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The July meeting will be at lunch time and will feature Chris McCarty, employment law attorney with Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg & Waldrop, P.C. The topic - "Claims to Keep You Up At Night."

This one hour session will focus on trending claims in the world of EEOC charges and employment lawsuits, including, but not limited to, ADA claims, ADEA claims, FLSA claims. What are the typical, underlying mistakes? How can you focus on preventing them? And what can be done once you receive an EEOC charge or a related lawsuit?


Registration, networking and the lunch buffet line will begin 11:30 a.m. followed by the program at 12:00 p.m.   Costs will be $11.00 for members, $15.00 for guests, and $5.00 for students.


Click HERE to register for the July meeting!

The HR Certification Institute has pre-approved this activity for 1 Specified Credit Hour toward HR (General) credit towards the a PHR®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi® and SPHRi® certifications. The use of the HRCI® seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute's® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

The July meeting sponsor is Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg & Waldrop, PC. Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg & Waldrop, PC.  The monthly TVHRA sponsor attends our meetings to provide us informative  about their company and services. They also help supplement the cost of our meetings. Be sure to arrive early enough to visit our sponsor's booth and enjoying networking with other members!


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Mark Your Calendars NOW to participate in the East Tennessee Wage & Benefit Survey Coming in August!

The 2016 - 2017 East Tennessee Salary, Wage & Benefits Survey conducted for the TVHRA by is coming soon.  Data reported for this year’s survey will be as of June 2016 and survey data will be collected in August.

As a TVHRA member you can participate in the upcoming survey FREE of charge. All you have to do is complete and submit the online questionnaire anytime during the month of August and you will receive FREE access to the online results when released in Sept.  You will also be eligible to receive reduced prices on customized survey reports and statewide data (using TVHRA’s referral code 78-347).

We encourage all TVHRA members to take advantage of this valuable opportunity.


Nominations for the State of Tennessee SHRM Awards  

Any TVHRA member who would like to nominate someone for the Human Resources Professional Excellence Award or The James House Williamson Award should send the nomination(s) to by July 19, 2016.


This is the state’s top Human Resources Award. It honors James House Williamson, who served as permanent Secretary for the Tennessee Industrial Personnel Conference (later to evolve into the Tennessee HR Conference/SHRM Joint Conference and then the TN SHRM State Conference) for fifteen years before his death in February 1953. In all of his professional work and especially through his service to industry as Secretary of the Conference, he contributed significantly to the development of sound industrial management and personnel practices in Tennessee and neighboring states. In memory of him and in appreciation for his great service, the industries of Tennessee presented a plaque to the University of Tennessee and established the James House Williamson Award.

Purpose of the Award

To stimulate the development of sound human resources management in all of its various phases and to publicly recognize the work of those who have made significant contributions to this effort.


All persons nominated shall have made significant contributions to one or more of the various phases of human resources management in the State of Tennessee which include: Service to Employers, Service to the Human Resources Profession, Recognition of Honors, Civic Contributions, Local Human Resources Organization, and State/National Human Resources Organizations.



The HR Professional Excellence Award, presented by the Tennessee SHRM State Council, recognizes contributions to the Human Resource profession by any HR Professional working in the state of Tennessee. The call for nominations takes place in July of each year and awards are typically presented during the TN SHRM State Conference in September.

Multiple HR Professional Excellence Awards are generally presented at the conference.  The following criteria should be considered:

Service to the Chapter - such as leadership, committee participation, program development and participation and support of chapter goals activities.

Service to the HR Profession - including leadership roles in SHRM at the state, regional or national level; leadership roles in other professional organizations, volunteer activities that increase awareness of and reflect favorably on the role of HR professionals, innovations in HR practices, acting as a resource to peers, mentoring students or young professionals, publications, research, teaching and training in the fields of HR and business in general.

Service to the Community - Civic, community, and charitable and service organization involvement.

Professional History - Education, experience, work history, record of professional growth, accomplishments, professional certification.

Selection of award recipients will be made by a panel of TN SHRM State Council members and chaired by the Awards and Scholarships Chair of TN SHRM. Only the panel will know the identity of the honorees until the moment of the award. Nominations can be submitted in any written format but should be specific and as detailed as possible describing exactly why your nominee should be honored.

Thank you for your participation in this year's nomination process.


TVHRA is an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management 


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  • June 28, 2016 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
    Bar Marley 760 Stone Street, NW Knoxville, TN 37901

    Yah Mon! Come out and join us for a "Caribbean" HR Happy Hour at Bar Marley.. There's a boat, and sand, and caribbean themed food and lots of tropical treats! We will be out there on Tuesday, June 28th for networking and fun.. And, if you would like to stay after 7, there's an art class!

  • July 12, 2016 - 11:30am
    Rothchilds Conference Center 8807 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37923
  • July 23, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
    136 Harvest Lane, Maryville, TN

    We would like to give back to the community by providing volunteer support to Second Harvest Foodbank! We have room for 30 people, to help pack boxes of food for those in need in our area. We will be working on Saturday, July 23rd from 9am to 12 pm and then we can go out and have lunch and refreshing beverages afterwards!...

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