Student organization awarded by world’s largest human resources association

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The Western Michigan University student chapter of the Society for Excellence in Human Resources has again received recognition from the Society for Human Resource Management.

The student organization was awarded the 2016-17 Merit Award designation for providing superior growth and development opportunities to its members. The WMU chapter is one of 327 across the United States and one of 149 recipients of this year’s Merit Award.

Oh, Sorry, You Don’t Get Summer Fridays?

This summer, employees may not have to worry about sneaking away from their desks to start the weekend early, as more companies are offering summer Friday perks.Companies are getting more creative about boosting employee morale and productivity by offering perks during the summer.

Human Resources Practice Leader Brian Kropp, author of the study, said even though summer Fridays mean fewer hours at work, the time off can actually increase productivity. When employees know they’re leaving early on Friday, they’ll finish their most important work earlier in the week, he said.

“When you look across the week, (Friday afternoon) is the time where productivity is the lowest overall anyway,” he said.

Crowley names Suz Michel VP human resources and learning

Crowley Maritime Corp. has appointed company veteran Susan “Suz” Michel vice president of human resources and learning in a move that will bring all aspects of human capital management under her leadership.

In her new role, she will oversee all aspects of human resources including talent acquisition, employee on-boarding, training and professional development, benefits, compensation, employee retention, oversee facilities, office services and travel.

Ms. Michel has an undergraduate degree in education and a master’s degree in industrial psychology. She received the company’s highest honor, the Thomas Crowley Trophy, in 2008.


ACSC names director of human resources

ACSC names director of human resources

The Avon Board of School Trustees has named Lise Ann Ebert as director of human resources for Avon Community School Corporation (ACSC) effective July 1. She will lead the Human Resources Department following Dr. Michael Whitman’s retirement from the school corporation.

Ebert received a master of science in leadership from Trine University. In addition, she is certified as a senior professional in Human Resources, as well as a certified professional in Human Resources.



Metro Clerk Shannon Hall hired as city’s human resources director

Shannon Hall, who has served as Metro clerk for the past 3½ years, is slated to be the next director of the Metro human resources department.

Hall was the choice among 139 individuals who applied for the human resources job, 98 of whom were deemed qualified. Hall will assume her position July 1 after the Civil Service Commission voted unanimously last month to hire Hall, whose candidacy had the support of Mayor Megan Barry..


Meet the 2017 When Work Works Award

SHRM recently announced the winners of the 2017 When Work Works Award! The winners provide insight into the practices of effective and flexible workplaces and emerging trends.

There are a total of 298 award winners from 44 states and the District of Columbia for 2017. Among the winners there are 100-percent-virtual workplaces, worksites that have holistic and family-first approaches to work, employers that trust employees to manage when and how they do their work, organizations with top leaders who set positive examples, and supervisors that support job success.


Human resources changes in the works at University of Tennessee

The University of Tennessee on Thursday announced the retirement of Linda Hendricks Harig, who holds the dual roles of vice president of human resources for the UT system and vice chancellor for human resources at the Knoxville campus.

Linda’s retirement, which will take effect at the end of 2017, also ushers in a planned restructuring of human resources at UT. The campus and system level jobs will be separated moving forward, and there will be more of a system focus on strategic and policy matters while the Knoxville campus position will focus more on operations, the release said.









DOL Will Submit Request for Information on Overtime Rule

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta announced at a House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations hearing June 7 that the Department of Labor (DOL) will submit a request for information on the overtime rule in two to three weeks.

A request for information (RFI) is one among many possible tools used by an agency to help it develop a proposed rule and its use is optional, the DOL notes. “Agencies generally use RFIs when they want public input on whether a new rule or changes to an existing rule are needed and comments on what course the agency should take should it decide to move forward,” according to the department in its glossary of rulemaking terms


Rutgers Faculty Member Named 2017 Advisor of the Year

David A. Ferio of Westfield, N.J., is the 2017 student chapter Advisor of the year.

Ferio has been a faculty member in the graduate HR management program at Rutgers University in Brunswick, N.J.—and student chapter advisor—since 2005.

The SHRM Foundation will present the award June 18 at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition in New Orleans.


Labor Department Revokes Expansive Definitions of ‘Employer’

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has withdrawn two administrator’s interpretations that had been issued under the Obama administration and had defined “employer” expansively and “independent contractor” narrowly.

Their withdrawal on June 7 “is a major development and employers across the country should be breathing a sigh of relief,” said Allan Bloom, an attorney with Proskauer in New York City. However, “joint employer” still may be interpreted expansively by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).