PSU HRMA Weekly News (11/3/08)

Welcome to the weekly PSU HRMA blog.
We provide weekly updates on current PSU HRMA related events!

PHRMA Member Appreciation Event *Volunteers Needed

Your Human Resources Career
How to Make it More than a Job!

Speaker:Sharon Koss, SPHR, CCP, and long time HR Consultant/SHRM Author

Wednesday, November 12th
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Double Tree Hotel at Lloyd Center (1000 NE Multnomah)

Volunteers help with check in, raffle tickets and the wall of wine fundraiser.

This is a great way to become involved within PSU HRMA. By volunteering, you will have the opportunity to interact with HR Professionals. Appetizers are also included.

*Volunteers are required to be members of PSU HRMA

If you are interested in volunteering e-mail with the subject line PHRMA Appreciation Event.

Please e-mail ASAP.

Deadline for volunteering: Tuesday, November 4th


2nd Annual AMA and HRMA Appreciation Event

Prospective members, members and alumni welcome.
Bring a friend or significant other.

Billards, XBox, Bowling and more!

Pizza and Raffle Prizes

Friday, November 21st
7:00pm - Midnight
Smith Gameroom (Basement of Smith)


*Additional PSU HRMA officers
elected on Wednesday, October 29th

Golf Tournament Coordinator:
Drew Barthel
Newsletter Editor: Steve Meyers
Treasurer: Marianne Holm
VP External Relations: Stephanie Hunt

*We are still looking for a
Valentine's Day Rose Sale Coordinator

E-mail for more information.

Congratulations to new member Jennifer McMillan!

She won an Ipod Shuffle AND a $100 Gift Card in our drawing for new members.

Have ideas or suggestions for Winter and Spring term activities?

The leadership team for PSU HRMA is already planning Winter and Spring term speaker meetings and other programs.

Please send all speaker and program ideas to, attention Emily Harris.

PSU HRMA Speaker Meeting from Last Week

Thank you to Bryne Moore
for speaking on Emerging Trends in EEO Laws.

Resources recommended by Bryne:

EEOC website – laws, guidance, FAQ, case summaries

Job Accommodation Network – ADA questions – Religious discrimination

Dept. of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR)

Department of Labor

OR Bureau of Labor & Industries (BOLI)


Comments from Alan Cabelly, PSU HRMA Faculty Advisor as a follow up to the Speaker Meeting
(Not considered Legal Advice)


I attended Bullard's Annual Law briefing last week. One of the items discussed at length was the new ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) signed into law a month ago. Bullard sent the following message that has their pdf identifying the significant changes.

: ADA Amendments Act redefines disability

On January 1, 2009 the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act ("ADA Amendments Act") goes into effect. The ADAAA, signed into law on September 25, 2008 by President Bush, is the first major overhaul to the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"), 42 USC §12101 et seq., since its passage in 1990. The ADAAA expands the definition of "disability" and legislatively overturns two United States Supreme Court decisions that had become flashpoints for controversy.

Click the following link to read the
Bullard eAlert describing the practical import of these changes:

From my notes at the briefing this is what I gleaned:
1. The definition of "Substantially limits" a major life function is to become more lenient. Bullard suggests that this becomes "compared to most people."

2. When determining whether an individual is is disabled, look at that person in an "unmedicated state." Thus, the individual who has a mental illness under control while medicated is to be treated as disabled even though he/she never appears to be disabled.

3. When determining whether an individual is disabled, look at that person when the individual is not using prosthetic devices or other measures to manage their impairments (the exception is the use of "ordinary" eyeglasses or contacts).

Thus the effect of both 2. and 3. is to treat the individual as he/she is, not as he/she has been corrected.

4. The list of major life activities and bodily functions has been expanded, including things like sleeping, eating, bending, normal cell growth, circulatory issues, etc.

5. ADAAA includes items that are in remission (like cancer) or episodic (like shingles).

6. ADAAA excludes the old rule of "a person who is regarded as disabled." (the courts have struggled with this one)

7. ADAAA excludes transitory conditions ("an impairment with an actual or expected duration of six months or less") and minor conditions.

The intent of the Amendment was to restore the ADA to what it had been originally designed to do, not how the courts had changed it.

I suspect most of you are aware of this, but I wanted to be certain of that.


Tip of the Week

Start applying for 2009-2010 Scholarships

Access the PSU online Undergraduate Scholarship application at:

Note: This includes specific HR Scholarships.

The PSU online Undergraduate Scholarship application is due by 11:59 pm, Monday, February 2, 2009 Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Blog updated by: Kerensa Loucks, VP Internal Relations - PSU HRMA