August 2013 a note from the editor

The focus of this issue is employee benefits and I am extremely proud of the articles and the sponsors who came together to make this one of our best issues ever! I know many of you are struggling with how to develop and communicate your organization’s benefits strategy for 2014. You will find this issue full of helpful advice and tips to help you with these challenges.

We will be presenting more in-depth information on employee benefits strategies during September and October as we present our quarterly seminar series, Strategic Leadership for HR Executives in Memphis, Little Rock, and Jackson, MS. We will keep you posted on the dates and venues. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @cythomps and Like us on Facebook for upcoming details. I will also keep you posted on my LinkedIn page. If you are not currently connected, I invite you to connect and stay informed.

As always, we keep an eye on what’s happening in the world of employment law and employee relations. Our goal is to help you find ways to prevent and resolve employee relations’ issues and prevent expensive litigation. We have many dedicated employment law attorneys who contribute monthly to this cause. We invite you to contact them should you find yourself in a situation that might require the expertise of an employment law attorney.

This month we are excited to announce a web exclusive by Jeff Kortes, “Fear . . an Employee Retention Nightmare.”  Jeff explains a systematic communications strategy that will increase your employee retention and shut down the negative influences of the internal grapevine. See the green conversation bubble on the right to access this very informative article.

We look forward to seeing our Tennessee SHRM friends in Nashville at the 2013 TN SHRM Conference at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center September 15-18. Go to to register now. We will be traveling to the 2013 AR SHRM Employment Law and Legislative Conference at the Marriott in Little Rock September 18-19 and look forward to seeing our AR SHRM friends there. Register at We will bring you exciting coverage of both events in our September issue.

Cynthia Y. Thompson Editor | Publisher 901.598.0123

Cynthia Y. Thompson
Editor | Publisher