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Message From the President
Jim Paul
Welcome back Springtime and Cardinals! Forbes Magazine just announced its first-ever ranking of America's Best Employers. 503 employers to be exact (I suspect that employers 501 through 503 lobbied hard to expand the list just far enough to be included). Several of our own St. Louis-based companies (and HRMA members) were recognized for their employee relations successes and relatively happy workplaces:

Washington University in Saint Louis
#24 Edward Jones
#122 Mercy Health
#184 Ameren
#366 Anheuser-Busch InBev
#405 Panera Bread Company
Emerson Electric

Click here to read the full article.


April 15th Breakfast Meeting
In the Palm of Their Hand: Mobile Recruiting Strategies to Find Top Talent

Matt Adam
There is simply no denying the growing reach and impact of the smart phone. The mobile device is quickly becoming the go to mechanism for communication, news, social media and entertainment. It also has enormous potential in the recruiting sphere as well for those who embrace it. In this program, you will discover the power of mobile recruiting and learn how organizations are leveraging this new technology to attract, engage and capture the right talent.

The program format is hands on, interactive, and designed to provide you with ideas that can impact your organization immediately. We will examine and initiate discussion on the following:

  • Understand the power and potential of mobile recruiting
  • Identify unique tools and techniques organizations are using to effectively reach and attract the right candidates on-the-go
  • Understand how to build a short-term and long-term strategic mobile recruitment plan

This program has been approved for 1.25 hours of HR (General) HRCI Credit, and is eligible for 1.25 hours 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.
Developing Future Leaders: Student Membership Scholarships Now Available

HRMA promotes the mutually beneficial interaction between HR students and practitioners through initiatives developed by the University Relations Committee. In support of these initiatives, we are pleased to offer ten (10) membership scholarships to full-time undergraduate students whose coursework supports an interest in Human Resource Management or related degree program (not a certificate program). Three (3) of the ten (10) selected students will also be awarded a SHRM student membership, based primarily on the content of an essay submission which includes: achievements, commitment and involvement in the HR profession, and service activity. Eligible students must be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program and will be required to provide proof of enrollment in a college or university.

HRMA student memberships are valid for a twelve (12) month period and include all meeting fees, meals, HRMA website access (newsletter and resources), Membership Directory of HR Professionals, and annual conference admission.

The deadline to apply is April 30, 2015.

Student membership scholarship applications may be completed and submitted online or by downloading the application.

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Take Your Career to the Next Level.
Earn Your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP Credential.

The spring exam application deadline is April 17th, but you still have time to apply and prepare for the SHRM certification exams!

Earning your SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) credential makes you a recognized expert and leader in the HR field. Distinguish yourself from colleagues and demonstrate your high-level of competence, knowledge and skills - with a credential that shows you're ready to take on new roles and responsibilities at your organization. Apply Today!
Tinder for Jobs
As the world becomes more and more mobile, people are relying on more apps than ever before. The job-seekers are constantly online, and recruiters should be, too. A new startup app called "nspHire" is working to be a source of mobile job and job-seeker discovery by matching job seekers with employers based on key criteria such as function, industry, education, salary and location. The app has been compared as the job seekers version of the dating app Tinder, including the ability to "swipe" right and left and even chat live with a recruiter. Will recruitment apps take over as a main way to recruit top talent? Only time will tell. Check out the startup spotlight interview conducted by Jeremy Roberts, SPHR here, or learn more at the nspHire website here.
People With "Invisible Disabilities" Fight for Understanding
Some disabilities are more obvious than others. Many are immediately apparent, especially if someone relies on a wheelchair or cane. But others - known as "invisible" disabilities - are not. People who live with them face particular challenges in the workplace and in their communities. Click here to read the full article or listen to the NPR interview.
Mediation Program Alternative to Costly EEOC Litigation
At SHRM's March 20th Employment Law and Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., employers were encouraged to take part in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's mediation program, with one lawyer saying the program has been successful in resolving employment discrimination cases and saving employers money and time by avoiding litigation. Click here to read the full article.
Update: NLRB Ambush Election Rules Take Effect April 14, 2015
By Dean Kpere-Daibo
On Tuesday, April 14, 2015 the National Labor Relations Board's ("NLRB") new rules regarding union representation cases will take effect. These rules were adopted to reduce the amount of time between the filing of a petition and a union election. The NLRB champions the rule changes as modernizing the union election process, but the real effect of these adopted rules is employers will have less time to educate its employees on the pros and cons of unionization after a petition is filed. Click here to read the full article.
Domestic Violence Leave Bill Proposed in Senate
By Dean Kpere-Daibo
The Missouri Senate has before it proposed legislation, Senate Bill 130, which would provide limited unpaid leave to those who have been affected by domestic violence. If the legislation passes into law, Missouri would join a growing number of states and municipalities that require private employers to allow some type of leave or other reasonable accommodation to employees who are victims of domestic violence. Currently, there is no federal requirement for this type of leave. Click here to read the full article.

Save the Date!
HRMA May 20th Business Partner Happy Hour & Dinner Meeting
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
"ACA, Employers & Consumers: Health Benefits & the Cost of Care" with Susan L. Lang, Founder & CEO, HooPayz

Details coming soon!
Don't miss AAIM's 2015 Leadership Conference on May 12th at the Sheraton Westport Chalet Hotel. Along with several informative sessions throughout the day, keynote speakers at the conference include: Dr. Mae Jemison, Shuttle Endeavor astronaut and the first woman of color in space; Arnold Donald, the CEO of Carnival Corporation, the world's largest cruise line; and David Peacock, former President of Anheuser-Busch, and current co-chair of the committee tasked with keeping the NFL in St. Louis. And, all conference attendees are eligible to win a drawing for a free Carnival Cruise Lines trip for two!
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