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 – Unemployment Benefits Liability and the “Gig Economy”

Professional Development and Events

Volunteer Appreciation Night with the Madison Mallards

SHRM2023 Annual Conference - Las Vegas

Meet, Greet, and Eat

August 15 Professional Development Summit
Focus:  Recruitment; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Roundtables Continue on Zoom in 2023!

Workforce Readiness, Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity Observances in May and June

Resource of the Month:  Recognizing Asian Pacific American Month

GMA SHRM and Member News

Committee Spotlight - Volunteer Engagement

New Membership Offering - Retiree Membership

Welcome New Members!

Congratulations to our 1, 5, 10, 15 and 20 year anniversary members!





President's Message

2023 Corporate Partners

Platinum Level

B2E Solutions
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!


Hello GMA SHRM Members,

As I’m writing this, the sun has FINALLY come out from behind the clouds, and I’m hoping this finally portends the official beginning of SPRING! Once Memorial Day passes, summer pretty much takes over, as everyone gets busy traveling, so, I wanted to make sure I shared some upcoming events GMA SHRM is hosting that you might want to register for and note on your calendar.

Later this month our 2023-2024 Board of Directors slate will be emailed to our membership for a formal vote and approval. Each year, as part of our formal succession planning process, we solicit nominations for new Board members, as well as offer an opportunity for those currently seated to continue in their positions or move on to other Board positions. Please look for the 2023-2024 GMA SHRM Board slate email later this month!

On June 20th we will hold another “Meet, Greet, and Eat” at Grace’s Coffee in Verona. This is a fantastic opportunity to share stories, eat lunch and meet fellow GMA SHRM members in a casual environment. Learn more about the event and register to attend here.

June 11 – 14 is the SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition. This year it will be held in Las Vegas! I hope many of you will be attending this year – it’s a phenomenal showcase of everything human resources! Of course, our Roundtable discussions will continue throughout the month of June as well, to address HR topics that are top of mind – you have the ability to brainstorm a new idea, implement or hear feedback from other GMA SHRM members, or listen to others regarding their latest triumphs and challenges. If you haven’t attended one of these yet, I urge you to attend one this summer, regardless of your HR specialization – they can be extremely beneficial.

I’m really excited about the upcoming programming and networking offerings we have available this Spring; I hope to see many of you at our events.

All my best,

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 – Unemployment Benefits Liability and the “Gig Economy”

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

A recent decision from the Wisconsin Court of Appeals clarifies who qualifies as an “employee” for purposes of employers paying unemployment taxes and employees receiving unemployment insurance benefits. In Amazon Logistics, Inc. v. LIRC, the court of appeals held that Amazon did not meet its burden of proving that its “delivery partners” qualified as independent contractors. They were thus determined to be employees for the purposes of unemployment insurance benefits. Amazon was also assessed a significant unemployment tax bill of over $200,000, including penalties and interest.

In Wisconsin, individuals who are paid for performing work are presumed to be employees for unemployment compensation purposes. Employers can then rebut that presumption by showing that an individual satisfied a two-part test, each part containing a variety of factors, in order to classify the individual as an independent contractor.  The second part of the test requires the employer to meet 6 factors in a 9-factor test. Those factors include, among other things, looking at whether the individual holds themselves out publicly as being in an independent business, operates under multiple contracts, furnishes their own equipment, and incurs the main expenses associated with the work being performed.

The court of appeals held that Amazon was only able to show 5 of the 9 factors and thus failed to meet its burden. Among other factors, Amazon could not prove that the delivery partners held themselves out publicly as being in the delivery business, nor could it demonstrate that the delivery partners operated under multiple contracts.  This case is a good reminder that employers must conduct a fact-intensive inquiry into whether an individual performing services for an employer truly qualifies as an independent contractor for unemployment compensation purposes.  


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Professional Development and Events

Volunteer Appreciation Event with The Mallards!

June 7, 2023
The Duck Pond - Warner Park

We love our volunteers and want to show our appreciation with a free ticket for you to see Mallards baseball at the Duck Pond!

Bring your friends and family for only $22(soda)/$29(beer) each!

Volunteer and guest tickets include reserved seat plus all you can eat and drink pregame tailgate in the GMA SHRM section of the right field tent.  

Program Information and Registration

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SHRM2023 - The SHRM Annual Conference

June 11-14, 2023
Las Vegas & Virtual


 Meet, Greet, & Eat

June 20, 2023

Share stories, interests and have some laughs over coffee!  A great way to connect, gripe and celebrate with your HR peeps that "get it"!

Registration Required - Register here!

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August Professional Development Summit

August 15, 2023
Alliant Energy Center

Focus:  Recruitment; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Session 1   Hiring to Fit Your Culture
Session 2     Foster Healthy Conflict to Create More Inclusion and Innovation

Program Information 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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Workforce Readiness, Diversity & Inclusion

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 

  • Asian Pacific Heritage Month
  • Jewish American Heritage Month
  • Military Appreciation Month
  • Mental Health Awareness Month
  • Older Americans Month
  • Cinco De Mayo: May 5
  • Mother's Day: May 14
  • LGBTQ+ Elders Day: May 16
  • Armed Forces Day: May 21
  • Memorial Day: May 29
  • LGBTQ+ Pr​ide Month​
  • National Caribbean-American Heritage Month​
  • Immigration Heritage Month​​
  • PTSD Awar​eness Month​​
  • U.S. Army Birthday: ​June 14​​
  • Father's Day: June 18
  • Juneteenth: June 19​

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

Resource of the Month: May is Asian Pacific American (APAA) Heritage Month. Click here to learn more about the many resources, events and collections available.

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

Committee Spotlight – Volunteer Engagement

Submitted by Carolyn Kuzuhara, HR Manager at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

 The Volunteer Engagement Committee is responsible for connecting with members who are interested in getting involved with GMA SHRM. Our goal is to provide meaningful opportunities for members to learn about volunteer opportunities and connect those interested with an appropriate committee or board member. We also show appreciation to our volunteers by having a Volunteer Appreciation Celebration, which will be held at the Mallards Game this year! Another show of appreciation comes from our Volunteer of the Year award that goes to the volunteer who went above and beyond or greatly helped their committee, and is presented at the Human Capital Conference.
The committee plans two fun GMA SHRM 101 events each year focused on networking and sharing information about the chapter and volunteer opportunities with the membership.
If you are interested in learning more about the different committees or volunteer opportunities, please reach out to

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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 March 2023!
MICHAEL ALTMEYER   University of Wisconsin
Janet Bangs   Morgridge Institute for Research
Mary Busher   Celerity Staffing Solutions
Andrea Clark   Grande Cheese Company
Karen Dorais   Yahara Software
Noelle Gibbons SHRM-CP NORD Gear Corporation
Ashley Gossett SHRM-CP Navitus Health Solutions
Kaelly Guse   Gorman & Company
Kailey Hodel   Truity Partners, LLC
Paige Jacob   Dental Health Associates
Lauren Krause   Hilton Madison
Stacy Leverenz   RehabPath
Heidi Nesta   UKG
Aimee Neu PHR  
Peggy OBrien SPHR OBrien Planning & Consulting, LLC
Teresa Sommerfeld Illuminus
Paige Steinert SHRM-CP University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health
Chad Stofflet   Illuminus
Megan Sukovich   Veridian Homes
Mitchell Waterworth   Auburn Ridge
Holly Weber   UW Madison, DoIT

Congratulations to our 1, 5 and 10 anniversary members!

May 10 Year Anniversaries:
Katie Rikli
Natalie Lonergan

May 5 Year Anniversary:
Jenna Oliver

May 1 Year Anniversaries:
Shawyn Anderson
Kathryn Benson
Andrew Buss
Elizabeth Churas
Karin Cretney
Paige Drymalski
Tom Fox
Amanda Fuhrman
Dawna Furseth
Amanda Griffoul
Christia Hunt
Loren Kuzuhara
Sarjoo Patel
Amy Roberts
Kristin Sawyer
Pranav Shah
Amanda Tetzlaff
Beth Watson
Lisa Woerpel
Alison Wood
Grace Xiao
Elise Zielicke


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