March 2021 News & Events

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March Luncheon Speaker
Kimberlee Ellis-Shaw
"Diversity & Overcoming Implicit Bias"
Kimberlee Ellis-Shaw is the LGBTQA Liaison and Diversity Coordinator of the Kansas City Police Department.

With a career spanning more than 33 years in Law Enforcement Kim presents throughout the nation and internationally on topics including diversity and inclusion, overcoming implicit bias, crisis intervention, de-escalation skills and LGBTQ Youth Suicide Prevention/Awareness. She is the LGBTQ Liaison/Diversity Coordinator for a Department of over 1,400 Officers.  Kimberly acts as a liaison between minority communities that feel under-served, to give them a voice including the LGBTQ Community.  Kim will educate the attendees on how to better support Diversity within our Companies or Communities. In addition, to discussing how she heads up Recruiting Efforts for the Police Department in the LGBTQ community and the department focuses on this area.
Zoom attendees, don't forget to sign
up for your To-Go lunch!
Meet us at Maceli's or login through Zoom so you are eligible for an attendance award at the end of 2021!!
As you can imagine... 
booking speakers and keeping schedules has become especially challenging during this time. For the most updated information, links to ZOOM, and last minute alterations, be sure to regularly check
Legislative Update February 15-19, 2021
~Dennis Meier, SPRH, SHRM-SCP
Legislative Affairs Chair

The annual Employment Law and Employee Benefit Conference was held this week.  As usual, it was a very informative conference, and the virtual platform worked quite well. I missed the first couple sessions on Tuesday due to the rolling blackout. However, I was able to go back and listen on demand. I do miss the live interaction, but this demonstrates that these conferences can be done effectively in a virtual way.

A couple of areas that are more directly pertinent to HR and business are highlighted below.  Unemployment Insurance continues to be a topic of primary interest with all of the fraud, an older insufficient system, and the huge sums lost to fraud significantly depleting the fund.

Unemployment Insurance
The Senate Commerce Committee spent three days this week looking at Senate Bill 177, the unemployment insurance (UI) reform companion bill to House Bill 2196 that was heard last week.

Workforce Development Funding

The House Higher Education Budget Committee met this week to consider Governor Laura Kelly’s proposed budget for higher education in Kansas. During committee deliberations, several legislators scrutinized regent universities for continued bloated budgets and duplicative programs. The committee voted to approve the Governor’s proposed 5.5% reduction in state aid to the Board of Regents and instead agreed to direct $10.4 million to 19 community colleges and six technical colleges for workforce development courses taken by high school students.

For the full Legislative Update and links to the Bills, CLICK HERE.
Certification Update
SHRM is now accepting applications for the Spring exam. Enroll by March 19 to save $100 on exam fees.
Discount also available if you are a SHRM National Member. 

~Jana Tuttle, SPRH, SHRM-CP
Certification Chair
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