WSHRMA January Newsletter Print

    President's Report

    Hello WSHRMA friends,

    It’s an exciting thing to say “Welcome to 2021!”  We have found ourselves amid enormous opportunities, sometimes disguised more like challenges.  Together as HR leaders, we have pushed through, and in this new year, will continue to find new and better ways to practice and serve.

    Our chapter’s mission is to provide professional development, relationship-building opportunities and other resources to enhance growth and strategic workplace contributions throughout our greater West Sound area.  The Board continues to pursue this mission, but we need your help.  What topics are of interest and timeliness to the work you are doing?  Do you have speakers you’d like to hear from?  Are there types of events that are of interest?  Please make sure to reach out to the board with your creative ideas – we’re all ears!

    January’s general membership meeting is a virtual session, with attorney Bob Battles speaking. If you’ve heard his presentations before, it promises to bring solid knowledge in the legal update from the federal and state levels, usually with background to how policies came to be, and even sometimes a little commentary, too.  This presentation will be on Wednesday, January 13 – make sure to register and join us! 

    Another event happening, later in the month, is the HR Day on the Hill.  This year it will be held virtually and has a packed day of information.  Clear your calendar for January 29th and RSVP today!

    Planning for our future meetings and events are happening, as we mentioned above.  Please, again, share your ideas and the things you would find valuable.  We are looking forward to a fantastic year ahead!

    Monica Blackwood                                                         

    2021 WSHRMA President-Elect                                 

    Stacey Scalf

    2021 WSHRMA President

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    Calendar of Events

    January's virtual meeting

    January 13, 2021  2:00PM-3:00PM PST

    Session Title: An overview of Employment Law Legislation for the 2021 Legislative Session

    Presenter: Bob Battles

    Session Description:
    Bob will give an overview of important HR bills currently being proposed or considered in Washington (Bob typically covers 15 or so bills currently being considered); what those bills mean to employers, employees and HR; Take away would focus on what to be prepared for and/or how advocacy can help sway any of these bills.

    Presenter Description:
    Bob Battles is AWB’s director of government affairs on workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, and other workplace issues, including employment law, wage and hour issues, workplace safety and legal affairs. Battles also serves as AWB’s general counsel.

    Battles has more than two decades of experience as an attorney specializing in workplace issues and government affairs.


    $20.00 Member Ticket

    $30.00 Non-Member Ticket

    If you'd like more information about becoming a WSHRMA member, please email us at [email protected]. 

    FEBRUARY's virtual meeting

    February 10, 2021  12:00PM-1:30PM PST

    Session Title: HR is Marathon: How to Stay Motivated in the Marathon of Uncertainty 

    Presenter: Matt Jones

    Session Description:

    Matt's Keynote, "HR is a Marathon” will inspire and empower HR Professionals to drive business success through conversation. From Matt’s story of overcoming insurmountable odds your HR members will walk away empowered to put into action the strategies Matt shares. From his experience of going from a three-time cancer conqueror to completing eight marathons on eight continents after relearning how to walk, your members will learn how they can stay motivated as a HR Professional.

    This talk offers the following benefits for those involved in HR:

    • Reigniting One’s Passion and Purpose as a HR professional
    • How to Stop Stress before it Stops You
    • Learn the Three Choices to Stay Motivated as a HR Professional
    • How to Operate at a greater level of Excellence
    • Discover how to Thrive in the midst of Adversity, Setbacks, and Failures to achieve greater Victory


    Presenter Description:

    Matt Jones is known as the “Eight Continent Marathon Man.” He went from being a three-time cancer conqueror to relearning how to walk, to going through a bone marrow transplant, to completing eight marathons on eight continents. This includes Antarctica and the and yes that includes Antarctica and the newly discovered continent of Zealandia. Matt was diagnosed with cancer on September 11, 2002. After spreading to the fluid in his brain doctors did not think he would live. After victoriously conquering cancer, he was told by his doctor, no one has gone through what he did and be alive one year later. Baseball Hall of Famer George Brett said, “Matt is a true champion and his story inspires others to be a true champion.” Olympic Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton said, “Matt Jones has done what anyone would consider impossible. Conqueror. Overcomer. Champion. Superhuman. None of those words do him justice." Matt is the author of numerous books and travels around the world sharing his inspiring story and message. For more information about Matt please visit his website at


    $20.00 Member Ticket

    $30.00 Non-Member Ticket



    2021 HR Day on the Hill registration is now live. Click here to register.  You can also access it through the WA State Council website and the Regfox site below:

    This is a great opportunity to participate virtually- travel and weather won’t be obstacles to attending this year.  Attendees will have the opportunity to schedule legislator visits virtually to occur the week of the event, and there will be a kick off meeting Monday, January 25th to connect with fellow attendees and ask any questions you may have regarding virtual visits, the SHRM A-Team, or how to get involved.

    We have many of our favorite speakers returning, and some new experts to share updates on what occurred in 2020 and what’s new for 2021. Now is the best time to stay involved, or get started, in sharing your voice to influence pending bills and laws most important to our employees, workplaces, and communities. With the election year behinds us, SHRM will be leading the way towards positive change. We want you all to be a part of shaping the future of our workplace.

    Please mark your calendar, get budget & time off approval, or sign up today.  This is a popular event that has sold out the last few years, and we are excited to be able to bring this experience to more of our members and colleagues in a virtual format! 

    HR Day on the Hill Week: Virtual Event Information

    Date: Friday, January 29, 2021 
    Time: 8:00 AM – 4:15 PM


    $55 for SHRM member

    $75 for non-member


    8:00 AM

    8:50 AM

    Networking and Sharing About Your Virtual Legislator Visit Experience

    8:50 AM

    9:00 AM

    Welcome - Stacy Lohrer, WA State SHRM Legislative Director

    9:00 AM

    10:30 AM

    An Overview of Employment Law Legislation for the 2021 Session
    Bob Battles, Director of Government Affairs, Association of Washington Business

    10:30 AM

    10:45 AM


    10:45 AM

    11:45 AM

    ADA Process in the Context of COVID-19
    Kara Craig, Employment Attorney, Vigilant

    11:45 AM

    12:45 PM


    12:45 PM

    1:45 PM

    Reimbursement Programs: How You Can Save Money for  Your Business
    Joyce Allen, Outreach Specialist, WA State Dept. of Labor & Industries

    1:45 PM

    2:45 PM

    The Latest on the Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave Act 
    Speaker TBD, Employment Security Department

    2:45 PM

    3:00 PM


    3:00 PM

    4:00 PM

    2021 Employment Litigation and Enforcement Trends
    Catharine Morisset, Partner, Seattle Office, Fisher Phillips

    4:00 PM

    4:05 PM

    Closing Statements


    Your registration includes a virtual pre-session on Monday, January 25th 12:00pm-1:00pm to Kick Off HR Day on the Hill Week.  This will include instructions for the legislator visits and a Q&A session about WA State HR Day on the Hill. 

    Additionally, a virtual legislator visit is included with your registration should you choose to participate in that activity.  Schedules for legislator visits will be determined based on legislator availability and will occur throughout the week of Monday, January 25th- Thursday, January 28th.


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    Meet the Board of Directors

    In the December meeting, the 2021 WSHRMA Board of Directors was sworn in. Here is a screenshot of some of them during the oath.

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    SHRM Certification

    Why Get Certified?

    • It’s a stamp of excellence!
    • Certification helps you get hired!
    • It can help you earn more money!
    • Certification keeps you current!

     Register now, applications  FOR SPRING being accepted APPLY NOW

    • The spring testing window to take the exam is May 1 – July 15, 2021
    • The early bird application deadline is March 19, 2021
    • The standard application deadline is April 09, 2021

    Click Certification to be taken directly to the WSHRMA certification/recertification page or click on the link at the top of the WSHRMA webpage for more information!

    once your certified-

    Did you know there is a SHRM certifcation app for iPhone users? The official certification app from the Society for Human Resource Management, exclusive for SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential holders. Maintain and grow your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP via the SHRM Certification app!

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    Join Now


    National SHRM Membership + WSHRMA Membership = Advancing your professional Development, Becoming an HR Asset in your community,and Assistance in overcoming HR challenges

    Make WSHRMA Your Local Chapter Today!!

    One transaction. One profile. Dual membership.

    Joining or renewing your SHRM national membership and WSHRMA membership just got easier. Now you can do both at the same time.

    Step 1: Sign-in to the SHRM Store to begin your transaction or create an account if you are new to SHRM.

    Step 2: Add your chapter when you join or renew your SHRM national membership and select the dual membership option when prompted. It’s that simple!


    Already a SHRM Member? Visit MYSHRM profile, choose WSHRMA under Chapter Association and continue to the cart to process your transaction.

    Remember, there is NO additional cost to join the WSHRMA chapter if you are a member of SHRM National and designate WSHRMA as your primary chapter.

    If you are a SHRM member, you have a direct line to Diveristy & Inclusion resources at
    Additionally, stay up to date on COVID-19 resources at


    If you are not a SHRM member and would like to join and designate WSHRMA as your local chapter, visit and click on Membership at the top of the page!




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    Ideas and Suggestions

    Do you have any suggestions for content?
    Are there topics you did not see in 2020 that are needed especially going into 2021?

    We love your great ideas, suggestions, comments, and concerns-so we can improve!

    Please send them to [email protected]

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    Thank you to our Sponsors!

    We would like to thank our generous sponsors of 2021. Your commitment enables WSHRMA to continue to provide informative and collaborative opportunities for our Chapter.



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