WSHRMA May Newsletter Print

    President's Report

    Spring is here! I hope you have all been enjoying the beautiful weather we have had lately. While I know we are all focused on the ever changing landscape of COVID-19, the CARES Act, and managing the shelter in place order, I truly hope you take some time for yourself to relax, and reflect on what is important to you in life. It is an extremely busy time for HR! Just remember you can’t take care of your employees if you don’t take care of YOU!

    Just a reminder that we have decided to postpone the Spring Conference until November 11, 2020. It will still be held at the Bremerton Conference Center and will be a full day conference with two nationally recognized presenters!

    At this time, we are still planning on holding our June chapter luncheon, as a virtual presentation. We have more information in this newsletter and on the website.

    We realize during this time we all feel a little disconnected. Please remember that the WSHRMA board is here for you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to any board member should you need any guidance.

    Stacey Scalf

    WSHRMA President 2020

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    Calendar of Events

    register today!

    WSHRMA recognizes that these are unprecedented times that are affecting all of our members and the organizations that they work for.  Therefore, the Board has decided to offer the WSHRMA June webinar at no cost to our members (the non-member price remains at $40).

    We also know that WSHRMA members love to help when they can!  With that in mind, we are providing the option to support the SHRM foundation instead of a registration fee. If you’re able to, you can choose between a $10, $20, or $30 donation (plus the applicable charge fee). WSHRMA proudly supports the SHRM foundation which provides scholarships and professional development grants to educate and develop students and HR professionals, among many other things. Learn more about the SHRM Foundation here.

    wshrma june virtual meeting

    The Current State of Long Term Planning

    Presented by: Ryder Kimmes

    June 10, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm

    Over the last 18 months, the long-term care insurance marketplace has seen significant changes.  This, coupled with increased legislative changes impacting employees, makes understanding long-term care insurance more important than ever. 

    This educational course provides an update for everything you need to know about long-term care insurance in 2020, including:

    1. Current and proposed legislation
    2. Employer product changes including updates on Unum, CNA, Genworth, and more
    3. Enforcement of Estate Recovery in the country
    4. The market for LTCi plans for small, medium, and large group employers
    5. Value of group LTCi to employers and employees
    6. The role of employer education in offering a plan
    7. Keys for successfully enrolling a plan
    8. Partnership plans and Tax incentives
    9. Types of LTCi products
    10. The future of LTCi

    This course is designed to be informative and concise; giving you the facts you need about long-term care insurance in the market today and moving forward.

    About the Speaker:

    Ryder Kimmes is an associate with LTC Solutions, Inc. and long-term care insurance expert.

    Working to support brokers and educate employers in a dynamic market, Ryder facilitates the long-term care insurance conversation among brokers, human resource professionals and employees.  His past experience working with LTC Solution’s Customer Service team lends his unique ability to understand the employee and the employer’s perspective and assists him in successfully conveying the importance of long-term care insurance as an employee benefit to all parties involved.

    Ryder is a HRCI instructor and has spoken to employers, brokerage firms, and associations across the country about the current and future state of the long-term care insurance market.

    Ryder has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from The University of Washington.



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    Meet the Board of Directors

    Each month we will take a look at who makes up the 2020 Board of Directors. This month we will get to know...


    Rachelle Tate, Secretary

    Rachelle is employed with Kitsap 911 and has been at employed with them since 2007. She is currently a Administrative Specialist – HR.

    Rachelle has been married for 10 years but together with her husband (Aaron) for 16. She has a 7 year old daughter (Brecklyn) who is in the first grade.

    Rachelle enjoys wakeboarding, boating, summer camping at lake Roosevelt, watching her husband and daughter race BMX bikes and a huge Seattle SEAWHAKS fan!


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    SHRM Certification

    Now is the time to certify.

    Have you been thinking about certification but have been putting it off.  Certification sets you apart as an expert in Human Resources. The window for SHRM certification is open, don’t put this off another day. A voluntary certification is often seen as evidence of an individual’s drive and motivation.  More and more employers are looking at certification to assess whether an individual possesses the skills and knowledge required for successful performance.


    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!

    • The spring testing window to take the exam has shifted to June 1 – August 15.
    • The early-bird application deadline has been extended through Friday, April 10.
    • The standard application deadline has been extended through Friday, May 15.
    • Effective June 1, SHRM will offer a remote proctoring option, which provides an opportunity to test from home. Check the website soon for full details, geographic restrictions apply.

    Click Certification to be taken directly to the 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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    Ideas and Suggestions

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

    Please send them to [email protected]

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    If you are a SHRM member, you have a direct line to 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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    Thank you to our Sponsors!

    We would like to thank our generous sponsors of our 2020 luncheons. Your commitment enables WSHRMA to continue to provide informative and collaborative opportunities for our Chapter.

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