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 April  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
April Meeting
President's Letter
Workplace Stress
Earn Strategic Credit From Your Desk
New Chapter Members
Meeting Registration
New Board Members
I-9 Forms
STAR Membership Status
April is an Interesting Month
EEOC and Diversity
April Meeting

Uncommon Courtesy: How Simple Acts Can Make Your Business Soar 


 HRCI Approved for Credit

Happier employees, more loyal customers and a stronger bottom line; what do these have in common? They are a result of having a culture of courtesy - which distinguishes great companies from average companies. Learn how practicing even the smallest deeds can have a big impact on you and your company's success.


Learn more and register  



Presidents letter  

Poor Punxsutawney Phil


Imagine waking up and having the local news blame Punxsutawney Phil for the rain and wind we're having (okay and the snow in the Midwest and east coast)! Have you ever had one of those mornings when you wake up, look outside and wish you didn't have to go to the office? Wouldn't it be great if your company offered you an alternative to working in the office every day; if your duties were such that it was a possibility?



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Workplace Stress Hits Three-Year HighStress  

Employees are experiencing so much workplace stress, they are having mental breakdowns and requiring interventional help at higher rates than professionals have seen in years.  


Management referrals and fitness-for-duty evaluations, which are typically conducted after a worker shows signs of an extreme mental breakdown, have increased 120 percent since 2008, according to Harris, Rothenberg International (HRI), a provider of employee assistance program (EAP) services.


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Earn Strategic Credit From the Convenience of Your Desk!

HRCI Strategic Credit Last year's webinar series was so popular that we've decided to revive it for 2013. What's better than earning recertification credit from the comfort of your own desk? How about earning strategic credit? Join the SKCHRA for a webinar on May 2, 2013, from noon to 1:00 p.m. titled HR'$ New Business Partner - The Bottom Line.


Best of all, the webinar qualifies for strategic credit and is FREE for chapter members.


Learn More and Register Here



New SKCHRA Members 


Please welcome the following new  SKCHRA members:    


  • Richard Garmong, Project/Program Manager, King County Veterans Program
  • Sherri McKenna, Senior HR Generalist, Hexcel
  • Annette Bailey, Owner/Manager, Link Staffing Services

 Welcome New Members

Meeting Registration  


Date:   THURSDAYApril 18, 2013


Time:   11:15 a.m. Registration & Networking

              11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Program  


Place:  CenterPoint Conference Center

               20809 - 72nd Ave S

               Kent, WA 98032

  Register Now   


  • Assorted Finger Sandwiches To Include: Classic Egg Salad, Cashew Chicken Salad and Signature Tuna Salad
  • Bacon Wrapped Mini Dogs with 30 Spice BBQ Sauce
  • Classic Picnic Style Potato Salad
  • Soft Pretzels "Food Truck Style" With Stone Ground Mustard
  • Build Your Own Nachos with Ground Beef, Cheese Sauce, Jalapenos & Salsa
  • Fresh Seasonal Fruit Bowl
  • Assorted Cookies
  • Assorted Chilled Soda, Bottled Water, Tea and Coffee

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New Board Members 


Please welcome the following new  board members:    

  • Scott Haas, Workforce Readiness Chair
  • Candace Haralson, Communication Chair


Employers Must Use New I-9 Forms No Later
Than May 8, 2013

 I9 Forms

On March 8th, the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, adopted a new I-9 Form that must be used by all employers (and some other entities) starting no later than May 8, 2013-two months after the new requirement was published in the Federal Register. A copy of the announcement can be found here.



SKCHRA Achieves Membership Star Status!

 SHRM Membership Star

The SKCHRA has earned the 2012 Membership Star Award. This award recognizes achievement in SHRM membership growth during the 2012 calendar year. But that's not all! In February of 2013, the SKCHRA achieved Super Star status. In other words, we are well on our way to earning the Membership SUPER Star Award for 2013.

Thank you to all of our new and longstanding SKCHRA members who helped make this happen.


You are the stars that make our chapter shine!


You can help us maintain our star status (and achieve super star status) by keeping your SKCHRA chapter designation up to date and encouraging your friends and colleagues to designate too; doing so is free. SKCHRA meetings and events are much more meaningful as a chapter member. Chapter membership is free and chapter members get countless perks, including: Access to our popular Meal Deal Card program, reduced registration for chapter meetings, free or reduced pricing for events and seminars, access to the Member Resource Center and much more! Designation forms are available at our chapter meetings or you can join online at 


April is an Interesting Month!


  • Workplace Conflict Awareness Month
  • Stress Awareness Month
  • April Fool's Day (4/1)
  • National Stress Awareness Day (4/16)
  • Fun At work Day ( 4/5)
  • Tax Day (4/15)
  • National Stress Awareness Day (4/16)
  • National Jelly Bean Day (4/22)
  • Earth Day (4/22)
  • Bring Your Child to Work Day (4/27)
  • Administrative Professionals Day (4/24)


Month of April 

EEOC and Diversity in the Workplace


The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a federal law enforcement agency that enforces laws against workplace discrimination. The EEOC investigates discrimination complaints based on an individual's race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, genetic information and retaliation for reporting, participating in and/or opposing a discriminatory practice.In 2011, the Commission included "sex-stereotyping" of lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals as a form of sex discrimination illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In 2012, the Commission expanded protection provided by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to transgender status and gender identity.The Commission also mediates and settles thousands of discrimination complaints each year prior to their investigation. The EEOC is also empowered to file discrimination suits against employers on behalf of alleged victims and to adjudicate claims of discrimination brought against federal agencies.


Come to the April meeting and have a chance to win the book Good to Great:

Why Some Companies Make the Leap...

and Other's Don't

April Book Review   
This book is a 2001 management book by James C. Collins that aims to describe how companies transition from being average companies to great companies and how companies can fail to make the transition. "Greatness" is defined as financial performance several multiples better than the market average over a sustained period. Collins finds the main factor for achieving the transition to be a narrow focusing of the company's resources on their field of competence.

The book was a massive best-seller, selling four million copies and going far beyond the traditional audience of business books. Introduction from Wikipedia.



April Meeting Sponsor


Thank you to our sponsor!



 WA Emp Best

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 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.

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