October 2017 note from the editor

Hello HR Professionals!

The fall conference season is here! We kicked it off in Louisville with the 33rd Annual KYSHRM Conference August 29-31. What a fantastic conference it was! We have the highlights for you on Page 6 and 7. We introduced Facebook live interviews at this conference so that you could join us in case you were unable to attend. If you missed them, you can go to our Facebook page to view them, or you can go You Tube. My YouTube Channel is Cynthia Y. Thompson, MBA, SHRM-SCP, SPHR. You will find video interviews with Laura DeFazio, President of Louisville SHRM, who was on our August issue cover; The KYSHRM State Council, and the keynote speakers. If you would like to receive notifications of our live videos from the SHRM HRMidsouth Conference in Nashville October 1-4 and the SHRMGA Conference in Brunswick October 8-10, all you have to do is Like our Facebook page. Once you Like our Facebook page, you will receive instant notification of each live video as it begins. You will feel like you are at the conference with us!

We also conducted Facebook live interviews in Little Rock at the 16th Annual ARSHRM Employment Law and Legislative Affairs Conference September 15-16! And what an honor to meet Governor ASA Hutchinson and interview him about his accomplishments and goals for the State of Arkansas since he took office in January 2015.  It is always a pleasure to hear Mike Aitken, SHRM VP Government Affairs as he presents The Washington Outlook and shares an update on HR Public Policy. Mike also provided an update on the SHRM Advocacy Team in Arkansas and across the country. If you visit our Facebook page or our YouTube Channel, you can hear interviews with Jill Hilton, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Chair of the 2017 ELLA Conference; Cathleen Hoffman, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Director of ARSHRM; and the keynote speakers from the conference as well. We will have the highlights of this excellent conference in our November issue.

As I write this column, we are looking forward to the 2017 ALSHRM Strategy Conference at Perdido Bay Resort on September 29. We will also have live coverage on Facebook from Orange Beach! Be sure to follow us on Facebook for the SHRM HRMidSouth Conference & Exposition in Nashville October 1-4 and the SHRMGA State Conference in Brunswick October 10-12. We are hoping to catch an interview with Peyton Manning, former NFL quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts and University of Tennessee quarterback. Please see page 9 for the HRMidSouth Conference at a Glance and Page 16 for the SHRMGA Conference at a Glance. We will also have highlights of these excellent SHRM State Conferences in our November issue.

It’s a pleasure to have Rebecca Harmon, SHRM-CP, PHR, MBA, on our October cover. Rebecca is the 2017 TNSHRM State Council Director. You can read about her HR career and her outstanding accomplishments on Page 5. We are excited to bring you our Top Labor and Employment Law Attorneys listed in Chambers USA as we do each October beginning on Page 32. If you see your favorite attorney in this issue, be sure to congratulate them on this outstanding honor! There is an excellent article on Page 26 from Antonio Williams with Regions Insurance on “Evaluating Your Healthcare Key Performance Indicators.” Jeanne Fisher with ARGI Financial Group discusses “The Double Edged Sword of “Automated 401(k)s on Page 14. There is also a fantastic article by Carolyn McNairy with TASC on “Navigating the ACA.” And in case you thought the NLRB was slowing down, you need to think again. Check out “Are You Ready for a Union Campaign?” on page 10 by Frank Day with FordHarrison. This issue is packed with information you need to know to effectively lead your organization as a key HR professional.

Watch for your email for notification about our October webinar sponsored by Data Facts. It will be on October 26. Please mark your calendar and plan to join us from 2 PM to 3 PM. If you are not receiving our email notifications about our complimentary monthly webinars, please visit our website, www.hrprofessionalsmagazine.com, and subscribe to our digital issue to be added to our email distribution list.



Cynthia Y. Thompson, MBA, SCP, SPHR



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