Legal Update Next Wednesday, February 15
Submitted for 5.75 HRCI and SHRM Recertification Credits

The Line-Up:

 Tevis Marshall
Ogletree Deakins
Jimmy Robinson
Ogletree Deakins
Victor Cardwell
Woods Rogers
Tom Winn
Woods Rogers
Craig Curwood
Curwood Law Firm
Karen Michael
Karen Michael Consulting
Randy Sparks
Kaufman & Canoles
 John Bredehoft
Kaufman & Canoles
Williams Mullen
Amanda Weaver
Williams Mullen
Thomas Colclough

Click here for full agenda including Come Back Jack!  How to Handle FMLA, ADA and General Leave Abuse.

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Lack of Exercise is Primary Link to Obesity and Can Negatively Affect Work Productivity

From the Desk of acac Fitness & Wellness Center’s Medical Director, Gregory Degnan MD

Gallup Wellbeing Analysis (2012) finds inactivity more closely linked to being overweight than 26 other behavioral, emotional factors

Exercise is Key

At acac we have always understood that exercise is the basic building block of a healthy lifestyle. Combined with proper nutrition and a focus on emotional wellbeing, it is the cornerstone of any program seeking to positively impact lifestyle change. There is a plethora of recent literature to support the importance of these concepts – most specifically the extreme importance of exercise (or lack thereof) as the primary link to obesity.

Data gathered as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index from Jan-Sept 2012 revealed that for U.S. workers, exercising fewer than 3 days a week is more closely linked to obesity (BMI>30) than any of 26 other behavioral or emotional factors. This analysis is based on interviews with over 139,000 American workers. Poor eating habits, insufficient money to buy food, not having a place to exercise, a history of depression, and lack of dental care are all linked to workers’ on

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Member Spotlight:  Meet Dena Wengert

Dena Wengert,
Richmond SHRM Board Member
Her Day Job:  Director or Human Resources, Williams Mullen

Committee on Which She Volunteers:  I’m happy to be the new Director of Professional Development and Certification for Richmond SHRM and am co-chairing the 2017 Strategic Leadership Conference Committee.

Her Favorite Thing About Volunteering:  The dynamic, talented and enthusiastic group of fellow Board members and being able to contribute to an organization that I’ve found to be a wonderful resource since moving to Richmond 10 years ago.

Best Movie She's Seen Recently:
aven’t been to a movie theatre for a while, but can’t watch Bird Cage with Robin Williams and Michael with John Travolta enough!

Favorite Richmond Restaurant: Tie:  Lemaire and Dutch & Co. (“The Perfect Egg” is the perfect dish!)

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Legislative Update:  VA House Bill 1445 Dies in Committee

Thank you to those of you who contacted your Virginia Representative to share the impact of Virginia HB1445 on your employer. Luckily for VA employers, this bill died in committee... this time.

This bill would have restricted an employer’s right to pay wages via pre-paid pay card without first obtaining employee consent. For employers who have intentionally moved away from the use of live pay checks to the use of pay cards as an alternative to direct deposit, this bill could have considerable consequences.

 A big thanks to our partners at the VA Chamber for gathering employer support to let our Representatives know how employers could be impacted by HB1445.  If you happen to chat with your Representatives in the future, it still wouldn't hurt to mention how such a bill could possibly negatively impact your employer.  

here for more information.

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Annual Compensation Survey

Gallagher Titan is conducting its 16th Annual Compensation survey of Greater Richmond area companies.

Last year more than 90 organizations participated in this comprehensive survey and many more have expressed interest in participating in this year's survey. 

We invite you to participate in this valuable survey!

Why Participate?

  • Internet sites and recruiting data are often self-reported, inflated and inconsistent.
  • Our data is local and relevant.
  • Underpaying or overpaying jobs by even a small amount can be very costly.
  • As the economy turns around, pressure on rising wages will affect employer competitiveness.

How to Participate:

Simply click here to download and complete the Excel spreadsheet by March 13. The final report will be available April 17.

(For your convenience, the tabs are formatted to print out on legal paper if you would like to review the information in hard copy. However, we need to receive the data electronically.)

To submit, save your spreadsheet with your input and return via this link.

(From Titan Gallagher:  We take the issue of participant confidentiality very seriously. Data is aggregated in such a way as to make it impossible to identify an individual's or organization's data. We adhere to all guidelines of survey administration as suggested by Federal Safe Harbor guidelines.)

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Upcoming Events

February 15
March 2
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Legal Update

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