Michiana SHRM is a Preferred Provider for the new

SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP Certifications

Current HRCI certified professionals can take the tutorial and get their new certifications. 
Go to:SHRM CERTIFICATION for details.
UPCOMING EVENT:  MAY 22, 2015 - LeadMichiana - Live Leadership Event
with John Maxwell in South Bend!  Special "Program Sponsor" Offer through Michiana SHRM allows 3 people to attend plus advertising for your firm for
just $1,000.  Contact MichianaSHRM@gmail.com for more details.
http://www.indianashrm.org/conference/                     SHRM Members: $405
Early Bird Registration Now Open:Register                 Non-Members: $455

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In This Issue
Quick Links
Legal Update
Criminal Background Checks and "Ban the Box"JKuehn
- John Kuehn, Esq

Employers should be cautious when checking the backgrounds of their job applicants, including their history of criminal activity.  Here are a few important rules to keep in mind: 
  • Don't base decisions on the fact of an arrest.  But, independent evidence of the conduct leading to the arrest might suffice.
  • To deny employment because of a criminal conviction, the crime should be related to the job, and denying employment should be consistent with the needs of the business.
  • The EEOC says to consider three factors:  the nature of the job; the nature of the crime; and the amount of time that has elapsed since the crime occurred.
  • When running a background check through a third-party service, the Fair Credit Reporting Act requires employers and reporting agencies to notify applicants of their rights under the law, obtain advance written consent, provide advance written notice that an adverse action may be taken based on information learned through the background check, and provide written notice of the adverse action once it is taken.  

Some state and local jurisdictions have adopted "Ban the Box" laws, which prohibit employers from asking about criminal history on an initial job application.  Legislative Committee members John Kuehn and Harry Vasilopoulos participated in a panel discussion about this issue on WNIT's Politically Speaking program.  Check out the show at:


WNIT Politically Speaking Ban-the-box Segment

Lunch Sponsors - 2nd Quarter
April 23, 2015


Indiana Trust & Investment Management Company


May 21, 2015


Kemp Cunningham
Edward Jones | Financial Advisor
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Granger, IN 46530
(574) 272-2262
June 2015 - No Monthly Meeting
SHRM National Conference     
Las Vegas, NV - Jun 28 - Jul 1
Michiana SHRM 2015

Membership Campaign



Membership provides these great benefits at a very affordable price:

  • A local forum for your personal and professional development 
  • An opportunity to develop your leadership, managerial, public speaking and group decision-making skills   
  • A local networking arena 
  • A focus for legislative attention to local, state, and national human resource management issues.

Michiana Chapter has not increased membership dues for over 15 years, all the while continuing to take on additional expenses and price increases in order to offer exceptional program-ming opportunities to our members.


We offer various types memberships to fit everyone's needs:

  • Professional Member: Professionals with 3+ years of HR experience at the exempt level or certified HR professionals.
  • General Member: Professionals engaged in HR at the exempt level, but do not meet the requirements of a Professional Member.
  • Associate Member: Professionals in a non-exempt HR position, as well as, those who do not meet any of the foregoing categories, but have a bonafide interest in HR.
  • Student Member: Limited only to full-time traditional students who are not currently employed and who do not have professional HR work experience.  It's for individuals who are exploring the possibility of a future career in HR.
  • Transitional Member: On a one-time basis, we offere a free 12 month membership to HR professionals who are currently unemployed.  We are not able to refund membership dues to anyone who becomes unemployed, but are happy to extend this offer to anyone who is unemployed at the time of membership.

Beginning April 1, 2015, membership rates will be pro-rated at the beginning of each quarter:

  • April 1st through June 30th by 25% - $60.00 (discounted rate of $30 for National SHRM Members)
  • July 1st through September 30th by 50% - $40.00 (discounted rate of $20 for National SHRM Members)
  • October 1st through December 31st by 75% - $20.00 (discounted rate of $10 for National SHRM Members)


We appreciate your interest and support of Michiana SHRM and hope to see you at our next meeting!  If you have any problems and/or questions with membership registration, please email Becky Ragsdale, SHRM-CP, PHR at michianashrm@gmail.com


Click here to join or renew:  




Please note: National SHRM membership is not included in your local Michiana SHRM membership. Visit www.shrm.org to find out how you can become a National SHRM Member.

 SHRM Affiliation

 If you become a National member be sure to notify

Becky Ragsdale, SHRM-CP, PHR at michianashrm@gmail.com  so we can update your local profile! 

We are pleased to present our second quarterly newsletter of 2015. We hope you find this content helpful and informative. If you have suggestions for future issues, please don't hesitate to drop us a line at: michianaSHRM@gmail.com
Our monthly Luncheon Meetings are held at:
Windsor Park Conference Center
4020 Edison Lakes Parkway
Mishawaka, IN 46545
APRIL 23, 2015
We'll see you there!!!
Don't forget to bring some extra money for the 50 /50 Raffle to help fund our scholarships.
Letter From The President

It's finally Spring in Michiana! We all deserve a pat on the back for surviving yet another cold, snowy, school-closing-filled winter. Why do we live here? Oh, right-the change of seasons...


Speaking of change, by now I know you've all heard about the change that has taken place with SHRM's new certification where professionals can earn the credentials SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP. Anyone currently-certified (PHR, SPHR, GPHR, HRBP, HRMP) can take the online tutorial at no charge through December 31, 2015 and earn the additional new certification. Once you complete the process, you will begin a three-year certification cycle and you will not lose or have to give up any of your current credentials. This is a great opportunity to earn the next generation of certification!


The new guidelines have expanded eligibility for certification, so those professionals who may not have qualified for the PHR or SPHR will now find they can attain the new credentials. For more information on the requirements, follow this link to the SHRM Certification web page http://bit.do/2ckY.

You do not have to be a SHRM National member to attain the new certification, but the value of membership far outweighs the cost! As a SHRM member, you gain access to research, sample forms, policies and toolkits, webcasts on topics relevant to HR and professional development and answers to any question you can think of! All of that and more (estimated at a minimum of $2,170) for an annual investment of $190! If you are a first-time member, you are eligible for a discount of $15 if you use the promotional code 0118. And, as a SHRM member, your chapter membership is also discounted!


Your Michiana SHRM Board appreciates your membership and we encourage you to become more engaged by volunteering a few hours of time each month to become more involved. There are many opportunities to work with committees (Diversity, Certification, Workforce Development, Legislative, Conferences, Programming, College Relations, Community Relations) and the return on your time investment will be rewarded with networking and professional growth. There is an immediate need for a Social Media Director, so if you like to post on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and are able to devote a few hours a month to your Chapter, we could use your skills! Contact any Board Member or email michianashrm@gmail.com and we will give you more details.



Michiana SHRM Chapter is proud to be a sponsor of LeadMichiana, an event hosted by Justin Maust on May 22 at the Century Center. LeadMichiana was created to bring the best thought leaders from around the country to our local leaders. As HR professionals in your organizations, you are in a great position to help foster Justin's belief that "When leaders improve, everything they lead improves. When leaders grow, everyone around them can grow." Your company can be a program sponsor of this event for $1,000, which entitles them to a -page ad in the event's program and 3 general admission tickets. What a great way to promote leadership development in your organization and highlight their product or service! Contact us at michianashrm@gmail.com for more details.


Finally, the Board has made the decision to change the date of our annual conference to the Spring rather than October. As you know, the 4th quarter is a busy time for our members and some of our sponsors, so we believe Springtime might be better for both. Watch for details coming soon about the 2016 annual conference. Plans are underway for a half-day workshop to be held in October and we will be sharing more information about that event in the coming weeks. Anyone wishing to volunteer for either of these events is welcome to join us!


Remember-this is YOUR Chapter! Let us know how we can better serve you in your professional development. As we develop the luncheon topics for the second half of 2015, we want to make sure we've included any suggestions you have so we can maximize your membership investment.

Quit Sabotaging Your Company!

 by Carrie Van Daele



My phone wasn't working, so I had to call my phone line provider. Two phone technicians came to my house expecting to fix my phone line. They worked for more than an hour until they admitted they had no idea on how to fix the problem. These technicians were maybe twenty-five years old.


I heard one of them say, "Let's call Joe."

"Who's Joe", I asked. "Joe knows everything about phone lines because he's worked here for over thirty-five years, and he's gonna retire this year," said one of the technician's.


My phone line was repaired immediately after Joe described the problem and the solution to both technicians. "We're kinda nervous about our job when Joe retires because we don't know as much as he does," commented both technicians. This happened in 2009.


Where was your lean/quality focus in 2009 during the economic downturn? Did you witness your organization doing little to retain its tribal-knowledge from people like Joe only to end up with a skills gap in 2015?


Where is your lean focus now? It's not enough for you to focus on correction, overproduction, motion, material handling, waiting, inventory, and processing without also addressing the skills gap. To grow market share, production, revenue and income stream in 2015, you will need to stop sabotaging your organization by being fashionably lean and ignoring ways to maximize and capitalize on your workforce, especially people like Joe.


Your inability to fill the skills gap is a missing link in your supply chain; it's a bottleneck choking off your pace for process improvements, defect prevention, reduction of variation and waste.  In your supply chain at your company, there is a shortage of skills like Joe. Today, there is more of a demand for you to recognize the need to develop your workforce talent.


Continue reading at: 

Quit Sabotaging Your Company

2015 Bicycle Indiana

The 2015 Indiana Bike Summit,
 hosted by Bicycle Indiana, will focus on how Indiana employers can benefit economically, recruit and retain top talent, and be recognized as community and business leaders by promoting active transportation by bike. 


Additional details and information about registration can be found at http://www.bicycleindiana.org/ 


Please share with your employees to get Indiana on a roll to healthier employees.

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Chapter Awards
2014 Membership Star Status
2013 SHRM Platinum of the Year Award
Two-time winner of the National SHRM Pinnacle Award for Exceptional HR Programs
Pinnacle Award
Two-time winner of the IN State SHRM Council Pinnacle Award and the Chapter of the Year Award
Indiana SHRM
Multiple year recognition as a SHRM Foundation Chapter Champion
We have also had multiple winners from our Chapter for the IN State Council's Professional of the Year Award and their Volunteer Leader of the Year.
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2015 Board of Directors

Eileen Shue




Paula Wood

Immediate Past President

Kristin Clauss




Becky Ragsdale



VP, Membership 

Dee Dee Burke



Programming Director


Diana Finlay




Steve Burkins




Alison Fox, Esq.

Workforce Readiness


John Kuehn, Esq

Legislative Director

Mary Jo Ogren
Diversity Director 


Hugh Johnson
Public Relations

Ellen Brown, MBA

SHRM Foundation


Lori Pallo
Membership Recruiter
Jennifer Gappa
Certification Director

Deborah Proven

College Relations Director





Kevin Kennelly



Communication Director






Social Media Director


If you are interested in a Michiana SHRM Board of Directors Position now or in the future, please send an email to michianashrm@gmail.com

Michiana SHRM
An affiliate of the Society for Human Resources Management  
P.O. Box 1921
South Bend, IN 46634
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