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Message From the President
Jim Paul
I attended AAIM’s 2015 Leadership Conference this week and saw many of you there, too. Great event! Attendees had the pleasure of watching lunch speaker Mae Jemison, M.D. passionately talk about her 100 Year Starship Project. Dr. Jemison is a physician, engineer, educator, entrepreneur and NASA astronaut. Wow...all those accomplishments would take most of us at least a few lifetimes to achieve!

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May 20th Committee Fair, Business Partner Happy Hour & Dinner Meeting - ACA, Employers & Consumers: Health Benefits & the Cost of Care

Susan Lang
This presentation discusses the basic economics of "affordable care" and how it will continue to impact employer health insurance. Market trends affecting provider reimbursements and health plan response to control costs are outlined.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a better understanding of the way health benefit design drives hospital economics, and potentially, employer premiums
  • Learn about trends in the market affecting your employees and how hospitals are changing their pricing strategies to improve the bottom line
  • Identify practical solutions for managing these changes and maintaining health benefits

This program has been approved for 1.0 hour of HR (General) HRCI Credit, and is eligible for 1.0 hour of SHRM Certification Credit.

Click here for more information and to register.

Welcome Our New Members!
We would like to officially welcome our newest HRMA members! We hope to see you at our upcoming meetings! View new members here.
5 Minutes with...Alli Whitledge (Bloj)
Alli Whitledge
Alli Whitledge
Branch Manager at Accountemps and OfficeTeam
HRMA VP of Membership

Alli Whitledge was recently recognized with the Chairman's Club Leadership Award. Click here to read our recent interview with Alli.
HRMA is proud to have been recognized as a 2014 SHRM Foundation Champion
With the help of Chapters across the country, last year SHRM was able to award more than 100 scholarships to HR students and professionals, fund more than $4 million in HR research since 2007, publish complimentary educational resources, and advance thought leadership.

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2015 HRMA & SHRM Membership Award Winners
We are proud to support the next generation of HR professionals by awarding membership scholarships to support them while they are completing their studies and in pursuit of Human Resource careers.  

We congratulate all the students who applied for the scholarships. After careful review of all applications, the University Relations Committee selected six winners for HRMA Member Scholarships. Three of those whose submissions stood out were additionally selected for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Member Scholarships. The awarded HRMA and SHRM Member Scholarships will contribute to the development of these future HR professionals through completion of their studies, professional membership involvement, and a career launch. Congratulations new members!

2015 Scholarship Award Winners
Andrea Mijatovic (HRMA and SHRM)
Elizabeth Randolph (HRMA and SHRM)
Jamie Striler (HRMA and SHRM)
Anna Gaffney (HRMA)
Rachel Stancil-Bacon (HRMA)
Virginia Tardy (HRMA)

Welcome Aboard!
SHRM MO State Conference Raffle
Bring your $5 and $10 bills to the May Happy Hour and Monthly Meeting!  HRMA will be selling raffle tickets to win a free 2015 SHRM Missouri State Conference registration at the meeting. All proceeds will go to the SHRM Foundation and support its mission of investing in the future of the HR profession, including scholarships, research grants, and educational resources. For more information visit the SHRM Foundation's website at

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Registration is NOW OPEN for the 2015 Missouri SHRM Conference! You Won't Want to Miss It...
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SHRM Foundation Scholarships Available for HR Professionals
Are you thinking of getting the new SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP? You may be eligible for one of the SHRM Certification Scholarships available through the SHRM Foundation! More than 100 scholarships totaling $122,500 will be awarded to SHRM members in 2015. The awards program is designed to support HR professionals working towards a college degree or SHRM certification. Individuals may apply for a $2,000 education scholarship and/or a $750 certification scholarship. To learn more, click here. The application period runs from April 1-July 15, 2015.
Missouri SHRM Certification Director Featured in HR Magazine
Shara Gamble, who serves as HR Director for Joplin-based TAMKO Building Products, Inc., was recently featured in the May edition of HR Magazine. Gamble worked with management as TAMKO and its employees recovered from back-to-back tornadoes in the spring of 2011, including the one in Joplin. In a cover story entitled "It's Time for HR to Focus on Its Own Development," Gamble shared her insights on how HR professionals can meet the needs of a fast changing business world. Click here to read the full article.
Degrees That Work!
HRMA has partnered with the St. Louis Regional Chamber to spread the word on an exciting initiative underway in our region. As part of an initiative to get St. Louis in the top ten of the nation's 20 largest metros in educational attainment, the St. Louis Regional Chamber launched the Degrees That Work program. Click here to read the full article.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
What do people with mental illness consider when deciding whether or not to disclose their disability at work? Cornell researcher Sarah vonSchrader writes about the disclosure experiences of people with mental illness. Read the full post at "The Conversation" at
FMLA Regulations Extend Coverage to Same-Sex Spouses
On March 27, 2015, the Department of Labor issued new regulations interpreting the Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") as it applies to same-sex spouses. Click here to read more.
EEOC Issues Proposed Wellness Guidelines
Is your organization's wellness program compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act? The EEOC recently proposed new guidelines which will regulate how employees administer their wellness program. Click here to read more about the new regulations at the Employee Benefits News Blog.
Missouri Senate Committee Passes "Right to Work" Measure
On Monday, May 11, 2015, the Missouri Senate Small Business, Insurance and Industry Committee passes a measure that will push "right to work" legislation (House Bill 116) through the Missouri legislature before the end of the legislative session. The Committee heard two hours of testimony before voting 5-3 in approval of House Bill 116. If enacted, the legislation would make it unlawful for Missouri employers to require employees to become a member of a labor organization. It would also make it unlawful to require that employees pay dues or fees to a labor union. Click here to read the full article.

Save the Date!
HRMA Summer Symposium - June 17th
7:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
"ID Theft in the Workplace" with Craig Love,
Legal Shield, Inc.

Details coming soon!
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