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     A monthly reader for HR Professionals in the Sioux Empire.

    August 2017

    From the Desk of the President

    Thank you to all who were able to attend the meeting on July 17th with the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce to discuss Workforce Development. There were about 35 people in attendance and we talked about the recruitment and retention challenges facing many industries including banking, construction, government, manufacturing, medical, non-profit, retail, and more. SESHRM members are encouraged to join the Chamber’s Workforce Development Committee to provide HR insight and help shape the future direction of this committee. If you are interested in joining this committee, please contact me.

    Nominations for Workplace Excellence will be accepted until September 1st. Job applicants and employees want to work for a reputable company that boasts the qualities we are looking for in our winners including: a friendly culture, work/life balance, innovation, recognition, and empowerment. There are a lot of wonderful employers in our community so don’t miss this opportunity to showcase yours!

    SESHRM is excited to be partnering with the Business Resource Network to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month with an event on Thursday, October 12th. More information will be available about this event soon.

    On August 8th we will welcome Maggie Owens and Abby Vanderwerf who will be presenting Evolving HR from Tactical to Strategic Contribution. Join us to learn more about setting and measuring HR goals and ways to improve your organization’s employee engagement and retention. Don’t forget that our meeting is at the Holiday Inn City Centre. See you there!

     Jen Adix, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
     SESHRM President

    SESHRM August 2017 Chapter Meeting
    ​Tuesday, August 8, 2017
    Holiday Inn City Centre
    Registration Deadline: Friday, August 4th at noon

    Evolving HR from Tactical to Strategic Contribution
    Presented by: Maggie Owens and Abbey Vanderwerf

    In this session the following topics will be discussed:

    1. Developing and achieving HR strategic goals
    2. Creating the employee value proposition (EVP)
    3. Managing by HR Metrics
    4. Benchmarking and Best Practices

    Click Here to Register as a SESHRM Member
    Click Here to Register as a Non-Member

    SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Certification Course

    Looking to become SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP Certified?

    The University of Sioux Falls will be offering the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certification prep course this fall. The course runs from September 14 – November 16, 2017 and is held on the USF campus. The certification prep will help you prepare for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam and it includes the 2017 SHRM Learning System. To register for the course or for additional information, click here.


    Congratulations to Maggie Garry with Minnehaha County! She is the recipient of the SESHRM Education Scholarship.

    New Members

    John Parson
    Recruiting Coordinator

    Mindy Schroedermeier
    Director of Training and Employee Development

    Blair Johnson
    Senior Director, HR Operations
    Sanford Health

     2017 Workplace Excellence Awards

    Nominate your employer for the 2017 Workplace Excellence Award if they display the following qualities…

    • Friendly culture
    • Great work/life balance
    • Innovative communication techniques
    • Consistently recognizes those who go “above and beyond”
    • Empowers team members with personal and professional development skills

    The prestigious annual SESHRM Workplace Excellence Award is to acknowledge those companies or organizations that have made significant strides in employee practices to establish a highly desirable work environment and to recognize them for their leadership, culture and best practices. These companies are family-friendly with a dedicated workforce, consistently portraying a strong culture of empowerment and growth.

    Go to to nominate your employer! 

    Questions – please contact Miranda Bunde at

    Nominations are due by September 1, 2017.

    For Sale! 2017 SESHRM Salary Survey Results
    • Bi-Annual Compensation & Benefits Survey
    • PDF Format through Adobe Acrobat
    • Over 90 Participating Businesses or Organizations
    • Data includes a large variety of position wages (averages), compensation policies, shift differential policies and data on a variety of benefits such as short & long term disability, retirement, health & dental insurance & paid time off accrual
    • $300 for SESHRM Members
    • $400 for Non-SESHRM Members

    Please contact Cal McKeown, SESHRM President Elect, at 605-444-9522 or if you are interested in ordering!

    Sioux Falls Chamber "Inside Washington" luncheon

    The Sioux Falls Chamber is hosting two events in August, with US Senator John Thune and US Representative Kristi Noem, for "Inside Washington" luncheons. SESHRM has an opportunity to send several members to the luncheons, to hear our Congressional representatives address issues and ask any questions you may have.

    If you are interested in attending, please email Doug Van Beek, Legislative Coordinator, at We have limited seats available, and they will be assigned by a lottery method. Please indicate your preference for which luncheon you would prefer when responding. NOTE: Preference will be given to members who were not given seats at previous “Inside Washington” luncheons this year.

    Lunch will be served at 11:30 AM. If you have dietary considerations, please let Doug know when you email. Here are the dates:

    Senator John Thune: Friday, August 18 
    Sioux Falls Convention Center Ballroom

    Representative Kristi Noem: Friday, August 25
    Holiday Inn City Centre

    Please respond no later than Friday, August 4th, to be entered in the drawing.

    Requests for Information: Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer

    The other day, the Wage Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor announced that it will publish a Request for Information (RFI), seeking public comment as it prepares to draft proposed rulemaking to revise the regulations defining and delimiting the exemptions for executive, administrative, professional, outside sales and computer employees under the FLSA.

    The RFI solicits feedback on questions related to the salary level test, the duties test, inclusion of non-discretionary bonuses and incentive payments to satisfy a portion of the salary level, the salary test for highly compensated employees, and automatic updating of the salary level tests to qualify for the exemptions as published in the 2016 Overtime Final Rule.

    The comment period for all issues raised in the RFI lasts for 60 days, ending on September 25, 2017. The public may submit comments according to the instructions listed in the RFI as published in the Federal Register.

    For those who wish to comment, they can follow this link:

    August Legislative Update

    DOL Asks if Multiple Salary Levels for Overtime Exemptions Are a Good Idea
    By Allen Smith, J.D

    The Department of Labor (DOL) suggested more complex alternatives to the blocked overtime rule of the Obama administration in its July 25 request for information (RFI) on overtime. These alternatives include having multiple standard salary levels for white-collar exemptions from overtime, adjusted for the varying costs of living across different parts of the United States.

    The DOL issued the RFI, published in the July 26 Federal Register, in preparation for drafting a proposed rule on the white-collar overtime exemptions. The use of an RFI in the rulemaking process is optional but the DOL chose this option rather than immediately publishing a proposed rule in light of pending litigation over the 2016 overtime rule.

    See the full article here:

    Employers' Benefits Costs Have Risen 24% Since 2001
    By Stephen Miller, CEBS

    U.S. employers' cost to provide employee benefits increased 24 percent between 2001 and 2015, fueled largely by a doubling in health care benefit costs, a new study shows.

    Rising health care costs have driven employers to shift how they allocate benefit dollars, and prompts the question whether they are delivering the benefits their employees want.

    See more information at this link: