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 July  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
July Meeting
President's Letter
Diversity Corner
Meeting Registration
Supreme Court Ruling
Federal Legislative Alert
July Meeting
2013 Legislative Update
Strategic Credit Approved

Explore the current major federal and state legislative trends affecting the workplace.  We will review proposed, pending, or rejected legislation affecting the workplace from our most recent state and federal legislative sessions to evaluate the potential impact on workplace policies. We will also discuss potential liability risks and forecast future trends relating to your work force based on the current enforcement climate.

Presidents letter  
Gold Shape Award

Thank you I wanted to take this time once again to thank you for helping the South King County Chapter achieve Gold status for 2012. We strive to bring you relevant speakers, assist in job searches and enhance the profession of Human Resources. You have helped to achieve this success by completing your evaluation forms and providing us with suggestions. I hope you'll agree that we have worked hard to bring you a Chapter that provides networking, education and some tools to help you be and become successful in your careers. Thank you from all of us on your 2013 Chapter Board. 


Diversity Corner


Series: What Employers Can Learn From the Hertz Controversy Over Prayer at Work; Part II


By Richard D. Alaniz  


Laws That Govern Prayer at Work

Religious accommodation is regulated at the federal level, and numerous states and local governments have additional regulations that could impact how employees express their religion at work.


* Federal Regulations


Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. According to the EEOC, "Title VII protects all aspects of religious observance and practice as well as belief and defines religion very broadly for purposes of determining what the law covers."


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Meeting Registration  


Date:    THURSDAY, July 18, 2013 


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

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


Place:  CenterPoint Conference Center

               20809 - 72nd Ave S

               Kent, WA 98032

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  • Assorted Alki signature deep dish quiches to include:
  • Florentine with spinach and Swiss, Ham and asparagus with three cheese blend
  • Classic Lorraine
  • Fresh seasonal fruit, Alki signature blueberry coffee cake
  • Assorted chilled juices and bottled waters

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Supreme Court

High Court Narrowly Defines 'Supervisor'



 By Joanne Deschenaux


An employee is a "supervisor" for purposes of liability under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act only if he or she is empowered by the employer to take tangible employment actions against the victim, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 24, 2013 (Vance v. Ball State Univ., No. 11-556). The high court rejected the position taken by several federal appellate courts and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that "supervisors" include those whom the employer vests with authority to direct and oversee the victim's daily work.


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 Federal Legislative Action Alert!


Please e-mail your U.S. Senators and urge them to support the Employment Verification Amendment!


The Senate is currently considering its immigration reform proposal, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744). SHRM and our strategic affiliate, the American Council on International Personnel (ACIP), are actively engaged on behalf of the HR profession in advocating for changes to the bill. Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) have introduced an amendment (SA 1634), supported by SHRM and ACIP that would strengthen the employment verification system, along with streamlining its efficiency, while importantly reducing the risk of identity theft. Read Senator Portman's press release regarding SA 1634 HERE. SHRM and ACIP have worked with Sens. Portman and Tester to develop the proposed amendment language.

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Come to the July meeting and have a chance to win the book: 


1001 Ways to Energize Employees

    July 2013 Book Review

 Take the brakes off your business. In the perfect follow-up to 1001 Ways to Reward Employees, the innovative book that has sold over one million copies, Bob Nelson reveals what real companies across America are doing to get the very best out of their employees-and why it's the key to their success.

Energizing is listening-AT&T's Universal Card Service's employee suggestion system yields 1,200 ideas a month and millions of dollars in savings. Energizing is encouraging risk-taking-Hershey Foods gives out The Exalted Order of the Extended Neck Award. Energizing is Starbuck's making employees partners, Saturn creating teams that function as independent small businesses, Springfield Re-manufacturing's opening its books to all employees.

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