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February 13, 2018

11:15 -1:00  PM

Holiday Inn Downtown Duluth 

MN & WI Legal Update:   Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits

Larkin Hoffman Attorneys 

Larkin Hoffman Attorneys will highlight recent MN, WI, and federal laws, regulations, and decisions that have an immediate impact on senior executives and business leaders within human resources. 

Visit www.larkinhoffman.com to learn more about their firm and the guiding principles that have defined their culture for more than 50 years!




March 13, 2018

11:15 -1:00  PM

Holiday Inn Downtown Duluth 

MNOSHA - Current News, Preparing for an Audit, and Handling OSHA Complaints


MNOSHA North Supervisor Jeff Isakson will outline MNOSHA updates, guide participants through preparing for an OSHA audit, and advise key stakeholders in handling OSHA complaints

Jeff Isakson joined Minnesota OSHA in November of 2003 as a Supervisor. Prior to Minnesota OSHA, Jeff worked 14 years as a safety professional in the Pulp and Paper industry.



2018 MNSHRM 

State Conference

St. Cloud, MN 

October 14-16


Register as an attendee for the 2018 MNSHRM State Conference by January 31 to receive an additional $50 off of Early Bird pricing when you enter Promo Code MNSHRM18!

With Keynote Speakers Sam Richter and Steve Gilliand, as well as 50+ breakout speakers, evening activities and more, you don't want to miss out on MNSHRM18!

We look forward to seeing you in October!

Your MNSHRM18 Team



Could your company benefit from a talented STEM intern?

Receive a 50 percent cash match on your intern's wages - up to $2500 through SciTechsperience

SciTechsperience is a free, statewide, state-funded internship program that connects small for-profit Minnesota businesses with talented college STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) students.

Participating companies receive a wage reimbursement of 50 percent of the intern's wages up to $2,500.

What's New

• Companies located anywhere in Minnesota with less than 250 employees worldwide may participate

• Graduate students are now eligible for the program

• More than 325 reimbursements are available now on a first-come, first hire basis

Eligible Companies:

• Are for-profit, registered and conducting business in Minnesota

• Have fewer than 250 employees worldwide worldwide

• Offer an internship that offers hands-on STEM industry experience

• Are doing business in one of the following industries:

o Aerospace and Defense

o Agriculture and Food Science

o Biotechnology, Life Sciences and Health IT

o Engineering Services

o Fuels, Energy, Energy Management

o IT/Computer Technology

o Mining, Materials, Manufacturing and Processing

For more information and to apply go to SciTechMN.org.

Want to know more? Check out this short webinar or contact SciTechsperience Program Director Becky Siekmeier, Minnesota High Tech Association at beckys@mhta.org or 952-230-4241.




Judy Aspling

HR Director

Center City Housing Corp

Judy is currently the HR Director at Center City Housing Corp., a non-profit agency in Duluth that provides affordable permanent housing and services to those most in need, most notably, long-term homeless individuals and families.  Judy says, “I go home every day feeling good about the fact that I’m contributing in a small way to giving back dignity and hope to those who deserve nothing less.”  She is also the owner of the Curves in Superior, a workout facility for women…ask her about a membership discount!

Although she’s held positions that encompassed some aspects of HR over many years, she’s only been an “HR Professional” since 2006.  She joined SHRM and NHRA at that time and discovered then that she’d finally found what she wanted to be when she grew up.  She’s served on the NHRA Board for 10 years in several roles, and attributes attaining her current position at CCHC to the “amazing network of HR friends” she’s made over the years.

She also serves on the Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board, and volunteers on the boards of the Friends of the St. Croix Headwaters, and Friends of the Bird Sanctuary.  In her spare time, she enjoys life in the woods on the St. Croix River in Gordon and says Kayaking Rocks!


The City of Duluth along with other partners are organizing to try and help employers plan for workforce gaps and skill development.  The purpose of the series is to support employers in the NE Region by:

A) identifying strategies that help businesses adapt to changes in labor force and declining availability of workers in the region and 

B) providing tangible solutions to employee recruitment and retention challenges.  





Managing compliance and risk in your organization

Over the past decade, businesses and non-profit organizations have faced increasing demands to comply with a myriad of government regulations in a rapidly changing legal landscape. Today, human resources professionals are responsible for the design, administration, and enforcement of many of the policies that address these regulations while ensuring compliance and managing risk for the organization.

 This program offers intensive, practice-based training for human resources professionals and their advisors in identifying and evaluating compliance requirements, while also being able to work with stakeholders to effectively implement compliance programs within their organizations.

Register for program start date Jan 31 or March 28.




Why have a SHRM Membership you ask?

*Thousands of Tools (interview questions, job descriptions, sample policies, HR forms, presentation, express requesrts, Q&As, How-Tos)

*Personalized Content

*US Federal, State & Local Compliance Resources

*Free Webcasts

*As An HR Advisor

*HR Magazine & e-newsletters

*Online Member Community

*Discounts on SHRM Educational Offerings

*Discount on NHRA membership

*Discount on MNSHRM Conference







Stay tuned for our 30th

 birthday celebration





What is the College Mentorship Program? It connects college students pursing a degree in Human Resource (HR) with HR professionals in the community.

 What is the purpose? Provide students with HR experience out of the classroom, as well as networking experience, through a guided mentorship. Each student is matched with a mentor based on HR areas of interest. Plus you as the mentor may learn something and get a little extra work done.

What are the expectations? You are asked to spend at minimum 1-2 hours a month between January – May with your mentor assigned to you. Actives may include but are not limited to; job shadowing, reviewing resumes, mock interviewing, attending a job fair, attending an NHRA/educational meeting, or other special projects/tasks.

 Are you interested in making a difference?

 Please complete this FORM (typed is best) and return it to me, Tara Swenson (College Relations Director) at tara.swenson@slhduluth.com or call me at 218-249-8822.

Thanks and I look forward to meeting you.  Tara



Trump Touts Better Pay, New Jobs and Immigration Reform in First State of the Union Address

Higher wages fueled by his new tax cut, a bold infrastructure initiative that would create jobs, and an overhaul of the immigration system that would protect U.S. workers were atop President Donald Trump's agenda during his first State of the Union speech.


Tax Law Is Prompting Enhanced Benefits and Pay, Companies Say

Employers are considering more-generous bonuses, wages, 401(k) matches and paid leave


5 Employee Handbook Updates to Watch in 2018

Handbooks are living documents that should be reviewed regularly.



President:  Theresa Severance, Human Resources Manager, City of Duluth

President- Elect and Director, Governmental and Legislative Affairs: Patricia Stolee, HR Director, North Shore Bank

Secretary: Melissa Williams, HR Director, WLSSD

Treasurer: Justin Terch, HR & Mediation Consultant, Terch & Associates

Director, College Relations:  Tara Swenson, Clinic Manager, St. Luke's 

Director, Membership: Mark Swanson, District Manager, Kelly Services

Director, Workforce DevelopmentBetsy Hill, Workforce Development, City of Duluth

Director, Certification: Judy Aspling, HR Director, Center City Housing Corp and Owner, Curves Superior

Director, NewsletterAmy Haney, HR Administrator, Saturn Systems

At Large: Satrina Nikula, HR Analyst, ALLETE/Minnesota Power

At Large:  Missy Meierhoff, HR Business Partner, Essentia Health

At Large:

  Wanda Grew-Jasken, President, Edge Consulting, LLC


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