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Board Member Spotlight

Name: Rokesha Allen                                                           

NELA SHRM Board Title:  Treasurer                         

Number of Years with NELA SHRM:   2         

Company you work for:  United Way of Northeast Louisiana    

  1. Why did you become involved with SHRM? To learn more about HR since my background is mostly Accounting & Finance.
  2. What is your favorite thing about serving on NELA SHRM Board?  Meeting new people with different backgrounds.
  3. If you could plan a vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?  Bahamas
  4. What advice would you give someone considering joining the NELA SHRM Board?  Just do it!
  5. What is your greatest fear?  Failing
  6. What would you do for a career if you weren’t in HR?  Farming
  7. If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?  Retire
  8. What is your favorite hobby?  My newest hobby, gardening.
  9. What is the biggest thing you learned about HR in 2020?  HR is everchanging.
  10. What is your favorite food or restaurant?  No favorite, but I love Greek, Latin, and Thai.

ULM SHRM Student Member Spotlight 

Name:  Justin Gibson

ULM SHRM Officer Title:  President

Major:  Business Management

Expected Date of Graduation:  May, 2022

I became involved with SHRM because I wanted to learn more about the Human Resource field. I definitely saw it as an opportunity to branch out and try something new, considering the only thing I had been involved in on a college campus was the basketball team.

My favorite thing about being the President of SHRM here at ULM is meeting all the different kinds of people and listening to them. I love it when a student starts talking to me about what they want to achieve in life and my mind automatically starts thinking about ways our Shrm chapter can help them. And it actually amazes me what some people want to do and what motivates them to get there.

I would easily plan a vacation to Dubai, just to see the miraculous transformation it has undergone and to experience that culture.

Funny enough, my favorite class at ULM was the Human Resource management course I took last semester with Mrs. Cindy Strickler. Her balance between course material and real-world, real-time issues was a lot of fun. You never knew what article she would bring to class that day and me desiring to be in human resources took each one seriously and acted as if I had to deal with it as the HR executive.

I don’t think I've seen enough of the world to know where I want to be yet, I for sure love the infrastructure and corporate opportunities in Texas, specifically Houston or Dallas. Chicago because I feel like I can become a sports fan of the teams up there, also Charlotte, NC is somewhere that interests me.

My career plans are to enjoy what I am doing and be able to spend time with my family.

My favorite quote is actually by me, I mean I'm sure someone somewhere said it before me but, “Do what makes you happy”. I feel like a lot of problems in today's world are because people aren't happy with themselves and I think that if the world was a happier place, it would be a better, safer place.

A piece of advice I would give someone joining the ULM Shrm chapter would be to keep an open mind, and do not be afraid to get out of your comfort zone when it comes to meeting new people. You can honestly learn something from everyone you come in contact with.

The Biden administration plans to rescind the COVID-19 travel bans imposed in 2020 and replace them with vaccination and testing requirements to enter the U.S. beginning in November, potentially impacting global business travel.

Firing Unvaccinated Workers Becomes More Common, Especially in Health Care
More employers nationwide are firing workers, particularly health care employees, who defy mandates to get vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Biden to Require Private Employers With 100 or More Employees to Mandate Vaccinations or Frequent Testing

President Joe Biden is expected to announce today that all employers with 100 workers or more must require COVID-19 vaccinations or a weekly negative test result before coming to work. The new rule will be enforced by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which will issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to implement this requirement. The ETS will impact more than 80 million workers in private sector businesses nationally.

In addition, Biden will announce that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will require COVID-19 vaccinations for workers in most health care settings that receive Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement, including but not limited to hospitals, dialysis facilities, ambulatory surgical settings and home health agencies.

And the president also will unveil an executive order that requires all federal workers and contractors to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This step expands on the president’s July requirement that provided regular testing as an acceptable option to vaccination.


What Does Pfizer Vaccine’s Full Approval Mean for Employers’ Policies?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration fully approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, which may prompt more employers to mandate the shot. However, employers should note that they still need to explore reasonable accommodations for employees with religious and disability-related objections. 

To Enable More Vaccinations, Treasury Expands Paid-Leave Tax Credit
Know your local emergency paid-sick-leave laws
Employers can now claim tax credits based on the wages of employees who take time off to help family members, household members or those who look to the employee for caregiving help get vaccinated against COVID-19. 

DEI

Diversity, equity and inclusion are frequently brought to the forefront of conversations. However, if your organization has global mobility programs in place, DEI alignment achieves better results! Read the latest GVISOR whitepaper titled "Foster Diversity and Inclusion in your Globally Mobile Workforce to Ensure Equity" to learn how to leverage your diverse human capital talent and maintain a competitive advantage in global markets.  https://lnkd.in/gtwYh5p3

Refamiliarize Returning Employees with Professional Expectations

Advance Child Tax Credit

This IRS link has a lot of detail related to the credit - 2021 Child Tax Credit and Advance Child Tax Credit Payments Frequently Asked Questions | Internal Revenue Service (irs.gov) 

Also, the IRS has a tool dedicated to the Advance Child Tax Credit Payments that can be found here - Child Tax Credit Non-filer Sign-up Tool | Internal Revenue Service (irs.gov)

Employers Contend with Conflicts Over Masks, Vaccinations
Emphasize the importance of respecting co-workers' views
While the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance on masks may result in more COVID-19 vaccinations and ease the return to the workplace, employees who oppose vaccinations may be frustrated by rules that still require them to wear masks. This frustration is one of several contributing to workplace tensions caused by the pandemic.

Visit SHRM’s COVID-19 Vaccination Resource Hub Page for the latest news, policies and guidance on vaccines and the workplace.

No-Mask Mandates Come with Risks
Respect each individual's decision
Employers may want vaccinated employees to remove their face masks while working, especially in customer-facing jobs, but should think twice before requiring employees to work without masks. 

Rewarding New and Current Employees Who Leave Remote Work Behind
What would it take to persuade employees to return to a physical workplace? A vacation in Barbados? A $30,000 raise? As the economy recovers and employers hire more workers, HR departments must weigh which benefits would attract the best candidates while also keeping their current employees happy.

New ACA, HDHP, and HSA Limits

Recently, Health & Human Services and the Internal Revenue Service issued the 2022 ACA out-of-pocket maximums and HDHP and HSA limits.  See the below chart for the new limits.

Provision

2021

2022

ACA Maximum Out of Pockets

  • Self-only coverage

$8,550

$8,700

  • Other than self-only coverage

$17,100

$17,400

HDHP Minimum Deductible

  • Self-only coverage

$1,400

$1,400

  • Other than self-only coverage

$2,800

$2,800

HDHP Maximum Out-of-Pocket

  • Self-only coverage

$7,000

$7,050

  • Other than self-only coverage

$14,000

$14,100

HSA Contribution Maximum

  • Self-only coverage

$3,600

$3,650

  • Other than self-only coverage

$7,200

$7,300

  • Catch-up Contribution (55+)

$1,000

$1,000

Please see HHS Finalizes ACA Cost-Sharing Limits for 2022 and IRS Releases 2022 HSA Values for more details, including our estimated ACA Employer Mandate penalties for 2022.  These articles will be included in the May 25 Directions Newsletter.

Form I-9 Remote Review Extended Through Summer 2021
An interim policy allowing employers to inspect Form I-9 documents virtually has been extended through Aug. 31.

COVID Vaccination Resources

Vaccinations will be administered to individuals who meet the current eligibility criteria.  Enrolled providers, pharmacies, and community events are administering COVID-19 vaccinations by appointments only. 

Vaccines currently being administered are from Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.  Pfizer and Moderna are two dose vaccines while Johnson & Johnson is one dose.  All three vaccines have been authorized for emergency use by the FDA and are safe and effective.

COVID-19 Vaccine Locations | Department of Health | State of Louisiana (la.gov)



Compliance

Completing and maintaining Form I-9s on all employees shows the good faith effort of the employer in establishing their employees are legally authorized to work in the United States. This resource center provides the tools and information to avoid improperly completed, updated or retained forms, which can jeopardize the success of a ICE audit.

I-9 Compliance (shrm.org)