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NEW!  BNHRA Members Only Certification Area

To access, simply log in as a member.  Not a member yet? Learn more about joining here or reach out to our Membership Director at [email protected]

Sign up for our 2021 Programs - all approved for recertification credit! 


April 15 Virtual Recruitment: Success And Challenges For Business Seeking Diversity In The Workforce 

A panel of HR professionals from varied backgrounds will discuss the effective, challenging and sometimes complex issues arising from changes to the recruitment process brought about by the pandemic as related diversity initiatives in the workplace. We encourage attendees to submit questions for the panelists prior to the event and during a Q&A period.  

To submit questions for panelists in advance, email: [email protected]

ZOOM Meeting 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
$10 Members | $15 Guests 

Thank you to our Event Sponsors: OrthoSports &  Trilogy Wellness Inc.


April 21 Fair-Chance Hiring
presented by

Harley Blakeman
Founder & CEO
Honest Jobs

ZOOM Meeting 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
$10 Members | $15 Guests 

May 6 Let’s Talk About It! Mental Health Awareness & Creating A Mental Health Friendly Workplace
presented by

Tamara M. Rasberry
Owner and Consultant
Rasberry Consulting, LLC

ZOOM Meeting 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
$10 Members | $15 Guests

May 19 Back To The Basic: Changing The World Through Service 
presented by

Alexander Pullen, SHRM-SCP 
Inclusion & Belonging Business Partner

ZOOM Meeting 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
$10 Members | $15 Guests

June 2 She Partied Like A Rockstar...Now What?
presented by

Jenni Stone, SHRM-CP, PHR
HR Director, Partner HR Shield

ZOOM Meeting 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
$10 Members | $15 Guests   

NOTE: This course qualifies for the new ethics requirement for HRCI certification holders. [There is NOT a specific “Ethics Credit” designation to select from when entering this activity. Simply include one ethics-themed activity in your recertification plan and check the required “ethics affirmation box” once you are ready to submit your recertification application.]

June 16 Legal Update presented by Phillips Lytle LLP

ZOOM Meeting 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
$10 Members | $15 Guests

July 21 HR Compliance 101
presented by

Damona Barnes, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Human Resources Director

ZOOM Meeting 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
$10 Members | $15 Guests

September 28 & September 29 Legal Update
presented by


Kinsey O’Brien                 John Godwin
Senior Associate              Partner
Hodgson Russ LLP          Hodgson Russ LLP

You have the option to attend our virtual Legal Update in the morning on Tuesday, Sept 28 @ 8 a.m. or in the evening on Wednesday, Sept 29 @ 5 p.m. Two times - same great program!

October 13 Getting Ahead Of Your Culture (Part 1) With Hiring & Onboarding

November 10 Getting Ahead of Your Culture (Part 2) with Talent Retention!

both programs presented by 


Tom Schin, Build Better Culture   Brian Rollo, Brian Rollo Consulting Group

ZOOM Meeting 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
$10 Members | $15 Guests for each program 

Did you know?  NEW HRCI Recertification Credit Carry-Over Allowance

Effective 1 January 2021, HRCI® offers certificants the option to carry-over surplus recertification credits. To qualify, actively-certified individuals must submit more than the normally required 45 credits for aPHR®/aPHRi™ OR the 60 credits for PHR®/PHRi™/SPHR®/SPHRi™/GPHR®/PHRca®. You can now 'carry over' up to 15 qualifying credits into your next certification cycle! Download the FAQs page here to learn more!

For a limited time when you join as a SHRM professional member, you will get a free SHRM tote bag when you use code WIGU2021. This offer expires 4/23/2021.

Legal Update: Phillips Lytle LLP Alert for BNHRA Members: Labor & Employment 

American Rescue Plan Act Mandates Temporary Subsidy of COBRA Premiums and Provides 100% Tax Credit (March 31, 2021)

Among its many employment-related provisions, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) provides that if an individual’s qualifying event for Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) coverage is an involuntary termination or reduction in hours (“eligible individual”), then 100% of the COBRA premium shall be paid by the entity to which COBRA premiums are due (the employer, health plan or insurer) between April 1 and September 30 of 2021. The COBRA subsidy is available for eligible individuals who are enrolled in COBRA as of April 1, 2021, or enroll between April 1 and September 30 of 2021. In addition, the subsidy is available to any individual who would otherwise be an eligible individual (including a former employee) within the 18-month COBRA coverage period, but who did not elect COBRA coverage or dropped COBRA coverage before April 1, 2021. Such individuals must receive notice of their extended opportunity to elect COBRA coverage. ARPA also requires that plan sponsors update COBRA notices regarding the availability of the premium subsidy. Failure to provide the required notice will be treated as a failure to comply with the COBRA notice requirements. ARPA directs that the Secretary of Labor, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of Health and Human Services, shall provide model notices within 30 days of the law’s enactment.


Additional Legal Update articles HERE


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Corporate Membership Spotlight

Alcott HR Group is a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) which provides Human Resource services in the areas of:
• HR compliance
• workers comp, risk mgmt.
• employee benefits
• and payroll administration
Our clients are small to mid-sized organizations (5 employees to 150) which cannot justify having in-house HR staff or need an affordable and effective HR resource.


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Did you Know?

It’s time for equality for all, across every area of society. That’s why SHRM has introduced Together Forward @Work, a call to action to bring racial equity to the workplace—the place we know best and have served the longest. And a place where we, our members, and our business community can bring our unique professional talents to stand together against all forms of social injustice.  Check out the SHRM Blog for new articles each week.


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Government Affairs Updates

SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act

The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT Act) was signed into law to address the U.S. opioid crisis and takes steps to augment and enhance the nationwide system for preventing and treating opioid addiction.

The SUPPORT Act makes changes to a variety of public health and law enforcement policies. Here’s an overview of some of the health care-related policy changes included in the law.

· Medicaid Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) Exclusion: Amends the IMD exclusion to allow state Medicaid programs to receive federal reimbursement for covering certain IMD services up to a total of 30 days annually.
· Telehealth: Expands coverage of telehealth services under Medicare for the treatment of substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders beginning July 1, 2019. Also directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to issue guidance regarding federal reimbursement for telehealth services and treatment for substance use disorders under Medicaid.



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Sponsorship Opportunities

Are you looking for more ways to get involved in the BNHRA and reach out to the BNHRA Community?  The BNHRA offers a variety of ways to become a sponsor:

Website Sponsorships:

  • Website Logo Sponsorship
  • BNHRA Home Page Sponsorship
  • Career Center Page Sponsorship
  • Sponsorship of an Individual Website Page 


Program Sponsorships:

  • Program Featured Sponsor
  • General Meeting Sponsor
  • Vendor Table
  • Sponsorship of Dessert and Coffee at a Dinner Meeting
  • Sponsorship of Social/Networking Event


Learn more about the Sponsorship Options here!


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In Transition Memberships

Do you know of fellow HR professionals who are currently in between jobs? If so, please let them know BNHRA offers a NO cost In Transition membership package that includes our Goodwill Fund, sponsored by StaffBuffalo, LLC

In-transition Committee

The In-transition Committee connects BNHRA members that are currently in-transition and also those seeking a new employment opportunity with one another, as well as services in the community such as training, career coaching, and networking. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Marge at [email protected]

Mentoring Opportunity

We are looking for BNHRA members to offer mentoring and support to members that are in-transition and for HR student members. This may include assistance with resumes, suggestions about interviewing or skills, career development, training, and making a career transition. If you are interested, please contact Marge at [email protected] or Collin at [email protected].

Helpful Resources

Check out this new resource for in-transition members: Grad's Guide to Getting Hired

SHRM In-transition members renew your SHRM membership through SHRM's one-time membership option at zero cost. For more details click here


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BNHRA Salary and Benefits Survey

2019 BNHRA Salary and Benefits Survey - sign up to participate in the 2019 survey and receive $150 off the annual subscription fee.


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Other Professional Events

Other Professional Events - be sure to check out this page for many exciting events in WNY!


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Job Postings!

Do you have an HR Position that you would like to share with the BNHRA Community?  BNHRA Members can post HR jobs for FREE! Learn more here!

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