a note from the editor

Page4 Photo Russ Jennifer Matt(L-R) Russ Henderson with GMEBC, Jennifer Kiesewetter with Kiesewetter Law Firm and Matt Gregory with Lockton Companies. Jennifer and Matt presented “Employee Benefits in 2017: Key Areas of Compliance Concern and Potential Impacts of the 2016 Election” at the January 2017 luncheon meeting at the Crescent Club in Memphis.

In January we welcomed Alabama SHRM and its 14 SHRM Chapters to our distribution footprint in the Southeast U.S. It was very exciting to add Alabama to our current “SEC” distribution, which includes Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, Arkansas and Mississippi. It is a pleasure this month to have Melissa DeVore, Director of Alabama SHRM, on our cover. I know you will enjoy reading about Melissa’s involvement in SHRM since 2001 beginning with her service to the New Mexico State Council before returning to her home state of Alabama in 2011. As the new media sponsor for ALSHRM, we will be bringing you coverage of the 2017 ALSHRM Conference in Birmingham May 16-17. The theme is “HR Strikes Back.” Sounds like a “Star Wars” movie with an HR “twist.”

I hope you will read about the SHRM Employment Law and Legislative Conference coming up March 13-15 in Washington, DC on Page 9. Please make plans to attend this very exciting conference, which is my favorite SHRM Conference each year. Experts will discuss the ACA, paid leave, workplace flexibility, social media in the workplace, protections for LGBT employees, and legal risks when religion surfaces in the workplace. But the most exciting part of this conference is visiting your state legislators on Capitol Hill and discussing HR issues that impact your workforce. With a new administration in the White House, this is a great opportunity to learn about the new policies and how they will impact business and your organization.

We have two articles in this issue about expectations for 2017. Be sure you read “Ringing in the New Year: Employment Issues to Monitor in 2017” by Whitney Ferrer with Littler Atlanta, and “The First 100 Days and Beyond: Key Issues for HR in 2017” by Neemah Esmaeilpour with Wright Lindsey Jennings. Both of these insightful articles will give you a glimpse into what to expect from the Trump administration.

This is also our HR technology issue, and we are proud to honor two of our sponsors who are leaders in HR technology; Data Facts, Inc. and ADP. You will enjoy reading the profiles of some of their key leaders. We have quite a few articles about HR technology in this issue that you will find educational and informative.

Mark your calendar for February 23rd, as we will be presenting our monthly webinar sponsored by Data Facts. Watch your email for your invitation!


Cynthia Y. Thompson, MBA, SPHR | Editor Cynthia@hrprosmagazine.com www.hrprofessionalsmagazine.com

Cynthia Y. Thompson, MBA, SPHR | Editor
Cynthia @hrprosmagazine.com
www.hrprofessionals magazine.com