HR InTouch

The Monthly Newsletter of the Greater Madison Area SHRM

In This Edition

President's Message

By Dana Denny

Government Affairs & Legal Updates

Legal Update – The PUMP Act

Professional Development and Events

March 16th - GMA SHRM 101 - Member Welcome

March 21st Professional Development Summit
Focus on Retention and Compensation

2023 Human Capital Conference - Early Bird Registration Closes March 22nd! 

Roundtables Continue on Zoom in 2023!

Workforce Readiness, Diversity & Inclusion

2023 WI SHRM Student Conference and Case Competition

GMA SHRM Community Programs and Workforce Development Volunteer Opportunities - The Hire Initiative

Diversity Observances in March and April

GMA SHRM and Member News

Call for College Relations Committee Members!

Help Retiring Workers Navigate Post-Employment Benefits

New Membership Offering - Retiree Membership

Welcome New Members!

Congratulations to our 1, 5, and 10 year anniversary members!





President's Message

2023 Corporate Partners

Platinum Level

Boardman & Clark Law Firm
Hausmann Group
The QTI Group

Gold Level

The Alliance
Delta Dental
Fidelitec, LLC
Summit Credit Union

Silver Level

Cottingham Butler
Edvest - Wisconsin's College
  Investment Plan

Park Capital Management
Succession App, LLC

Bronze Level
Baer Insurance
Carex Consulting
Carlson Dettmann
Group Health Cooperative
M3 Insurance
Restaino & Associates Relocation
Robert Half

Thank you!


Happy Almost-Spring, GMA SHRM Members and HR Professionals!

I am always excited for the change of seasons. I look forward to seeing the first robin, the switch to daylight savings time, increased hours of sunlight and finally executing my long-awaited garden plans. Moving into spring also brings several opportunities for our GMA SHRM programming and networking events, for which I hope you will take full advantage.

I hope many of you were able to attend the Workplace Policy Conference held last month, which replaced our annual Day on the Hill event, and has since been re-branded. This year’s conference, sponsored by the Wisconsin State SHRM Council, was a tremendous success, and concentrated on challenging workplace issues including the life cycle training of employees, situational awareness training for critical incidents and active assailants, and a legal and employment law update. We had a record number of conference attendees, and our keynote and breakout speakers received excellent reviews. I’m positive this conference will become more popular with each successive year – I look forward to seeing next year’s conference roster.

Networking opportunities for both new and seasoned members continue in March with GMA SHRM 101, and our HR Roundtables. The former event offers a fantastic opportunity for you to learn about our Chapter, join a committee, and meet our Board and other members, while the latter prospect offers a method to connect with peers in an open forum and pose just-in-time questions to human resource professionals – check our website to register for either (or both!) of these great opportunities on our website.

Formal succession planning is moving along for the 2023-2024 Board Year, which commences July 1st. If you are interested in becoming part of a dynamic, innovative, cutting-edge group of human resource professionals who also understand the importance of having fun while giving back to the Madison Area, come join us as a GMA SHRM committee member or board leader!  Check out our “Get Involved” page or feel free to reach out to Laura Bermudo, our President-Elect.. 

Our March Professional Development Summit (PDS) will be held on March 21st at the Alliant Energy Center, where session topics will cover retention and compensation. . The first session speaker is Cindy Rowe of Be Kind Crew, who will be presenting at 8:00 am on “The Culture of Kindness: How Kindness Leads to Success in Retention.” Our second session speaker, presenting at 10:15 am, will be Jenna Bidwell, of Carlson Dettman Consulting, who will be presenting on “Pay Transparency: What It Is and How to Do It Right.” Register today!

Don’t forget to maintain a calendar placeholder for our premier programming event, the Human Capital Conference, which will be held at the Alliant Energy Center on May 16th! We are extremely excited for this year’s lineup, especially our two featured keynote speakers, Justin Jones Fossu and Mike Aiken. Justin is the founder and CEO of Work. Meaningful, where he combines over a decade of leadership to Fortune 500 companies, bringing his real-life experience and research to assist global organizations in their goals to create new rhythms of sustainable excellence, profitability, and engagement. 

To help celebrate the 75th anniversary of SHRM, it’s an honor to host Mike Aitken, SHRM Chief Membership Officer to address GMA SHRM at our 2023 Human Capital Conference. Mike has played a key role in setting the strategic direction of SHRM since 2003 with his roles as Vice President of Government Affairs and Chief Membership Officer.  In addition to the wonderful conference breakouts available, and the discount early-bird pricing [link], how could you not take advantage of such a great opportunity to learn new concepts you can directly apply upon returning to work, connect with peers and meet new colleagues? Conference registration is open and I hope to see you there!


Dana Denny, IPMA-CP
GMA SHRM Chapter President

Click here to view the full GMA SHRM Board of Directors


Government Affairs & Legal Updates

Legal Update – The PUMP Act

Submitted from Mai Chao Chang, Storm Larson & Brian P. Goodman, GMA SHRM Programming Committee Member, and Attorneys at Boardman & Clark LLP, a Platinum Partner

Mai Chao


Storm Larson


Brian P. Goodman

The Providing Urgent Maternal Protections for Nursing Mothers Act (PUMP Act) was signed into law on December 29, 2022. The law expanded existing legal protections for certain nursing employees to cover virtually all nursing employees. The PUMP act requires employers to provide reasonable break time for any employee to express breast milk for the employee’s nursing child for one year after the child’s birth each time the employee has the need to do so. Prior law only required employers to provide this for employees that were not exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Employers must provide a place to express breast milk, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free of intrusion.  All employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act shall comply with the break time for nursing mothers’ provisions unless the employer has fewer than 50 employers and can show that such compliance would impose an undue hardship. In practice, it may be challenging for such employers to prove undue hardship.

Pay during such breaks depends on a variety of factors, including the frequency of breaks, the employee’s regular break schedule, and the FLSA exempt v. non-exempt status of the employee. If the employee is working while pumping, then time spent to express breast milk must be considered work hours subject to compensation.

This law has already taken effect, so employers should take immediate steps to ensure compliance. If you have questions about compliance with the PUMP Act, you should contact your legal counsel.


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Professional Development and Events


March 16th - GMA SHRM 101 - Member Welcome!

Thursday, March 16, 2023
Panera Junction Road

Don't miss this chance to learn about specific GMA SHRM programs and how your involvement with GMA SHRM can support you & your success!

Breakwater - 6308 Inland Way, Monona, WI 53713

Registration Required - Register here!



March 21st Professional Development Summit - Focus on Compensation and Recruiting

In Person Event
Alliant Energy Center

Session 1: The Culture of Kindness – How Kindness Leads to Success In Retention

Session 2: Pay Transparency: What It Is and How To Do It Right

Our first in person Professional Development Summit of 2023!  

Program Details and Registration

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Roundtables Continue on Zoom in 2023!

Join us for these virtual discussions facilitated by members!

During Roundtables, members discuss their emerging HR challenges and when possible, others offer possible solutions, support, and resources. Come with those questions top of mind for your organization, offer your own experience and best practices, or simply join to network with others by using the registration links below.

Roundtables are designed for human resource professionals who are interested in sharing their ideas and experiences in a confidential environment. It is expected that what members share in these roundtables will stay within the roundtable. We encourage members to exchange contact information and reach out to each other outside of these meetings to expand on the discussions.

Find out more or register for Roundtables!
Membership is required to join Roundtables so if you're not a member, join us or reach out to learn more!


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2023 Human Capital Conference - Early Bird Registration Closes March 22nd!  

 $99 Early Member Registration Before March 22nd!                               


$99 Early Member Registration Before March 22nd!       

Justin Jones-Fosu will share his message of empathy, empowerment and engagement with his keynote presentations Lead to a Different Beat and Moving from Head to Heart.   

Our second keynote presenter is none other than Mike Aitken, former VP of Government Affairs and current Chief Membership Officer with SHRM!  Mike is a leading authority on the issues important to the HR profession and will share with us the latest SHRM research on Workplace Issues: Now and Looking Ahead.    

Outstanding Breakout Sessions:

  • Mental Health in the Workplace: Tools and Processes for HR Professionals
  • The Critical Role of Compensation in the Recruitment Process
  • Leadership in an Age of Permanent Whitewater
  • Modernizing the Employee Lifecycle Using an Equity Lens  
  • Annual HR Legal Update 

Information and Registration

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Workforce Readiness, Diversity & Inclusion

2023 WI SHRM Student Conference and Case Competition

Submitted by Stacey Sykes, Talent Management Program Manager at Labcorp and GMA SHRM Director of College Relations

The WI State Council SHRM Student Case Competition will take place on Saturday, April 1, 2023 at Moraine Park Technical College in Beaver Dam.   In this “realistic job preview” competition, team members will leverage knowledge acquired through their studies and apply it to a realistic HR situation likely to be encountered in the work world. This competition requires integrated HR thinking, ethical decision-making, and strong communications and presentation skills.

Teams will be provided with a business case study 2 weeks before the event. Each team will analyze the case study and come up with a solution, preparing both a written executive summary and PowerPoint slides to be included in a 15-minute presentation to be submitted prior to the event. 

Prizes will be awarded:
1st Place - $1,000 
2nd Place - $850 
3rd Place - $500
Funds will be awarded to your schools' chapter to be utilized for future SHRM programming activities and events.


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GMA SHRM Community Programs and Workforce Development Volunteer Opportunities

Libraries Activating Workforce Development Skills (LAWDS) - LAWDS is a collaboration with WISHRM and WI Department of Public Instruction to create a volunteer program to support workforce development supported by the public library system. Check out our article in our January newsletter on how to find more information and get involved.

The Hire Initiative – a partner in connecting employers and potential employees

Have you heard of the HIRE initiative? The Hire Initiative is a United Way program dedicated to breaking down barriers that exist for people who need employment. The program offers child are subsidy, housing funds, and micro loans to help participants meet basic needs that can get in the way of securing and maintaining employment. The goal and purpose of this initiative is to help adults prepare for and find steady employment. United Ways that not having a high school degree or the right qualification for a job is the most often reason people go unemployed and jobs stay unfilled. United ways starts with education by connecting participants to resources to help them earn a diploma and/or go through industry specific training.

If your company is struggling to fill entry level or front-line roles – this could be a great community partnership and candidate pipeline for you! Interested to learn more? Check out the links below:

Overview of program -
Employer information -
Want to talk to a person? Contact Lauren Martin – United Way, Senior Director, Community Impact: Cross System Collaborations (


Diversity Observances in March and April

Submitted by Mary Vesely, Employee Engagement & Inclusion Manager at Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation and GMA SHRM Director of Diversity 

Resource of the Month: 15 Ways To Celebrate Women’s History Month


  • Women's History Month​​​
  • Irish-American Heritage Mont​​​h​
  • National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
  • St. David's Day: March 1​
  • National Sons Day: March 4​
  • Purim: Mar 6-7
  • International Women's Day: March 8​​​
  • Holi: March 8​​
  • St. Patrick's Day: March 17​
  • National Single Parent Day: March 21
  • Ramadan: March 22 - April 21​​
  • National Vietnam War Veterans Day​​​: March 29
  • International Transgender Day of Visibility: March 31
  • Diversity Month​​
  • Scottish-American Heritage Month​
  • National Minority Health Month​
  • National Autism Acceptance Month​
  • World Autism Awareness Day: April 2
  • Passover: April 5-​​13
  • Easter: April 9​
  • National Pet Day: April 11
  • Good Friday: April 15

Use these observances for team engagement! Have fun, celebrate diversity, and take this opportunity to share stories and learn more about your teammates.

Interested in joining or sharing suggestions for our committee? Contact Mary Vesely, Director of the Diversity Committee.


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GMA SHRM and Member News

Call for College Relations Committee Members

Submitted by Stacey Skyes, Director of College Relations and Talent Management Program Manager at Labcorp

Interested in getting more involved with GMA SHRM? Consider joining the College Relations Committee! We are looking to add committee members to our small but growing team to help plan student events and oversee the student scholarship process. Contact Stacey Sykes (Director of College Relations) if interested.

Help Retiring Workers Navigate Post-Employment Benefits

Submitted by Jim Neustad

HR staff may not be prepared to help employees navigate through the post-employment benefits maze.

Given that much of the current focus of financial wellness programs is aimed at helping employees fulfill their current and future needs, which includes preparing for a secure retirement, it can be short-sighted not to treat post-employment benefits as the concluding step in an employee's financial wellness journey.

To learn about some things you may not know about retiree benefits and how HR can help, you can read the full SHRM article here: Viewpoint: Help Retiring Workers Navigate Post-Employment Benefits.


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New Membership Offering – Retiree Membership

Have you retired from a career in the HR profession or do you know someone who has?  Want to stay connected to friends and the profession while also giving back?  GMA SHRM now offers a Retiree Membership option.  Dues are discounted to $25 for a 12 month membership for all retired HR professionals. 

To qualify you need to have been employed in Human Resources and no longer represent a company.   We ask Retiree Members get involved and join a committee and/or participate in monthly HR Advice Network group meetings (roundtables). 

For more information, visit our Retiree Membership page.

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Welcome New Members!

GMA SHRM welcomes the following members who joined our chapter in January 2023!
Ryan Allen   SUCCESSIONapp, LLC
Lauren Burton   Vitense Golfland
Tanya Hubanks SHRM-SCP UW-Madison, Wisconsin School of Business
Eric Johnson   Next Level Planning and Wealth Management
Steve Lundin SHRM - CP Extreme Engineering Solutions (X-ES)
Shahanshah Manzoor   TrainHR Learning
Sandy Meeker SHRM-CP Milestones Human Resources LLC
Susan Miller   Springs Window Fashions
Ted Muzinga   Quartz Health Solutions
Tiffany Schulte PHR Kraemer Brothers
Gina Schultz   WMEP Manufacturing Solutions
Todd Shoemaker   Four Winds Manor
Rebecca Unverzagt   Madison Area Technical College
Amy Walker MBA Habush Habush & Rottier
Taylor Wallace   Littler
Jack Wied   Cottingham & Butler
Erin Woodward   Credit Union National Association
Alexey Yudchenko   Audubon Bioscience

Congratulations to our 1, 5 and 10 anniversary members!

15 Year Anniversary:
James Neustadt
Kate Karre

10 Year Anniversaries:
Cindy Beierle

5 Year Anniversaries:
Lindsay Stilson
Courtney Davidson
Barbara Janiak
Wendy Brown-Haddock
Andy Jirsa
Janell East
Lyn Tschanz
Diana Bhatoya
Tammy Frey

One Year Anniversaries:
Shannon Dotson
Tyler Fischer
Brittany Meoska
Alyssa Merten
Carrie O'Dell
Jan Patrick
Anna Plaunt
Bobbie Schulz
Keyan Stremikis
Jennifer Veenendaal
Kathryn Wills


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