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  December  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
December Chapter Meeting
President's Letter
2014 Meal Deal
Get the Most Out of SKCHRA
New Chapter Members
OSHA News Release
Meeting Registration


Legalization Of Marijuana -- Impact On The Washington Workplace


Preliminary Agenda:  

  • Legal status of marijuana possession, sale and use in Washington
  • Discrimination / accommodation rights of users
  • Drug testing - science and the workplace
  • Impact of DOT and other health and safety laws
  • Employer safety policies
  • Variations in the union workplace

Steve Peltin is an attorney and Chair of the Employment and Labor Relations Practice Group at Foster Pepper PLLC in Seattle.  


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Presidents letter  
Gold Shape Award

   Happy Holidays!


Our Chapter has had a very good year. We are thankful for the many new members that have joined us. Let's rejoice and extend our hand to those less fortunate. Happy Holidays!



Bidding you adieu!


I want to take this time to thank all of you that have supported me and the South King County Chapter over the years. After serving on the Board for 20 years in various roles with the President as the final chapter, this is my farewell letter.

I have watched many members come and go, but our Chapter has always remained welcoming and engaging to new members. I am very pleased with the growth that we have had this year, which resulted in our Chapter reaching superstar status from SHRM. This is a testament to all of you that have encouraged your friends to join our group. Continue to show the warmth and generosity that you have displayed in the past. South King County may be a small Chapter, but we are mighty!!


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Congratulations to the SKCHRA 2014 Board of Directors.  We are looking forward to a great year. 

  • 2014 President - Chance Brimhall
  • 2014 President Elect - Shanda Means
  • 2014 Past President - Rhonda Kelly
  • 2014 Treasurer - Kevin Hamlet
  • 2014 Secretary - Jackie Knox
  • 2014 Membership Director - Sarah Donahue
  • 2014 Logistics Director - Kristin Hoffner
  • 2014 Programs Co-Director - Erin Colwell
  • 2014 Programs Co-Director - Diane Graber
  • 2014 Newsletter Director - Rebecca Shorrock
  • 2014 Workforce Development & Diversity Director - Roleta Batiste
  • 2014 Legislative Director - Deidra Nguyen
  • 2014 Certification Director - Shellie Brighton
  • 2014 Volunteer Director - Kristina Hayak


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


Human Resources Kit For Dummies by Max Messmer, c. 2012


Align HR practices with your objectives and keep your company competitive.

A company's ability to grow and stay on top of customer demand has always depended heavily on the quality of its people. Now, more than ever, businesses recognize that finding (and keeping) a highly skilled and motivated workforce is pivotal to success. Maybe you're a business owner and your company is growing, or you're an employee at a small- to midsize-company and management has asked you to take on some-or all-of their HR functions. Either way, knowing how to set up and implement successful HR practices (not to mention navigating the legal minefields in today's increasingly regulated environment) can be tricky.

Human Resources Kit For Dummies is your one-stop resource for learning the nuts and bolts of HR. It gives you forms and templates that you can put to immediate and productive use.

  • New information on anti-discrimination legislation; measuring performance; hiring, firing, and retaining employees; and training and development plans
  • The latest info on online and social media policies
  • Updated forms and contracts, from job application forms and sample employee policies to performance appraisals and benefit plan worksheets

If you're currently working in Human Resources or are responsible for employees in your business, the tools presented here help you maximize the effectiveness of your own HR program.


 2014 Meal Deal


Opportunity to Spend Less & Save More!



Save 10% on SKCHRA chapter meetings plus $5.00 or more on SKCHRA events. Use your card for guests. Invite others in your organization to use your card when you cannot attend a meeting. Meal Deal will reduce your out-of-pocket expenses and time-consuming expense reports. Your employer will appreciate your cost-conscious decision to purchase a 2014 Meal Deal Card. Members who have used the Meal Deal Card value the convenience!


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Quick Links
Click on any of the links below for additional resources and information.






Thank you to all who made it to last month's chapter meeting, where Carol Bowser, President of Conflict Management Strategies Inc., gave a presentation titled, "Negotiating with the Devil-The Secret Sauce for Conflict Resolution." Here's the buzz on what folks thought about the meeting: 

  • "Great interactive meeting."
  • "Carol was fantastic. I love her humor and candor."
  •  "Great speaker, I would love to hear more from her on other topics."
  • "This was a topic many could benefit from." 

If you missed the meeting, presentation materials are available to members in the Member Resource Center (MRC) at You must be a member of the SKCHRA and register through the website to access the MRC. Not a member yet? Membership in the SKCHRA is free! Download a designation form here .  




Ten Ways to Get the Most Out of the SKCHRA.


 By Deidra Nguyen, Membership Co-Chair



Whether you're a longtime chapter member or new to SHRM, you may not know about all that the SKCHRA has to offer. Since I joined the board in 2012, we have been hard at work trying to make the SKCHRA the absolute best chapter it can be. Here are ten simple ways that you can make sure that you are getting the most out of the SKCHRA!


  1. Visit the Member Resource Center on

Are you an SKCHRA member who hasn't yet made use of the members-only content available on our Member Resource Center? What are you waiting for?! To access the Member Resource Center, you simply need to register on Once you're registered, you can access members-only content at any time. You probably already know that you can find copies of presentation materials for meetings and chapter events you may have missed. Did you know that you can also watch recordings of SKCHRA webinars and download best practices forms and worksheets, including a sample timecard certification?


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New Chapter Members


Please welcome the following new memberwho has designated South King County as their chapter. 


Kevin Hamlet

Director of Human Resources

Sound Family Medicine









OSHA News Release: 13-2144-NAT


WASHINGTON - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a proposed rule to improve workplace safety and health through improved tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. The announcement follows the Bureau of Labor Statistics' release of its annual Occupational Injuries and Illnesses report, which estimates that three million workers were injured on the job in 2012.

"Three million injuries are three million too many," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. "With the changes being proposed in this rule, employers, employees, the government and researchers will have better access to data that will encourage earlier abatement of hazards and result in improved programs to reduce workplace hazards and prevent injuries, illnesses and fatalities. The proposal does not add any new requirement to keep records; it only modifies an employer's obligation to transmit these records to OSHA." 


Meeting Registration


THURSDAY, December 12, 2013
11:15a.m. Registration/Networking

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Program  



CenterPoint Conference Center

20809 - 72nd Ave S

Kent, WA 98032





*Baked Potato Bar - Buffet


  • Jumbo baked potatoes
  • Beef chili with beans
  • Crackers
  • Whipped butter, sour cream, bacon bits, chives, 3 cheese blend
  • Cheddar cheese sauce with fresh broccoli
  • Garden greens with ranch and balsamic dressings
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Brownies and Lemon Bars
  • Assorted Beverages


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