June 2018 note from the editor

I am so excited to have Cindy Olson on our June 2018 cover! Cindy is the former CHRO of Enron, and is one of our keynote speakers for our 1st Annual HR Executive Cruise to the Bahamas October 22-26. You don’t want to miss her presentation on “The Collapse of a Culture . . .Lessons Learned from Enron!”  Cindy is currently Chief HCM Strategist at Choice Strategic Alliance. In addition to Cindy, Dennis Koerner, Ph.D., will be speaking on “Artificial Intelligence – The HR Game Changer.” We have a full line-up of excellent speakers planned for October 25. Our conference has been submitted for 8.00 HRCI business credits and 8.00 SHRM PDCs. Go to www.HRCruise.com to learn more about our innovative Executive Cruise Conference. You will have two days of fun in the sun in the Bahamas. Our conference will be held as we are cruising back to Miami. I hope you will join us!

The June issue is one of my favorites because we feature the Guide to Super Lawyers in Labor and Employment Law from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee. As HR professionals we work with these attorneys every day. This is an opportunity to spotlight them, and to say thank you for all you do for the HR profession. We could not do our jobs without you! If you are looking for legal assistance, look no further than this Guide. You will find the perfect attorney to help you with all your employee relations issues in this Guide. We  hope you will keep it as a handy reference to use as needed.

In this issue we have highlights from the SHRM Talent Conference and Exposition held April 16-18 in Las Vegas. What a great city to visit and tour! Be sure to catch the recap on Pages 8-9. May was another exciting month of SHRM Conferences beginning with the WTSHRM 8th Human Resources & Employment Law Spring Conference on May 2 in Jackson. The Conference was sponsored by the West Tennessee SHRM Chapter in coordination with Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell, P.L.C., with offices in Jackson and Memphis.  We also have highlights of the TNSHRM Strategic Conference in Nashville held April 27, the TPMA Conference in Franklin April 23-27, and the ALSHRM Conference in Birmingham May 1-2. We love to travel down to Birmingham and take the opportunity to visit our grands there.

Although all the SHRM spring conferences were exciting, the most exciting conference in May had to be the SHRMGA HR Legal Summit in Savannah on May 4 featuring the Lilly Ledbetter. We had the opportunity to meet her for dinner and a book signing on May 3 at Skyler’s Restaurant in beautiful downtown Savannah. What an amazing experience to meet Mrs. Lebetter in person and hear her speak about her battle for equal pay for equal work! If you have not yet read her book, Grace and Grit, I encourage you to do so. It is an inspiring story about how she fought for ten years for equal pay, taking her case all the way to the Supreme Court without winning a penny because of a technicality – she failed to file formal charges with the EEOC within 180 days of learning that her pay was not equal to her male counterparts who were doing the same job. The Supreme Court did not rule on whether there was discrimination, just on the statute of limitations. The effect of the Court’s holding was finally reversed by the passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009. President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law on January 29, 2009.

I look forward to seeing everyone in Chicago for the Annual SHRM Conference June 17-20. It’s the world’s largest HR conference! Be sure to Like our Facebook page so that you can receive instant notifications of our Facebook Live interviews from Chicago.

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