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INSIGHTS & INTUITION: What's the best way for an HR professional to keep up with changes in employment law?

The best way for an HR professional to keep up with changes in employment law is to join a professional association such as the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) or College and University Personnel Association (CUPA).  

The benefits that an HR professional can reap for a small annual membership fee are countless.  These associations offer webinars, chat rooms, white papers and opportunities to meet colleagues with the same issues you have, all of which will help you keep up to date with current issues.

Susan Bostian

Director of Human Resources and Associate Vice President of Finance & Administration

Northern State University

Aberdeen, S.D.

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At WCCO Belting, we take a diverse approach, from monitoring the information provided by the Society for Human Resource Management, consulting industry professionals, using electronic resources such as webinars and online forums, and classroom training via local seminars and lunch-and-learns.  

Our department understands that staying current on employment law is a team effort, and more important, leadership prioritizes the continuing education of our employees on the subject.  

As a growing business that’s hiring, we’re fortunate to have the support of our company when we have to suspend our daily job responsibilities for valuable learning opportunities.

Jeremy Leiviska

HR Director

WCCO Belting, Inc.

Wahpeton, N.D.

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The internet offers a lot of employment law information, but the challenge is focusing on resources that are clear and concise. Some good ways to keep up with employment law include:

  • The Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) provides regular employment law updates on its website.
  • Working with company legal counsel and networking with other HR professionals can provide relevant information on targeted topics such as state laws and issues unique to the business.
  • Attending regional employment law conferences such as the annual Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute can give the professional extensive reference materials, legal discussions and great networking opportunities.

Kim Beck

Director of Employee Relations

Midco

SIoux Falls, S.D.

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One way is to join and participate with the Society for Human Resource Management.  This is the world’s largest HR professional society representing members in over 165 countries.

The organization not only provides education and certification for members, but also lobbies Congress on issues pertinent to labor management.  

And SHRM’s website is a valuable tool for every HR professional.

In North Dakota, HR professionals can attend seminars that are given by local law firms that know and understand the state and federal labor and employment laws as well as benefits.  Dorsey & Whitney holds annual seminars, and Vogel Law Firm holds biennial employment-law updates in Fargo and Bismarck.

Last but not least, HR professionals can join their local human resource associations. This is a great way to share information and network with other professionals. The local chapters or groups also provide professional development opportunities.

Susanne Straus

Employee Relations Specialist

Minnkota Power Cooperative

Grand Forks, N.D.

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