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More SHRM A-Team Interactions with NH Congressional Delegation

September 17, 2014

During the August Congressional recess, I had the opportunity, along with other SHRM A-Team members, to meet with Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH-01) in her office in Rochester, NH. It was our initial meeting with Representative Shea-Porter, as we had met in the past with members of her congressional staff. We explained the purpose of the A-Team, stressed that this was meant to be an ongoing relationship, and hoped we could be a resource in the future if she or her staff had questions or sought input on business or HR-related matters. The Congresswoman agreed that, although someone...


Why Down Time Matters


Everyone is busy. Our inbox, calendars, to-do lists and screens run our lives.  Everyone is working a second shift and we don’t take vacations. Life moves fast.

But there’s a real danger in allowing yourself to be entirely consumed by the next “urgent” task. If we never hit pause, we lose something important: time think creatively, learn, consider problems from a different perspective and perhaps even experiment a little bit. That requires space.

Everyone talks about innovation. It’s what every company wants. Breakthrough thinking...


New Hampshire’s A-Team Activity During August Recess – All Hands on Deck!

September 16, 2014

Over the last year, our New Hampshire A-Team has been extremely active on both the federal and state level due to the tireless efforts of all of our A-Team Captains, Legislative Chairs and State Council. In fact, our HR State Council has truly embraced the need for advocacy and has continued the annual tradition of a New Hampshire Legislative Conference, which promotes the partnership with our NH Legislature by education and opportunities to connect with our state representatives. 

Thankfully, all of our efforts resulted in an amazing turnout by our New Hampshire A-Team! Ten of...


#Nextchat: Smoke of a Different Kind


Back in March, we chatted with employment attorney Christine Walters about Marijuana in the Workplace. This week we’ll be chatting about smoke of a different kind.

Electronic cigarettes, also called e-cigarettes or e-cigs, are an alternative to traditional tobacco smoking. E-cigarettes produce a vaporized liquid that’s inhaled and provide a similar sensation to smoking. The liquids used to produce the vapor come in various flavors and may contain nicotine.

Recently, e-cigarettes and regular tobacco smokers are getting more attention as states pass laws and organizations pass policies regarding their presence...


Culture of Awesome !!


There are countless numbers of blogs and articles regarding culture.  I’m absolutely in that mix because I feel that culture is the most critical factor of today’s workplace.  The challenge I see though is that people continue to offer models of what will absolutely work for you.  I think this is an incredible presumption !!  I can’t come close to understanding what your company culture is or isn’t.

There are a few assumptions I can make that will be accurate:

  1. Your company has people that work there.
  2. All the people you have are different and
  3. ...

SHRM Advocacy Team Spotlight - Shoals Chapter SHRM

SHRM Advocacy Team Spotlight – Congressional Recess Activity by Sandra Sockwell, Shoals Chapter SHRM

The Shoals Chapter SHRM was pleased to host Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), who presented the Chapter’s program at Cypress Lakes Golf and Country Club in Muscle Shoals, AL, on Thursday, August 14.  Since he had visited our Chapter a time or two in the past, and we had visited him many times in regular SHRM Hill Visits, for this meeting we asked him to tell us what was going on in Washington, DC.  He spent most of the time explaining his...


EEOC takes on fitness-for-duty medical releases; how to avoid the crosshairs


Your fitness-for-duty employee medical examinations are job-related or consistent with business necessity. So, they pass muster under the Americans with Disabilities Act. But, what about the medical information you request from employees in connection with those exams? 

Oh yeah, there's that too...

Ask for too much info and you might be violating not only the ADA, but also the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act.

Rut roh! More after the jump...

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Last year, in this post about sending your Social Media Manager, Amanda Bynes, for a fitness for duty exam, I warned that there are some hoops you...


Executive Book Club: September 2014

This book has been Approved for Recertification Credit. After reading this approved book, you must complete a quiz on SHRM’s E-Learning platform. When you purchase this book from the SHRMStore, you will receive a code that you can use to cover the cost of the quiz. Receive a 70% or better score on the quiz and you will then receive a certificate of completion with the program ID that entitles you to 2.5 GENERAL credit hours. Use this Program ID to log your credits. For a complete list of the books approved for credit, visit the Approved Books List. Learn...