BHSHRM November Newsletter
It is hard to believe that the end of the year is almost here! I am sure we are all looking forward to the holidays, although they may be a bit different (socially distant?) this year. At this time, many of us are wrapping up year-end work and business activities and goals. It has been a very interesting year, and one that none of us will soon forget. In the end, I hope we can all look back and see how we have learned, adapted and grown during the challenges of 2020.
A big shout out to all of you human resources professionals - you have been amazing, tenacious and talented - assisting with a variety of issues in your workplaces, continuing to navigate the ongoing pandemic, and still keeping close sight of your organizational goals and strategies. The end of the year is always a big rush and a busy time, but together we can stay strong. “Thank you” for helping to keep the Black Hills business community thriving and moving ahead.
With it still being best practice to avoid large gatherings until further notice from state and federal authorities, we will continue our monthly membership meetings via Zoom webcasts and webinars. This will go through the remainder of 2020 and possibly into 2021.
On October 27, 2020, we heard from Sharon Holt of the Federal Department of Labor. She discussed many 2020 updates to FMLA and FLSA, including recent changes to the FFCRA, unique FFCRA issues, changes to the FMLA standard forms, and other hot topics from a federal compliance standpoint. We had great feedback on this meeting and participants felt it was of great value and very timely. We also were delighted to hear from our corporate sponsor Dr. Bob McIntosh who discussed “What is possible when you have Employees Fit For Duty? and Returning Employees to Work. Thank you to both.
On November 20th from 9:30 to 11:00 am, Attorney Christopher Hoyme from Jackson Lewis will present a Rapid City Employment Law Webinar. As employers deal with finding their new normal in this challenging environment, the rules they must follow continue to evolve. Mr. Hoyme will address the most significant labor and employment issues currently confronting employers, as well as anticipated future challenges. Topics will include: COVID-19 employer guidance, returning to the workplace, Supreme Court and agency regulatory update, potential remote work issues, and independent contractor update. This webinar is free to members and non-members and sign up is through Jackson Lewis directly.
We are also pleased to announce that BH SHRM will partner with Elevate Rapid City for a December 17th Zoom Webcast, titled “Returning Employees to Work in a COVID-19 Era – What Employers Need to Know Now.” This will be presented by me, and will be an interactive and informative session of about 1 hour long. Questions are welcome!! The webcast will begin at 9 am on December 17th. BH SHRM will have further details on its website very soon!!! 1.0 SHRM PDC will be available for attendees. The cost is FREE to all who would like to attend!
In order to keep everyone’s safety and health at the forefront of our concern, and as we continue to stay socially distant, we hope these timely and important webinars and webcasts will be of value to our members. We will send out regular surveys that will inquire as to things you may wish to see in our BHSHRM Chapter or topics about which you may want to learn or think are relevant now.
Finally, we have several openings on our BH SHRM Board for 2021: President-Elect, Foundation Director, College Relations Director, Legislative Director, and Workforce Readiness Director. Serving on the Board as a volunteer is a rewarding experience that includes leadership, learning how a Board works, networking opportunities, new friendships, and serving the local human resources community and BH SHRM members through planning, activities and events. Please consider getting involved – we would love to have you!!
Again, thank you for all you are doing in your workplaces to help your organizations navigate through these unprecedented times, and continuing demonstrating your strength, compassion, courage, leadership, HR knowledge and employee relations skills. You are true leaders!! I am proud of each and every one of you!!!!
If you have any questions or suggestions, please always feel free to reach out to me or any other Board member of BH SHRM. I hope you have a productive rest of the year and look forward to seeing you in early 2021!
Have a great rest of the year!
2020 Employment Law Update
November 20, 2020
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
About the Presentation:
As employers deal with finding their new normal in this challenging environment, the rules they must follow continue to evolve. Join Jackson Lewis P.C. attorney, Chris Hoyme, for a webinar that will address the most significant labor and employment issues currently confronting employers, as well as anticipated future challenges.
About the Speaker:
Christopher E. Hoyme is a principal in the Omaha, Nebraska, office of Jackson Lewis P.C.
Chris represents management nationwide in all facets of employment litigation. He has successfully defended employers across the country in over 40 federal and state courts, as well as before numerous federal and state administrative agencies across the country.
Chris looks for practical solutions for clients facing litigation. He believes in a proactive, preventive approach to dealing with employment issues so that clients are placed in the best possible position to avoid lawsuits before they are filed. However, once a client is faced with defending a lawsuit, Chris's approach is to respond quickly and aggressively, making him a formidable opponent in the courtroom.
This webinar is FREE
To REGISTER visit the Jackson Lewis website HERE
Mark Your Calendars
BH SHRM is partering with Elevate Rapid City for a Zoom Webcast, titled “Returning Employees to Work in a COVID-19 Era – What Employers Need to Know Now"
December 17th @ 9 am
This will be presented by Jennifer Frank, and will be an interactive and informative 1 hour session. Questions are welcome!! 1.0 SHRM PDC will be available for attendees.
We are planning to have our Certification Study Group for the spring testing sessions beginning the first of February, which is a Monday. More details to follow but if you are interested in attending, please reach out to Bev Morris at [email protected]
The November 3 election saw voters in South Dakota weighing in on new marijuana measures, and the results mean employers will need to be ready for changing policies.
South Dakota Constitutional Amendment A: Marijuana Legalization Initiative legalizes recreational use for adults 21 and older. This Amendment allows individuals to possess or distribute up to 1 ounce of marijuana and to grow up to six marijuana plants on the grounds of a private residence. The recreational use measure is scheduled to take effect July 1, 2021.
Initiated Measure 26: Establishes a medical marijuana program. The medical marijuana measure stipulates that any qualifying patient has the same rights in the workplace as workers with prescription medication.
Neither of these new marijuana laws prevent employers from having and enforcing drug and alcohol policies. However, it is strongly advised to have your legal counsel review those policies - especially drug testing policies - for compliance with applicable state laws.
COVID and OSHA:
OSHA is handing out fines for COVID-19 safety violations. Through the end of October 2020, OSHA has handed out nearly 2.5 million dollars in fines to worksites for failing to take coronavirus-related actions. While OSHA does not have specific COVID-19 safety standards, employers can be fined under OSHA’s general duty clause. Under the clause, employers must provide a work environment that is "free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm.” Hopefully employers are taking COVID-19 precautions and realize the safety impact to their employees for failure to do so.
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2021 Open Board Positions
Open Board Positions for 2021:
Serving on the Board as a volunteer is a rewarding experience that includes leadership, learning how a Board works, networking opportunities, new friendships, and serving the local human resources community and BH SHRM members through planning, activities and events. Plus you earn CEUs, win-win!! Please consider getting involved – we would love to have you!!
PRESIDENT-ELECT: The President-Elect, in the absence of the President or upon his or her request, shall perform the duties of the President and such related duties as are assigned by the President or the Board of Directors. The President-Elect is responsible for arranging interesting and informative programs for the general meetings, including contacting and arranging for speakers, panel members, meals and location, etc. The President-Elect gathers feedback from members regarding programs through surveys, tallies and reports the results to the Board of Directors, and uses the information to assist in planning future programs. The President-Elect will also be responsible for submitting information to the newsletter to advise the membership in advance of program details. The President-Elect shall advance to the office of President the following year. He/she shall be a current member in good standing of SHRM throughout the duration of his/her term of office. Section
GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS: This Director will monitor activities of the federal and state governments and keep the membership informed of activities that affect the practice of human resource management.
SHRM FOUNDATION: This Director is responsible for educating, promoting, and representing the interests of the SHRM Foundation and its activities to the Chapter and encouraging the Chapter's financial support.
COLLEGE RELATIONS: This Director serves as a liaison to student chapters sponsored by BHSHRM, promotes interaction between the students and the professional chapter, provides networking opportunities for the students, and looks to expand university contacts.
WORKFORCE READINESS: This Director monitors and evaluates local activities concerning workforce readiness issues and plans and encourages Chapter involvement and activities impacting the workforce readiness arena.
Please reach out to Jennifer Frank, [email protected], if interested!