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 March 2013

Whether you are new to the HR field or have many years of experience, South King County HR Association is a great resource for networking, information, professional development and continued support of excellence in Human Resources.

In This Issue
March Meeting
President's Letter
PHR/SPHR Exam Study Group
Meeting Registration
New Chapter Members
March Meeting
What Employers Wished Their Lawyers Had Told Them Before They Got Sued

The Law 


Paul's presentation will educate Human Resource professionals on some little-known aspects of labor and employment laws that give rise to common mistakes.  He will share the lessons learned from litigating employment cases that will help you to take proactive steps to (a) minimize the risk of employment lawsuits and agency charges and (b) increase the likelihood of prevailing if a lawsuit or charge is filed.


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Presidents letter  

When we think about the coming of spring, it evokes thoughts of sunshine, new plant growth and bursts of energy as we leave the gray Washington skies behind. It can also evoke absenteeism within our employee ranks due to the classic 'spring fever'.


Or, you have the continuous wave of employees that have stockpiled vacation days for use in better weather. How do you staff your organization when you have planned or unplanned time off? How many employees have asked for a flexible work schedule for personal reasons with the answer always being, "no, our company does not have any flexibility, your work week is 5 days a week." Have you ever thought that there is a different or acceptable alternative to the never-ending "no" and the continuous turnover that may be caused by inflexibility?


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PHR/SPHR Exam Study Group

  Achieve HR Certification

Have you been considering taking the exam for your PHR or SPHR certification?   Earning the PHR or SPHR credential demonstrates to you and your organization that you are committed to a higher standard.  When you become HR certified, you show you know the most current principles and core practices of HR management. You also become more marketable when you compete for top HR positions. In addition, you raise your professional confidence among your staff and your peers.


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Meeting Registration  


Date:   THURSDAYMarch 21, 2013


Time:   7:15 a.m. Registration & Networking

              7:30 a.m. - 900 a.m. Program  


Place:  CenterPoint Conference Center

               20809 - 72nd Ave S

               Kent, WA 98032

 Register Now 



Made-to-order omelet bar with a choice of ingredients (including a variety of meats and vegetables), classic o'brien potatoes with diced onions and peppers, fresh seasonal fruit bowl, assorted chilled juices, bottled waters, and coffee and tea.

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New Chapter Members 


Please welcome the following new members who have designated South King County as their chapter.    

  • Patrice Gillum, PHR, HR Analyst at City of Kent 
  •  Scott Haas, Talent Acquisition Manager at Thyssenkrupp Aerospace 
  •  Ludwig Marz, SPHR, Consultant/HR Manager at HRD Consultants 
  •  John Cvitanich, HR Generalist at Exotic Metals Forming Company 
  •  Kristen Pederson, Office Manager at Toyota Lift Northwest 
  •  Susan Tinnin, HR Generalist at Pacific Crest Industries dba Bellmont Cabinets  
  •  Keith Beeman, Chief Talent Officer at Kent School District 
  •  Leslie Michaelson, SPHR, HR Manager at Service Paper Company 
  • Grant McDonald, President and Managing Principle at TRUEbenefits, LLC 

Student Membership 

  • Dephne Marie Boston, Business Operations Specialist at Boeing 
  •  Kenysha Alexander


 Welcome New Members

High Court Will Review FLSA "Clothes-Changing" Case

Supreme CourtThe U.S. Supreme Court, on Feb. 19, 2013, agreed to review whether employees' time spent putting on and taking off safety equipment is time spent "changing clothes" within the meaning of a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) provision. Section 203(o) of the act provides that an employee's FLSA-compensable working hours exclude "any time spent in changing clothes" at the beginning or end of the workday that is excluded from "measured working time" under a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) (Sandifer v. U.S. Steel Corp., No. 12-417).




Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) New Poster



All covered employers are required to display and keep displayed a poster prepared by the Department of Labor summarizing the major provisions of The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and which tells employees how to file a complaint. The poster must be displayed in a conspicuous place where employees and applicants for employment can see it. A poster must be displayed at all locations even if there are no eligible employees.


Come to the March meeting and have a chance to win the book


Managing by Slogan: A light-hearted look at how leaders use slogans to manage their teams by Steve O'Hara


"Managing by Slogan" provides insight into popular slogans frequently used by today's business leaders. Slogans provide a basis for solid business communication and guidance for managers on how to lead their teams; they can also be misused. 
March Meeting Sponsor
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SKCHRA 2013 Meal Deal Cards

Don't Miss this Opportunity to Save!

  Money savings

Your pocketbook or your employer will appreciate your cost conscious decision to purchase a 2013 Meal Deal Card. Besides saving money the Meal Deal Card reduces the number of expense reports you have to prepare and reimbursement checks your employer has to process. Those members who have used the Meal Deal Card love the convenience!


If you are a SHRM* member who has designated the South King County Human Resources Association as your primary chapter, you may purchase a convenient Meal Deal Card at any SKCHRA chapter meeting or through our website's meeting registration page. Cards may be used for attendance atany 2013SKCHRA chapter meeting of your choice. If you are unable to attend a meeting, you may have someone else from your organization use your card or you may also use your card for a guest. Plus, your Meal Deal card is good toward $5.00 off any SKCHRA social event! The following Meal Deal packages are available with savings of 10% or more:




2013 Meal Deal - 5 Meals    


2013 Meal Deal - 9 Meals    



2013 Meal Deal Card 


Meal Deal card holders must still register during the pre-registration period for any meeting they plan to attend. This helps to insure adequate seating, food and hand-outs are available for everyone.


*Our chapter is a "100%" chapter meaning our entire membership belongs to SHRM and there is no additional fee to designate us as your home chapter.

Please ask any Board member if you wish information about joining SHRM.