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2006 Corporate Partners

American Family Insurance
Career Momentum
Lee Hecht Harrison
Melli, Walker, Pease & Ruhly, S.C.

Mortenson, Matzelle & Meldrum, Inc.
Stark Company Realtors
Quarles and Brady LLP

ABR Employment Services
Higgins Hemb Insurance Group
General Casualty Insurance Companies
Neider & Boucher, S.C.
Payroll Data Services
Physicians Plus Insurance Corporation
Right Management

Thank you!


By Belinda Weber, SPHR, GMA SHRM President

Employer Health Plan Disclosure to Government: Deadline March 31, 2006
By Brian Anderson, JD, LLM, CPA, CEBS

Website of the Month: Wellness Communications

From the National SHRM Bulletin Board
Topic: Resume Preferences

- Committee Spotlight: Marketing and Communications

- Welcome New Members

- Your Foundation at Work: Directory of Undergraduate HR Programs

- Community Events

- Movin' Up

ark Your Calendar

- Calendar of events and chapter meeting notices

Click above to view details for all upcoming GMA SHRM meetings.


Save The Date

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

Greater Madison HR Education Conference
Monona Terrace

A multiple session day of education and interaction at the Monona Terrace.

February 21 Chapter Meeting

Workshop: Top HR and Benefits Mistakes and HR Roundtable

Keynote: Annual Legal Update

Program Details

February 8 — Wednesday in the Park


Program Details

February 17 — Small HR PEG (Professional Emphasis Group)

Compensation Related Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Program Details

- Community activities Community Events
- Conferences


- Orientation Mark your calendars, the next Member Welcome and Orientation is Thursday, April 6, 2006, 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m
- Certification Prep Information


News/Updates - for more information, click topic in left hand column

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- Student Chapter news  
- PEG announcements


- Committee announcements  
- View 2005/2006 GMA SHRM Board of Directors  
- Open board positions  
- New members  
- Job line See the latest job postings!
- Question of the month Volunteers needed
- Office News  
- Partner Program Learn more about our Coprorate Partner Program and other Sponsorship Opportunities
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By Belinda Weber, SPHR, GMA SHRM President

The new year has started off with a “bang” for the Board and the chapter.

With the resignation of Debra Martinez and Elizabeth Hessel over the holidays, our first order of business was to fill the two open board positions. We are very fortunate to have many talented people willing to step up to new roles and this time is no exception.

We would like to announce the appointment of Karol Buckingham and Jerry French as our new Co-Directors of Workforce Readiness. Karol and Jerry have been instrumental in the design and rollout of the community connection programs since they have been the co-chairs for this committee from its inception. In addition to their HR experience, they bring a dedicated passion to providing workforce readiness services to the youth and displaced adults within our community.

Please join me in congratulating Karol and Jerry on their new roles. We are very excited they have agreed to join us, and we look forward to hearing updates from them and their committees very soon! The appointment of the second open position, Secretary/Treasurer, will be completed shortly.

Our second order of business was the mid-year review of our strategic plans and projects. During our January BOD meetings, we were joined by representatives from each of the committees to review the status of our projects and to discuss new initiatives we may want to consider for 2006-2007. We have accomplished a lot in just a short six months – kudos to all the volunteer leaders that contribute to our progress!

As in past years, we will have a comprehensive strategic planning session in June 2006 to develop future goals and initiatives for the chapter as we start the next fiscal year. Invitations will be sent to committee members, chairpersons, and the Board. If this is something you would like to be involved in, please contact me or any of the Board members. We want to include everyone in this process to make the chapter better. Everyone’s feedback, ideas and suggestions are welcomed. After all, it’s your chapter!

Our last major activity for January was the awarding of the 2005 HR professional and student scholarships. The recipients were formally recognized at the January chapter meeting. However, I’d like to take this time to, once again, congratulate Karol Buckingham on her receipt of the HR professional scholarship and Brittney Uecker and Merideth Davis, both from UW Madison, on their award for the student scholarship.

Employer Health Plan Disclosure to Government: Deadline March 31, 2006

By Brian Anderson, JD, LLM, CPA, CEBS

Are you are an employer that maintains a group health plan, such as an insured or self-insured major-medical plan or a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA), through which you pay prescription-drug expenses of one or more employees or former employees who are eligible for the new Medicare Part D (i.e., they are at least age 65 or disabled for Medicare purposes)? If so, then you were required to notify those employees or former employees by November 15, 2005, as to whether the value of your health plan’s prescription-drug coverage was at least equal to the value of the Medicare Part D coverage (i.e., your prescription-drug coverage was “creditable”). (That notification was important, so that your employees or former employees would know whether, by virtue of having “noncreditable” coverage, they would incur a penalty if they were to sign up late for the new Medicare Part D coverage.) And you are now also required to make a disclosure to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS) by March 31, 2006.

The disclosure to CMS is required to be made through its website: www.cms.hhs.gov/creditablecoverage. You cannot make the disclosure any other way. If you have the relevant information about your health plan’s prescription-drug coverage, you should need only a few minutes to make the disclosure. Similar disclosure will be required annually, within 60 days after the beginning of each plan year. If you terminate the drug coverage, or modify it so much that its “creditable” or “noncreditable” status changes, you must also make a disclosure within 30 days after that event.

The disclosure requires you to state how many prescription-drug options are offered under your group health plan coverage. You must also report whether all options are “creditable,” all are “non-creditable,” or only some options are “creditable.” You must indicate (1) the plan year beginning and ending dates, (2) an estimate of the number of employees or former employees eligible for Medicare Part D at the beginning of the plan year, (3) and the date when you provided the notice of creditable coverage to the employees or former employees. You must also provide the name of your authorized individual who is making the disclosure, and his or her title and e-mail address.

If your health plan provides retirees with prescription-drug coverage that is creditable, then you may apply for a government subsidy equal to 28% of the retiree drug costs. Even if you apply for that subsidy (and thereby report that your prescription-drug coverage is “creditable”), you must still make the disclosure to CMS on its website if you have any active employees who may be eligible for Medicare Part D coverage.

The CMS website provides much useful information, such as how to determine whether your health plan’s prescription-drug coverage is “creditable.”

Brian Anderson is an attorney with the law firm DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. He will join attorneys Brad Fulton, also from DeWitt Ross & Stevens, and Jennifer Mirus of the Boardman Law Firm at the GMA SHRM monthly meeting on February 21. The Morning Workshop topic is “Top HR and Benefits Mistakes and HR Roundtable” and the Lunch Keynote is the chapter’s Annual Legal Update.

The opinions expressed or implied are those of the author and may not represent the official position of GMASHRM. This article is intended for general information purposes and highlights developments in the legal area. This article does not constitute legal advice. The reader should consult legal counsel to determine how this information applies to any specific situation.

Website of the Month: Wellness Communications

 Are you responsible for developing newsletters and other communications to improve wellness among your employees? If so, you probably agree positive news about wellness can help motivate employees to improve their health. If you are in search this type of news source, check out www.happynews.com and click the Health link on the left toolbar. You’ll find several articles about wellness with a positive spin to them. Some of them just might be what the doctor ordered to boost engagement in your company’s health and wellness initiatives.

From the National SHRM Bulletin Board…

Topic: Resume Preferences

Posted: 1/19/2006 4:08:35 PM

Post: I've been asked by one of my state's self directed employment groups to speak on several topics, and I'd like to know the things that REALLY BOTHER YOU about some of the resumes you get. Any horror stories? Common mistakes that candidates make? Let me know....
Number of Replies: 9 as of 1/24/2006 4:58:49 PM

Posted Reply 1: Inappropriate email addresses. How can you expect to be taken seriously for candidacy with a response email like: lovestodrinkbeer@hotmail.com?

Posted Reply 2: What I hate most is those NEW formats that people are being encouraged to use, where they hide the job history down at the bottom and put all of their experiences in the top. I have never seen one that was done well.
When I am looking at resumes for executives or technical employees, I REALLY appreciate just a couple of words telling me what each COMPANY did. That way I can tell what industry experience they have without my having to do the legwork on the internet.

 Committee Spotlight: Marketing & Communications

The GMA SHRM Board of Directors focused its Committee Spotlight in January on Marketing and Communications. At the January 13 Board Meeting, attendees learned the committee exceeded its 2006 revenue goals for directory advertising and the partnership program. These two programs have been the mainstay of chapter revenue for many years. With the support of advertisers and partners, we have been able to offer the many programs and resources that have made our chapter successful over the past several years.

In 2005 the Board also set before Marketing and Communications the goal of developing other non-dues revenue sources. The committee successfully completed the task by expanding the menu of promotional opportunities available through our chapter. The new opportunities build upon the success of our monthly meetings and other programs as well as the enhancement of communications such as chapter e-blasts and the website. We now house all of these opportunities on our website for easy access by organizations interested in a marketing relationship with GMA SHRM.

The Marketing and Communications Committee also continues to work on expanding its media relations program. A few members have come forward as chapter spokespersons, and the committee hopes members who are offering their experience through Local Net this year will also sign up to speak with the media. Media relations efforts recently yielded an article in the January 2006 edition of Business Watch featuring a direct mention of our chapter along with the information provided by the spokesperson.

Lastly, the committee has devoted itself to developing this chapter newsletter over the past year. HR InTouch strives to bring our GMA SHRM community together with chapter news and announcements. In addition, new contributors have come forward to write articles and bring HR news and information to a local level.

Marketing and Communications is actively seeking new members. If you are interested in joining this committee, please contact Ann Wetley or Dave Furlan.



Welcome New Members!

GMA SHRM welcomes the following members who joined our chapter in December.

Patricia A. Carl

Director of Human Resources

Hilton Madison Monona Terrace

Barbara M. Christensen


Speech Advantage, LLC

Teresa M. Errthum

Staffing Specialist

Horizon Development Group, Inc.

Jane E. Fahey

Employee Resource Center Manager

CUNA Mutual Group

Jennifer K. Garber

Human Resources

Promega Corporation

Amy M. Johnson

Staffing Coordinator

ABR Employment Services

Joanne Koopman

Quality Facilitator

Pattison Bros

Nicholle A. Lewis

Human Resource Coordinator

Wegner LLP, CPA's & Consultants

Laura M. McBain

Safety/HR Director

City of Monroe

Paul M. Meese


American Business Management

Scott W. Roeder

Corporate Recruitment Manager

American TV & Appliance, Inc.

Courtney A. Severson

Human Resource Generalist

Pattison Bros River Terminal



Your Foundation at Work: Directory of Undergraduate HR Programs

In October 2004, the SHRM Foundation created a new online directory of undergraduate HR programs. The directory includes detailed profiles of more than 270 undergraduate degree programs. Users may search the database by university name, location, public or private school, and the competitiveness of the admissions process. To facilitate use by students and faculty members, the directory is open to the general public and does not require a SHRM ID to access. The undergraduate directory is a useful tool for students researching HR programs, and for faculty interested in benchmarking their degree programs with other universities. This project was accomplished with the generous support of contributors like you. To access the directory, visit www.shrm.org/foundation.

The SHRM Foundation: Investing in Your Future as an HR Leader


Community Events


Mardi Gras Business Expo, Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, 2:00 to 6:00 pm, Madison Marriott West, 1313 John Q Hammons Drive. Celebrate Mardi Gras, Madison style, by joining in one of Madison’s most celebrated and festive events of the year, and this year GMCC will be donating a portion of the proceeds to the Hurricane Katrina Chamber to Chamber Relief Fund. The Mardi Gras Business Expo consistently draws over 1200 attendees a year and allows 146 of GMCC members to showcase their goods and services to the Greater Madison business community. For more information, call 443-1954 or visit www.greatermadisonchamber.com.


Overture After Work, Overture Center for the Arts, 5:30 to 7:00 pm, Overture Lobby, 201 State Street. Punch out and then hang out with your friends to enjoy free music in a casual setting. February performers are Big Nick and Cydecos. Kick up your heels as this fiery ensemble offers a gumbo mix of Cajun, R&B and Zydeco music. For more information, including a calendar of Overture After Work events, go to www.overturecenter.com.


Spring Job Fair, Dane County Job Center, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, 1819 Aberg Avenue. The job fair will highlight construction, landscaping and seasonal openings. Online registration available at http://www.danejobs.com/business.htm .


Overview of Six Sigma: A Brown Bag, Madison Area Quality Improvement Network, 12:00 to 1:00 pm, MAQIN ground level Training Center, 2909 Landmark Place. For members and friends. Presented by Tedd Snyder, Albany Analytical. Phone: 277-7800, email: info@maqin.org , web: www.maqin.org .


What’s Up Downtown Breakfast Series, Downtown Madison, Inc., 7:45 am, The Madison Club, 5 East Wilson Street. Learn the new and newsworthy programs, programs, projects, people, faces, and things downtown. Go to www.downtownmadison.org .

Movin’ Up

Have you started with a new company? Has your organization recently promoted you to a new position? Or do you want to recognize a new person or promotion within your department? If so, we want to hear about it. Send us an e-mail, and we’ll publish your good news in the next HR InTouch!


HR InTouch Guidelines

Article Writing:

Do you have an interest in writing for the HR InTouch? We have an interest in learning more about your area of expertise!

Why should you volunteer? Top three reasons: 1) to share your knowledge and experiences to educate others; 2) to become more connected in the HR and Dane County communities; and 3) to contribute towards the advancement of GMA SHRM and the HR profession.

The first step is for you to choose a submission option: you can pre-submit an article to GMA SHRM at any time for us to use in any of the upcoming newsletters, you can sign up to write for a particular month, or we can put you on a list of people to contact in future months whenever we need articles.

Article length:

Because the HR InTouch is now in an online format, the size is flexible. The article should be engaging and hold readers’ attention. Include the core information in your article, and we will advise if it is too lengthy.


GMA SHRM is conscious not to allow solicitation through the articles, in an effort to protect the interests of our partners and members. The nature of the article should be educational (i.e., what are the business advantages of having a product like yours) or informational. Otherwise, if you truly are interested in advertising through the HR InTouch, you can work with our Marketing Committee. As a rule of thumb for article writing, if the submission relates to a for-profit event, or specifically markets your company (vs. your industry), it is an advertisement, and should be purchased. If it is a not-for-profit event that your company is hosting, or an announcement (i.e., a SHRM member recently joined your company), it is an acceptable addition to the HR InTouch content. If you have any questions related to the appropriateness of your submission, please contact us.


If you have questions, or to submit an article, contact GMA SHRM at chapteradmin@gmashrm.org .







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