IN THIS ISSUE:
Welcome to the first edition of our newly redesigned e-newsletter, RESOURCES. We are excited to re-introduce this exciting forum for the communication of issues pertinent and relevent to HR Professionals.
We hope you enjoy the newsletter. It can only get better with your input and comments. If you have any articles for inclusion, comments or requests, please email them to Jim Guynup: KGJ906@aol.com.
As we continue charging
through the year 2006 ,let us explore the thoughts,
priorities and plans of our new President Sandra Liechty
and President Elect Bud Pierce.
Q - Do you have any special goals or dreams that you hope to accomplish in SNHRA in the forthcoming year?
Sandra- My focus will be to focus more closely on the principles of serving and advancing the human resource profession. We will work to protect the interest of our members as well as our professional integrity and we will not engage in activities that may create an apparent or potential conflict of interest. We will set the standard and be an example to others.
Bud- My first goal is for membership growth with the HR community. While our vendors are welcome members, I'd like to see an increase percentage of HR professionals in SNHRA. Secondly, to emphasize national membership in SHRM to our SNHRA members. The benefits of SHRM membership are endless and I feel our HR folks who are local members only are really missing out on a tremendous resource by not belonging to SHRM. Third, participation in SNHRA on committees, at monthly meetings, mixers, you name it. Particularly with SNHRA hosting the national conference in 2007, we need to build an active membership this year to carry over in to hosting the national conference next year.
Q- In light
of our recent Diversity Awards Luncheon and the heated
news discussions this past holiday season regarding
holiday greetings, what is your feeling about the
political correctness of saying Merry Christmas in
the business environment?
Sandra- As a Christian I say Merry Christmas. However as a working professional I respect that not everyone has the same religious beliefs that I do and I honor their diversity.
Bud- While there was a lot of media coverage on this topic this [past] year and people pushing for the "Merry Christmas" greeting, I still feel that in a business environment the appropriate terms to use are "Happy Holidays" and 'Season Greetings". Particularly in a work environment as diverse as our Library District, we have a number of staff who celebrate Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanza and we are very careful to talk about "the Holidays" and to plan "Holiday" parties. I feel free to say "Merry Christmas" to people I now who celebrate that Holiday, just as I feel free to say "Happy Chanukah" to people who celebrate that Holiday. All in all, I believe the more inclusive holiday greetings are appropriate in a business environment.
Q- What do you think of the idea to have a monthly drawing, the prize of being able to do a 60 second commercial about your company in a future monthly meeting?
Sandra- I personally dislike the idea of a sixty second commercial because our membership is already being bombarded. The association already has the proper channels for this type of approach.
Bud- If we could actually keep the winner to 60 seconds, it would probably be a neat thing to do!
Announcing Best Places to Work 2006
The Southern Nevada Human Resource Association is proud to announce its renewed partnership with In Business Las Vegas to host the annual Best Places to Work Awards luncheon.
The 2005 Best Places to Work Awards Luncheon was a big success. We searched for outstanding workplaces throughout Southern Nevada and an extraordinary number of companies were nominated by their employees, vendors, or members of the community.
We expect the 2006 Best Places to Work Awards event to be even better. We’re all busy behind the scenes making this the best year ever for those companies who deserve this special recognition for providing high quality work environments to our local community.
In Business Las Vegas has begun accepting event sponsorships and advertising spots and will be calling upon our local business community to seek support for this event, and the SNHRA is now accepting nomination forms. No more than one nomination per company will be accepted.
Both the nomination and application forms can be accessed online here.
We have changed the format this year and will only
be accepting electronic nomination and application
forms. Additionally, to keep the winners a
true surprise, we are asking that all companies submit
up to 3 (three) electronic pictures that most closely
represents their human resource practices.
Sandra Liechty / Bud Pierce
Congratulations to our 2006 Diversity Award Winners:
Priority Networks, Inc.
Nevada Federal Credit Union
Opportunity Village, ARC, Inc.
City of Las Vegas
Our Celebrating Diversity Luncheon, held on February 7, 2006, was a smashing success! With over 300 in attendance, and over 22 nominated companies.
|First Name||Last Name||Company Name|
|Alan||Bourassa||Custom Benefit Consultants, Inc.|
|Carmen||Castillo||Wow Card Services|
|Timi||Curry||All Star Aggregate|
|Marilyn||Goforth||Kolesar & Latham, Chtd.|
|Ellen||Harness||Mercer Health and Benefits|
|Kara||Hughes||Martin Harris Construction|
|Nicole||Jones-Gyllstrom||Mercer Health and Benefits|
|Linda||Moncrief||freeSanity Business Publication|
|Denise||Simms||United Blood Services|
|Anthony||Stavros||Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department|
|Jan||Thomson, MS, CEAP||Mines and Associates|
|Susan||Vicchairelli||City of Henderson|
|Mary Beth||Wilkie||Ford Motor Credit Co.|
|Christine||Wunderlin||Wunderlin Consulting/Kayenta Behavioral Health|
|Rachael||Zaffuto||CHSI of Nevada|
Legal updates, excerpts and links from shrm.org:
sexual assault may or may not be covered by workers'
By Margaret M. Clark, March 2006
Workplace sexual assault of an employee is immune from private suit if the nature of the employment contributed to or increased the risk of it, but not when the matter was imported into the workplace from the injured employee's private or domestic life. >>>read on
line on unemployment taxes; legislature in interim
By Margaret M. Clark
The 2006 unemployment tax rate for Nevada employers will remain at the average 1.38 percent that was effective during 2005. >>>read on
Vacation trust contributions do not count toward pension credits
By Thomas R. Revnew
Contributions that were made to a vacation trust fund for the laborers’ union do not count toward service credits to the pension fund. >>>read on
asked at a local staffing company:
1. This ID isn't legal but we you can still use it? Right?
( Ah! No! Unless you want a free trip to South of the Border)
2. Can you ask the employer if he could throw in a few extra smoking breaks for me? I am really more effective that way!
3. I realize this is a clerical position but I need to know that it is ok for me to sing at work. I love Opera but my co-workers complained at my last job!
Here are some real resume Quotes from the July 21,1997 issue of Fortune Magazine:
"You will want me to be Head Honcho in no time"
"I have an excellent track record, although I am not a horse"
"Personal Interest: donating blood. Fourteen gallons so far"
"The company made me a scapegoat, just like my three previous employers."
"References:none. I"ve left a path of destruction behind me."
And finally I will share a final one that I am sure our Legal Advisor Patrick Hicks will enjoy: "Failed bar exam with relatively high grades."
That's All for this week Folks!!!!!! Send any funny observations or HR relevant humor to KGJ906@aol.com. Thank you!
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