April 2010


In This Edition

By Kari Lauritsen, SPHR
GMA SHRM President

Bizarre Laws

Tax Credit for Workplace Wellness Programs

Severe Enough to be Racial Harassment

Health Care Reform Update

2010 GMA SHRM Compensation Survey

HR's Role in Leading and Coaching for Performance Beyond Evaluation

Marketing Your HR Internship

HR Games

Pay It Forward Membership Program

April 29, 2010 - New Member Welcome and Orientation

2010 Workforce Readiness & Diversity Committee Dates

GMA Membership Poll

GMA SHRM Member of the Month
- Dawn Koopman

GMA SHRM is LinkedIn

- Welcome New Members!

- Movin' Up

- In Transition

- What's Cool in HR

Click here to see the full GMA SHRM Event Calendar.

April 20, 2010 - My GMA SHRM Toolbox
Topic: HR’s Role in Leading and Coaching for Performance Beyond Evaluation
Location: City Center West
Program Details

This program is sponsored by GMA SHRM Gold Partner Right Management

April 29, 2010 - New Member Welcome
Program Details

May 11, 2009 - 5th Annual GMA SHRM Human Capital Conference: HR Next
Program Details




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2010 Corporate Partners

Gold Level
American Family Insurance
Boardman Law Firm
Career Momentum
Galaxy Technologies
The Payroll Company
Right Management
Wisconsin Rx

Silver Level
Lee Hecht Harrison
Venturini Business Consultants, LLC
Physicians Plus Insurance Corporation
Cottingham & Butler Employee Benefits

Bronze Level
Melli Law, S.C.
Bunbury & Associates
Express Employment Professionals
QBE The Americas
Stark Company Realtors
Higgins Insurance Group
Edgewood College
The Alliance
Unity Health Insurance
UW Credit Union

Thank you!



Kari Lauritsen, SPHR


Registration for the 5th Annual Human Capitol Conference is LIVE! The May Conference committee has been busy preparing an outstanding professional development experience! Ryan Estis will bring us our morning keynote session, “Passion on Purpose” where he will discuss how we can cultivate a more engaged workforce. Our second keynote, Andrea Gappmayer will focus on ways to recognize employees and how we can build high performance teams. These topics were carefully selected as we consider the cautious approach organizations are taking with regard to pay increases as the economy begins its recovery. The conference also brings some fantastic breakout opportunities with various topics to choose from, including, recruitment, legislative and legal updates, health coaching, diversity and the future of Human Resources.

Please check out our conference website for additional information, registration and sponsorship opportunities.

I would like to recognize the May Conference sponsors and thank them for supporting our event!

  • The Payroll Company
  • Lee Hecht Harrison
  • American Family Insurance
  • Ultimate Software
  • Payroll Data
  • Delta Dental
  • Dean Health Plan

The May Conference is one of the many ways we bring our members an incredible value. The conference is just $99 if you register before May 7th. Please take advantage of this incredible opportunity and register today!

I also wanted to highlight our newly developed “Pay it Forward” Program. This program provides our active members,
who are currently unemployed at the time of membership renewal, a one-time opportunity to extend their membership for up to one year - at NO cost! The chapter hopes this program will help our transitioning members stay current on HR issues and give them the resources needed to assist with their career search. Pay it Forward memberships require the individual to assist the chapter with a minimum of 10 hours of volunteer time, or refer a new member to our chapter! We feel that by volunteering for the chapter our members will begin to see the value of networking with other HR professionals through the volunteer projects. We all know how these networks can help us during our career transitions! If you, or someone you know, has been effected by a recent restructure, please visit our website for additional information.

Kari A Lauritsen, SPHR
GMA SHRM President

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GMA SHRM Board of Directors

Kari Lauritsen, SPHR

Dave Furlan, PHR
President Elect

Cassy Van Dyke, SPHR
Past President

John Komosa
Secretary Treasurer

Kris Schmitt
Director, Education & Development

Chris Berg Thacker, PHR
VP, Membership

Mike Leibundgut, SPHR
Director, Government Affairs

Zach Penshorn, PHR
VP, Programming

Jake Siudzinski

VP, Marketing & Communications


Melissa Wieland
Director Workforce Readiness & Diversity

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Bizarre Laws

If you're thinking about moving to La Crosse, make sure you find other arrangements for some pets.  According to 20.22(B)(28)(29), the following species are by their nature or actions considered to be a public nuisance and are hereby declared to be a nuisance within the City and may not be kept by any person within the City limits of La Crosse.  Species prohibited include: mink, foxes, skunks, raccoons, chickens, pigeons, geese, ducks, bees, poisonous snakes, alligators, crocodiles and other wild animals as defined in 20.22(B)(29). 

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Tax Credit for Workplace Wellness Programs
Contributed by Tammy L. Barden, Employee Relations Specialist, WPS Health Insurance

Currently pending in the State legislature, Senate Bill 56 was proposed in 2009 to allow companies to claim money spent on workplace wellness programs for tax credit. The amount of the credit is equal to 30 percent of the amount that an employer pays in the taxable year to provide a workplace wellness program to employees who are employed in the state of Wisconsin. Workplace wellness programs are defined to include health risk assessments and may include any of the following programs or services: smoking cessation, weight management, stress management, worker injury prevention programs, health screenings, nutrition education, and/or health or fitness incentive programs. For details of the bill, go to http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2009/data/SB-56.pdf .

Severe Enough to be Racial Harassment
Contributed by Mike Leibundgut, Director, GMA SHRM Government Affairs

A 13-year employee of an Indiana company (Minteq), feeling that he’d endured plenty of on-the-job race bias, filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and then sued his employer.

What Happened?
“Fuller” worked for Minteq Shapes and Services. His job was to operate the forklift, as well as strip, cast, and mold metal materials. As the only African-American employee among a workforce of 20 throughout his tenure, Fuller made several charges in his lawsuit: A co-worker had called him “black man” and “black African-American” repeatedly for 14 months; a supervisor had called him gorilla; another supervisor had told Fuller he would never lose his job because the company wanted to appear integrated; and for many years, Minteq did not allow him to bring his grandchildren to the annual Christmas party, even though other employees were encouraged to bring family members. Even when Minteq relented to allow Fuller to bring his grandchildren to attend, he had to buy gifts for them, while Minteq bought gifts for all other attendees.

A judge in federal district court ruled in favor of Minteq, saying that none of Fuller’s charges separately or all of them together were severe or pervasive enough to amount to racial harassment. Fuller appealed to the 7 th Circuit.

What Did the Court Say?
Fuller testified that he had complained to HR about co-worker’s comments, his treatment at the Christmas party, and what he felt was a discriminatory rate of pay. But appellate judges agreed with the district judge. They didn’t believe he’d complained enough about the co-worker’s comments. And, they said, the two supervisors’ comments had each been made only once, and the Christmas party happened only once per year.

Point To Remember:
A writer for the Wisconsin Law Journal disagreed with this ruling. She acknowledged that courts don’t usually
see occasional comments, especially by co-workers, as harassment. But given that the annual Christmas party is the highlight of the year for many employees, Fuller’s treatment amounted to systematic discrimination.

Health Care Reform Update
Adam Jensen, JD, CEBS, GBA, FLMI, Director of Compliance Services, Cottingham & Butler Consulting Services.

n the wake of the passage and signing into law of the Senate version of the health care reform bill, the situation continues to be fluid and susceptible to change.  While many questions remain unanswered the link below is a summary of the current state of health care reform.

To view the rest of this article, click here.

Adam Jensen, JD, CEBS, GBA, FLMI is the Director of Compliance Services for Cottingham & Butler Consulting Services and has worked in the insurance and employee benefits industry since 1986. Adam specializes in providing regulatory compliance and plan design services for health and welfare plans.

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2010 GMA SHRM Compensation Survey

Last year GMA SHRM partnered with Enetrix, a Gallup Company, to provide premier on-line surveys.  The 2010 GMA SHRM Compensation Survey is a comprehensive on-line survey that has the flexibility to produce reports based on revenue size, industry, type of ownership, and number of FTE’s.  The 2010 GMA SHRM Compensation Survey had over 100 companies of all sizes in the greater Madison area that provided salary information for more than 200 benchmarked jobs.  Our hope this year is to increase the number of participants.   Participating members receive a significant discount on the cost of the survey!

If you would like to participate, please go to http://gmashrm.enetrix.com.  Select “Click Here to Register” on the right to create an individual and company profile and create your username and password. If an individual from your company has already registered for an account, they will need to grant you permission to enter and review data for your company. Select “Participation” and follow the steps to enter your survey data.

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April 20, 2010 – My GMA SHRM Toolbox
Topic: HR’s Role in Leading and Coaching for Performance Beyond Evaluation

Specific topics to be explored in this HR Toolbox session include:

  • Establishing a framework for performance management and the role of the manager as coach within this framework
  • Guiding managers in developing employee ownership for performance results
  • Structuring the Performance Coaching Conversations between the manager and his or her direct reports
  • HR strategies for coaching the coach
  • Bonus Tool: HR Tipsheet on Supporting Performance Coaches
  • Bonus Tool: Nine-Plus-One Checklist for Diagnosing Performance Problems

Attend our April HR Toolbox session to learn how to transform the often dreaded performance review into a truly year-round performance coaching process. The facilitator will share excerpts and tools from his latest book, Ultimate Performance Management (ASTD Press, 2009).

For more information or to register for this event, click here.

Marketing Your HR Internship

Do you have an HR Internship you want to market directly to SHRM student members?

Greater Madison Area Society for Human Resource Management sponsors three student chapters: UW-Madison, UW-Whitewater and UW-Platteville. Your internship information will be sent directly to student presidents of these chapters for announcement at their chapter meetings, and to be posted on the student chapter’s internship board. Please include the following information with your posting:

  • Job Title
  • Company Name
  • Job Location
  • Contact Name
  • Contact E-mail
  • Contact Phone
  • Position Description
  • Paid/Unpaid

If so, please e-mail your internships positions to Kris Schmitt at kschmitt@belllabs.com.

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HR Games

The HR Games & Student Conference were held in Oshkosh on March 5 & 6th. Twenty teams participated in the HR Games with UW Madison (Team 1 – 1st, Team 2 – 3rd) and UW Whitewater (4th) placing in the top four! A big KUDOS goes out to both student chapters for their efforts. The teams did a superb job!

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Pay It Forward Membership Program

What is the Pay It Forward Membership Program? GMA SHRM provides active members who are unemployed at the time of their membership renewal a one-time opportunity to extend their membership for up to one year – at no cost. GMA SHRM believes this continued affiliation to our loyal members will help transitioning members stay current on the issues impacting the HR profession and provide them with the needed resources to assist them in their job search.

Click here to see if you qualify or to complete the request form.

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April 29, 2010 – New Member Welcome and Orientation

This is a great opportunity to get to know other HR professionals and learn more about the chapter. You will learn more about membership benefits and the organization of GMA SHRM. There will be hors d’ oeuvres and beverages and we hope that you take full advantage of the social hour from 5:00 to 6:30. We would like to invite all new members as well as members who have never attended orientation.

For more information or to register for this event, click here.

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2010 Workforce Readiness & Diversity Committee Dates

Interested in getting more involved? The Workforce Readiness Committee meets at The Park Bank Support Center located at 1815 Greenway Cross. Please contact Jeff Westra at jwestra@msn.herzing.edu if you’re interested in volunteering or attending any of the following meetings.

Wednesday, May 5 th 8:00a.m. – 9:00a.m.

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GMA SHRM Member Poll

Do you have a burning HR question that you’d like to see featured on our GMA SHRM Member Poll? If so, please submit your questions to Jake Siudzinski at jsiudzinski@starkhomes.com.

GMA SHRM Member of the Month

Name: Dawn Koopman

Where do you currently work? Musicnotes, Inc.

What is the focus of your position? Human Resources Manager

How long have you been in the Human Resource field? Over 15 years

Which of your career accomplishments makes you proudest? Receiving my SPHR

What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Stay true to yourself and your values.

Why did you decide to join GMA SHRM? After moving to the Madison area almost 10 years ago I needed a way to connect with local HR professionals. GMA SHRM offers great programs for its members to stay on top of new and current HR topics and offer you opportunities to network with other HR professionals.

Most recently I've joined a few committees and have met some wonderful, hard working HR professionals. I only wish I would have done this sooner in my career. It's been a great learning experience and I have a stronger appreciation for what it takes to run an organization such as this. Thank you to all those involved!

If you’d like to be featured as the Member of the Month in an upcoming issue of HR InTouch, please e-mail Kate Karre at KKarre@parkbank.com.

GMA SHRM is LinkedIn

 Come join our GMA SHRM Chapter group on LinkedIn! What is LinkedIn? It’s a business-oriented social networking site that can be used to connect with friends (old and new), find or post jobs and get information. In order to join, sign in at www.linkedin.com and keyword search GMA SHRM Chapter.

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Welcome New Members!

GMA SHRM welcomes the following members who joined our chapter in February of 2010!

Mike A. Baldwin, SPHR, CCP



Tara E. Conger

Human Resources Manager

First Choice Dental Group

Angela Hefty, PHR


Edgewood College

Jean Heinzman, PHR


The Gallina Corporation

Mensah Lassey

HR Generalist


Terri M. Lefebvre

Organization Effectiveness Consultant

American Family Insurance

Kate J. Ludlum, PHR

Coord Resource Management


Jay Mclaughlin


Ultimate Software

Renee L. Miller, PHR

Sr. HR Generalist

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause

Gao Moua, PHR

Human Resources Representative

Rockwell Automation

Heather Rice

Director of Operations

Fundraising Fulfillment Services

Jamie M. Riese

Recruiting Specialist

The Management Group, Inc.

Carrie A. Rozek

Personnel Manager

Veterinary Emergency Service

Dymica Watson

HR Administrator

Tomo Therapy

Jo M. White

Benefits Administrator

Flad Affiliated Corp.

Lauren Wu



Movin' Up

Congratulations to the following recently certified GMA SHRM members!

Michelle Andler, SPHR
Keri Cavitt, PHR

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!

In Transition

FREE Services for Human Resource Professionals in Transition

Lee Hecht Harrison is offering their services for FREE to SHRM members who have not been offered services by their previous company. Some of the services they are willing to provide are:

  • Assistance with a resume
  • Development of a marketing strategy
  • Practice Interviewing
  • Access to their proprietary database with tools to assist in your job search
  • Participation in weekly facilitated networking meetings

In order to learn more or to initiate services from Lee Hecht Harrison, please contact their Madison office at (608) 242-6740.

If you are a member who is in between jobs, or who is currently employed but seeking new positions or career paths, write us a brief description of your skill set, areas of expertise, what you’re looking for, etc. Send us an e-mail. We’ll publish your information in the next HR InTouch.

What’s Cool in HR in the Greater Madison Area?

What’s going on in HR in your workplace?

Have you…

  • completed a major project,
  • implemented something new,
  • managed a change,

Is there something…

  • your company/dept does really well,
  • interesting about your company culture
  • that makes your company an employer of choice

We want to hear about it! Share it with your HR colleagues in HR InTouch. Send us an e-mail


Movin' Up

Congratulations to Matthew Lechner who recently received his PHR certification.  Thank you Matthew for continuing to advance the HR profession .

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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