SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Fall Prep Course

The University of Sioux Falls will be offering a SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP prep course this fall.
CLICK HERE for more information.

Follow-up: Workplace Violence Seminar

Link to Workplace Violence Seminar sample policies.

2015 Workplace Excellence Awards

It’s that time of the year again!

Nominate your employer for the 2015 Workplace Excellence Award if they display the following Qualities…

  • Friendly culture
  • Great work/life balance
  • Innovative communication techniques
  • Consistently recognizes those who go “above and beyond”
  • Empowers team members with personal and professional development skills

The prestigious annual SESHRM Workplace Excellence Award is to acknowledge those companies or organizations that have made significant strides in employee practices to establish a highly desirable work environment and to recognize them for their leadership, culture and best practices. These companies are family-friendly with a dedicated workforce consistently portraying a strong culture of empowerment and growth.

Go to to nominate an Employer!

Questions – please contact Cal McKeown via email or via phone 605-444-9522. Nominations are due by Friday, September 18, 2015.

Awards will be presented at the Fall SD Safety & Health Conference on October 14, 2015 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

Nominating the dynamic company / organization that you work for is a great way to capitalize on showcasing where you work and assist with recruitment and retention!

Please forward to friends and family – we certainly welcome non-SESHRM members throughout the community to share their unique company traits!

August SESHRM Chapter Meeting


Affordable Care Act:  Am I Missing Something?

Presented by Abbey Vanderwerf


This session will include an update on what is going on currently with the law (i.e. Supreme Court decision slated to come out in June 2015), but a check for employers to gauge where they are at with implementation of the law, what they should be doing NOW, and what they should be preparing for in the months ahead.  The objective is to ensure employers are aware of all of the requirements upon them, to ensure they are prepared to take their organizations into the pay-or-play, the measurement and stability requirements and the 1094/1095 reporting requirements and look ahead to upcoming changes and possible road blocks as the law moves forward.


Bonus Session:  Affordable Care Act:  What is Your Plan?

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Presented by Abbey Vanderwerf


Abbey will facilitate a group discussion after the chapter meeting by discussing the questions below and allowing attendees to contribute their current processes by sharing what steps they have taken to comply with ACA as well as to discuss any concerns they may have.

  • How are employers tracking and capturing the data they need for measurement/stability and employer reporting?
  • What type of language should employers use when setting up policies/procedures for measurement/stability?
  • Do employers need to add different eligibility language to their SPD’s for measurement/stability tracking?
  • What type of documentation is required for ACA compliance?
  • What changes do I need to be aware of for the 2015-2016 plan years?
  • Are you aware of any vendors providing solutions for ACA compliance?
  • What are the most important things I should be aware of (as an employer) for my health plan right now?

Attend the bonus session to share your processes and ideas and gain insight for what may work best for your company in complying with ACA.


Abbey Vanderwerf is the Employee Benefits Operations Manager for Howalt McDowell Insurance. She joined the company in 2008 after spending most of her professional career in Human Resources. She holds both PHR designation as well as her Life & Health License.


While Abbey works on benefit plans for clients of all sizes, her primary focus is on large employers. She is instrumental in strategic planning and program development to enhance employer benefit packages and build lasting solutions to align with the company culture.


Because of her past HR experience, she also focuses heavily on the area of benefit compliance and has become an expert on the ACA since its passage in 2010. She has hosted numerous seminars and webinars on the topic, leads a group of employer focused professionals to navigate the changes, has been a guest on local radio programs and answers many day to day questions associated with the law’s implementation for employers.


2016 SD State SHRM Conference



Teaching Opportunity 

The University of South Dakota has teaching opportunities in the following areas:  

  • Intro to HR Management -- Fall 2015 at the University Center in Sioux Falls.
  • Business 101 (a very broad introduction to all business disciplines) -- Fall 2015.  This one could be taught face-to-face in Sioux Falls or possibly online.
  • Compensation -- Spring 2016 in Vermillion.  This could be taught in 1 or 2 meetings a week to limit commuting.

Instructional experience and expertise in HR are the two competencies preferred in this role. Income is around $3000.00 to $3200.00 per class.

Contact Damian Lonsdale at if interested. 


Did you know that SESHRM is on LinkedIn?

We encourage all members to join this group for updates, news and information!!

Join the SESHRM page here


SDSHRM Council

The SDSHRM Council unifies 7 individual SD SHRM affiliated chapters to advance the HR profession. They partner with over 400 volunteers in South Dakota to represent our state at a regional and national level.

We welcome you to utilize the SDSHRM site as a resource, and encourage you to check back frequently for updated information.  Click on the “Who We Are” page to get to know your council leaders from around the state! 

To be the premier organization in South Dakota for the professional development and advancement of Human Resources.

SDSHRM Mission
Lead Human Resources in South Dakota through:

  • Human Resource expertise
  • Advocacy
  • Professional support
  • Educational Opportunities
  • Networking


Learn about the new
SHRM Certification here:

Upcoming events

Tue, August 11, 2015 11:30 AM • CJ Callaways
Tue, September 08, 2015 11:30 AM • CJ Callaways
Tue, October 13, 2015 11:30 AM • CJ Callaway's
Tue, November 10, 2015 11:30 AM • CJ Callaways

HR Opportunities

Tue, December 01, 2015 4:00 PM • Anonymous








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