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     A monthly reader for HR Professionals in the Sioux Empire.

    May 2017

    From the Desk of the President

    The state conference is just days away and we are excited to meet with the State Council and other chapter leadership in Pierre. The conference is a great time to exchange ideas and network with HR colleagues from across the state. If you are attending the conference, be sure to stop by the South Dakota SHRM State Council booth to purchase raffle tickets for the Foundation fundraiser and a chance to win some awesome gift baskets that were donated by the state's chapters.

    The national SHRM conference is next month in New Orleans! I know there are a few people from our chapter heading down there and it is always nice to connect with others from our area when at such a large conference. Please let me know if you are attending the conference so we can keep you all connected.

    Did you know that SESHRM has already had 35 new members this year? With so many professional associations0 to join in our area, we are fortunate that SESHRM continues to grow and we want to keep that momentum going. Next time you see a new face at the chapter meeting, take time to introduce yourself and welcome them to our group.

    Interested in learning more about SHRM on the state level? The South Dakota SHRM Council is seeking individuals who are interested in serving on their board in the following positions:

    Marketing Director: Oversee and manage the marketing and public relations activities of the council within the state utilizing the medium most appropriate. This is a voting position with a two year term.
    Treasurer: Maintains the records, and directs the financial affairs of the council.

    If interested, please contact Mary Drumm, Director South Dakota SHRM State Council at or 605-939-2620.

    Join us for the May 9th chapter meeting to learn about Creating a Mentoring Culture with Denise Truckenmiller. With high employee turnover and low unemployment rates working against us, enhancing company culture is a strong defense to help us address such tough workplace challenges. Mentoring is not only an HR responsibility, but also an opportunity for employees at all levels of an organization to learn and grow from each other. Consider bringing someone from your company who wants to learn how to promote a mentoring culture.

     Jen Adix, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
     SESHRM President

    SESHRM May 2017 Chapter Meeting
    ​Tuesday, May 9, 2017
    CJ Callaway's
    Registration Deadline: Friday, May 5th at noon

    Click Here to Register as a SESHRM member
    Click Here to Register as a non-member

    Creating a Mentoring Culture
    Presented by: Denise Truckenmiller, President of STRUCK Consulting

    This presentation will focus on the following items:

    • Define what drives a Mentoring Culture
    • Identify the key concepts involved in a Mentoring Culture
    • Assess how these concepts may work with your culture

    About the Speaker
    Denise “Truck” Truckenmiller speaks from experience. She has built a solid reputation for moving individuals and organizations from a mindset of reasons, stories, and excuses to “why nots” and “what ifs”.

    Truck has performed a variety of leadership positions, including chamber of commerce executive director, at-risk youth counselor, liaison worker, YMCA camp executive director, director of Human Capital in two rural hospitals, and trainer consultant for a healthcare system. She has also mediated at all levels of an organization.

    As a strategic thinker and innovative problem solver, Truck is not afraid to make difficult decisions. She has a high energy level, is motivated, and creative. Her glass is always half full. Truck enjoys finding and igniting the spark within every person. Her solid reputation helps make things happen while maintaining credibility and getting buy-in from others.

    Truck holds a B.S in Business, an MBA with emphasis in human resources, and is currently working toward an Ed.D in Leadership from Creighton University. Truck has also a published curriculum author, certified trainer in Crucial Conversations©, Crucial Accountability©, and Reality-Based Leadership©.

    Click Here to Register as a SESHRM Member
    Click Here to Register as a Non-Member

    2017 SESHRM Salary Survey
    There's only 10 days left!!!

    Make sure to submit your salary data for the 2017 SESHRM Salary Survey by Friday, May 12, 2017!

    If you did not receive a participation email from Gallagher Surveys to participate in the SESHRM Salary Survey, please email Cal McKeown at and he will be sure to get you the email sent with necessary information.

    As a reminder, SESHRM members that participate in the survey will receive a complimentary copy of the salary survey data this summer.  SESHRM members that do not participate still have an opportunity to purchase the survey for $300.00. 


    SESHRM Salary Survey Sponsorship Opportunities STILL Available

    Sponsor the 2017 SESHRM Salary Survey at one of three levels this year, and receive premier advertising space & more…

    Gold Sponsorship: $2000.00
    Primary Sponsor / Opportunity to speak & distribute company information at one monthly event / One advertisement on SESHRM website for one month/ Complimentary, One-Year Membership to SESHRM / Two free monthly SESHRM Meeting Passes to invite a Non-SESHRM Member / Featured Spotlight in the Survey / Complimentary copy of survey results

    Silver Sponsorship: $1000.00
    Opportunity to distribute company information at one monthly event / One advertisement on SESHRM website for one month / Two free monthly SESHRM Meeting Passes to invite a Non-SESHRM Member / Featured Spotlight in the Survey / Complimentary copy of survey results

    Bronze Sponsorship: $500.00
    One advertisement on SESHRM website for one month / One free monthly SESHRM Meeting Passes to invite a Non-SESHRM Member / Featured Spotlight in the Survey / Complimentary copy of survey results

    Time is limited! Take advantage of this great opportunity to advertise your company or organization to over 300 SHRM members, as well as several non-SHRM members!

    Please contact Cal McKeown, SESHRM President Elect, if you are interested.

    Certification Updates


    Please join in extending congratulations to SESHRM member, Amy Williams. Amy recently achieved her SHRM-CP. Amy is a HR Manager with SBS CyberSecurity. Congratulations Molly!

    If you have recently achieved your SHRM (SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP) or HRCI (PHR, SPHR) certification, we would like to recognize you! Please contact Tammy Loos at


    2017 Workplace Excellence Awards

    It’s almost that time of the year again! 
    Nominate your employer for the 2017 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.

    Please watch out for the nomination form on the website. We will send out more information when it is posted. 

    Questions – please contact Miranda Bunde via email

    Nominations will be due in early September.

    May Legislative Update

    Joint Employers Weren’t on Notice About Overtime Despite Off-Hour E-Mails
    By Emily R. Marr

    A federal district court judge rejected the notion that the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires joint employers to undertake such "extraordinary" measures as tracking off-hour e-mails to assess whether employees are working overtime without appropriate compensation.

    Full article here:

    Overtime Reply Brief Delayed Until June 30
    By Allen Smith, J.D.

    By again asking an appeals court for more time to file a brief in its effort to move forward with the Obama administration's new overtime regulations, it shows that the Department of Labor (DOL) lacks the appetite to carry on with litigation, at least not without new leadership, according to Jim Swartz, an attorney with Polsinelli in Atlanta.

    And should Secretary of Labor nominee Alexander Acosta be confirmed, he said, the DOL might abandon its court battle to put the overtime rule in place.

    "The overtime rule isn't dead, but it is on life support," Swartz said. "There remains some procedural wrangling to be resolved—both in the appeals and lower court."

    Full article here:

    Trump’s First 100 Days and a Look Ahead
    By Allen Smith, J.D.

    President Donald Trump is just starting to make his mark on employment law, as he reaches his first 100 days in office on April 29. Failures aside—and there have been several, from the inability so far to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), courts blocking his travel ban executive orders and the withdrawal of Andrew Puzder's nomination as secretary of labor—Trump has accomplished much and can be expected to make more changes to employment and immigration law, management attorneys say.

    But Brett Coburn, an attorney with Alston & Bird in Atlanta, criticized the administration for sending "conflicting messages" regarding employment issues.

    "On the one hand, Trump's history and actions to date—including his initial choice for secretary of labor and his nomination of now Justice [Neil] Gorsuch—demonstrate an overall pro-business bent, as would be expected from any Republican administration," Coburn said. "On the other hand, much of the populist campaign-trail rhetoric that got Trump elected involved promises to support American workers. There is a significant and fundamental tension here that, at this point in the Trump presidency, leaves a great deal of uncertainty about the employment-related priorities of the Trump administration."

    Full article here: