2010 SHRM Annual Conference & Exhibition

2010 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition – June 27-30, 2010 – San Diego Convention Center

Matsch Systems spread its wings into a new adventure. In the past we always attended conferences directed toward telecommunications management or hardware user groups. SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, clearly does not fit into those categories, but it is a group that should be interested in what we have to offer. Matsch specializes in providing the management information necessary to understand communications usage and expenses. Communications usage requires both human and real capital. The verbal communications using mobile and non-mobile phones are critical to an organizations operation. Understanding and quantifying those communications enables a company to proactively manage the communications effectiveness of its employees, as well as the cost and security issues associated with those communications.

Human Resource Management benefits from Matsch services:

Quantify communications patterns of exceptional employees for emulation by others

Internal E911 for security to assist EMTs to exact location of call

IRS Compliance regarding personal usage of mobile phones as a taxable benefit

Quantify and manage mobile phone services as an employee benefit

Reduce communications expenses

Improve communications quality

A circumstance we had hoped for and did actually see at the conference was Human Resource managers that were recently a part of management meetings where controlling the high cost of employer provided mobile phones was referenced. This is particularly true in mid-size companies with mobile workforces looking for ways to improve their bottom line. We found that the SHRM attendees tended to be open-minded managers interested in helping their organization to be more successful. Those unfamiliar with the communications information management needs of their organization volunteered to take information back and find the person responsible.

What Is SHRM?

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 individual members, the Society’s mission is to serve the needs of HR professionals by providing the most essential and comprehensive resources available. As an influential voice, the Society’s mission is also to advance the human resource profession to ensure that HR is recognized as an essential partner in developing and executing organizational strategy. Founded in 1948, SHRM currently has more than 550 affiliated chapters and members in more than 100 countries. www.shrm.org

The 2010 SHRM Annual Conference

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) provides the world’s largest and highly-rated gathering of HR professionals—the 62nd Annual Conference & Exposition held at the San Diego Convention Center, June 27-30, 2010. This world-class event presents a showcase of products and services to an audience of more than 11,000 HR professionals, including major decision makers. This was an excellent opportunity to meet and network with Human Resource professionals. You will have exclusive, non-conflicting exhibit hall hours to engage in face-to-face dialogues that can inform and influence your marketing strategies.

More than 650 small and large companies exhibited at the 2010 SHRM Annual Conference—introducing, displaying and demonstrating a variety of products and services.

IRS Enforcement of Wireless Devices as ‘Listed Property’ seems Sketchy

Last week we were quite interested to find out about an employer that had in fact been audited by the IRS for compliance on this issue. As most of us know, many larger employers have decided to implement a stipend policy in an attempt to avoid the possibility of an audit. While some employers feel this makes sense for them, they may want to reconsider once they see Matsch’s upcoming whitepaper on stipends and their effect on employer cell phone costs. In any event, it is a topic that many involved with telecom are wary of.

The official IRS wording of the rule is actually straightforward in that it requires employers to document the personal use of employer-provided cell phones. Though most employers believe this would be burdensome, it is not nearly as burdensome as they think it is, and is a lot less expensive than the other options. The thing that interested us as Cellular Information Management service providers is that the end result of this specific audit was that each employee with a provided cell phone would pay the IRS (directly via payroll deduction) a flat tax payment per month via payroll deduction! Let that sink in for a moment…

As you might imagine, some of the employees of this organization were a little ahem… ‘put out’ by the decision. Though this is a seemingly simple thing to do, and is much more acceptable to the employer, since it resolves all their concerns regarding IRS compliance, it is hardly fair to those employees that did not use their employer provided cell phones for personal use, but purchased their own personal plans

Stay tuned for more on this topic!!

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