March 2017 note from the editor


Page4-Data-Facts-Photo300Great planning session recently with Lisa and Keith May and Daphne and Alan Large in our home. Lisa is Senior Vice President, and Daphne is the President/CEO of Data Facts, Inc. They are charter sponsors of HR Professionals Magazine and have been on our back cover since we launched the magazine in 2011. They also sponsor our monthly webinars on HR strategic leadership. We sincerely appreciate their sponsorship!



It is an honor to feature Dr. J. Robert Carr, J.D., SHRM-SCP on our March cover. Dr. Carr is Senior Vice President, Membership and External Affairs at SHRM. You can read about his many accomplishments at SHRM and during his fantastic career in his profile on Page 5. You can also read about SHRM’s Principles for the 21st Century Workplace in his excellent article on Page 8. I feel strongly that it is HR’s responsibility to be advocates for workplace issues. I hope you will join us on March 13-15 as we hear great presentations from subject matter experts on public policy issues that impact our workplace at the SHRM Employment Law and Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. The most exciting part of this conference is visiting your state legislators on Capitol Hill and discussing these issues. With a new administration in the White House, this is a great opportunity to discuss new policies with your senators and congressmen and let them how these policies will impact your workforce. Follow me on Twitter @cythomps for up-to-the-minute coverage!

We are featuring Rising Stars in Labor and Employment Law in our March issue. I know you will enjoy reading about these attorneys who are 40 or under and have practiced 10 years or less and are already top performers in their industry. Please take the time to congratulate those you know who made this prestigious list. We hope you will call on them as you begin to navigate the new legal issues arising from the new administration. Two of our rising stars have contributed articles in this issue. Don’t miss Frank Day’s article on updating your employee handbooks on Page 10, and an article by Jodi D. Taylor on Page 44 on recent court decisions regarding background search authorization in online employment applications. They are already subject matter experts!

It is exciting to be a media sponsor for the 27th Annual SHRM-Atlanta HR Conference on March 29-30 again this year. We are looking forward to seeing our friends in Atlanta! There will be 27 innovative, career-advancing educational sessions and two thought-compelling keynote presentations. Participants can earn up to 9 HRCI and SHRM recertification credits. We will bring you the exciting details in real time on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. If you are not currently following me on social media, I encourage you to do so. Don’t miss any of this exciting coverage!

Mark your calendar for March 23rd, as we will be presenting our monthly webinar sponsored by Data Facts. I will be presenting a rec-cap of the SHRM Employment Law and Legislative Conference for those who were unable to attend. Watch your email for your invitation! If you are not currently on our email list, please let us know, and we will be happy to add you. Don’t miss this opportunity to obtain complimentary HRCI and SHRM recertification credits!

Cynthia Y. Thompson, MBA, SHRM-SCP, SPHR Editor | Publisher cynthia@hrpros www.hrprofessionals

Cynthia Y. Thompson, MBA, SHRM-SCP, SPHR Editor | Publisher