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Western Arkansas Human Resource Association




Upcoming events

    • December 13, 2022
    • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 70 South 7 (UAFS Location in FS's Bakery District)
    Register

    Holiday Party-at-Lunch! *

    *And a teensy bit of biz at the 56th Annual Business and Planning Meeting



    Featuring updates by

    Tara Chisum (2022-23 President)


    Happy JollyDays!  Join us in-person for our annual toast to the outgoing year and overview of what's ahead. This session will include some info from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and skills gaps and grants for training workers.

    In addition to lunch, attendees will participate in a gift swap - dirty santa style - with all gifts supplied by WAHRA. Everyone is a winner at WAHRA!

    Additional parking can be found 

    • adjacent to the National Cemetery (north edge) on Garland Avenue (FREE)
    • adjacent to the ArcBest Corporation Performing Arts Center on the east side of Wheeler (Free)
    • and for a nominal rate in metered spaces and the parking garage at 715 Rogers Avenue. 
    • January 10, 2023
    • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 70 South 7 (UAFS Location in FS's Bakery District)
    Register


    Marijuana in the Workplace: Ethical and Legal Considerations for Employers in Arkansas


    Presented by Christopher Hooks, JD, with Robertson, Beasley, Shipley & Robinson, PLLC, Fort Smith AR 


    Employers in Arkansas must now accommodate employees who legally carry and use marijuana products as a bonafide treatment option prescribed by a doctor.  In addition to medical marijuana, efforts to legalize recreational marijuana are ongoing.  Employers must be more cognizant than ever when drug testing of the legal elements for usage which includes compliance with federal laws such as FMLA and ADA.  In this lunch-and-learn session, Christopher Hooks will review the current legal climate in Arkansas and share best practices for ongoing legal  compliance while upholding the rights of the employees and employers. 


    This is dual delivery session with in-person or remote options.  All registrants will a Zoom link in the confirmation and reminder emails.  Please select your intended manner of participation when registering. 

    Parking permits are not required.  Parking is available in a number of locations including the lots

    • adjacent to the National Cemetery (north edge) on Garland Avenue (FREE)
    • adjacent to the ArcBest Corporation Performing Arts Center on the east side of Wheeler (Free)
    • and for a nominal rate in metered spaces and the parking garage at 715 Rogers Avenue.

    Marijuana in the Workplace; Ethical and Legal Considerations for Employers in Arkansas has been submitted to SHRM and HRCI.  Approvals are pending.

    • February 14, 2023
    • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 70 South 7 (UAFS Location in FS's Bakery District)
    Register



    Intersectionality of Race and Gender in Hiring and Pay Equity


    Presented by Meredith Gregston, JD, with Duane Morris, LLP, Austin, TX


    Compliance with US Civil Rights Acts should be a strategic goal of every organization. This ensures that all employees have equal opportunity to employment opportunities including pay, benefits, working conditions, and growth opportunities. Employees are often members of more than one class which creates a myriad of considerations when ensuring equal employment opportunity. Intersectionality is the unique dynamic effect created when individuals hold two or more class elements.  

    Ms. Gregston will focus on race - gender Intersectionality and share benchmarking ideas for ensuring parity in hiring and compensation practices. 

    This is dual delivery session with in-person or remote options.  All registrants will a Zoom link in the confirmation and reminder emails.  Please select your intended manner of participation when registering. 

    Parking permits are not required.  Parking is available in a number of locations including the lots

    • adjacent to the National Cemetery (north edge) on Garland Avenue (FREE)
    • adjacent to the ArcBest Corporation Performing Arts Center on the east side of Wheeler (Free)
    • and for a nominal rate in metered spaces and the parking garage at 715 Rogers Avenue.

    Intersectionality of Race and Gender in Hiring and Pay Equity Analyses has been submitted to SHRM and HRCI.  Approvals are pending.

    • February 28, 2023
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 70 South 7 (UAFS Location in FS's Bakery District)


    Prevailing Wage Rules and Best Practices: Davis-Bacon Act and More!

    (date changed from 11/15 to 2/28)


    Presented by  Audrina Lange, Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist

    US Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division

    Know someone who is bidding work at a a school building, airport, military base or federal building?  Maybe it's installing a new fence, painting rooms, or swapping out food service equipment.  Big or small, contractors and subcontractors who perform on federally funded or supported sites, public buildings, or public works must comply with a series of acts related to pay and fringe benefits.


    Join our partner UAFS Center for Economic Development for this lunch-and-learn event on November 15 as USDOL Specialist Audrina Lange explains the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts that regulate how such employers administer payroll and fringe benefits to their employees. 

    This session is just $49 which includes lunch.

    Registration is handled by UAFS at this link or scan 


    Parking permits are not required.  Parking is available in a number of locations including the lots

    • adjacent to the National Cemetery (north edge) on Garland Avenue (FREE)
    • adjacent to the ArcBest Corporation Performing Arts Center on the east side of Wheeler (Free)
    • and for a nominal rate in metered spaces and the parking garage at 715 Rogers Avenue.

    Prevailing Wage Rules and Best Practices has been submitted to SHRM and HRCI.  

    • March 14, 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 70 South 7 (UAFS Location in FS's Bakery District)
    Register



    Effective Conciliation and Mediation Strategies



    Presented by Craig Leen, JD, Partner with K&L Gates, Washington DC


    Federal contractors might be surprised to learn that OFCCP litigation historically takes years and has uncertain outcomes. A reasonable settlement is often the best strategy to resolve an outstanding complaint. Former OFCCP Director Craig Leen provides insight to help employers conciliate and mediate more effectively.   This presentation will focus on how and when to engage OFCCP in conciliation or mediation, what to focus on in presenting a settlement to OFCCP, and how to maximize the organization's chances at a reasonable settlement under OFCCP procedures.

    This is dual delivery session with in-person or remote options.  All registrants will a Zoom link in the confirmation and reminder emails.  Please select your intended manner of participation when registering. 

    Parking permits are not required.  Parking is available in a number of locations including the lots

    • adjacent to the National Cemetery (north edge) on Garland Avenue (FREE)
    • adjacent to the ArcBest Corporation Performing Arts Center on the east side of Wheeler (Free)
    • and for a nominal rate in metered spaces and the parking garage at 715 Rogers Avenue.

    Effective Conciliation and Mediation Strategies has been submitted to SHRM and HRCI. 

    • April 11, 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 70 South 7 (UAFS Location in FS's Bakery District)
    Register


    Fairness in the Remote Workplace



    Presented by Christine Hendrickson, VP or Strategic Initiatives at Syndio


    Is the future of work remote, hybrid, or fully in the office? How do you navigate DEI&J with a remote workforce, a hybrid workforce, or where different parts of the business require different solutions. This session will provide best practices to ensure equity in the new world order. Participants will leave with an understanding of the research on how remote workplace or hybrid work affect DEI&J; how to evaluate and monitor the impact on your DEI&J efforts; and how these impacts are amplified if the right to work remotely is out of reach for lower-paid staff.

    This is dual delivery session with in-person or remote options.  All registrants will a Zoom link in the confirmation and reminder emails.  Please select your intended manner of participation when registering. 

    Parking permits are not required.  Parking is available in a number of locations including the lots

    • adjacent to the National Cemetery (north edge) on Garland Avenue (FREE)
    • adjacent to the ArcBest Corporation Performing Arts Center on the east side of Wheeler (Free)
    • and for a nominal rate in metered spaces and the parking garage at 715 Rogers Avenue.

    Fairness in the Remote Workplace has been submitted to SHRM and HRCI. 

    • May 09, 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 70 South 7 (UAFS Location in FS's Bakery District)
    Register


    The New Census Data: Are Your New Goals Reasonable and Attainable



    Presented by Judy Julius, EEO Consulting, St. Louis, MO 


    The new EEO Census tables have had an impact on every single AAP. Some HR teams have adapted to the new codes while others are struggling. Join this session to learn from Judy Julius what's really going on and what the EEO expects of employers. Ms. Julius will discuss the differences compared to 2010 including what options employers may have. This session will walk across national, state, metro, compressed, county and industry data. The conversation will include benchmark considerations HR teams should take as they consider alternative approaches and compliance. 

    This is dual delivery session with in-person or remote options.  All registrants will a Zoom link in the confirmation and reminder emails.  Please select your intended manner of participation when registering. 

    Parking permits are not required.  Parking is available in a number of locations including the lots

    • adjacent to the National Cemetery (north edge) on Garland Avenue (FREE)
    • adjacent to the ArcBest Corporation Performing Arts Center on the east side of Wheeler (Free)
    • and for a nominal rate in metered spaces and the parking garage at 715 Rogers Avenue.

    The New Census Data: Are Your New Goals Reasonable and Attainable has been submitted to SHRM and HRCI. 

Past events

November 08, 2022 Avoiding a Catch 22: The 2022 ELLA Update
November 03, 2022 Transforming Managers to Leaders: What Each New Leader Should Know
October 18, 2022 USDOL Series: Who's Who: Classification Rules for Exempt and Non-Exempt Employees
October 11, 2022 Unconscious Bias: A Proactive Business Case (Revised 10/4/22)
September 14, 2022 Club 22! Join now!
September 13, 2022 Language Equity: Creating Welcoming Spaces
August 09, 2022 10 Things I Hate About Employee Recognition–Employee Engagement Lessons from Popular Movies
July 12, 2022 Resiliency: How Secondary Trauma Activates Hardiness
June 15, 2022 Club 22! Join now!
June 14, 2022 Navigating & Negotiating Personal Boundaries
May 10, 2022 Building a People-Centric Culture on a Budget
April 12, 2022 Tough Topics in Employee Complaints & Investigations
March 08, 2022 HR's Role in Organizational Ethics
February 08, 2022 Affirmative Action: What to Expect During a Compliance Review
January 11, 2022 Keep on the Sunny Side of Life: A New Year Resolution for HR Pros
December 14, 2021 55th Annual Business and Planning Meeting
November 09, 2021 Recognizing and Reducing Implicit Bias in the Talent Life-Cycle
October 12, 2021 Being an Effective HR Business Partner
September 14, 2021 The Future of Behavioral Health in the Workplace
August 10, 2021 Biden Time: Changes to Expect Under a Reconstituted National Labor Relations Board
July 13, 2021 Leading with Respect - Lessons Learned by the EEOC
June 08, 2021 LatinX: What's Next?
May 11, 2021 6-5-7: The 6 Stages of Any Crisis, Challenge, or Change, the 5 Steps to P.I.V.O.T. for Success, and 7 Leadership Reminders To Lead Through It
April 13, 2021 Background Screening: The Deep Dive into Criminal Records
March 09, 2021 Partnering Against Human Trafficking: Community Stakeholders Awareness Program
February 09, 2021 The 3Bs of Professional Networking Using Linkedin
January 12, 2021 USDOL Wage and Hour Compliance: 2021 Edition
December 08, 2020 Getting Employees Back to Work (Wherever That May Be!)
November 10, 2020 Lead With Laughs: Use Humor To Put The ‘Human’ In HR
October 13, 2020 Caring for Caregivers: A Compassionate (And Legal) Approach for Employers
September 08, 2020 WAHRA Zoom-inar! Brown Bag and Chat
July 14, 2020 Wellness Plans providing HOPE for Employers
May 12, 2020 Social Media: The Good. The Bad. And the Ugly.
March 10, 2020 Inclusion 2020: Getting Vets to Work
February 11, 2020 HR's Role in Organizational Health: Managing Worker's Compensation and OSHA Liability
January 14, 2020 Resolution 2020: Reduce Waste via Lean Six Sigma for HR Professionals
December 10, 2019 WAHRA December 2019 Meeting
November 12, 2019 WAHRA November 2019 Meeting
October 08, 2019 WAHRA October 2019 Meeting
September 10, 2019 WAHRA 38th Annual Leadership Workshop
August 13, 2019 WAHRA August 2019 Meeting
July 09, 2019 WAHRA July 2019 Meeting
June 11, 2019 WAHRA June 2019 Meeting
May 14, 2019 WAHRA May 2019 Meeting
March 12, 2019 WAHRA March 2019 Meeting
February 12, 2019 WAHRA February 2019 Meeting
January 08, 2019 WAHRA January 2019 Meeting
December 11, 2018 WAHRA December Meeting
November 13, 2018 WAHRA November Meeting
October 09, 2018 WAHRA 37th Annual Leadership Conference
September 11, 2018 WAHRA September Meeting
August 14, 2018 WAHRA August Meeting
July 10, 2018 WAHRA July Meeting
June 12, 2018 WAHRA June Meeting
May 08, 2018 WAHRA May Meeting
March 13, 2018 WAHRA March Meeting
February 13, 2018 WAHRA February Meeting

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