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  • 24 Jul 2019 8:50 AM | Deleted user

    Current members of the Northland Human Resources Association are invited to participate in a research study that is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Duluth. The purpose of this research is to examine how to make the hiring process more effective.

    If you agree to participate, you will be asked to review a job application and answer a short series of questions about the job applicant and about yourself. This will take about 45 minutes and can be completed at your convenience from any computer with an internet connection. As part of this study, you will be asked to complete a short personality survey. At the end of the study, you will be provided with feedback on your personality scores. 

    To participate in this study, you must be a human resources professional who is at least 18 years old. If you meet these inclusion criteria, complete at least 95% of the study, and provide your email address, you will be entered into a drawing for one of twenty (20) $50 Amazon.com gift cards.

    If you’d like to participate, please follow this link: https://umn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bf7g2QgpOonn4JD
    This study will close on August 9, 2019.

    Questions? Please contact Dr. Mallory McCord at mccordm@d.umn.edu.

  • 17 Jul 2019 8:31 PM | Deleted user

    NHRA donated $1,425.00 to the Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss at their Annual Golf Fundraiser on July 15, 2019. NHRA is pleased to support the Lighthouse as they celebrate 100 years of helping individuals with vision loss in our community!

    Thanks to everyone who helped to make this event a success! 

    Pictured from left to right:

    • James Kelm, Brail Embossing Specialist at Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss
    • Casper, Standard Poodle Guide Dog
    • Chad Roberg, NHRA Golf Fundraiser Coordinator
    • Mary Junnila, Executive Director, Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss
    • Patricia Stolee, NHRA Chapter President
    • Tim Sherman, Sales Director with NVA

  • 03 Jul 2019 10:03 AM | Deleted user

    You asked. We listened.

    UW-Superior’s Center for Continuing Education is excited to announce the launch of the new Advanced HR Management Certificate, beginning in October 2019! This certificate is designed for those in leadership positions, with experience in the HR field or who have taken the HR Management Certificate. To register or for more information on this new and advanced certificate, click here.

    While you’re on our website, be sure to check out our long-standing HR Management Certificate for some exciting new workshop topics. If you’ve already completed this certificate, feel free to register for individual workshop topics as they interest you! 

    We offer CEUs upon request, and are applying to offer SHRM and HRCI recertification credits. Feel free to give us a call at 715-394-8469 with any questions.

    Advance HR Postcard 2019 (1).pdf

  • 21 Jun 2019 3:29 PM | Deleted user

    Human Resources Compliance Audit

    The National Rural Health Resource Center (The Center) seeks a sub-contractor to perform a comprehensive Human Resource (HR) Compliance Audit. Work on the project will begin by July 1, 2019 and complete September 30, 2019.  

    This RFP has been extended.  Proposals are now due on June 26, 2019.


  • 13 Jun 2019 11:02 AM | Deleted user

    Legislation was passed in May 2019 that will invest $3.1 million in new funding over the next two years in the Department of Labor and Industry’s enforcement of the state’s wage and hour laws. The new Minnesota Wage Theft law will create additional protections for workers, including adding criminal penalties for employers who commit wage theft.

    View a PDF of law changes that will go into effect July 1, 2019The provisions providing for criminal wage theft and sanctions go into effect Aug. 1, 2019.

    See MN Department of Labor and Industry Summary Here

    In one of the most significant pieces of legislation affecting employers in many years, the Minnesota Legislature passed, and Governor Walz signed, the Jobs and Economic Development Omnibus bill that includes new wage theft protections for employees and new requirements for employers.

    The wage theft bill is one of the few pieces of bipartisan employment legislation that survived the 2019 legislative session. The law constitutes a very significant change in wage payment requirements and enforcement. It includes increased civil enforcement and recordkeeping requirements for employers, as well as new criminal penalties for intentional wage theft. These changes will go into effect on July 1, 2019.

    Read More Here

    Littler discusses more about Wage Theft, civil enforcement of this new law, HR regulations and record keeping requirements, criminal penalties, and recommendation for employers. 

    Additional Article Here

    James Olney provides his overview of the law and what employers need to know.

  • 31 May 2019 3:33 PM | Deleted user


    NHRA Awarded For Elevating Human Resources, Improving Workplaces 

    SHRM (the Society for Human Resource Management) recently awarded the Northland Human Resource Association (NHRA) its prestigious EXCEL Platinum Award for the NHRA’s accomplishments in 2018.

    The EXCEL award aligns individual chapters’ and state councils’ activities with SHRM’s aspirations for the HR profession. The award recognizes major accomplishments, strategic activities, and tactical initiatives that elevate the profession of human resources.  

    “So much of SHRM’s success in shaping better workplaces—where employers and employees can thrive together— is owed to the hard work of our chapters and state councils such as NHRA. Through their courage and leadership, NHRA is driving true, measurable progress toward the healthy, productive, and dynamic workplaces of tomorrow,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, president and chief executive officer of SHRM. “Awarding this Platinum EXCEL Award is just one small way for SHRM to recognize and celebrate the big steps this chapter has taken this past year.”

    The EXCEL Award can be earned at four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Each level has a prescribed set of requirements and accomplishments that must be met. NHRA will receive recognition in SHRM publications and at conferences, a logo to display on its website, and information to share with its members about the significance of this award.

  • 15 May 2019 1:45 PM | Deleted user

    SHRM Learning System Study Group

    Take the Lead. Become SHRM-Certified!

    Earn the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®) and prove your knowledge, competency and value to colleagues and to employers looking for a competitive edge in today’s global economy.

    Join our study group! Northland Human Resource Association is planning to offer a SHRM Learning System study group to expand your HR knowledge and competencies to prepare you for SHRM certification exams. This study group is designed for individuals interested in preparing for the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP exam, achieving professional advancement and building confidence for addressing today’s HR challenges.

    Cost: There is no cost to attend the study group! You will be able to purchase the SHRM Learning System materials needed for the study group, directly from the Northland HRA for a greatly reduced price of $495.00 + a minimal shipping cost. If you would like to attend the study group and you are using SHRM scholarships funds to purchase your materials directly from SHRM, please indicate in the survey that you are using scholarship funds to buy/or have already purchased the current SHRM Learning System directly from SHRM.

    Study Group Tools: 2019 SHRM Learning System

    This study group is based on the SHRM Learning System which uses a proven approach for teaching adult learners. The personalized SmartPath™ experience is designed to dynamically adjust based on the user’s progress and proficiency. Real-life situations are infused into the study process for better understanding, application and engagement with HR competencies. It is the most comprehensive, effective way to prepare for success on the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP exam. Whether you are a SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP candidate or a manager seeking training for your staff, our study group can help you accomplish your certification and professional development goals. 

    Let us know you're interested!

    If you are interested, please fill out this survey by June 30, 2019. 

    • Please note this survey is to gauge interest. Dates, times and locations will be provided at a later time and will be sent to the email indicated on the survey.
    • If you are unable to access the survey please email boardnhra@gmail.com 

  • 16 Apr 2019 9:30 PM | Deleted user

    You are invited to attend the 14th Annual Arrowhead Human Resources Association (AHRA) All Day Conference:

    A Whole New World…for HR, Managers & Supervisors

    Mesabi Range College in Virginia, MN

    Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

    AHRA is excited to have two nationally recognized keynote speakers, Ellie Krug and Kate Bishoff. They will each be doing a keynote presentation and a breakout session in the afternoon “Transgender 101” and Employment Law Update.” Justin Terch of Terch & Associates Consulting will also be presenting “Generations in the Workplace.” 

    See attached brochure for more details: 2019 Brochure.pdf.

    Register Here 

    Note: NHRA members will receive the AHRA member rate.

    Also, if your organization is interested in being a Vendor to reach 75+ organizations, you can also register online at the link below or contact Mary Ciriacy at mary.ciriacy@outlook.com.


    Ellie Krug,  “Gray Area Thinking”

    Have you walked away from unconscious bias trainings thinking, “Thanks but what can I really do about bias?” If so, Gray Area Thinking™ offers a new way of addressing the ways that humans label, sort and group other humans and otherwise engage in tribalism—the preference for others who look or act like us. Most importantly, Gray Area Thinking™ teaches a toolset (awareness, risk-taking, compassion) that’s easy to grasp and easy to use. 

    In 2009, while an Iowa civil trial attorney with 100+ trials, Ellen (Ellie) Krug (pronounced “Kroog”), transitioned from male to female. She later became one of the few attorneys nationally to try jury cases in separate genders. From 2011 to 2016, she served as the executive director of Call for Justice, LLC, a Minneapolis legal nonprofit that was conferred an American Bar Association award for innovatively increasing legal access.  The author of Getting to Ellen: A Memoir about Love, Honesty and Gender Change (2013), Ellie has presented on diversity and inclusion to governmental entities, court systems, Fortune 100 companies, law firms, nonprofits, and colleges/universities on nearly 800 occasions. A hopeless idealist, Ellie has presented her human inclusivity training, “Gray Area Thinking®” across North America.  In 2016, Advocate Magazine named Ellie one of “25 Legal Advocates Fighting for Trans Rights.” She is a monthly columnist for Lavender Magazine and pens a widely-circulated monthly e-newsletter, The Ripple, that reaches 6000 people. Ellie views herself as an “Inclusionist” and founded an inclusion-oriented consulting and training company, Human Inspiration Works, LLC, in late 2016.  Ellis is also a weekly radio host; her show, “Ellie 2.0 Radio,” on AM950 in the Twin Cities highlights idealism and how each of us can play a role in fostering positive change in the world. Ellie’s remaining life mission is to work for a more inclusive society for all humans, regardless of how many are considered “Other.”http://humaninspirationworks.com/



    Kate Bishoff, “#MeToo Two Years Later”

    Harassment has dominated the news and social media for the last year, fanning fears that all the money we have invested in harassment training has been for naught. So what should we do? This session covers the various movements and the potential for backlash. 

    Kate Bischoff is an overly enthusiastic, sarcastic, and opinionated management-side employment attorney and SHRM-SCP-certified HR pro.  She works closely with management, HR folk, and technology companies to improve organizations and make it easier to recruit and retain talent through having easy-to-understand policies, easy-to-use technology, and easy-to-explain compliance initiatives. Kate has been recognized by The New York Times, CNN.com, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, National Public Radio, and other journalistic sources as a leading authority on harassment, technology in the workplace, and employment law. https://thrivelawconsulting.com/

  • 29 Mar 2019 10:19 AM | Deleted user

    Join the 10th Annual Northland Career Fair!

    Wednesday, April 24, 2019
    Duluth Entertainment Convention Center

    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Pioneer Hall
    350 Harbor Drive
    Duluth, MN 55802

    Register now to exhibit!

    To be included in the exhibitor directory, you must register by Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

  • 18 Mar 2019 10:28 AM | Deleted user

    As a Human Resources professional, could you use practice-based training or a refresher on compliance topics and employment law?

    Are you looking for an opportunity for continuing education credits?

    Are you an emerging leader or looking to grow in your HR career?

    If so, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, a nationally-recognized ABA-approved law school, would like to offer you the opportunity to earn a Human Resources Compliance Certificate.

    As a participant in the 12-week program, you will receive practice-based training and review compliance topics to help you understand employment law, government compliance requirements, and risk-management issues. Most participants are emerging leaders, HR and Compliance professionals, business owners, or attorneys. A legal background is not needed to be successful in this program.

    The HR Compliance Certificate is fully online and asynchronous. Participants typically spend approximately 3-4 hours/week in the courses. You will have the opportunity to interact with classmates and faculty through online discussions and practical, hands-on exercises.

    More detailed information is available on their website

    Mitchell Hamiline would love to have NHRA members join their next class on April 3rd. As a non-profit organization, they are committed to making the program affordable. Interest-free payment plans are available. Please inquire about scholarship discounts. If your employer offers professional development or tuition reimbursement benefits, they can directly bill your employer.

    Reserve your place in the program with the online registration form and a $250 tuition deposit.

    Please contact Amy (below) for more information. She is happy to help and she is am available to set up a time to discuss this further, if preferred. 

    Contact Information:

    Amy Leistner  |  Senior Enrollment Counselor
    Professional Legal Education
    Office: 651-695-7651

    Fax: 651-290-6414


    Mitchell Hamline School of Law
    875 Summit Ave. | St. Paul, MN 55105

    Great in theory. Even better in practice.

    “I am in a new HR Compliance role and this program has helped me boost my confidence in this role tremendously. I know that I’ll be able to do a good job for my company around HR Compliance. Thank you, Mitchell Hamline School of Law!" K. Dalyrimple

    “Great material, knowledgeable instructors, and just the right amount of coursework.” G. Cozzone

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