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APRIL 2018



THURSDAY, April 12, 2018

11:15 -1:00  PM

Holiday Inn Downtown Duluth 

Salary Basis Essentials:  The Things You Might Be Doing Wrong!

The Fair Labor Standards Act was enacted 80 years ago, but to this day still poses compliance challenges for employers.  For salaried exempt employees, the challenges include compliance with the intricacies of the “salary basis” test.  How is an exempt employee paid a “salary?”  It’s not as obvious as it may seem.  This presentation will address the intricacies.

Mr. Roby graduated with highest honors from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and received his law degree from William Mitchell College of Law.  He is certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a labor and employment law specialist. He has been named a Super Lawyer every year of the program’s existence.  He practices with the Duluth firm of Johnson, Killen & Seiler.






Thursday, April 26

7:30-9:30 AM 

Holiday Inn Downtown Duluth 

Membership Appreciation Breakfast - Celebrating 30 Years!

The NHRA wouldn't exist without our members. You are our most valuable asset! We have a fun and informative morning planned to recognize our membership's contributions and celebrate our first 30 years as an organization.

Not a member? Join today - there is still time to get in on the action!

7:30  Registration & 30th Anniversary Gift Giveaway
Each member receives a special gift at the door.

7:30 - 8:15  Relax and Enjoy a Delicious Complimentary Breakfast!
(Fluffy scrambled eggs, Bacon, North Shore Potatoes, Fresh Seasonal Fruit, Assorted Muffins, Bagels, and Pastries Starbucks Coffee, and Tea) 

8:15 - 9:15  Dementia in the Workplace for HR Professionals: Peter Hafften, AgeWell
Exclusively created for NHRA, Peter will present a cutting edge session addressing growing concerns related to aging issues in the workplace. 

  • Aging employees in the workplace
  • Policies to help employees who are caregivers for aging parents/loved ones
  • Strategies to support employees, customers, and others who suffer from dementia
  • Dementia prevention and wellness tips 
  • Q&A 

We are excited to celebrate and learn together! Mark your calendar for this terrific FREE event for NHRA Members! 




Tuesday May 8, 2018

11:15 -1:00  PM

Holiday Inn Downtown Duluth 

Plan Recognize Respond Report - Preventing Workplace Violence

Are you prepared to handle incidents of workplace violence if they occur in your place of business? Do you have a plan in place to protect your workers? If you are not proactive you are gambling with your employees' welfare and lives. Understand early warning signs of workplace violence and how to prepare a plan for the facility, for team workers and for individual employees. Learn about the four categories of workplace violence and the best practices to protect your business and employees.

This workshop is designed to give employees simple tools to address workplace violence. Employees will be able to plan for prevention, recognize impending signs of violence, respond in an appropriate and timely fashion and understand the importance of reporting.

Vikki Sanders is a Safety Consultant Principal for OSHA Consultation Unit.  She has trained, investigated and consulted on the issues of workplace violence for 29 years.  She has worked 7 years as an OSHA investigator and 22 years as a consultant specializing in workplace violence, and general industry safety.  Vikki has taught over 570 businesses and 57,000 employees on safety topics to a variety of industrial settings including but not limited to long term care, hospitals, healthcare, education, manufacturing and business. 



2018 MNSHRM 

State Conference

St. Cloud, MN 

October 14-16


With Keynote Speakers Sam Richter and Steve Gilliand, as well as 50+ breakout speakers, evening activities and more, you don't want to miss out on MNSHRM18!

Sam Richter  
Sam is an internationally recognized expert on sales intelligence and online reputation management. His award-winning experience includes building innovative programs for start-up companies and some of the world's most famous brands.

Steve Gilliand
A member of the Speaker Hall of Fame, Steve is one of the most in-demand and top-rated speakers in the world. Recognized as a master storyteller and brilliant comedian, he can be heard daily on SiriusXM Radio’s Laugh USA.

We look forward to seeing you in October!

Your MNSHRM18 Team





Stacy Johnston

Founder ~ Audacity HR 

Solutions &

HR Learning Lab

Stacy Johnston is the founder of Audacity HR Solutions and HR Learning Lab. She works with organizations on Human Resource solutions, training and development. As an HR enthusiast, Stacy’s goal is to help organizations understand and engage their biggest competitive advantage… their employees!

Stacy is a licensed attorney in the State of Minnesota, holds a B.A. in Personnel Management, and has earned the SHRM-CP and PHR credentials. She is an adjunct instructor at the Labovitz School of Business and Economics at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), where she teaches in the Human Resource Management Department.

Stacy is a former Board member at NHRA, is a member of the Programming Committee and a mentor with the NHRA mentor program. She also serves on the Board for the Lake Superior Chapter of the Association for Talent Development and is a member of the National Speakers Association. Stacy enjoys teaching yoga, spending time with family and friends, recreating on our beautiful parks and trails, travelling and cooking (and eating!).


Are you looking to become SHRM certified or recertified this year?  THIS IS FOR YOU!! 

The SHRM Foundation is offering 220 $750 scholarships for SHRM Certification exam and/or preparation (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP).   

The SHRM Foundation is also issuing 20 $100 scholarships to cover SHRM Recertification Application Fee



APRIL 10, 2018



Request for volunteers for the resume critique station at the Northland Job Fair on April 12th at the DECC (Free Parking!).  Resume critiquers can sign up for half-hour timeslots (as many as you’d like!) throughout the day from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  For those attending the NHRA educational meeting that day, what a nice post-meeting activity, to walk down to the DECC and share some expertise!  To sign up or for questions, contact Betsy Hill, bhill@duluthmn.gov or 218-730-5228.


In 2018, the SHRM Foundation will award more than $500,000 in support to students and HR professionals seeking undergraduate, graduate, certification, recertification and professional development opportunities. We encourage all eligible SHRM, student and chapter and state council members to apply for one or more of the scholarships or awards listed here.



Why have a SHRM Membership you ask?

*Thousands of Tools (interview questions, job descriptions, sample policies, HR forms, presentation, express requesrts, Q&As, How-Tos)

*Personalized Content

*US Federal, State & Local Compliance Resources

*Free Webcasts

*As An HR Advisor

*HR Magazine & e-newsletters

*Online Member Community

*Discounts on SHRM Educational Offerings

*Discount on NHRA membership

*Discount on MNSHRM Conference


The Minnesota PIPELINE (Private Investment, Public Education, Labor and Industry Experience) Project is an innovative approach to address current and future workforce needs.  It serves as a catalyst for developing industry-based, employer-driven, dual-training programs throughout the state.  The program targets four high-growth industry sectors with limited experience with Minnesota's apprenticeship system:

*advanced manufacturing
*healthcare services
*information technology

By leveraging Minnesota's success with registered apprenticeship and focusing on the targeted industries, the PIPELINE Program is assisting employers to change the question from "How do we get workers with the skills we need? to "How do we give workers the skills we need?"  Dual training, like apprenticeship, is an earn-as-you-learn approach where the employer invests in its employee by building a training infrastructure, developing career pathways and investing in the employee's education.  






Please see below for our 2018 Board of Directors listing 

If you have a job status change, please let me know so we can update your information.

If you know of anyone in the HR industry who you think would benefit from this group, please bring them as a guest or refer them to us and we'll reach out to them.




When was the last time you used the Member Only Area on the NHRA website?  Find relevant resources here such as local job postings, our member directory and presentation resources




Was Your Employee Benefit Plan Selected for an Audit?  Don't Panic! 

If you need more time to respond to a document request, ask for it.


International Transgender Day of Visibility Counters Prejudice, Recognizes Trans Community

The eighth international Transgender Day of Visibility on Saturday is aimed at raising awareness around the discrimination transgender people still face in the workplace and elsewhere and celebrating the accomplishments of these individuals.


Who Are the U.S.'s Loneliest Employees, and Why It's Important to Know

Loneliness should be as important to managers, CFOs, and CEOs as it is to therapists.



President: Patricia Stolee, North Shore Bank

Past President/Certification: Theresa Severance, City of Duluth 

Secretary: Melissa Williams, WLSSD

Treasurer: Justin Terch, Terch and Buck Consulting

Membership: Mark Swanson, Century Link

Workforce DevelopmentBetsy Hill, City of Duluth

Professional Development: Judy Aspling, Center City Housing

SHRM Foundation/NewsletterAmy Haney, Saturn Systems

Communications/Website: Satrina Nikula, ALLETE

Governmental/Legislative Affairs:  Brittany Bonk, Enbridge Energy

Marketing & Social Media:    Wanda Grew-Jasken, EDGE Consulting LLC

       College Relations:  Tara Swenson,  St. Luke's Hospital


Assistant Membership/Golf Coordinator: Chad Roberg, Hayes Companies

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