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MVHRA Connections - April 2020

APRIL 2020

 

        

 THIS MONTH'S ARTICLES

 

 

PRESIDENT’S PEN

 

 

By Matt Bakota

 

As I’m writing this on April 27, I am listening to Governor DeWine announce the mandatory requirements and suggested best practices for Ohio businesses that will be open as of May. I am taking it as a good sign that he and others are comfortable dialing back components of Ohio’s Stay at Home Order in this way, although it seems there is still a ways to go before COVID-19 and all its side effects are finally behind us.

 

Unfortunately we are not yet at a place where we can resume our monthly in-person luncheons or our hold our professional development workshops, and the decision was made quite some time ago to postpone our May luncheon and workshop. However, we have recruited some knowledgeable MVHRA members to be part of a COVID-19-related member call and panel discussion, via webinar, that will take the place of our May luncheon. Please plan to join us for that on May 12 from 12-1 pm. Additionally, if you have questions or topics that you would like to submit for the panel’s consideration, please feel free to send those to me directly at mjb@amfdayton.com. We value your input!

 

I’d like to close with some quick “thank yous” to several people. Thank you to our Member Engagement Chair, Steve Black, for all of his excellent work on the HR Tribe initiative. Steve’s work has resulted in more than 50 people becoming part of nearly 10 HR Tribes that already are meeting or will begin meeting very soon. Please reach out to Steve if you are interested in being part of this great initiative. Thank you also to our Networking and Community Relations Chair, Carrie Brunello, for taking the lead on putting together the May 12 webinar in conjunction with one of our sponsors, Ascentis, and for continuing to build strong relationships with sponsors and others in our Miami Valley community. And, of course, thank you to all of our other Board Members who are helping MVHRA move forward with these and other initiatives amidst some new and challenging circumstances. Finally, thank you to all of our members for sticking with us, including those folks who have recently renewed their membership for 2020 or joined for the very first time. We are very happy to have you!

 

Unless we talk before then, we look forward to talking with you during the member call in and panel discussion webinar on May 12. Register HERE.

  


 

The CARES Act: COVID-Related Distribution (CRD) or Loan (CRL), what should participants know?

 

By Kathleen Carlson

 

The CARES Act was signed into law in March.  It created two provisions that make it easier for retirement plan participants to access funds in their accounts, if they have been impacted by COVID-19.  Most retirement plan sponsors have adopted the two withdrawal provisions and recordkeepers are busy putting procedures in place to make these options available to participants. 

 

What should participants know to help them decide between the two options? Participants should think carefully before tapping into their retirement account to help manage short-term cash flow needs for two reasons: because of the recent market volatility, participants would be locking in investment losses and if the funds are not repaid there are significant tax consequences. 

 

Short overview of the two provisions.

 

 

Note: Some of the rules and procedures are still being finalized. Consult the information provided by your plan sponsor and recordkeeper.

 

Submitted by Kathleen Carlson, CFA,  

CAPTRUST Financial Advisors 

 


 

HR Issues Amidst Coronavirus Disruptions: Support Your Employees With Clear Communications

 

By Steve Black

 

Each day, at 2:00pm, Ohio’s Governor, Mike DeWine, holds a press conference.  I am not sure if he always did this, but it has become common knowledge throughout the great State of Ohio that this takes place. Governor DeWine’s aim is to help citizens know what is going on, what they need to do, and to remain hopeful.  Politics aside, I continue to learn many useful lessons regarding what crisis leadership looks like.  These lessons should be utilized within businesses to support employees as we move through this current challenge.

 

As leaders, it is important to help people see the reality of a situation.  This often includes sharing bad news.  Failure to clearly communicate will lead to people developing their own sense of reality.  We are all “meaning-makers,” which means that when clarity is not provided from leaders, people will strive to make sense of their situation.  This may not always be accurate and helpful.

 

1.   Put People First

 

People need to know that their leader genuinely cares about them.  They need to know that their well-being is paramount to what is taking place.  Amidst chaos, this is vital.  People see through canned speeches and hollow attempts at “caring.”  What I have seen from Governor DeWine is an administration putting people before profits.  His team’s message is that saving lives is more important than keeping the unemployment rate low.   I may not fully agree with every decision; however, I do not question his genuine care for Ohioans.

 

2.   Communicate, Communicate, Communicate… with Facts

 

As previously mentioned, each day at 2:00pm, Governor DeWine and his team hold a daily COVID-19 new conference.  Why?  Holding these daily news conferences provides relevant updates and directives.  This information is meaningful and helpful for people to make sense of this chaotic time.  Simply communicating is not always helpful.  Communicating with facts is.

 

3.   Make Hard Decision with Empathy and Transparency

 

Governor DeWine made some very difficult decisions over the past couple of months.  One of his first decisions was to ban fans from attending NCAA Men’s March Madness basketball games in Ohio.  Ultimately, this led to the tournament being cancelled.  From his “Stay-at-Home” order to mandating that restaurants and bars close, decision after decision has been made.  However, there has been genuine empathy and explanation of how this will negatively impact people and the reasons for doing so.  Again, people were put first, and this message rang clear.

 

4.   Point People to Resources

 

With so much uncertainty, people need clarity on where to go to find what they need.  In the workplace, many people face furloughs and layoffs.  One of the best things an employer can do is help affected employees find what they need.  Sometimes, this means handing them a one-page document outlining how they can apply for unemployment.  Other times, it is sitting down with an employee to call a needed resource.  Identifying what people need prior to delivering a certain message goes a long way in treating people with respect, dignity, and genuine care. 

 

5.   Give a Message of Hope

 

Throughout Governor DeWine’s communications, he has helped people see that they are not in this situation alone and that it will pass.  Constantly reminding Ohioans of this is needed amidst the current “Stay-at-Home” order.  In the workplace, employees need to hear from their leaders a message of hope.  They need to know the truth (even when it is not good), that the leaders have a plan, and that there is a unified approach to solving it.  This does not guarantee anything, but it helps people see a direction their organization is heading.   

 

We live in uncertain times. Leaders need to step up and lead with clear communications. Clarity is essential in order build a united front to tackle very difficult organizational and personal challenges. Such unity will propel companies toward success amidst chaos. 

 

Hang in there! This will pass! We are in this together!

 

Need assistance with addressing short and long term HR needs for your business? Contact me at steve.black@brixeyandmeyer.com, and we will address them proactively.

 

Disclaimer: This blog is not legal advice, but merely informed opinion or general information meant for no particular purpose.  Issues addressed in this blog often implicate federal, state, and local labor and employment laws.  This blog is not intended as a substitute for legal advice.  Readers should consult labor and employment counsel to determine whether their particular policies, procedures, decisions, or courses of action comply with such laws.  

 


 

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 2020 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.

 


 

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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 MEETINGS AND EVENTS

 

 

 

MVHRA Member Webinar – FFCRA and COVID-19 Discussion

 

When: Tuesday, May 12th at 12:00 PM 

Speakers: Matthew Bakota, Joyce Whitaker, Steve Black, Kathleen Carlson, and Tina Lastowski

Location: Webinar - Register HERE!

Time: 12:00 PM 

Cost: Free

 

Please plan to join MVHRA at 12:00 pm on May 12, 2020 for a panel discussion and Q&A featuring several MVHRA members giving updates on a variety of COVID-19-related topics, including, but not limited to:

  • Quick refresher on FFCRA leave
  • FFCRA required documentation for leave and tax credits
  • Update on COVID-19’s impact on retirement plans
  • Dealing with furlough and lay off decisions
  • Making return to work preparations
  • Q&A

Panelists will include Matthew Bakota, Joyce Whitaker, Steve Black, Kathleen Carlson, and Tina Lastowski.

We encourage members to log on, listen, learn, and send in questions for use during the Q&A. Additionally, if prior to the webinar you have questions or topics you would like to submit, please email them to President Matt Bakota at mjb@amfdayton.com. Thank you!

 

 

 

May 12, 2020  --- POSTPONED ---

 

Workshop: How to Find Confidence in Conflict and Negotiate Effectively 

Speaker: Kwame Christian

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).

 

Luncheon: Employee Engagement Or Employee Encagement: Have We Got It All Wrong? 

Speaker: Davis Robinson 

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).

 

 

May 27, 2020

 

MVHRA - Dayton Dragons Event 2020

 

JOIN MVHRA FOR AN EVENING OF NETWORKING AT FIFTH THIRD FIELD

MVHRA members (and a guest) are invited to attend a Dragons Baseball game on May 27th.

Due to the popularity of this event - tickets purchases are limited to two tickets - a MVHRA Member plus guest! 

Note: your guest may be a minor. Online ticket purchases only!

Early bird special price of $15 per ticket until April 19th! After that - the price will be $20 per ticket.

When: Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Where: Fifth Third Stadium
Who’s Invited: MVHRA Members and one additional Guest per Member
Game Time: 7:00pm

Note: The Dragons will be mailing the tickets directly to the purchaser. Please ensure that the shipping address on your purchase is correct.

Cost includes Game Ticket PLUS:

  • Game ticket in Private Party Deck
  • Unlimited food & nonalcoholic beverages
  • 2 drink tickets (beer and wine only)
  • Dayton Dragons Hat

Game time is 7:00pm

 

 

June 9, 2020

 

Luncheon: HR Legal Update

Speaker: Jeff Mullins, Taft

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).

 

 

August 11, 2020

 

Workshop: Disrupting HR

Speaker: Jennifer McClure

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).

 

Luncheon:  Advanced Communication Skills Masterclass

Speaker:  Toby Groves, PhD

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).

   

 

 

 
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