Communication Strategy Essential to Success of Membership Restructure
ASAE | Julia O’Connor | August 23, 2022

When the International Association of Movers reconfigured its membership structure to help combat inflation, a crucial part of members accepting it was the communications strategy. Using member advocates, webinars, and tailored outreach, IAM successfully helped members embrace the new membership paradigm.
Figuring how best to restructure our membership categories and pricing model was a huge undertaking for the International Association of Movers, but that was only half the battle. The other half was effectively communicating the new structure to members, so they embraced the changes rather than drop their membership.
ICE Seeks Permanent Remote I-9 Document Review
HR Dive | Kate Tornone |August 17, 2022

The federal government has moved to permanently allow employers to review Form I-9 identification documents remotely, according to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to be formally published Aug. 18. If finalized, the rule would create a framework under which the U.S. Department of Homeland Security could “pilot various options, respond to emergencies similar to the COVID-19 pandemic, or implement permanent flexibilities upon a specific determination as to level of security, including, but not limited to, fraud risk.” Additionally, the agency proposed a change to Form I-9 that would have an employer indicate whether it inspected the documents remotely.
"I’ve attended this conference for 16 years. It is a great way through a variety of topics so you can stay current on laws, trends & creative approaches to challenges you may face. Most important to me are the relationships built over those years. I have met wonderful people & have resources that I can call on. I think this is invaluable. There are many ways we can keep ourselves updated on HR related laws & topics, but I truly believe this conference is one of the best ways to accomplish that. If you haven’t – check it out!"

Spring 2022 IA Employment Conference Attendee Brian Coy
Empathy Isn’t Enough. Why Inclusive Design Principles Unlock What Leaders Need
Fast Company | Katie Schlott | August 24, 2022
As an advisor to Fortune 100 companies, I’ve witnessed first-hand how inclusive design leads to products, services, and innovations that better serve our customers and clients. When it comes to leadership, empathy isn’t the magic bullet for creating a better workplace. Yes, we can strive to relate to our colleagues, but it’s still impossible to fully grasp others’ lived experiences. There will always be a chasm that prevents us from fully relating to each other, whether it’s race, age, gender, socioeconomic background, or even traumatic experiences. 
Understanding America’s Labor Shortage
U.S. Chamber of Commerce | Stephanie Ferguson | August 19, 2022

In 2021, businesses added an unprecedented 3.8 million jobs. But at the same time, workforce participation remains below pre-pandemic levels, meaning we have 3.4 million fewer Americans working today compared to February of 2020.

We hear every day from our member companies—of every size and industry, across nearly every state—they’re facing unprecedented challenges trying to find enough workers to fill open jobs. Right now, the latest data shows that we have over 10 million job openings in the U.S.—but only around 6 million unemployed workers.
We have a lot of jobs, but not enough workers to fill them. If every unemployed person in the country found a job, we would still have 5 million open jobs.
"Great information from Daniel Zinnel on Power, Privilege, Leadership and Moore. Thank you for such an insightful presentation – great takeaways!" 

Spring 2022 IA Employment Conference Attendee Shelby Hagan
Why Professional Development and Upskilling Is Vital to Women of Color
Employee Benefits News | Deanna Cuadra | August 23, 2022
Rubina Malik, learning and development adviser and professor at Morehouse College
It takes just a glance at most business organizations to recognize that women of color rarely make it to C-suite positions. What has to change to see a different picture?
Women of color held just 13% of C-suite roles in 2021, according to a study by McKinsey and LeanIn.Org. To make matters worse, many women of color tend to face a larger gender wage gap than their white counterparts, with Latinas typically paid 49 cents per every white man's dollar, Indigenous women paid 50 cents and Black women paid 58 cents, compared to the average gender pay gap of 83 cents. 
Long Story Short: Improve Your Attitude and Relationships in The Workplace
Employee Benefits News | Alyssa Place | August 19, 2022

If you're feeling on edge and burned out, take some time to slow down and reconnect with yourself, and your employees. 
In this week's top stories, 95% of employees say their managers are making their work experience worse, according to HR software platform, Humu. To improve their dynamic and create a psychologically safe environment, managers need to improve soft skills like listening, problem solving and a positive attitude. "Things like creating structure and setting clear priorities, creating a sense of trust and recognizing people on your team are much more powerful predictors of whether people stay around and perform well," says Jessie Wisdom, co-founder and head of people science at Humu. 
Factors Employers Should Consider as the EEOC Revises COVID-19 Testing Guidance
Dentons | July 29, 2022

COVID-19 is here to stay – it’s a matter of learning to live with it. As employers learn to operate with the reality of COVID in the workplace, the EEOC has updated its guidance on when employers can and cannot implement COVID testing programs. In addition to complying with federal law, employers must also consider relevant state law obligations.
"I had an amazing time speaking and engaging with the professionals at the Iowa Employment Conference. So many great speakers, topics and points of discussion over two days."

Spring 2022 IA Employment Conference Speaker Bill Dean
In Uncertain Times, the Best Strategy Is Adaptability
Harvard Business Review | Michael Mankins | August 24, 2022

Senior executives often lament, “If we only had better forecasts, we could devise better plans.” They pressure their teams to come up with more accurate projections for how their markets will evolve, competitors will respond, and consumers will react — thinking that forecast precision is the key to defining winning strategies. But attempting to develop precise forecasts is a fool’s errand. Meteorologist Edward Lorenz proved this nearly 60 years ago when he popularized “the butterfly effect.” He suggested: “A butterfly flaps its wings in the Amazonian jungle and subsequently a storm ravages half of Europe.”
Don’t Let Hierarchy Stifle Innovation
Harvard Business Review | Timothy R. Clark | August 23, 2022

In the team sport of innovation, the quality of interaction between teammates regulates the speed of discovery. If a team is healthy, the pattern of exchange will be free-flowing, candid, and energized. If it’s unhealthy, the team will retreat into silence, superficial niceness, or some combination of the two.
Much of the know-how required for innovation comes from the bottom of the organization — in other words, from local knowledge. Yet many non-management employees consider innovation outside the scope of their jobs. Even when they want to participate, they don’t because the organization’s tacit norms discourage it.
Why Payroll Is the Partner HR Needs to Build a Strong Benefits Strategy
American Payroll Association | Team Even | May 2, 2022

Payroll and HR have never needed each other more. Employees today prioritize their financial health, and that’s rapidly changing their pay and benefits expectations. Medical, dental, and vision care options no longer add up to a full benefits package. Employees want benefits that support their financial health too, such as earned wage access (EWA), emergency savings, and automatic budgeting. They also want greater say in how they’re paid. Market research firm Aggregate Insights (AI) recently surveyed 100 workers at companies with 25,000 or more employees.

5 Questions for HR To Ask Ahead of Open Enrollment Season
HR Executive | Alison Myers | August 30, 2022
As organizations head into open enrollment season, HR and benefits leaders have a tremendous opportunity to rethink their benefits program to get the most out of the offerings available to employees.
After all, the employee benefits program is the most visible insurance employers provide their employees and it, along with compensation, remains a critical tool when recruiting and retaining talent. That’s even more vital in today’s competitive job market.
In A Job Market Paradox, Why HR Leaders Should Focus on Communication
HR Executive | Kathryn Mayer | August 29, 2022
The past year has been a hot one for employees’ job prospects: Unemployment has been low and employee turnover has been high, in a phenomenon dubbed the Great Resignation. But as inflation has continued on an upward trajectory for months—hitting a 40-year-high of a 9.1% increase year-over-year in June—fears of a recession are running high. As a result, layoffs are becoming more common than they have in months, and job confidence is taking a dive.
"My first in-person presentation in a loooong time. Thanks to the Iowa Employment Conference for packing the room and letting me speak about Leveraging Problems into Possibilities."
Spring 2022 IA Employment Conference Speaker Dave Dubczak

These are the most frequently requested U.S. Department of Labor forms. You can complete some forms online, while you can download and print all others.

This section provides information for employers and other participants about the verification process, including detailed instructions on handling an employee’s Tentative Nonconfirmation and other related topics.

For the latest about E-Verify, check out What's New.

If you are not already enrolled in E-Verify, explore the program and what it can do for your business, then learn how to enroll.
"WOW! That is all I can say. This keynote speaker at the Iowa Employment Conference was quite honestly, life changing! Beth Shelton made me cry, made me laugh and all the feels. Her keynote was real and raw. Two take aways 1. The things that make your employees and coworkers are carrying with them every day. 2. Create a life that you don’t want to escape from. #empoweringwomen"
Spring 2022 IA Employment Conference Attendee Chrissi Wiersma
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Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace

This guidance is designed to help employers protect workers who are unvaccinated (including people who are not fully vaccinated) or otherwise at-risk (as defined in the text box below), including if they are immunocompromised, and also implement new guidance involving workers who are fully vaccinated but located in areas of substantial or high community transmission.

"Fun this morning presenting my “Keeping Your Head Above Water” wellness breakout session at the Iowa Employment Conference."  
Spring 2022 IA Employment Conference Speaker Sally Shaver DuBois
"Hip Hip Hooray for training!! We got to attend the Iowa Employment Conference again this year, and it was AMAZING, as always. Even better to be back in person for these great sessions and an absolutely phenomenal, moving, and inspiring keynote from Beth Shelton!"

Spring 2022 IA Employment Conference Attendee Sara Blair
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Spring 2022 IA Employment Conference Attendee Dawn Bowman
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Spring 2022 IA Employment Conference Attendee Orlinda Robertson
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Back-To-School Season 2022

Prep your kids for back to school with everything they need — backpacks, lunch boxes, notebooks — for their best year yet. 

Good Housekeeping

Getting back into a routine can be rough! These back-to-school meal planning ideas are full of tasty breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes—all with five ingredients or fewer.
Taste of Home

Lucky Auntie!

I got a call from my niece, Ella, asking if I had time (during the work week) to spend with her before she went back to school. Talk about feeling like the first kid picked in a school line up. I was elated that my baby wanted to spend time with me just before she had to go back to school.

I dropped everything, put conference planning on hold for a minute, and we had a blast! We went shopping for a day and spent the next day at Saylorville Marina riding the jet ski around. Moments I will never forget and pray she doesn't either.

As everyone is, work and life are busy, but if you can, grab on to those special moments and here's hoping you create the exhilaration of being picked first at school for the dodgeball game! ;)

Can't wait to see you in October!

Nan & Ella

Nan & Ella on the Jet Ski at Saylorville.
Ella heading back to school this week.