Note From the Editor- February

A Note From the Editor

HR Professionals Magazine- February

Welcome to the February digital issue of HR Professionals Magazine. What a great issue we have for you!  You are going to enjoy reading about Jennifer Williams, rising star of Central Arkansas. We are excited about featuring a young HR professional on the cover this month. As you know, we usually feature more seasoned HR professionals on our cover. However, I was so impressed when I read about all of Jennifer’s accomplishments in her short time in the industry, I knew I had to share her profile with you. How inspiring for our up and coming young HR professionals!

We received some sad news out of Little Rock a few days ago when we learned of the passing of Russell Gunter. Russell is truly an HR icon, not only in Arkansas, but also in the entire HR community. He died peacefully on Feb. 9, 2013, with family and friends at his side, following a courageous battle with cancer. He was 62 years old.

Russell was a founding member of Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, where he practiced labor and employment law and served as the firm’s managing partner for 16 years. Despite his diagnosis of cancer in 2008, he continued to work virtually uninterrupted until early 2013. His quiet demeanor, analytical skill, positive attitude and strong work ethic were hallmarks of his personality, both within the legal profession and among friends.

“Russell’s legacy is immeasurable,” says Rick Roderick, CGWG’s managing director. “His gentle presence touched the lives of those he worked with daily.” I was honored to have met Russell at the AR SHRM ELLA Conference in September in Little Rock. He also contributed an article in the November 2012 issue, “How to Write a Policy for Smartphone Use in the Innovative Workplace.” We are reprinting his article as a Tribute to Russell Gunter. The HR community has truly lost a great friend and an HR icon. He will be greatly missed.

Happy 20th Birthday to FMLA! We are bringing you the latest update to the recent Amendment in this issue. Don’t forget to get your new poster up by March 8, which is 30 days after the publication of the final rule. We were not surprised to hear that the NLRB recess appointments were recently held invalid by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Read all about it in the article by Tanja Thompson and Brenda Canale. We are expecting the Supreme Court to rule further on this, so stay tuned. You will also enjoy reading about the mysterious protected group under the Tennessee Human Rights Act by Jeff Weintraub and Jennifer Riley.


We had a great time at the MS SHRM Leader’s Retreat in Greenwood held at the beautiful Alluvian Hotel. We are bringing you highlights from the event. We are traveling back to Little Rock at the end of the month for the 4th *Annual Human Resource Management Association Conference, where I will be speaking on March 1st. If you are in the area, I hope you will register for the Conference and join us! We have details in this issue.

Happy Spring to all!