March 2021
President's Message
Greetings NSHRM Members and Friends,

It’s officially March!

Things are warming up and Springtime is just around the corner. Soon things will be in full bloom just like our chapter. I am happy to report that at our Board Meeting on February 17th the board passed the annual budget, provided input on a scholarship program for our SLU Student Members, made progress on our annual Fall Forum, and our Fall SHRM Certification Study Group. We also reviewed additional topics we’d like to offer for our monthly chapter meetings. We are continually looking at ways and things we can do that will benefit all of our members. If you have any suggestions, please be sure to send them to us at NorthshoreSHRM@gmail.com. Be on the lookout for many of our upcoming programs and events.

Louisiana State SHRM Annual Conference will held virtually on April 29 & 30, 2021. You can register for the conference at https://louisianashrm.shrm.org/. The state conference is a great way to network with others in the Human Resources Profession and to gather information on new emerging topics, law changes, gain motivation and learn new techniques that you can take with you. I hope to connect with many you virtually.

Important items for you to be on the lookout for and review as trending topics on the SHRM website:

Employee Appreciation Day – March 5th
Daylight Saving Time Begins March 14th
EEO-1 Reporting Deadline March 31st
ACA Reporting Due to IRS (if Electronic Submissions) for ALEs- March 31st

Please continue to help us spread the word about Northshore SHRM and encourage your co-workers, HR professionals, friends, and other organizations or businesses to join the NSHRM Chapter. You can join on our website at https://northshore.shrm.org.

Remember our Monthly Chapter Meetings are always on the second Thursday of each month and they are held virtually until it is safe for us to meet again in person. See you at the Monthly Chapter Meeting on March 11th: COVID-19 Compliance & Preparing for 2021 and Beyond– Presented by Heather W Mazac. Thank you to our meeting Sponsor - USI


We hope that you will mark your calendars and plan to join us for our upcoming Chapter Meetings!

Yours in Service,

Cecilia “CeCe” Boudreaux SHRM-CP, PHR
2021 NSHRM President 
Legal Update

What’s Happening in HR

 
Biden Administration Withdraws Proposed Rules on Incentives allowed in Wellness Programs 

The EEOC rules on incentives allowed under the ADA and GINA for wellness programs are again going to be delayed. The rules would provide employers guidance on how much of an incentive an employee can be provided to take part in wellness programs, while still keeping participation “voluntary” as required under the ADA and GINA to collect certain information.  

In December 2017, a district court vacated portions of the incentive rules then in force, but stayed the effect of its vacatur until January 2019. In December 2018, the EEOC published final rules removing the incentive portions that had been vacated. On January 7, 2021, the EEOC released a set of proposed rules regarding the incentives that would be consistent with the ADA and GINA. These latest proposed rules have now been withdrawn by the EEOC, so we do not know the content of any new proposed rules or when they will be proposed. Accordingly, what incentives are allowed under wellness programs remains unknown. 
 
DOL Freezes Rule on FLSA Independent Contractor Test  
The DOL’s new final rule on the independent contractor test under the FLSA was to go into effect on March 8, 2021. The DOL has delayed implementation of that rule to provide the agency with the ability to review that rule. It is unlikely that the DOL under the Biden Administration is going to allow the rule to go into effect without significant changes that would make it more difficult for an employer to classify a worker as an independent contractor. 
 
On February 4, 2021, House and Senate Democrats again introduce the Protecting the Right to Organize (“PRO”) Act  
The PRO Act was originally introduced in 2019, passed the House in 2020, but languished in the Senate. Among other changes to the law, the current Act would: 

  • Negate right to work laws by allowing unions to collect “fair-share fees” from those who are not union members, but benefit from union contracts;  
  • Narrow the definition of independent contractor so that more workers would be considered employees; 
  • Broaden the definition of joint employers making more employers subject to labor contracts and unfair labor charges; 
  • Prohibit the permanent replacement of striking workers; 
  • Mandate access to employer email systems for unionizing activity; 
  • Prohibit class action waivers in arbitration agreements; and 
  • Restrict the definition of supervisors so more employees would be entitled to unionize. 
 
OSHA Issued Updated Pandemic Guidance 
On January 29, 2021, OSHA issued guidance on Covid-19 issues called “Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of Covid-19 in the Workplace. According to OSHA, “The guidance [ ] provides additional detail on key measures for limiting the spread of COVID-19, starting with separating and sending home infected or potentially infected people from the workplace, implementing physical distancing, installing barriers where physical distancing cannot be maintained, and suppressing the spread by using face coverings. It also provides guidance on use of personal protective equipment (PPE), when necessary, improving ventilation, providing supplies for good hygiene, and routine cleaning and disinfection.” 

The Guidance is not an OSHA “standard” and is not specifically enforceable as such. That said, companies are still covered by the General Duty clause, which requires employers to furnish to each worker "employment and a place of employment, which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm." There has been discussion of an emergency temporary standard for Covid-19, although one has not yet been issued.   
The new guidance can be found at: 



By Michael F. Weiner, JD, SHRM-SCP
NSHRM Legislative Director 

March Professional Development Meeting
Upcoming Events
April 29 & 30, 2021 Virtually


2021 Professional Development Workshop/Meetings/Forum

April 8 Breakfast Meeting
May 13 Lunch Meeting
June 10 Breakfast Meeting
July NO MEETING
August 19 Lunch Meeting
September 17 ANNUAL FORUM
October 14 Lunch Meeting
November 18 Breakfast Meeting
December 9 Holiday Luncheon
February Meeting Recap
Uncovering Unconscious Bias
We would like to thank Lorne Epstein for a great workshop. This workshop received 1 hour CEU/PDC Credits. A follow up email was sent to all attendees with CEU/PDC information and a survey.
2021 Membership Drive
Membership News

New for 2021 membership, with the adoption of our new Bylaws, your annual NSHRM membership will renew on a rolling calendar year depending on the month in which you renew or join. For example - if you join/renew your membership in the month of January, your membership will be for the entire year of 2021. You will receive an email reminder when your membership is expiring and need to renew. You must be a current member in order to qualify for the discounted monthly chapter meeting rate.

The cost:
·        $30 for National SHRM members (must provide number at time of application)
·        $40 for Non-National SHRM members

There will be only 3 categories for membership for 2021:
1.      Professional
2.      Associate
3.      Student

Info regarding NEW associate membership – The new Bylaws also state that moving forward, Associate membership shall not exceed 20% of the total membership at the time of application. No Associate Member shall lose membership status or be denied renewal of their membership if the loss of professional members should cause the professional membership to fall below the majority requirement. As a reminder, no member shall actively solicit business from any other member at Chapter meetings without the approval from the Board of Directors.

For further information regarding our new Bylaws, please go to our website at https://northshore.shrm.org/about-us

This is a great investment in your career, as an HR Professional, for very little expense. Please encourage your fellow HR professionals to join.
 
Linda Beaucoudray, PHR, SHRM-CP
Membership Director  
2021 Fall Forum Committee Volunteers Needed
Under the direction of the Northshore SHRM Committee Forum Chair, the committee's primary focus is to provide a forum of great programming and networking opportunity. There is also a focus to achieve SHRM & HRCI Certification through the forum programming and offering recertification credits.

Committee meetings are held monthly (virtually) and commence approximately 6 months prior to the scheduled forum date. This year's forum date is September 17, 2021.
 
Committee perks:
  • Great Networking opportunity.
  • Recognition to you and your company during conference and in Conference Program.
  • Receive NSHRM committee apparel.
  • As a forum committee member, you will receive a discount on the regular registration rate:
 
Contact Katie Bergeret, NSHRM Forum Committee Chair, at kberget@kortsconstructionservices.com. 
Have Job Openings?
Northshore SHRM has opened up the job board to allow members and non member submissions. If you have openings please submit a pdf description as well as how to submit resumes/applications to

NSHRM is looking for educational topics and conference speakers for our monthly membership program meetings and our modified annual HR Forum.
 
We encourage both members and non-member suggestions for topics and great speakers or presentations that you have attended in the past. 
 
Northshore Technical Community College's Workforce Division provides strategic training and development for business & industry in the Northshore region by offering customized programs to help optimize training and meet performance goals and targeted outcomes. 
 
Non-credit, short term courses and programs are available for individuals who are seeking to enhance their skills or obtain new skills. Courses can be customized to meet the specific employer needs. 
 
For more information: 
Bridget LaBorde, Business & Industry Solutions Director
Phone: 985-545-1667
 
2021 Board of Directors
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Additional Resources

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