Kari Lauritsen, SPHR
I am honored to assume my new role as 2009 Corporate Partners
President of the Greater Madison Area
SHRM Chapter. Representing over 850 GOLD
human resources professionals, we are one
of the strongest, most active chapters in the Boardman Law Firm
state. Galaxy Technologies
Our main principle is to provide meaningful The Payroll Company
programs, seminars and resources for all of
our members and guests. In the current SILVER
economy there is a tremendous focus on Hays Companies
providing local programs to help you develop
your career and also to offer networking
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opportunities to help build professional M3
relationships. I invite you to attend one of
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our monthly meetings to get connected with
great human resources professionals in the Madison area. We thank you,
our members for all of your contributions to the chapter. We appreciate Virchow Krause Employee
you attending our programs and spreading the word about the resources Benefits
we have available. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the WI SHRM
State Conference located in the Wisconsin Dells, October 14-16 ! BRONZE
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This chapter is able to boast these wonderful opportunities because of our
strong Board of Directors and wonderful volunteers. I would like to Career Momentum
personally thank Cassy Van Dyke who has served our chapter as Gardner & White
President over this last year as well as Anthony Dix who will be stepping
off the Board of Directors after serving 5 years. We are so grateful for the Higgins Insurance Group
contributions you have made to our chapter! Liberty Mutual
Please also join me in congratulating and welcoming our 2009-2010 GMA
Melli, Walker, Pease &
SHRM Board of Directors. We are committed to continuing to exceed your
expectations in 2009-2010. Stark Company Realtors
I look forward to serving you in the year ahead!
Kari Lauritsen, SPHR
GMA SHRM President
2008-09 GMA SHRM Board
Cassy Van Dyke, SPHR John Komosa
Kari Lauritsen, SPHR Dave Furlan, PHR Past President Secretary Treasurer
President President Elect
Kris Schmitt Chris Berg Thacker, Mike Leibundgut, SPHR Zach Penshorn, PHR
Director, Education & PHR Director, Government VP, Programming
Development VP, Membership Affairs
Jake Siudzinksi Melissa Wieland
VP, Marketing & Director Workforce
Communications Readiness & Diversity
Additional information, including board contact information can be viewed at:
Government Affairs Update
Did you know. . . According to WI State Statute 97.18(3)d-(4), "The serving of colored oleomargarine or margarine
at a public eating place as a substitute for table butter is prohibited unless it is ordered by the customer?” In
addition, "each part of the contents of the package [must be] contained in a wrapper or separate container which
bears the word "oleomargarine" or "margarine" in type or lettering not smaller than 20-point type." Next time, ask
your server if it's butter or margarine. . .
Compensation and Benefits
By Adam Jensen, JD, CEBS, GBA, FLMI, Baker Tilly, LLC
Spurred by the fall 2008 general election and the continuing economic crisis, Congress has passed a number of
major laws that affect employee health and welfare benefit plans. The Obama administration established a White
House office of Health Care Reform and is actively pursuing a variety of reforms. The attached document is a
summary of the major recent federal legislative changes affecting employer health and welfare plans.
To read the rest of this article, click here.
2009 GMA SHRM Compensation Survey
Last year GMA SHRM partnered with enetrix, a Gallup Company, to provide premier on-line surveys. The 2008
GMA SHRM Compensation Survey is a comprehensive on-line survey that has the flexibility to produce reports
based on revenue size, industry, type of ownership, and number of FTE’s. The 2008 GMA SHRM Compensation
Survey had over 100 companies of all sizes in the greater Madison area that provided salary information for more
than 200 benchmarked jobs. Our hope this year is to increase the number of participants. Participating
members receive a significant discount on the cost of the survey!
If you would like to participate, please go to http://gmashrm.enetrix.com. Select “Click Here to Register” on the
right to create an individual and company profile and create your username and password. If an individual from
your company has already registered for an account, they will need to grant you permission to enter and review
data for your company. Select “Participation” and follow the steps to enter your survey data.
Wisconsin SHRM Workplace Diversity Award
What is the Workplace Diversity Award and why is it offered?
To recognize those organizations and/or companies who foster an inclusive work environment in which all
employees are inspired to contribute their best through their different perspectives, backgrounds and
experiences. Award an organization who has been a role model in their local community as a strong
advocate for diversity. This award will be based on organizational achievements. The Workplace Diversity
Award is presented to the recipient at our WI State SHRM Conference that is being held October 14 – 16 in
Who is eligible?
Organization/company nominated for this award should:
Have displayed diversity in their local community.
Be a role model for others in their advocacy of diversity.
Have demonstrated leadership in championing the cause of racial, cultural, ethnic, linguistic, and other
aspects of diversity within the human resources profession and community.
Be an organization, company or division of an organization/company that is based in the State of
To view the nomination form, click here.
July 21, 2009 – GMA SHRM Summit
Topic: Developing Your Leadership Pipeline
Developing your talent pipeline today will enable you to be more successful tomorrow; sounds easy right? Well
as you may know it’s not that simple. Many businesses have felt the pressures from the economy which has
forced businesses to revise their strategies and make decisions on their talent. Other businesses have faced
challenges of an aging workforce and face the threat of losing a portion of their knowledge and skill base. The
July GMA SHRM Summit will give you the opportunity to hear from two different sources of information regarding
best practices and strategies you can use to support your talent management challenges.
For more information or to register for this event, click here.
Technology in HR
Learning and Development
Recruitment and Staffing
Interested in career possibilities for you or have an HR opening in your company?
Visit the GMA SHRM website and click on “Job Board” under the Resources to learn about opportunities all over
Wisconsin or to advertise your opportunity in Wisconsin, inviting other SHRM members to apply. Even the fees
$100 per job – if affiliated with a local Wisconsin SHRM Chapter
$200 per job – if no chapter affiliation
For more information on the fees and how to have your opening posted, click here.
The Workforce Readiness committee will be doing a workshop on July 21st, from 10am - 12pm for the Division of
Continuing Education, Adult & Student Services on the UW Campus.
This is a group of unemployed professionals ranging in age from about 25 to 60. They come from a variety of
fields. Below are a few topics they’d like us to touch on.
o how to get an interview (how to stand out from the other 300 people who are applying)
o thoughts on finding leads to apply for
o resume tips/cover letter tips
o dealing with phone interviews
o how to follow up resume submission and interviews
If you are interested in participating, please contact Melissa Wieland for more information.
SHRM News / Announcements
Third Annual GMA SHRM Golf Outing
The Tradition Continues! The first two years were such a great successes that we are back again! Join us as we
host our Third Annual Golf Outing at the Meadows of Sixmile Creek on Tuesday, August 4th. Proceeds will
benefit Domestic Abuse Intervention Services.
For view the schedule or to register for this event, click here.
GMA SHRM is LinkedIn
Come join our GMA SHRM Chapter group on LinkedIn! What is LinkedIn? It’s a business-oriented social
networking site that can be used to connect with friends (old and new), find or post jobs and get information. In
order to join, sign in at www.linkedin.com and keyword search GMA SHRM Chapter.
Check the GMA SHRM Calendar of Events at: http://www.gmashrm.org/website/calendar/index.asp.
Welcome New Members!
GMA SHRM welcomes the following members who joined our chapter
through May 2009.
Heather L. Banschbach Youth Program Teacher Prairie Athletic Club
Rob R. Barrera MBA Student Capella University
Karen Behring Right Management
Christopher A. Bjork, SPHR HRIS Analyst Care Wisconsin
Mark E. Kaeppel Deputy HR Manager Wisconsin Legislature
Brock G. Mitby Sr. Client Relationship Manager CUNA Mutual Group
Heidi L. Sarnow HR Assistant Wisconsin Legislature
Kathy Schilling Business Development Associate Search-Xpress
Bernadette M. Stoudt Vice President Parts Now
Lisa M. Westphal HR Assistant Wisconsin Legislature
Rebecca T. Yeazel, PHR HR Manager ElderSpan Management
Have you started with a new company? Has your organization recently promoted you to a new position? Or do
you want to recognize a new person or promotion within your department? If so, we want to hear about it. Send
us an e-mail, and we’ll publish your good news in the next HR InTouch!
If you are a member who is in between jobs, or who is currently employed but seeking new positions or career
paths, write us a brief description of your skill set, areas of expertise, what you’re looking for, etc. Send us an e-
mail. We’ll publish your information in the next HR InTouch.
What’s Cool in HR in the Greater Madison Area?
What’s going on in HR in your workplace?
completed a major project,
implemented something new,
managed a change,
Is there something…
your company/dept does really well,
interesting about your company culture
that makes your company an employer of choice
We want to hear about it! Share it with your HR colleagues in HR InTouch. Send us an e-mail.
HR InTouch Guidelines
Do you have an interest in writing for the HR InTouch? We have an interest in learning more about your area of
Why should you volunteer? Top three reasons: 1) to share your knowledge and experiences to educate others; 2)
to become more connected in the HR and Dane County communities; and 3) to contribute towards the
advancement of GMA SHRM and the HR profession.
The first step is for you to choose a submission option: you can pre-submit an article to GMA SHRM at any time
for us to use in any of the upcoming newsletters, you can sign up to write for a particular month, or we can put
you on a list of people to contact in future months whenever we need articles.
Because the HR InTouch is now in an online format, the size is flexible. The article should be engaging and hold
readers’ attention. Include the core information in your article, and we will advise if it is too lengthy.
GMA SHRM is conscious not to allow solicitation through the articles, in an effort to protect the interests of our
partners and members. The nature of the article should be educational (i.e., what are the business advantages of
having a product like yours) or informational. Otherwise, if you truly are interested in advertising through the HR
InTouch, you can work with our Marketing Committee. As a rule of thumb for article writing, if the submission
relates to a for-profit event, or specifically markets your company (vs. your industry), it is an advertisement, and
should be purchased. If it is a not-for-profit event that your company is hosting, or an announcement (i.e., a
SHRM member recently joined your company), it is an acceptable addition to the HR InTouch content. If you have
any questions related to the appropriateness of your submission, please contact us.
If you have questions, or to submit an article, contact GMA SHRM at firstname.lastname@example.org.