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					                                                                                                            OCTOBER 2003

                                News From Our President
Patty Caudle, SPHR
(336) 659-2429, Ext. 3161

1st Vice President
Barry Brown, PHR                Fall is upon us, and with it, the return to our regular meeting schedule. It was good to see so
Arbor Acres                     many of you at our September meeting! We continue to have excellent turn out at our lunch
(336) 724-7921, Ext. 218
                                meetings, but please don’t forget that our October meeting will be an evening meeting. For
2nd Vice President              those of you who are new to our organization, we try to have a good mix of lunch and evening
Karen Caines, PHR
Goodwill Industries of NWNC,    meetings to try to accommodate everyone’s schedule. We typically have more lunch
Inc.                            meetings than evening meetings, because many more members attend the lunch meetings.
(336) 724-3625, Ext. 297
                                However, we do still want to have some evening meetings for members who find that better
Treasurer                       for their schedules as well as having meetings that our ASU student chapter members can
Ken Crews, SPHR                 attend. More information about our next regular meeting is included later in this newsletter.
Douglas Battery Mfg. Co.
(336) 650-7214
                                We are also trying something new this year with the upcoming Bosses Outing at Pinebrook
Membership Secretary
Sherri Hart, SPHR               Country Club on October 2nd. We are hoping to appeal to everyone with this meeting, even
Spevco, Inc.                    those who don’t play golf. Based on the current reservation list for this meeting, it appears
(336) 924-8100
                                that there is plenty of interest from everyone, so it may become an annual event! We will
Recording Secretary             update you with more information about how the meeting and golf tournament went in our
Teresa Bailey
Noregon Systems, Inc.
                                next issue … so stay tuned! Hopefully, I will see many of you there!
(336) 768-4337, Ext. 111
                                I also hope that many of you were able to attend the recent NC SHRM State Conference.
Pamela Angle, SPHR              This was the first time in many years that I was unable to attend, but I was in DC attending
BB & T Corporation              the Food Marketing Institute HR conference. This was my first time attending this conference
(336) 734-0405
                                which is specifically geared to HR professionals in the supermarket industry, of which I am
Katherine B. Broadhurst “Kit”   now a part since joining Lowes Foods in March. This was really an outstanding conference,
(336) 725-6378                  and I plan to pass along some of the administrative aspects of the conference to our board
David Isaac                     members for the next time we host the annual state conference. While I think we do a good
(336) 631-2866                  job when it comes to hosting this conference, we can always improve!
Lorrie Meadows
Senior Services, Inc.           Lastly, I just wanted to put in a reminder to those of you who have to recertify for your PHR or
(336) 725-0907
                                SPHR certification by the end of the year. It is difficult enough to pass the test for the
Kim Rhue                        certification, so don’t forget to turn in your paperwork to recertify. If you attended the recent
Novant Health                   NC SHRM State Conference, you can use hours spent in sessions toward your recertification.
(336) 718-5420
                                Additionally, if you are a volunteer leader within our chapter, you get recertification points for
Carolyn H. Sink, SPHR           that also … another good reason to volunteer! We are currently looking for several
(336) 764-4054
                                individuals to get involved in our chapter to serve on the board for next year, so please
Robert Sipprell, Jr., SPHR      consider it! You can make a difference … so get involved!
(336) 732-5155

Teresa Whittington              I hope to see you soon at one of our upcoming meetings.
Cinnabar Solutions, Inc.
(336) 722-5195

                                         Patty Caudle, SPHR, WS-SHRM Chapter President
Linda Johnson, PHR
Douglas Battery Mfg. Co.
(336) 650-7075
We Continue to Grow. .. Welcome New Members!
Rickey Oakes, UNIFI, P.O. Box 698, Yadkinville, NC    27055, roakes@unifi-
Alison Radford, Ablest Staffing, 3950 Springdale Court, Clemmons, NC
Sherry Lee, Wachovia Corporation, 100 North Main Street, Winston Salem, NC

       Your SHRM Connection…..
If you are not a current national member of SHRM, now is the time to
consider joining. SHRM has just announced an October membership
special for all new members when joining SHRM using the online
application, located at! This special offer gives new
members of SHRM a special first year price of $145 which is $15 off the
regular annual dues. The promotion begins Wednesday, October 1, 2003
and runs through Friday, October 31, 2003.

There is another reason to join now that will benefit our local chapter.
For every chapter member who joins SHRM during the online promotion,
the chapter receives credit toward their affiliation goals and chapter
financial support! Please note the online application form has a dedicated
area where you must include the Winston-Salem chapter’s name for our
chapter to get credit.

And what’s in it for you? When you join SHRM (or renew your
membership) you receive a $50 credit (Winston-Salem SHRM dollars
that is) for the December auction.

If you need more information about SHRM membership, go to

                       Bob Sipprell, Jr., SPHR
                   WS-SHRM SHRM Committee Chair
Calendar of Events …
August 26-November 25, 2003 – Certificate in HR Management Program (The
SHRM Learning System Course). Classes held Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00
p.m. at the 4th Street Downtown Center (601 West 4th Street) located in the Chamber of
Commerce Buildling. Pre-registration is required. For more information contact Kristy
Parker at (336) 631-1325 or at

October 8-10, 2003, Central Carolina Occupational Safety and Health School’s 7th
Annual Conference will be held at the Greensboro Coliseum. The Safety School is a join
venture between the DOL and the American Society of Safety Engeineer’s Triad and NC
Chapters. The Safety School is designed for small to medium size organizations that do
not have full time safety professionals to administer a safety program. More information
can be obtained on the school at their website at

October 16 – 17, 2003, The Piedmont Associated Industries (PAI) Employment Law
Conference held at the Airport Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, Greensboro. Cost
is $395.00 for members and $445.00 for non-members. For additional information, call
(336) 668-7746.

October 21, 23, 24, 2003 - Aging, Caregiving and Employee Productivity Seminar
sponsored by NC AARP and has invited all HR Professional associated with the WS-
SHRM Chapter. For additional information, please contact Suzanne Cameron at (919)
508-0269 or for the flyer with detailed information and registration.

October 23 - November 20, 2003 – Fundalmentals of Human Resource
Management Certificate Program. This class is a true introduction to human resource
management. This five week class is scheduled on Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00
p.m. at the 4th Street Downtown Center (601 West 4th Street) located in the Chamber of
Commerce Buildling. Pre-registration is required. For more information contact Kristy
Parker at (336) 631-1325 or at

October 20 - 21, 2003, 13th Annual Southeast SHRM Conference held at the new
Georgia International Convention Center. For additional information, please visit the
SHRM-Atlanta website at

October 30, 2003, Full Day Summit on Domestic Violence in the
Workplace - As 75% of all female workplace homicides are committed by ex-
husbands and boyfriends in North Carolina, the threat of family violence spilling over into
the workplace is very real. Additionally, 96% of employed victims claim that their job
performance was impacted by the abuse. In partnership between the Domestic Violence
Commission, the NC Coalition against Domestic Violence and the NC Attorney General's
office, a full day summit on Domestic Violence in the Workplace will be held on October
30th at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. Workshops will address issues of security,
liability and how to work with potential victims and abusers in the workplace. Model
policies, public awareness material and opportunities for post-conference services will be
distributed. Please visit: for more information.

    Those events listed above with an asterisk have been approved for credit towards the
                             PHR/SPHR certification by HRCI.
         September Meeting Recap …
We had a great turnout for our September meeting. Mike Wells, a senior partner with the law
firm of Wells, Jenkins, Lucas & Jenkins was our guest speaker. Mike prides himself on
answering law questions in everyday common language so people can better understand the
The main focus area was on estate planning. Mike walked us through the importance of the
basics of estate planning explaining the main documents: wills, financial power of attorney,
living wills, health care power of attorney, and trusts (living or otherwise). He stressed the
importance of “getting ready.” His advice was to have records of your key advisors and to
total up your possessions – you likely have more “stuff” than you realize. We learned that
avoiding taxes can be easier than you think. Some of the areas to consider in an effort to
avoid taxes include: charitable giving, versatility of life insurance, combining estate (husband
and wife), and annual gifting allowances.
Mike distributed a helpful packet of information that can assist you in estate planning. The
packet contains: a form for listing assets; definitions of wills, living wills, durable power of
attorney, health care power of attorney, and instrument of anatomical gift; a summary
analysis questionnaire; and the approximate fees for these services.
A generous offer was made by Mike to the WS-SHRM members. He would be willing to
answer any questions from us or our employees if we mentioned that we attended the WS-
SHRM meeting on September 16 . Further, he offered to speak, at no charge, to your
employees on various legal matters.
To contact Mike Wells for a copy of the information and planning packet, or for any other
reason, I have provided several methods in which to reach him: Telephone: 336-2900, email: or website at
Thanks to all who attended. I look forward to seeing everyone at the October 2              lunch
meeting and golf outing and at our dinner meeting on October 21 .

                        Barry Brown, PHR, 1st Vice President

         Certification Study Group …
WS-SHRM is organizing a Study Group for those individuals who are preparing to
take the PHR/SPHR certification exam in December. The study group will begin
sometime in early November. For those interested, contact:

                        Ken Crews, SPHR, Treasurer/Instructor
                                   (336) 650-7214
                 WS-SHRM Government Relations Bulletin
                            October 2003
   A Monthly Publication Provided to the Membership of the Winston Salem Society for Human Resource
                                  David Isaac, Legislative Liaison

House Votes to Allow Wage and Hour Changes to Move Forward – The U.S.
House of Representatives voted Thursday night to let the Bush Administration move ahead with
proposed rule revisions to the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The
lawmakers voted 213-210 to reject a Democratic-led proposal to derail the regulation changes.

 The Democrats were attempting to amend an appropriations bill to prohibit the Labor Department
from using fiscal year 2004 funds to promulgate the rule changes. President Bush had promised to
veto any bill that included such an amendment. The vote on the House floor went along party
lines. Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., and Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., led the Democrats' effort to
attach the amendment to the appropriations bill for the Labor, Education and Health and Human
Services departments.

 THANK YOU SHRM Members: SHRM national would like to thank all human resource
professionals who have taken time to participate in this process. There have been numerous
opportunities for HR professionals to let their voices be heard on this issue. The HR profession
has responded in kind by writing comments to the DOL before the close of the comment period
and by writing to their Members of Congress to vote against the Appropriations amendment so
that the DOL can complete its rulemaking.

Without the effort and support from the members of SHRM this amendment would not have been
defeated. National would like to thank all of those who've contributed to this hard fought victory.

 The U.S. Senate voted Sept. 10 to block a proposal by the Bush administration that would revise
the rules governing the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The
lawmakers voted 54-45 to accept an amendment to an appropriations bill that blocks the
Department of Labor from using any funds from the fiscal year 2004 budget to enact the rule
changes. In July, the House of Representatives defeated a similar measure by the slim majority of
213-210. The appropriations bill must now go to a conference committee of members of the House
of Representatives and Senate to hammer out the differences before being sent to the White

IRS Ruling Could Boost Flexible Spending Accounts The recent IRS ruling that over-
the-counter medications can be paid for with pre-tax dollars through flexible spending accounts
should prompt more employers to offer the accounts and more employees to participate in them,
according to professionals and organizations familiar with the policy change.

House FCRA Bill Would Exclude Third-Party Investigations - The House of
Representatives has voted overwhelmingly to reauthorize the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
and to include a provision in the bill to remove third-party investigations of alleged employee
misconduct from the notice and disclosure requirements of the law.

                              (Continued on next page)
                  WS-SHRM Government Relations Bulletin
                         October 2003 (Cont’d)
    A Monthly Publication Provided to the Membership of the Winston Salem Society for Human Resource
                                   David Isaac, Legislative Liaison

North Carolina Unemployment Insurance - On August 12, 2003, Governor Mike Easley
(D) signed H.B. 1241, which delays the 20 percent increase in North Carolina's unemployment
taxes. Current North Carolina law mandates a 20 percent increase in unemployment taxes when
the state's reserve fund dips below $163 million. The reserve fund stood at $10 million on August
1, meaning that the surcharge would take effect January 1, 2004. The new law, codified as
Session Law 03-405, prevents the trigger from taking effect in the 2004 Fiscal Year, but will trigger
an increase for UI Taxes in 2005 if the primary fund is at or below $500 million on August 1, 2004.

Federal Letter Writing Campaign Results for August - In August, through HRVoice,
SHRM members sent 2016 federal communications to Congress bringing the YTD total to 16,989.
North Carolina took third place during the month of August with a total of 121 letters written.
(Alabama holds first place with 1,344 letters!) For Area II, 1,175 letters were sent to Congress.
Let's try hard to write our letter to Congress and our State representatives for the remainder of the
year! It's not that hard. Place a "task" on your calendar each month and when it reminds you,
simply take a few moments to write those letters and let your voice be heard!

   HRVoice: Your Link to Political Action. It’s your right and responsibility. Let your elected
         officials know where you stand! Go to this link to write your congressmen:

                   WRITE YOUR LETTER TODAY
                   LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD !
                 DATE:          Tuesday, September 16, 2003

                 TIME:          5:30 p.m until (Dinner Provided)

                 PLACE:         LJVM Coliseum

                 SPEAKERS: Employment Security Commission (ESC)

                 TOPIC:         “Job Placement Assistance For White Collar Workers”

                         Please RSVP no later than Tuesday, October 14, 2003 to Sherri Hart at
                or by calling our RSVP line at 917-5601.

                                    We look forward to seeing you at the October Meeting!

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