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Message From the President
Danielle Spieckerman
Happy New Year and welcome to 2016! First and foremost, I would like to acknowledge Jim Paul, Immediate Past President, for his commitment and outstanding leadership over the last year. Thank you, Jim, for your dedication in making 2015 another successful year for our organization. I am deeply honored to follow in Jim's footsteps, serving as your 2016 President. I am committed to meeting our Chapter's needs and look forward to connecting with you throughout the year. Click here to read more.
Danielle Spieckerman

"Lightning makes no sound until it strikes." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.
Support HRMA - Volunteer for a Committee!
HRMA's ability to provide excellent service to our members and to the HR profession is due to the many volunteer efforts of our members. We have a variety of committees to which you can be of service. Our current committees, each of which has volunteer opportunities, includes: Certification, Communications, Diversity, Legislative, Membership, Mentoring, Programs, University Relations, Business Partners, and Workforce Readiness. Click here for more information about each of these committees and to get involved!
HRMA St. Louis Invited to Participate in Principia's Career Summit
Each year, Principia College in Elsah, IL hosts a Career Summit for its students in order to hone job-search skills. Principia invited HRMA St. Louis to participate in a panel discussion held for the students on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. The following five members served on the panel: Danielle Spieckerman, President of HRMA St. Louis; Mary Ames-Smith, Vice President of Development of HRMA St. Louis; Linda Pipitone, Vice President of Communications of HRMA St. Louis; Kari Eckelkamp, former chair of Workforce Readiness; and Dan DeBoer, current member of the University Relations Committee. Panel members each sat with a group of students during dinner and engaged in discussion about their own aspirations, their questions about job searches, and general expectations for their first job. Following dinner, the panel discussed issues with the group, including the value of networking and keys to success at a first job. The discussion was both lively and informative, and it seemed to be well received by the enthusiastic group of students. It was great to be a part of the event and highlight HRMA St. Louis' dedication and commitment to serving the community.
Why Do You Love HR?
By Molly Marroquin

If you are like me, then there are days you think, "of ALL the options, why did I choose HR again?" It may be after dealing with a difficult employee, having to have a dreaded termination talk or - worse - being handed yet another random project that you're not really sure how it fits into your area of responsibility ("we're not sure who should do this, so here you go!"). And yet, as each day, week, month and year goes by we look back and find something satisfying in our roles. We think about the opportunity we have to make a true impact on the work experience and lives of others. As you reflect back on 2015, I hope you're thinking much more along the lines of "I love HR" than "why HR?". I love HR because it challenges me to be a creative, approachable, empathetic, and discipline problem solver. Here is another person's take on "10 Reasons Why I Love Being an HR Professional." What are your reasons?
Health Insurance Season

Are you up to date on your Affordable Care Act obligations and terminology? Here are a few good articles to help you keep up to date:

HRMA Young Professionals
The HRMA Young Professionals' Council is currently planning its inaugural happy hour. Stay tuned for more information in the next newsletter!
5 Minutes with...2016!
As you know, each month we feature a different HRMA member in our "5 minutes with..." interview segment. Do you know a member who we should interview in 2016? If so, email our newsletter editor and let us know!

SHRM Conference 2016
Where can you hear inspiring speakers, network with colleagues from across the globe, and attend premier HR-learning sessions? SHRM's 2016 Annual Conference and Exposition in Washington, DC. It's happening June 19-22. Click here to learn more.
HR in the News

The Weather Outside is Frightful...PTO? Did you know that employees can be required to use paid time off during inclement weather events? Click here to learn more.

Public Sector Unions. The Supreme Court is considering restricting unions' collecting of agency fees from public employees. Click here to learn more.

Employee Safety. OSHA has launched a new enforcement effort aimed at worker safety violations. Click here to learn more.

Save the Dates!
February 17th
Annual Legal Update
7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Renaissance Hotel
St. Louis Airport
March 16th
Breakfast Meeting
 7:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Renaissance Hotel
St. Louis Airport
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