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September 2019 - MVHRA Connections

SEPTEMBER 2019


 

EMPLOYMENT CORNER

 

Check out these exciting Human Resources job opportunities:

  •    HR Manager - Stratacache

Details regarding employment opportunities can be found on the MVHRA website.

 


 

THANK YOU TO OUR SEPTEMBER SPONSOR!

        

  


 

   

 THIS MONTH'S ARTICLES

 

The New Overtime Rule Is Finally Here

 

By Amy Mitchell and Matt Bakota, Auman Mahan + Furry

 

On September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced a change to the salary threshold used to determine which employees are eligible for overtime pay.  Effective January 1, 2020, employees will be eligible for overtime pay if they make less than $684 per week ($35,568 per year), regardless of whether they perform the types of duties that fall within the executive, administrative, and/or professional exemptions to the federal overtime rule. 

 

The current salary threshold of $455 per week ($23,660 per year) has been in effect for many years.  The announced increase is significant, but it is not to the level that had been discussed during the Obama Administration, which had considered potentially doubling the current threshold to over $900 per week. 

 

The new rule also does not alter the “duties tests” for the so-called white collar overtime exemptions referenced above, and it does not contain any automatic increase to the salary threshold.  A provision containing an automatic annual increase is a concept that was floated by the Obama-era DOL as part of a new overtime rule.  The new rule also contains a few other changes that had been predicted, such as a modest increase to the salary threshold applicable to highly compensated employees (from $100,000 per year to $107,432 per year, of which $684 must be paid weekly).

 

So what are your next steps as an employer in response to this announcement?  First, determine if you have any currently exempt employees whose overtime eligibility may be affected by this change to the salary threshold – i.e., do you have exempt employees making less than $684 week or $35,568 per year?  If the answer is yes, the second step would be to determine how your organization wants to address the issue as to each affected employee.  Your labor and employment counsel can offer some options, which could include adjusting an affected employee’s salary to meet the new threshold, or reclassifying the employee to non-exempt status and paying overtime.  Another step would be to review other currently exempt positions that you may be hiring for in the near future, which also could be impacted by this new rule. 

 

Amy Mitchell (acm@amfdayton.com) and Matt Bakota (mjb@amfdayton.com) are MVHRA board members and attorneys in Auman Mahan + Furry’s Labor and Employment Practice Group.  They can be reached by email or by telephone at 937-223-6003.

 


 

A Night of Networking Event – October 23

 

Submitted by the College Relations Committee

 

Wright State University’s SHRM student chapter and HR Club is hosting A Night of Networking! event. In an effort to better educate and equip current WSU Human Resource Management students, we are reaching out to HR professionals, like yourself, to participate in an evening of networking. By volunteering to share your knowledge and expertise, you will help develop and shape the networking skills of those currently pursuing a career in HR.

 

The networking event will take place on October 23, 2019, from 6:15 PM – 7:30 PM in the lobby of Wright State’s Raj Soin College of Business (Rike Hall). Our hope is to create a comfortable environment for our classmates to gain insight and advice that will better prepare them to begin their professional careers in Human Resources. We are reaching out to you to be one of our expert guests, answer questions pertaining to the field of HR and share your experiences in the world of business.

 

Refreshments will be provided through the generosity of the College Relations Committee, MVHRA. Parking permits and campus maps will be provided for all attendees ahead of time.

 

The executive board of the HR Club greatly appreciates your time and support for aspiring HR professionals, and we look forward to learning from you. To RSVP, please use the link below to fill out your registration for the event.


If you have any further questions, please contact Beth Mitrousis of the College Relations Committee at bmitrousis@enginetics.com or 937-754-3265.

 

Thank you.

 

Carolyn Breining

HR Club President

Wright State University

 


 

SHRM Foundation News

 

Did you know:  The SHRM Foundation’s mission is to mobilize the power of HR and the generosity of donors to lead positive social change impacting work, workers and the workplace.  It provides research-based HR solutions to educate and develop HR professionals and opportunities for HR professionals to make a difference in their local communities. 

 

Just one of the SHRM Foundation’s many initiatives is the Veterans at Work Certificate.  It is completely free and open to all, meaning that an applicant does not need to be a SHRM member nor hold a SHRM credential to earn this certificate.  Through this certificate program, an applicant will learn the value that skilled veterans bring to the civilian workplace, demonstrate their commitment to attract, hire, and retain these talented professionals and earn 10 professional development credits toward SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP recertification.  The SHRM Foundation's Veterans at Work Certificate requires the completion of five tasks consisting of two surveys, two learning segments, and a short quiz.  Applicants must complete all tasks satisfactorily to earn the certificate, as well as to earn recertification credits if someone already holds a SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.  To learn more, check out the SHRM Foundation website. https://www.shrm.org/foundation/about/Pages/Veterans-at-Work-Certificate-Program.aspx

 


 

College Relations Committee - Call for Volunteers 

 

MVHRA provides many different types of support to college students, especially the SHRM student chapters, MVHRA student members and other academic solutions. The College Relations Committee (CRC) has a variety of programs designed to provide ongoing contact between students and MVHRA.    We need YOUR help and participation to be successful!

 

Volunteer Opportunities

  • MVHRA Luncheon Hosts (2 Hours)  – Host a student at an MVHRA luncheon! CRC will arrange it ahead of time; all you do is meet the student at 11:00am at the luncheon and host them at your table! Talk with them about your job, introduce them to people you know at the luncheon, and let them observe how networking works!   Contact Betsy Brown at tbdbrown@gmail.com for more information!
  • Work Engagement/Speaker Program (Varies) – We need MVHRA members to provide meaningful work experiences and employment opportunities such as internships and short/long term projects for HR students.  Do you need an extra pair of hands for a special project? Host a college student for a period of time to help you get it done! Employee file audits, updating job descriptions, an I-9 Audit…are just a few projects to consider. Contact Carlina Figueroa at carlina.figueroa@sinclair.edu for more information.
  • The Speakers Program (1 Hour) – Share your expertise! Give WSU students a glimpse of what HR is like in the real world! Share stories of successful projects or speak on an HR or Management related topic. Contact Linda Dean for more information at   linda.dean@dmax-ltd.com.

Whether you have A LOT of time to volunteer or just a LITTLE, there are a lot of options! Please consider giving back in the

2019-2020 school year!

 

(Visit our College Relations Committee page on the MVHRA website!)

 


 

Reminder:  MVHRA Legal Services Plan Available 

 

MVHRA has an agreement with local attorneys to provide a legal services plan for MVHRA members (the “Plan”).  The Plan is available again for 2019 and is included as part of your current membership at no additional charge.  Further details available at http://mvhra.org/myMVHRA/legal-services.cfm

 

Note:  You must be a MVHRA member AND logged into mvhra.org to access this service within the "MY MVHRA" link at the top of the page.

 


 

   See Your Article In Our Newsletter!

 

MVHRA members, do you have something to submit to the MVHRA Newsletter?  Please send it to Amy Mitchell, Newsletter Committee Chair, via email at acm@amfdayton.com.

   


 

UPCOMING MVHRA MEETINGS AND EVENTS

 

 

October 8, 2019

 

Luncheon: Yes, No, Maybe…What are the Drug-Free Policy Answers You Need?

Speaker: Bruce Barcelo

Location: Sinclair Community College

Time: 11:15 AM - 11:30 AM: Registration & Networking

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Announcements & Lunch

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Speaker

 

Credits: This program is being submitted for approval of recertification credits by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) and for SHRM Professional Development Credit (PDC).

 

 

November 12, 2019

 

Workshop: The Latest Updates in Labor & Employment Law / Litigating an Employment Claim from Start to Finish

Speaker: Matthew Bakota, Auman Mahan + Furry

Location: Sinclair Community College

Time: 7:45 AM - 8:00 AM: Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM - 11:15 AM: Professional Development Workshop

 

In this two-part workshop, Matthew Bakota of Auman Mahan + Furry will cover (1) some of the most recent updates in labor & employment law and (2) litigating from start to finish an employment claim that has made its way to court.

In part 1, Matthew will cover some of the latest updates in the following areas: workplace safety; overtime rules / wage-hour; discrimination; employee handbooks; political speech in the workplace; Ohio supervisor liability; and others.

In part 2, Matthew will present a new topic for MVHRA. Matthew will take attendees through the phases of litigating an employment claim in court, to help HR professionals better understand the pros, cons, potential time commitment, cost, and distraction that a lawsuit can become. Goals include equipping HR professionals with knowledge (a) that they can use to help their organizations decide how to handle employment claims before they get to litigation, (b) that they can use to help their organizations through the phases of litigation when it is unavoidable, and (c) that they can use to help improve their organizations’ approach to personnel files, record-keeping, electronic devices, and other common evidence in employment litigation. This should allow HR professionals and other attendees to become even more valued partners in the organization when it comes to mitigating risks associated with employment claims and developing solid processes and strategies prior to and during court litigation.

 

Credits: This program is being submitted for approval of recertification credits by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) and for SHRM Professional Development Credit (PDC).

 

Luncheon: Choosing Your Own Adventure in the World of Workers’ Comp Claims

Speaker: Doug Jenks and Abigail White, Auman Mahan + Furry

Location: Sinclair Community College

Time: 11:15 AM - 11:30 AM: Registration & Networking

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Announcements & Lunch

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Speaker

 

Doug Jenks and Abbie White of Auman Mahan + Furry will present an informative and very interactive program that will let attendees determine which path to choose in a variety of hypothetical situations involving workers’ compensation claims.  Once a path is chosen, Doug and Abbie will discuss the pros and cons and perils and pitfalls that likely would be encountered along the way.  A main goal is to put HR professionals and other attendees in the best position to anticipate potential wrong turns and successfully navigate through real world workers’ comp claims facing their organizations.  Topics will include the workers’ comp claims process in Ohio; analyzing and evaluating the merits of workers’ comp claims; best practice defense strategies and tactics; and many others.

 

Credits: This program is being submitted for approval of recertification credits by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) and for SHRM Professional Development Credit (PDC).

 

 

January 14, 2020

 

Luncheon: HR is a Marathon

Speaker:  Matt Jones 

Location: Sinclair Community College

Time: 11:15 AM - 11:30 AM: Registration & Networking

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Announcements & Lunch

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Speaker

 

Credits: This program is being submitted for approval of recertification credits by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) and for SHRM Professional Development Credit (PDC).

 

 

February 11, 2020

 

Workshop: Redefining Diversity and Exercising Inclusion

Speaker: Daniel Juday

Location: Sinclair Community College

Time: 7:45 AM - 8:00 AM: Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM - 11:15 AM: Professional Development Workshop

 

Credits: This program is being submitted for approval of recertification credits by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) and for SHRM Professional Development Credit (PDC).   

 

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