WSHRMA April 2021 Newsletter Print

President's Report

Wow! This year is flying by so fast. I can’t believe we are already in the second quarter. As many of you are returning to your workplaces, I encourage you to have some fun celebrating the fun and quirky holidays that April has to offer. I personally prefer International Fun at Work Day on the 1st of April, but some of you may side with the traditional April Fools Day fun. You can also consider a fun office project around Garden Week to help make your workspaces beautiful for Easter.

As always, I invite you all to attend our upcoming programs. The April presenters are from one of our Premier sponsors, The Partners Group talking about benefit and wellness trends in progressive companies. As we all try to offer the best to our employees, this presentation may offer you some new ideas and fresh perspectives on what is working well.

Be sure to register today for our May full day conference. It will be virtual and will offer some national keynote presenters as well as multiple breakout sessions and networking opportunities. We want to thank One Strategic Capital, The Partners Group and WA 529 for being premier sponsors!

Stacey Scalf

WSHRMA President 2021


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Calendar of Events

WSHRMA’s HR Corner!

Are you missing that professional interaction we used to have at our monthly luncheons?  Where you could connect with colleagues, bounce a scenario off them that you were facing, or get some insight on HSAs, for instance?

Our monthly luncheon sponsors, Kitsap Bank and West Sound Workforce have teamed up to launch our own HR Corner!  We’ll be opening the monthly Zoom meetings 15 minutes in advance to help recreate this missed aspect of our in-person meetings:  the connection and networking.  Representatives from our sponsors will be on, ready to talk with you about any questions you might have, and facilitate roundtable brainstorming among our professional peers.

HR Corner---this Wednesday – log in at 11:45am, bring a question if you have one, and be ready to make connections!

 last chance to register!

APRILS's virtual meeting

APRIL 14, 2021 

(HR Corner 11:45am-12:00pm PST)

12:00PM-1:00PM PST

Virtual Luncheon Session Title: Bolstering Mental Health and Managing Burnout through Progressive Benefits

Presenter: Adriann Dooly & Chase Sterling (12pm-1:00pm)

Session Description:

Last year's challenges made a significant impact on how organizations are approaching both their benefits and employee wellbeing strategies. Join us for our luncheon on Wed., 4/14, when we’ll start the discussion with the top five trends we’re seeing and how your organization can adapt to ever-changing needs. The final half of the session will focus on employee burnout and how to manage it. 

Attendees will learn:                                                      

  • The types of benefits that progressive workplaces are implementing today
  • Market trends in 2021, including DE&I
  • Which benefits best support an employee’s whole health
  • Tools to address employee burnout and better support your employees


Do NOT miss out on the raffling off one $50 Nordstrom Gift Card and 2 $25 Starbucks gift cards at the end of the meeting (attendees must be present to win)

Presenter Description:

Adriann was previously a Senior Account Manager at HMA and a Senior Implementation Manager at Cigna. Adriann brings to The Partners Group a service-oriented mind and deep carrier knowledge which allows her to serve and advise her clients not only during the implementation process but through the daily challenges and strategic planning as well. She believes in always doing what is best for the client and motivates those around her to do the same. Adriann holds a B.A. in Business Management from Western Governors University.

Chase joined the TPG team in 2020 and primarily partners with clients to develop and implement comprehensive strategies to improve the health and productivity of their population. Chase brings a unique approach to TPG, having previously worked for organizations such as Cigna, Wounded Warrior Project, and Google. She is passionate about improving business outcomes by improving the well-being of the overall organization. Chase has a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and is completing a Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She is also a Certified Wellness Practitioner and Certified Worksite Wellness Program Manager through the National Wellness Institute and a WELCOA Faculty member. She is also an Army veteran, having served for seven years.


$20.00 Member Ticket

$30.00 Non-Member Ticket

Register today for wshrma's annual spring conference!

may 12, 2021 (8:00am-4:30pm)

This year we are bringing you the conference virtually!
Nationally recognized speakers, engaging and informative topics, amazing sponsors! Do not miss this event!

8:00 am– 8:30 am            Coffee and Networking                

8:30 am – 10:00 am        Welcome by Stacey Scalf & Opening Speaker     

Val Baldwin- 9 Crucial Connection Keys to Improve All Your Relationships

10:00 am-10:15 am         BREAK

10:15 am – 11:45 am      Concurrent Session #1  

Allison West, Atty- 7 Steps to Creating Bullet Proof Documentation

Melissa Reeves- What comes next? – Mental health and well-being as we begin to find the new normal

11:45 am- 12:00 pm        BREAK

12 :00 pm– 1:00 pm        Lunch on your Own OR 

12:15 pm-12:45 pm         Lunch Networking session                                          

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm          Concurrent Session #2  

Allison West, Atty- Just the Facts: Perfecting the Investigation Interview

Vickie Lackman- Gender Identity in the Workplace: Practical Advice

2:45 pm-3:00 pm              BREAK

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm          Concurrent Session #3  

Matt Lynch- COVID Lawsuits are on the Uptick

Kim Leifsen- Talent Spotting & Transformational Recruiting   


$125.00 Member

$150.00 Non-Member





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Insights on Diversity & Inclusion

April is National Arab American Heritage Month | News |

Even though NAAHM is not observed on the federal level, some states and cities still recognize the celebratory month with official proclamations and resolutions. The Arab America Foundation (AAF), a non-profit that promotes the Arab heritage, is gathering proclamations and resolutions from school districts, municipalities, county, state governments, and law enforcement agencies. AAF has acquired at least 46 proclamations and resolutions in 20 states.

In March 2020, Governor Inslee signed a proclamation in commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month.

The Seattle Chamber of Commerce shares these resources for ways to honor Arab American Heritage Month.

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Scholarship Corner

2021 SHRM Foundation Scholarships, Grants, and Awards

The SHRM Foundation launched its 2021 Scholarship, Grants, and Awards offerings, including several new awards focused on promoting equity and representation in the HR field, while incentivizing skills development that improves the broader workplace. Awards such as the Workplace Policy Conference, HR Exploration, and Student Membership are open to non-members to draw awareness to the field of HR and solidify SHRM as the organization that can support them throughout their career. In total, the SHRM Foundation offers more than $500,000 in awards that support over 300 recipients, helping them achieve career success. If you have questions, contact Dr. Vernon Williams or visit the SHRM Foundation Scholarships, Grants, and Award website.

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SHRM Certification

Welcome to the SHRM Certification Portal

Want more info on career changing, life enhancing certification?

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!

  • The spring testing window to take the exam is May 1 – July 15, 2021
  • The standard registration closes April 09, 2021

The next window for testing is December 1, 2021 – February 15, 2022

  • Applications accepted starting May 12, 2021, early bird through October 15, 2021
  • The standard application deadline is November 9, 2021

There is lots of time to study if you plan on testing this winter. Get plugged into a study group, now available virtually. Contact the Certification Director for more information.

Changes are coming for recertification. Check out some of them and hit the link for a complete list.

  • Minimum time frame for educational activities has been changed from one hour to 15 minutes. Each 15-minute increment is equal to .25 PDC.
  • Credit requirement for SHRM-approved books and e-books has been changed from reading the book and completing a quiz to reading the book and submitting a book report summarizing what you learned. Each book submission is worth 3 PDCs.
  • COVID-19 related work can earn you up to 30 PDCs

For additional details about these changes and other information, download a copy of the 2021 Recertification Requirements Handbook.



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From President Elect: Monica Blackwood
Long Term Trust Act


Just about two years ago, Washington State enacted the Long-Term Care Trust Act.  This first-in-the-nation act created a publicly funded long-term care benefit for most Washingtonians.  And once it was signed into law in May 2019, there wasn’t much said about it.

The Trust Act is funded through payroll taxes, paid by each W2 employee in the state (with a few exceptions), starting January 2022.   Employers were going to be educated more about this new tax they would be collecting over the course of 2020-2021, but pandemics have a way of taking over the spotlight.  Now that we’re down to less than a year, employers are just beginning to figure out what this new tax may mean. 

This benefit creates a long-term care plan in the amount of $36,500 lifetime benefit per individual.  In order to take advantage of the benefit, employees must meet a list of criteria: live in Washington; have contributed to the plan 5 of the last 10 years (or 3 years of 6 in some cases); and need assistance in completing at least three (3) “activities of daily living”.  If an employee were to move out of state for a period of time, or decide to retire and not reside in Washington, their eligibility for the benefit would be forfeited.

Just like the way Paid Family Medical Leave started, where premiums were collected for a year before anyone was able to use the benefit, this Trust Act is set up the same way.  Premiums begin as soon as the year turns to 2022, and benefits are not accessible until January 2025.

Although there’s still some time before premiums are deducted from employee paychecks: $0.58 per every $100 earned to be exact, there’s another deadline to keep in mind – July 31, 2021 (should Senate House Bill 1323 pass).  Employees have one opportunity, as everything stands now, to opt out of this state-mandated plan.  In order to do so, they must have an equal-to or better-than LTC policy in place by the end of July.  Then, each individual must apply to Washington’s Employment Security Department (between October 2021 and December 2022) for exemption, where ESD will determine whether each applicant will be exempt from this payroll tax or not. 

Information on this Act and its implementation is still being developed, and of course, things can change quickly.  Employers only hold the responsibility of collecting the payroll tax starting in January 2022 and submitting them quarterly.  That said, it’s always a good thing to communicate with employees as early as possibly about changes that will be happening with their paychecks and give time for employees to educate themselves and make any decisions possible.

To find out more and follow updates, employers can visit


2021 Seattle Virtual Fiduciary Summit

West Sound HR Management Association members are cordially invited to attend the 2021 Seattle Virtual Fiduciary Summit, presented by Xponential Growth Solutions.

Join industry professionals as they discuss fiduciary issues impacting plan sponsors.

When:  Thursday, July 15th I 11:00 am – 1:15 pm

Where: From the comfort of your home or office!

Topics of Discussion:

  • Plan Governance: Putting Content Into Context
  • A Challenge To The Industry: Personalizing AI To Drive Better Financial Health
  • How to Evaluate the Reasonableness of Plan Fees
  • CITs vs. Mutual Funds
  • CARES & SECURE Act – What you Need to Know
  • Trends - Keeping Assets in The Plan
  • More Topics TBA!


Who Should Attend?

  • Plan Sponsors with 401(k), 403(b), or Defined Benefit Retirement Plans
  • Human Resource, Benefit, and Finance Executives
  • Business Owners, Committee Members, and Plan Fiduciaries


*The intended audience is exclusively retirement plan sponsors and these guests will receive first priority for attendance

Certified For 2 Hours of:

  • SHRM PDC’s
  • CEBS Credit Eligible


Cost: Free for members of the West Sound HR Management Association – Enter “WSHRMA21” in Comment Box to waive your $150 registration fee.

Click the link to register here:

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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


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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