June 2009


In This Edition

By Kari Lauritsen, SPHR,
GMA SHRM President-Elect

Regulating Employer Monitoring of Employee Electronic Mail
Pro and Con Viewpoints

Bizarre Laws: Photocopies Illegal?

2009 GMA SHRM Compensation Survey

Save the Date: 61st Annual SHRM Conference and Exposition - New Orleans
Book Your Room in the Wisconsin Hotel!

Interested in career possibilities for you or have an HR opening in your company?

- 2009 GMA SHRM Professional Scholarship Winner Selected

- GMA SHRM is Linked In

- Welcome New Members!

- In Transition

- What's Cool in HR

- Movin' Up

Click here to see the full GMA SHRM Event Calendar.

- June 16, 2009 My GMA SHRM Toolbox. Topic: The Synergy of Consumer-Driven Health Plans with Wellness and Disease Management

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Cassy Van Dyke , SPHR,
GMA SHRM President


Greetings GMA SHRM members,

Human Capital Conference Recap Once again, I’d like to take the time to celebrate the success of GMA SHRM’s annual Human Capital Conference, held on May 12, 2009. My personal thanks go to each individual who volunteered to make this conference a valuable learning and networking experience for so many professionals. Below are some of the accomplishments:

  • More than 180 business/HR professionals attended this year’s conference, making it the highest attendance for any of our annual conferences.
  • We had the best sponsor support ever! Thank you to our conference sponsors:
    • Title Sponsor = The Payroll Company
    • Attendee Gift Sponsor = Edgewood College
    • Breakfast and Breaks Sponsors = Right Management
    • Morning Keynote Sponsor = Unity Health Insurance
    • Lunch Sponsor = Dean Health Plan
    • Lunch Keynote Sponsor = Payroll Data Services
    • Reception Sponsor = Delta Dental
  • In our post-conference survey, participants responded:
    • The overall value of the conference was rated a 4.33 on a 5- point scale.
    • 99% will attend next year.
2009 Corporate Partners

Boardman Law Firm
Galaxy Technologies
The Payroll Company

Hays Companies
Lee Hecht Harrison
Physicians Plus Insurance Corporation
Virchow Krause Employee Benefits

Melli Law, S.C.
Bunbury & Associates
Career Momentum
Stark Company Realtors
Gardner & White
Higgins Insurance Group
Liberty Mutual
The Alliance

Thank you!

Golf Outing Mark your calendars for GMA SHRM’s third annual golf outing, taking place August 4, 2009 at Meadows of Sixmile Creek. Even if golf is not your strength, I encourage you to come play just for fun, or just join us for the networking reception at the end of the day. Proceeds for this event will benefit Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS). More information and registration can be found here.

Board Slate

Succession planning is critical to any organization, and GMA SHRM is no exception. I am pleased to announce our 2009-2010 Board of Directors, effective July 1, 2009:

  • President: Kari Lauritsen, SPHR
  • President Elect: Dave Furlan, PHR
  • Past President: Cassy Van Dyke, SPHR
  • Secretary/Treasurer: John Komosa
  • VP Programming: Zach Penshorn, PHR
  • VP Membership: Chris Berg-Thacker
  • VP Communications & Marketing: Jake Siudzinski
  • Director Workforce Readiness & Diversity: Melissa Wieland
  • Director Education & Development: Kris Schmitt
  • Director Government Affairs: Mike Leibundgut, SPHR

It has been my pleasure to serve with such talented professionals, including Anthony Dix, our outgoing Past President; and Kari Lauritsen, our upcoming President; and Dave Furlan, our President Elect; all of whom have made significant contributions to our chapter. I am also looking forward to our most recent addition to the Board, Jake Siudzinski.

Please keep in mind that if you have an interest in volunteering in any capacity, you can always contact our VP of Membership, Chris Berg-Thacker, at 608-238-4601 or via email to learn more about opportunities. Even just a few hours a month of your time can have a positive impact on our chapter.

Year in Review

Lastly, it is with mixed emotions that I write this President’s Message for the final time as president of our chapter. Above all else, I am proud to be part of such a great chapter, and am excited for things to come in our chapter, community, and profession.

Despite the economic challenges many of us have faced, our chapter remains successful. Below are some of the highlights:

  • Our membership has grown to more than 850 local members;
  • We are now the largest SHRM chapter in the state of Wisconsin;
  • Our volunteer base has grown to more than 75 volunteers (and growing);
  • We remain financially sound, despite losses on our investments; and
  • Our corporate partnerships and sponsorships are greater than last year’s.

To our members, volunteers, and partners/sponsors, I thank you for your support of our chapter, and hope you find value in the services and products that GMA SHRM offers.

It has been an honor to serve in this role and I look forward to continuing to build relationships with each of you as we move forward. As always, if you have any questions or feedback for me or anyone on the Board, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

To your continued success,

Cassy Van Dyke, SPHR
GMA SHRM President

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GMA SHRM Board of Directors

Cassy Van Dyke, SPHR

Kari Lauritsen, SPHR
President Elect

Anthony Dix, SPHR, MBA
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

Dave Furlan
VP, Marketing & Communications


Melissa Wieland
Director Workforce Readiness & Diversity



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Proposed Law Regulating Employers’ Monitoring of Employees’ Electronic Mail

Background of Proposed Law

Assembly Bill 30 was introduced in the Wisconsin State Assembly in February of this year and is currently waiting to be scheduled for analysis by one or more committees. The law, if enacted, would prohibit employers from monitoring e-mail messages sent or received by an employee without providing written notice to the employee of such e-mail monitoring policy both upon hire and at least once a year during employment. The notice to employees would have to specify for what purposes the employer intends to monitor e-mail, as well as the frequency of such monitoring.

Although the law would permit employers to monitor the number and frequency of personal e-mail messages sent or received by an employee, the law would include certain restrictions on what and how an employer can monitor. For example, en employer could not monitor any e-mail message sent or received by the employee in exercising his or her rights to engage in concerted activities (i.e., union-type activities). The law would further provide that employees have a reasonable expectation of privacy and, to that end, would prohibit an employer from monitoring the content of employee e-mail messages except to the extent necessary to determine whether the message is personal or work-related, or to protect the employer’s trade secrets or other confidential business information.

The bill provides a remedy similar to the remedy for other types of wrongful employment actions, such as unlawful discrimination. Aggrieved employees whose e-mail messages are monitored in violation of the law or who feel they have been discharged or discriminated against for attempting to enforce their rights under the law or for opposing a practice prohibited by the law would be able to file a claim against the employer with the Department of Workforce Development and may be entitled to back pay, reinstatement, or compensation in lieu of reinstatement.

For the full text of the Bill, go to http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2009/data/AB-30.pdf.

Click below to read Pro and Con articles submitted by members of the Governmental Affairs Committee

Pro – Email Should be Limited to What Impacts the Business
Contributed by Tammy L. Barden, Employee Relations Specialist, WPS Health Insurance

Con – The Proposal is Overly Burdensome for Wisconsin’s Employers
Contributed by Jessica M. Kramer, General Counsel, The Employer Group, Inc.

Any opinions or arguments expressed in this article are for the sake of illustrating potential pros and cons of the law or proposal discussed and are not necessarily the opinions of the authors or of the Greater Madison Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. The reader should consult legal counsel to determine how this information applies to any specific situation.

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Bizarre Laws: Photocopies Illegal?

Did you know… it is a class I felony to make a photocopy of any Wisconsin vital records, i.e. marriage license, birth certificate, etc. per state statute 69.24(1)? The Attorney General stated in a 1989 AG Opinion that, Section 69.24(1)(a) was enacted in apparent response to a substantial increase in the practice of obtaining and using false identification documents by manipulating the existing system. For example, it was easy for a person to procure a photocopy of a birth certificate other than from a state office. This certificate, which might be accurate or already altered, could be altered to provide a new identity or other erroneous identifying information. The Legislature determined that this could only be prevented by a strict measure which makes copying per se a criminal violation unless done under the authority of the state.

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2009 GMA SHRM Compensation Survey

Time is running out! We need your data for the 2009 GMA SHRM Compensation Survey! In order to be included in the static release of the survey, you must submit data by June 19, 2009. However, data will be continuously collected and updated throughout the year, so you may participate at any time.

Last year GMA SHRM partnered with enetrix, a Gallup Company, to provide premier on-line surveys. The 2008 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 2008 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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The SHRM 61st Annual SHRM Conference & Exposition will be held on June 28 – July 1, 2009, in New Orleans, at the Morial Convention Center. Jack Welch, John Kotter and Lee Woodruff have already been confirmed to be keynote speakers at this exciting and informative event! To learn more, visit: www.shrm.org/conferences/annual.

Wisconsin SHRM has reserved a block of rooms at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel. If you’d like to reserve one of these rooms, click here.

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Interested in career possibilities for you or have an HR opening in your company?

Visit the GMA SHRM website and click on “Job Board” under the Resources to learn about opportunities all over Wisconsin or to advertise your opportunity in Wisconsin, inviting other SHRM members to apply. Even the fees are reasonable:

$100 per job – if affiliated with a local Wisconsin SHRM Chapter 
$200 per job – if no chapter affiliation

For more information on the fees and how to have your opening posted, click here.


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2009 GMA SHRM Professional Scholarship Winner Selected

The Board of Directors is very happy to report the results of the 2009 GMA SHRM Professional Scholarship. This year’s recipient, Stacy Argue, is pursuing her Master's degree in Organizational Leadership through Gonzaga University. Stacy is actively involved within GMA SHRM on the Education & Professional Development Committee. Congratulations, Stacy, and we wish you the best in your continued professional development!

We would also like to thank the other applicants for their submission for this year's scholarship and encourage everyone to apply again next year.

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 April of 2009!

Ellen Baldwin Compensation & Benefits Manager HospiceCare Inc.
David C Binder Staffing Specialist American Family Insurance
Tarrian J. Cale    
Stephanie Connors    
Heidi N. Coopman, PHR HR Manager Pacific Cycle Inc.
San Juana Diaz Recruiter Platinum Staffing Service
Elizabeth Erickson Pevehouse Attorney Melli Law , S.C.
Wade B. Foster Account Executive Adecco
Ed L. Gaudet Account Executive-Self Funded Dean Health Plan
Jessica M. Kramer General Counsel The Employer Group, Inc.
Molly Larson   TDS
Cynthia S. Noe, SPHR HR Representative Viking Electric
Stacey M. Riechers President/Owner Express Employment Profes
Jennifer Canterbury Risgaard HR Manager Harlan Sprague Dawley, Inc.
Gina L. Sabel Staffing Supervisor Kelly Services Inc.
Patricia A. Waldinger HR Specialist Esker, Inc.


In Transition

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

Former GMA SHRM President, Tim Seifriz, SPHR was recently promoted to Associate Director of Human Resources at Covance Laboratories, Inc.  In his new role, he has responsibilities for managing a regional team of HR Generalists in the company's US-West territory.

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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