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  • October 22, 2019 2:45 PM | Amanda Sutton

    Official Results:
    2020 Bluegrass SHRM Board

    Dear BGSHRM members:

    I am delighted to share with you the results of the 2020 BGSHRM Board Election. I would like to thank all of you that voted, and especially thank everyone that nominated. A diverse group with fresh ideas is essential to ongoing development of this robust organization.

    Congratulations to the incoming 2020 Board! I am honored to have the opportunity to work together and know this will be a highly successful partnership.

    Amanda Sutton, 2019 President-Elect


    President: Amanda Sutton

    President-Elect: Michael Hooper

    Past President: Leslie Moore

    Treasurer: LaRellen Jones

    Secretary / Business Manager: Leslie Jarvis

    Membership Director: Kriste Blumetti

    Diversity & Community Outreach Director: Donna Carter

    External Communications Director: Alisha Lyle

    Internal Communications Director: Ashley Case

    Professional Development (Programs) Director: Beverly Clemons

    Workforce Readiness Director: Elodie Dickenson

    Workforce Readiness Chair: David Baumgartner

    Best Places to Work/State Conferences Director: Jennifer Taylor

    Foundation Director: Tiffany Yarbrough

    Student Relations Director: Sam Stapleton

    Legislative Affairs Director: Kelly Bolton

    Wellness Chair: Morgan Rawlings


  • October 10, 2019 12:53 PM | Amanda Sutton

    Department of Labor Salary Exemption Rule: 

    Department of Labor issued a final change to the salary exemption rule, changing the cutoff from $455 per week to $684 per week ($23,660 to $35,568).  The new rule becomes effective on January 1, 2020. Additional information can be found at https://www.dol.gov/whd/overtime2019/index.htm.

    EEO1 Comp 2 Report:

    Letters have been generated and the EEO1 Comp2 report is out and now accepting submissions.  There is an option to upload a .csv file for efficient submissions, 2017 and 2018 must be submitted separately.  The deadline for completion was 9/30/19.  EEO has announced that they are strongly considering not making this an annual requirement due to the labor intensive responsibility it places on employers.

    Security/OSHA Updates: 

    If you do not already have a strong safety plan in place, you should do so immediately and ensure that Active Shooter Training is included.  The Department of Homeland Security has a free training available on their website at https://www.dhs.gov/cisa/active-shooter-preparedness. Also, just a reminder that there are protections for gender neutrality now included in OSHA regulations – especially concerning restroom utilization. 

    Upcoming update to the W-4:

    There is a pending update to the W-4, which is set to be released sometime before spring of 2020.  It lengthens the W-4 to several pages, and includes the bracket as a requirement, where it used to be for reference.

  • October 03, 2019 12:35 PM | Amanda Sutton

    Last Chance to win a prize for Referring New Members!

    You could win a free year of paid dues for helping us grow!

    We are entering the home stretch for Membership Referral Program! It is easy to participate, simply encourage your colleagues, students, customers, vendors, and other interested parties to join Bluegrass SHRM and enjoy the same great benefits you do!

    Each new member you refer qualifies as an entry into a drawing for chances for one of two (2) possible of a free Yearly membership renewal for January 2021.

    Rules of the contest:

    • Members need not be present to win

    • Yearly drawings will be at the December program meeting

    • Each new member counts as a separate entry into each of the yearly drawings

    • There is no limit to the number of members you can refer.

    • The new member must declare the referring member in the "Referred By" section of their application

    • The referring member must be an active member at the time the referral completes their application and at the time of the year-end drawing

    • A new member is any person who has never been a member of SHRM of Bluegrass SHRM

    • Referral Program ends November 1, 2019.

    • Bluegrass SHRM reserves the right to change this program at any time.

    Thank you for your continued support of the Bluegrass SHRM chapter!

    Dues are only $50.00 per calendar year for National SHRM members and $75.00 for Non-National SHRM members. You may also choose you pre-pay for meals for the year along with your membership dues. Credit card payments are accepted online.

    Current members of Bluegrass SHRM will be entered into a drawing for each new member you refer. The winner will be announced at our November Chapter Meeting (November 12, 2019).

    New Members: to apply, simply click here. If new members apply before midnight November 1, 2019, the referring members name will be entered in a drawing for a prize!

    • New members registering will need to enter the referring members name (first AND last name) at the bottom of their online application. You will be entered into a prize drawing for EACH new member you refer (refer 5 new members, get entered 5 times!)

    Thank you for helping us grow!

    Kriste BlumettiMembership Directors (membership@bgshrm.org)

  • September 24, 2019 11:12 AM | Amanda Sutton

    The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a final rule raising the salary threshold for white-collar exemptions from overtime pay.

    Read more here:


  • September 20, 2019 12:27 PM | Amanda Sutton

    Don't miss your chance to participate in this D&I Tagline contest to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!!

    Submit entries to diversity@bgshrm.org by OCTOBER 8th!

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  • September 11, 2019 2:29 PM | Anonymous

    Please click HERE to see the 3rd quarterly BGSHRM Gazette Newsletter.  If you are interested in being on the newsletter committee, please email communications@bgshrm.org.

  • September 11, 2019 8:37 AM | Amanda Sutton

    What is the SHRM Foundation?

    The SHRM Foundation is the charity affiliate of SHRM, dedicated to empowering HR professionals to build inclusive organizations where employees thrive and organizations achieve success.The mission of the SHRM Foundation is to champion workforce and workplace transformation by providing research-based HR solutions for challenging inclusion issues facing current and potential employees, scholarships to educate and develop HR professionals to make change happen, and opportunities for HR professionals to make a difference in their local communities.

    The SHRM Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships each year to HR professionals and students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees, certification, and professional development. The SHRM Foundation also develops research-based workplace inclusion solutions for HR professionals, with recent initiatives focused on the aging workforce and the hiring and retention of military veterans.

    Why should I donate?

    As a 501(c)(3) public charity, the work of the SHRM Foundation is made possible by generous donations from HR professionals and the support of SHRM.

    With more than 500 SHRM Chapters, the Top 25 fundraising Chapters represent the top five percent of all SHRM chapters. Those in the top 25 have the highest yearly contributions, including gifts from the chapter plus recognition credits donated by individuals or companies on behalf of the chapter. Last year, the Bluegrass SHRM Chapter was ranked #3 out of ALL CHAPTERS!!! So now we need your help to break the top 10 and remain one of the Top 25 Fundraising Chapters!! 

    Get Involved and Make a Donation!

    If you're interested in making a contribution, you still have time before the end of the year! Make a donation online today at shrmfoundation.org/donate! Giving directly to the SHRM Foundation ensures that your donation is TAX-DEDUCTIBLE! 

    All donors who give online or give an offline gift of $25 or more will receive an acknowledgement letter which is your receipt for tax purposes. All donors are encouraged to give recognition credits to their chapter and council in honor of their gift. Recognition credits should to be given during the point of donation, and can be added or adjusted by donor request to SHRMFoundation@shrm.org.

  • September 10, 2019 8:56 PM | Anonymous

    We'd love to here your thoughts.  Please follow the link below to submit feedback regarding the September 2019 BGSHRM Chapter Meeting.  


  • September 05, 2019 9:17 AM | Amanda Sutton

    Our annual silent auction, to benefit the SHRM Foundation, will take place on Dec 10th from 4-7PM and we need your help to make it a success!!

    If you or your company would like to sponsor a silent auction donation or you have a referral to someone you think might be interested, contact foundation@bgshrm.org!

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