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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Door Prize Sponsors

Thank you

Door Prize Request.

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

Providing a door prize (or a few!) for chapter meetings is a great way to get your company’s name mentioned at chapter meetings and in the monthly newsletter! 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 (s)at the check-in table.


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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