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 June  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
June Meeting
President's Letter
SKCHRA Receives Award
Diversity Corner
Meeting Registration
Membership is Booming!
DC Circuit Overturns NLRB Poster
June Meeting
The Seven Strengths of Innovative Leaders and Teams
Strategic Credit Approved
A global economy on the rise or in recession creates constant change.  Every leader and every team member is challenged to navigate and prosper in an environment where we are forced to learn, to adapt, and to contribute our own changes.


How can an HR professional create a professional development vision for a workforce whose reality is constantly changing?  The Seven Strengths of Innovative Leaders and Teams establishes the core strengths we need to build in our workforce to thrive today and in the coming decade.  




Presidents letter  
           Thank you


I want to thank everyone that attended our May Chapter Member Appreciation event at Branches in Federal Way. It was great getting to talk to and get to know each person that was there more on a personal level. We had job seekers in attendance that were very grateful to our members for offering assistance in their job searches. I really love it when we reach out to help others that need our assistance. Our Chapter tries to rally around those in need and to show support.


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SKCHRA Receives Distinguished Award 

 Gold Shape Award

South King County Human Resources Association Receives Distinguished Award


The Society for Human Resource Management has awarded the South King County Human Resources Association,the EXCEL Gold Award for 2012.


The SHRM Affiliate Program for Excellence (SHAPE) has been designed to ensure a strong connection between SHRM and its affiliated chapters from a business perspective. In addition to clearly outlining the requirements to measure chapter alignment and engagement with SHRM's overall objectives, SHAPE focuses on activities and initiatives which are more strategic in nature. These efforts allow each affiliated chapter to increase its viability and effectiveness, as well as promote the HR profession at the local level. Additionally, this program was designed to enhance the business acumen of local volunteer leaders! This program raises the bar of excellence for affiliates and introduces the EXCEL Awards - a tiered recognition and awards system.



Diversity Corner

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


By Richard D. Alaniz


Religion in the workplace can present a difficult balancing act for employers. Failing to strike the right balance can lead to clashes with workers and unions, potential lawsuits, trouble with federal regulators, and a negative public image.


Consider Hertz's situation. According to news reports, in October the car-rental company fired 26 Muslim employees who refused to clock out for their paid prayer breaks. In response to the firings, the drivers' union launched a public relations campaign alleging religious discrimination and has filed complaints with federal regulators.   


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Meeting Registration  


Date:    THURSDAY, June 20, 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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Welcome to Summer!! 

Assorted sliders to include:

  • Mini hot dogs, cheeseburger sliders, mini chicken sandwiches
  • Classic picnic style salad, chips
  • Fresh seasonal fruit bowl
  • Dessert bars and cookies
  • Assorted beverages and bottled water

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SKCHRA Membership is Booming! 

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April was a banner month for membership, and May is not far behind. The SKCHRA is thrilled to welcome 23 new or returning members to our ranks:

  • Sarah Bowles, SPHR (returning member - welcome back!), HR Manager at Orion Industries
  • Michael Van Finger, HR Manager at T&A Supply Company
  • Chelsea Friddle, HR Generalist at WCP Solutions
  • Tammy Goolsbey, HR Manager at Office Max
  • Julie Gutenplan, Alliant Employee Benefits
  • Kristin Hoffner, Recruiter/HR Administrator at Exotic Metals Forming Company
  • Lesley Hogan, SPHR, HR Professional
  • Joan Baily, Benefits Specialist at Group Health Coop
  • Wendy Kowalski, HR/Benefits Coordinator at Orca Bay Seafoods, Inc.
  • Lori Laney, SPHR, Director of HR at Sysco
  • Nikki Maris, SPHR, Hr Director at Supervalu
  • Pam McKieman, HRG, Office Manager at Washington Business Week
  • Melody Melodia, SPHR, HR Generalist at The Boeing Company
  • Heidi Mizer, PHR, HR Manager at Soundpath Health
  • Sandy Moore, PHR, Regional HR Representative at Hoya Vision Care
  • Erik Olson, HR Generalist at Paychex
  • Lorraine Patterson, SPHR, HR Director at City of Kent
  • Riesa Ragan, PHR (returning member - welcome back!), HR Manager/Business Partner at Compass NW
  • Felicia Rojas-Villota, PHR, SR HR Representative at FedEx Trade Networks Transport
  • Terry Rubin, HR Professional
  • Diane Stewart, Financial Manager at California Closets
  • Marcy Sullivan, SPHR, HR at Charter Construction
  • Lillian Tordillos, SPHR (returning member - welcome back!), Benefits Manager At Utlix
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D.C. Circuit Overturns NLRB Poster Requirement


By Allen Smith


The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) when it made an employer's failure to display a poster about employees' right to join unions an unfair labor practice, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held May 7, 2013.


In 2011 the board issued a rule that the 6 million employers subject to its jurisdiction would be guilty of an unfair labor practice if they did not post, on their properties and websites, an NLRB poster notifying workers of their rights under the NLRA.


Organizations representing employers, including the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), objected to the rule, saying it violated the NLRA and the First Amendment to the Constitution. More than 7,000 comments were filed about the proposed poster.


"The proposed notice is silent regarding federal labor law rights to decertify or withdraw from third-party union representation, to seek relief for a union's failure to represent employees fairly and/or to object to paying the portion of union dues or fees used to support activities unrelated to collective bargaining, contract administration or grievance adjustment," Michael Aitken, SHRM vice president of government affairs wrote in Feb. 22, 2011, comments on the proposal.



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


45 Effective Ways for Hiring Smart! : How to Predict Winners and Losers in the Incredibly Expensive People-Reading Game

    Book REview June 2013

In HIRING SMART, Dr. Mornell delineates 45 simple strategies for "people reading"-observing a candidate's behavior and predicting what they'll be like in the workplace-that virtually guarantee hiring the best possible candidate for any job.


  • An authoritative guide to hiring job candidates from one of the world's leading experts in human resource development. 
  • The hardcover edition has been translated into eight languages and has sold more than 40,000 copies.
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June Meeting Sponsor



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.