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Message From the President
Jim Paul
I'm writing this message from "on location" at the Missouri SHRM State Conference at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. Although the week started out slowly and rainy, the energy and weather quickly improved to exciting levels. It was great networking with other HR professionals and attorneys from all around the State - meeting new friends, seeing many of our current Chapter members, and re-connecting with "old" friends. Click here to read the full article.
August 12th Symposium
The Pedal Hits the Metal in OFCCP Enforcement: What You Need to Know in 2015 and Beyond

Presented by: Sandra Hueneman, President, Manchester Consultants & Teresa Turner, President & Lead Consultant, Synchronized Resources, Inc.
7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Registration & Networking
8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Program

Two and a half years after its initial release, "And the Survey Says...The Impact of OFCCP's Aggressive Enforcement Agenda on Compliance Evaluation Results" published in BLR's "Affirmative Action Solutions" October 2012, Issue 209, Manchester Consultants' updated study of the DOL Enforcement database indicates there continues to be valid concerns related to ability to survive the increasing demands of the OFCCP. Although pressure from this regulatory agency continues to intensify, resources for defusing it are not always so readily available.

In an attempt to defuse some of that pressure, this session will cover the following:
  • EEO and affirmative action rules of engagement
  • OFCCP compliance evaluation trends
  • FY 2014 OFCCP's Top Ten Violations
  • Ten Key Essentials to OFCCP Survival
  • Questions and Answers
As so many that have been cited with violations learn, Affirmative Action is much more than a paperwork exercise. 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.
HRMA Autumn Mentoring Program Launch
By Rik Nemanick, Ph.D., HRMA Mentoring Program Co-Chair

We will soon be launching our Autumn 2015 HRMA Mentoring Program. The mentoring program is intended to help HR professionals who have been in the field for at least six months and are looking for a 12-month partnership to focus on their career growth. Applications are due on Friday, September 25th. You can visit the HRMA website to find both mentor and protégé applications, as well as to learn more about the program.
Ken Lynch Receives MO SHRM LEAD Award
Congratulations to Ken Lynch, who received the LEAD Award at the annual Missouri SHRM Conference this month. The award recognizes a Missouri HR professional who has achieved the highest level of Leadership, Excellence, Achievement and Dedication in the field. Click here to read our Member Spotlight on Ken from last month's newsletter. Congratulations Ken!
Sign Up Now to Sponsor at the 2015 Leadership Conference & Business Partner Expo!
Change Doesn't Have To Be Scary-Small
The HRMA 2015 Leadership Conference provides a fantastic opportunity to connect with the area's premier HR professionals. Last year's all day conference drew more than 350 attendees.
This year, in addition to dynamic keynote speakers, attendees will have the opportunity to learn from great speakers on a variety of HR functions including: Strategic Business Management, Legal, Diversity and General HR.

At the Business Partner Expo, attendees make valuable connections with Business Partners who provide key products and services to HR professionals. The Business Partner Expo will sell out! Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to connect with HR professionals! We have sponsorships available at the Gold, Silver and Bronze levels. Click here for details!

To reserve your spot today, contact HRMA of Greater St. Louis at or (314) 892-7994. More information on registration and a final schedule of speakers is coming soon! Stay tuned!
HRMA Partners with Washington University SHRM Prep Course
HRMA is excited to announce its partnership with Washington University for the Fall SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP preparation course. HRMA members receive a $100 discount on registration for the course. To receive the discount, contact Ron Gribbins, Ph.D., the program director, to confirm your HRMA membership and registration for the course. He can be reached at (314) 369-2731.

In addition, members who take the Washington University course in the Fall will be entered into a drawing for reimbursement of $300 toward their SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam fee. Click here for more information.
University Relations - Connect Classroom to Corporate
The HRMA University Relations team is planning the Second Annual Classroom to Corporate event on September 17, 2015 for area college students with an interest in Human Resources or Business. This event presents an opportunity to network with our future workforce and demonstrate HRMA's commitment to supporting students in their journey to the HR professional world.
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Human Resources Fire Department
By Molly Marroquin
It's easy to get caught up thinking of HR as the fire department that comes in only when the house is on fire. But a more effective HR group would be symbolic of a sprinkler system put in throughout a building. A sprinkler system has a series of spouts to target specific areas of the building if/when a fire should occur. The intention is to pin-point the small parts of a fire rather than waiting until a fire hose is the only resort, and the building is unsalvageable. In addition to the targeted channels of water flowing through the building like veins, a sprinkler system also has sensors to indicate when to release the water, and where. Click here to read more.
HR in the News
Unlimited Paid Leave for New Parents
Want unlimited paid parental leave? Send an application to Netflix. Click here to read about the streaming-video company's new policy to provide unlimited leave to mothers and fathers after the birth of a child.

Lessons from Tom Brady "Deflategate" Investigation
The Tom Brady "Deflategate" scandal has made headlines and placed the NFL's investigation under the media's microscope. What can the investigation teach employers about their own workplace investigations? Click here to learn "5 Ways to Avoid Workplace Investigation Fumbles."

Study Shows Workplace Rudeness is Contagious
What happens after there's rudeness in the workplace? More rudeness. A recent study indicates rudeness in the workplace is contagious. Click here to read more.

Virtual Disruption
Reading emails takes up 28% of the day for the average worker. Click here to read more about how social media and email is affecting the workplace.

Wearable Tech in the Workplace
You may have already seen the Apple Watch in the workplace. Click here to learn what's coming next, and here to learn how companies are starting to use the futuristic technology.

A female engineer has been using social media to fight gender stereotypes in her workplace. Click here to read more.

Save the Dates!
September 16th
Dinner Meeting
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Renaissance Hotel
St. Louis Airport
Details coming soon!
HRMA Annual Leadership Conference
Change Doesn't Have To Be Scary-Small

What can be scarier than ghosts and goblins? Change! "Change Doesn't Have to Be Scary!" is the theme of the 2015 HRMA Leadership Conference on Friday, October 30th. Mark your calendars and please plan to join us for this 3rd annual event. To go along with our theme of change, the conference will be hosted at a new location, Ameristar Casino. We hope to see you there!
November 18th Breakfast Meeting
7:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Renaissance Hotel
St. Louis Airport

HRMA Chapter Honors
Thank You to Our Sponsors!
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