HR Newsletter - Oct 06 by mwv14394


									                         The Resource
                 F o n d d u L a c Ar e a H u m a n R e s o u r c e s As s o c i a t i o n

News from the President
Welcome back from the summer break. It was great to see and meet so many
                                                                                     October 2006
members at our “Certification Recognition Program” and general membership
meeting in September. There was a lot of great conversation, networking and          Inside this issue:
discussion on the tables thanks to the Diversity Committee initiative.
                                                                                     SPHR/PHR             2
As your board gears up for fall and the fourth quarter, we will be focused on the    Certification
2007 budget, wrapping up the “to do” list to achieve Superior Merit rating from
SHRM and setting goals for 2007.                                                     Certification        2
                                                                                     Study Group
It seems like all I hear from people these days is how busy they are, how there
is not enough time to get done what needs to get done and they are constantly        Student Chapter      2
changing priorities. The “day job” gets in the way of “volunteer work.” Throw        News
into the mix family and career and the equation gets even more complex.              Upcoming Events      3
Having been involved in the FDL Area HR Association and other volunteer
organizations for many years, I certainly understand these feelings and have         SHRM Pinnacle        3
experienced them myself more than once.                                              Awards
My conclusion is that successful balance revolves around moderation and              Halloween Tips       3
value. As president and a board member of this organization, I had the
opportunity to interact with many of our members.            I am constantly
overwhelmed by the enormous talent, knowledge and wisdom of our members.             Healthy Corner       4
I am also acutely aware of the pull on their time and talent by a myriad of
conflicting forces. I encourage you to look at your professional life and then
look to this     organization as a vehicle to achieve some form of moderation
and to bring balance to yourself and your organization. I encourage you to
attend some of our monthly meetings, get involved in a committee and share             Change!
your knowledge and expertise. We have many opportunities and many options
to help our members achieve balance.
                                                                                    General Program
As the current year is coming to a close and new enrollment will be coming out      Meetings will change
in November, consider how you can utilize your resources and talents to be
more engaged within your organization and then, JOIN A COMMITTEE!
                                                                                    to the Holiday Inn
                                                                                    in 2007.
Rachel Steger, Badger Liquor
President, FDL HR Association

              Health Reimbursement Arrangements – New IRS Revenue Ruling
Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA’s) are employer-owned accounts that allow participants to be
reimbursed for eligible out-of-pocket expenses, including copays, coinsurance and deductibles. HRA’s are
typically tied to a Consumer Driven Health Plan, or High Deductible Health Plan, typically creating lower health
insurance premiums for employees and employers. Employers will contribute a pre-determined dollar amount
for each employee into the account and the employee will have a set amount of time in which the funds must be
claimed. HRA’s allow for employees to be reimbursed for eligible expenses from a pool of funds set aside by the
employer. In many instances, the employee has to meet a certain deductible threshold before the HRA will start
to pay out.

The new IRS Revenue Ruling addresses one of the general requirements that limits an HRA from providing
benefits to a designated beneficiary other than the employee’s spouse or dependents. The new Revenue Ruling
can be found at:
                   SPHR/PHR CERTIFICATION

At the September 20 Chapter Meeting, the Human Resources
Association held its 2nd annual Certification Recognition event.
Members certified as PHR (Professional in Human Resources) or
SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) received certificate
plaques. Melissa Lee from IntegNet and Eileen Blanckaert from
Grande Cheese were recently certified and gave brief testimonials
about the certification process.


The Human Resources Association will be sponsoring
another study group for PHR and SPHR certifications
in Spring, 2007. The study group meets for 9-weeks,
one night per week. Study sessions are led by a
facilitator. Materials are available for purchase through
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SHRM, or participants may borrow materials                                             F                                                   a                                                               l                                                       l                                                           2                                                                                               0                                                                           0                                                                               6                                                                                       A                                                                                                   c                                                                   t                                               i                                   v                                                                                           i                                               t                                                       i                       e                                                       s

purchased in past years by the Association of
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Foundation also offers scholarships that could be ap-                                      T                                   h                                                                       u                                                                                                   r                                                               s                                                               d                                                                                           a                                                               y                                                                   ,                                                                               O                                                                                                       c                                                           t                                                   o                                                                   b                                                                                   e                                                   r                                                                                   2                                                               6                                           ,                                                                           5                                                                   :                               0                                                                   0                                                                                       p                                                                                       m

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interested in joining the Spring study group: Tammy Pitts 324-6537, Janet
Neerhof 583-3132, Eileen Blanckaert 269-1460, Beth Bayless 235-1544 or
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Kim Becker 924-4597.                                                                       C
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For more information on certification as an HR Professional, please visit
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                        Your Foundation at Work                                            F                                           o                                                       n                                                                                       d                                                                                                                                       d                                                                               u                                                                                                                       L                                                                                       a                                                                           c                                                                                       H                                                                                                                           R                                                                                                                   A                                                                                                           s                                               s                                               o                                                                           c                                                               i                       a                                                                   t                                   i                                   o                                                       n

The SHRM Foundation has a goal of raising $550,000 in 2006. They have                      M                                                                                               o                                                                   n                                                                                       t                                           h                                                                                               l                           y                                                                                                                       P                                                                                   r                                                   o                                                                                   g                                                                       r                                                   a                                                                       m                                                                                                                                               M                                                                                                                   e                                                           e                                                               t                                       i                               n                                                                               g                                                                       s

currently raised approximately $262,000, 30% of last year's mark. The
breakdown of this $262,000 is as follows: $113,000 from individuals, $92,000               T                                   h                                                                                           e                                                                                                                                                       s                                                           t                                   u                                                                                                       d                                                                           e                                                   n                                                                                           t                                                                                                                       S                                                                           H                                                                                                                       R                                                                           M                                                                                                                                                                                   o                                                                                   r                                   g                                                                   a                                                       n                                                                                           i                       z                                                               a                                   t                                       i                               o                           n                                                                                           i                       s

from chapters, $19,000 from State Councils, $3,000 from student chapters,                  l           o                                                                       o                                                               k                                                                               i                                   n                                                                                                       g                                                                                                                                   f                                           o                                                                           r                                                                                   v                                                                                           o                                                                           l                                   u                                                                                       n                                                                           t                                               e                                                       e                                                   r                                                   s                                                                                                       t                                       o                                                                                                                               p                                                                   a                                                           r                                   t                           i                                   c                                   i                   p                                           a                                   t                           e

and $35,000 from corporations. The National Silent Auction held at the                     i   n                                                                                                                                                                                                   t                               h                                                                                                           e                                                                                                                                                                                               E                                                               x                                                                                   p                                                                                   e                                                               r                                                   i                                                           e                                               n                                                                           c                                                               e                                                                                                                                                           i                               n                                                                                                                                                                                               H                                                                                                           R                                                                                                                                                       p                                                   a                               n                                                   e                                   l                       .

annual SHRM conference in June was a particular highlight, as the SHRM                     S                                       t                                   u                                                                                           d                                                                               e                                                                   n                                                                                               t                                                   s                                                                                                                                           a                                                                   t                                           t                                               e                                                   n                                                                                                   d                                                                                       i                   n                                                                                   g                                                                                                                                   w                                                                                                                                   i                               l                                       l                                                                                                               b                                                                               e                                                                                                               a                                                   s                       k                                           i                   n                                               g

Foundation raised approximately $44,000.                                                                                   u                                                                                       e                                                           s                                                               t                                                           i                                           o                                                                   n                                                                                       s                                                                                               a                                                   b                                                                                               o                                                           u                                                                                                   t                                                                               h                                                                           o                                                                   w                                                                                                                           y                                                                                                   o                                                   u                                                                                                                           c                                       h                                                                                               o                                           s                                           e                                                           y                                       o                                           u                                                   r


In addition, two important products are in the SHRM Foundation pipeline. In                c                           a                                                               r                                                               e                                                       e                                                                               r                                       ,                                                                                                                   w                                                                                                                   h                                                                               a                                                                           t                                                                                                                       s                                                           t                                               e                                                               p                                                                   s                                                                                                       y                                                                               o                                                                   u                                                                                                                                                       t                                   o                                                                       o                                                               k                                                                                                           t                                   o                                                                           g                                           e                                       t

September, the SHRM Foundation produced a DVD entitled "Ethics - The               w                                                                               h                                                                                           e                                                       r                                                                   e                                                                                                                                                           y                                                                                           o                                                   u                                                                                                                                                                                           a                                                                           r                                                   e                                                                                                                                   n                                                                                                       o                                       w                                                                                                           ,                                                                                                                           w                                                                                                   h                                                                                   a                                                                   t                                                                           y                                                                       o                           u                                                   ’               r                                   e

Fabric of Business." The DVD is a case study of the Lockheed Martin
Corporation and highlights their singular approach to ethics in the
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workplace. In October, the SHRM Foundation will publish another item in                    i   n                                                                                   t                                           e                                                       r                                                   v                                                                                                   i                                           e                                                       w                                                                                                                                   i               n                                                                                                   g                                                                                                                                                                                           t                                                           i                                   p                                                               s                                                                                                                                                                       a                                           n                                                                                               d                                                                                                                                                                                       a                                                               d                                                                       v                                                       i                           c                                           e                                                                                                       o                               n

their Effective Practice Guidelines series, this time focusing on the subject of           r                   e                                                                   s                                           u                                                                                           m                                                                                                                                       e                                                                       s                                                               .                                                                                                                       I                                           f                                                                                                                                   y                                                                                       o                                                                       u                                                                                                                                                                                           a                                               r                                               e                                                                                                                                                       i                               n                                                                               t                                               e                                                           r                                                   e                                           s                               t                                       e                                       d                                                                                               i               n

employee engagement.                                                                       p                                                   a                                                       r                                                                   t                                   i                                           c                                                                       i                                               p                                                                                           a                                                           t                                               i               n                                                                                                       g                                                           ,                                                                               p                                                                                           l                                       e                                                           a                                                           s                                                           e                                                                           c                                                       o                                                                   n                                                                           t                                       a                                                                   c                                                       t                                           :

Finally, the SHRM Foundation scholarship program is proving to be quite a
draw for HR professionals. In 2006, nearly 390 applications were received,         B                                                               e                                                   t                                           h                                                                                                               B                                                                                                               a                                                       y                                                                                       l                                           e                                                           s                                                           s

resulting in 60 scholarship winners (including Wisconsin's own Jackie                      (
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Swanson of the Blackhawk chapter.)
As the fiscal year comes to a close, make sure you are not left out in helping
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the SHRM Foundation. As the previous examples demonstrate, your                            (
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financial assistance contributes to advancing the profession and serving the

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                        SHRM Pinnacle Awards

  The second annual “Summer Institute on Board and Leader
Development: Collaboration and Community” was held in Fond du Lac,
Wisconsin on June 15, 2006. The theme was “Stimulating Zest, Meaning,
and Purpose to Your Organization.” The program was designed to
improve the community by developing the knowledge and skills of leaders
of not-for-profit organizations, including members of boards of directors
and senior organization staff. Influential individuals in leadership and
community development provided keynote addresses.

The leadership of many not-for-profit organizations often rests heavily on
volunteer board members and staff members who may lack the
knowledge and skills necessary for maximum effectiveness. Recognizing
this, the program was created to provide support in developing their
leadership skills and understanding their responsibilities as board
members in areas such as fundraising, planning and financial
management. Partnering in this effort are multiple agencies in the Fond
du Lac community, including the Fond du Lac Area Human Resources
Association, Marian College Center for Spirituality & Leadership and the
Fond du Lac Area United Way.
                                                                                   Phoenix Group
The project has achieved both attendance and impact objectives for the             Consulting, LLC
past two years, and has been so well received by the community that
planning has already begun for a third Board and Leader Development          Providing our customers with
Summer Institute next year. The date has been set for June 21, 2007.
                                                                                creative and practical
Due to the success of this project, it has been submitted to SHRM by Jeff            HR solutions
Reed and the HR Association Board of Directors for a potential Pinnacle       that address their business
Award.                                                                             workplace issues.

                                                                             Contact Robb B. Kahl, Esq., or
                                                                                  Kim T. Becker, PHR
                                                                               for information regarding
                                                                                     services offered.
         Halloween Safety Tips
                                                                               Toll Free: 1-800-524-5467
                                                                                 Local: (920) 923-4020
•     Carry a flashlight
•     Walk, don't run
•     Stay on sidewalks
•     Obey traffic signals                                                   Mark Your Calendar
•     Stay in familiar neighborhoods
•     Don’t cut across yards or driveways                                      November 9-11, 2006
•     Wear a watch you can read in the dark                                  SHRM Leadership Conference
•     Make sure costumes don't drag on the ground.
•     Shoes should fit (even if they don't go with your costume)                  November 15, 2006
•     Avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house                     “HR Legislative Update”
•     Carry only flexible knives, swords or other props
                                                                                    Tony Driessen
•     (If no sidewalk) walk on the left side of the road facing traffic
                                                                                 Quarlies & Brady LLP
•     Wear clothing with reflective markings or tape
                                                                                  Ramada Plaza Hotel
•     Approach only houses that are lit
•     Stay away from and don't pet animals you don't know
                                                                                   December 7, 2006
                                                                                    Christmas Social
                                                                                South Hills Country Club

October 2006                                                                                          Page 3
                                                  Fighting the Flu and Colds
 As much as we don't want to recognize it, the cold and flu season is fast approaching, so it would be advantageous for
 all of us to be proactive to protect ourselves. Here are few of the tips that might be of help to you.
     •     Get your flu shot
     •     Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet
     •     Drink plenty of liquids (like water - 8 - 8 ounce glasses per day at a minimum)
     •     Get plenty of sleep (at least 8 hours per night)
     •     Wash your hands frequently, especially after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
 People carrying the cold or flu virus can be contagious at least one day before they have
 symptoms and up to four days after actually feeling sick - that it why it is important to stay home.
 Cold and flu viruses are very contagious and spread easily through the air when someone
 coughs or sneezes. Also, touching things the sick person has handled can also infect you. To
 avoid passing the illness around to other family members, be sure to cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze.
 For a healthy adult, the flu is a major misery, but not usually life-threatening. However, for older adults and for those
 with chronic diseases, the flu virus can be dangerous or even deadly.
 Antibiotics will not cure a virus and since the flu and colds are both caused by viruses, so antibiotics will NOT help.
 They are only effective in fighting bacteria. In addition, inappropriate antibiotic use for viral illnesses contributes to the
 major problem of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria that are developing in the U.S.
 Sinus congestion, colored nasal discharge and headaches are often symptoms of colds. These symptoms do NOT
 necessarily mean you have a bacterial infection. Cold symptoms usually get worse the first three to five days of feeling
 sick and then gradually improve. Coughs can linger for two to three weeks after other symptoms disappear.
 When should you call the doctor? If you do come down with the flu or flu-like symptoms that do not improve in three to
 five days or if you experience any of the following symptoms, it is time to call the doctor:

    •     A fever of 102 degrees or above -                      •   Persistent cough or production of phlegm
    •     Chest pain                                             •   Ear pain or stiff neck
    •     Shortness of breath                                    •   Unusual drowsiness or irritability
          when checked by mouth
Bottom line—take extra special care of yourself during the cold & flu season so you can stay healthy! It’s not fun being

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