May 15, 2019 Print

Upcoming Meeting

Welcome to the BNHRA Chapter Chatter for May 15, 2019!

Interested in networking, getting more involved in the HR community, and having fun? BNHRA will have two openings as of July 1 for Director of Government Affairs and Director of Work Force Readiness. These role holds a voting position on the Board of Directors. Please email [email protected] for more information.

It is not too late to sign up for tonight's dinner meeting at the Millennium:

May 15: How To Have The Best 401(k) Plan & Increase Plan Participation presented by Gene Chaas, CFA, Managing Director, Delaware Avenue Advisors, Inc. and Bill Skuse, founder of The 401(k) Expert, LLC
During this engaging presentation, Gene Chaas and Bill Skuse will review 401(k) plan features, participant education tools, administrative tools and DOL/ERISA compliance.

Event Schedule:
5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. networking
5:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. buffet dinner, announcements
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. presentation

This event is pre-approved for recertification credit by SHRM and HRCI


June 5 Networking Happy Hour at Thin Man Brewery - Join us on the Patio at Thin Man for some fun in the sun (hopefully)! Catch up with friends and make some new connections as we kick off summer in Buffalo!  

Wednesday, June 5th
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Cost: $20/Members; $25/NonMembers
Includes: One drink ticket and Hors d'oeuvres

Thin Man Brewery | 492 Elmwood Ave. | Buffalo, NY 14222



June 10 Diversity & Inclusion Symposium hosted by Buffalo Niagara Partnership

The business case for diversity and inclusion is clear. What isn’t so clear is the roadmap for getting started. This day-long symposium will change that. You'll leave with the actionable tips, information, and inspiration you need to launch or advance diversity and inclusion initiatives at your organization—and reap the benefits.

Keynote Speaker: Mary-Frances Winters, the founder and CEO of The Winters Group, Inc. 

June 19 Monthly meeting: Data Security & Privacy and Human Resources presented by 


Christopher Hayes and Elizabeth Bove, CIPP/US, Phillips Lytle LLP

What we will learn:

 - Human Resources best practices for improving cyber security posture
 - Key considerations during human resources data disclosure investigations
 - Privacy laws affecting employers’ treatment of sensitive employee information
 - Litigation trends involving disclosure of sensitive employee information

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Phillips Lytle | One Canalside | 125 Main Street | Buffalo, NY 14203

This event is pre-approved for recertification credit by SHRM and HRCI


Additional meeting dates can be found on our Future Meetings web page HERE

Human Resources is the backbone of the Company- we touch all facets of the business and are a key to its success. Come join us at NYS SHRM 2019 in Albany from September 22-24 and invest in your Company’s best asset-YOU! Additionally, you can learn from Laurie Guest how to use every interaction, no matter how big or small, to create the right culture of experiences to drive effectiveness in HR. Laurie is a certified speaking professional, a designation held by less than 12% of speakers worldwide. She is a published author with over 20 years of experience in the healthcare field followed by success as an entrepreneur. Come learn from Laurie, and over 15 other key HR thought leaders to expand your skill set in 2019! Check out our registration for more details and to reserve your spot.

We are also excited to announce we are again sponsoring the Dennis Ryan Scholarship for 2019! Dennis was a lifelong SHRM volunteer and HR contributor and his namesake scholarship covers a full conference registration and hotel accommodations. More details to come in Mid-May to apply.

Come join us in Albany and Step into the Future of HR!

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

EEOC Requires Employers to Submit EEO-1 Component 2 Pay Data by September 30, 2019 (May 14, 2019)

The EEOC has announced that employers required to file annual EEO-1 reports must also submit EEO-1 Component 2 pay and hours data broken down by race, sex and ethnicity by job category for 2017 and 2018
no later than September 30, 2019. The Component 2 data requirement was originally imposed during the Obama administration, but was put on hold by President Trump’s administration. The National Women’s Law Center subsequently sued the EEOC to force it to move ahead with collecting the data and, in March of this year, a federal district court ordered the EEOC to do so.  Read more....

New York Extends Employee Paid Time Off Voting Benefit (May 3, 2019)

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently signed into law an amendment to § 3-110 of the New York Election Law that extends the obligations of employers to provide employees with paid time off to vote in elections. Prior to the amendment, employers were required to provide employees with two hours of paid time off to vote, but only if the employees did not have four or more consecutive hours off between the time when the polls opened and they began their shift, or between the end of their shift and the closing of the polls. Under the amendment, employees may now take up to three hours of paid time off to vote.  Read more...

(find all Legal Update articles HERE)

PHR/SPHR Certification Prep - Online presented by MTI Business Solutions

Class starts June 10 and meets 12 Monday evenings, 6:30 – 9:30 pm EST
Registration deadline: May 24, 2019
Built upon HRCI’s PHR and SPHR Exam Content Outlines, this program emphasizes best practices for technical, operational, and strategic human resource management, as practiced in the U.S. There is a significant emphasis on HR compliance through mastery and application of U.S. employment laws and regulations. Education/experience requirements apply.
• PHR: Designed for HR professionals in roles that focus on the HR department rather than the whole organization; emphasizes technical and operational aspects of HR
• SPHR: Designed for big-picture thinkers responsible for planning rather than implementing HR policy; emphasizes strategic and policy-making aspects of HR
See the PHR/SPHR online exam prep class page to register or for more information, including eligibility requirements.

NU Hires - Niagara University Career Services Get Hired Portal - you can post vacancies, sign up for recruiting events, and schedule on-campus interviews.  Our unique Employer in Residence program gives you the opportunity to connect directly with students by conducting practice interviews.  Start branding your organization to NU students by visiting the Get Hired Portal at


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Member Spotlight

Jennifer Carli-Murphy has been an active member of BNHRA for 25 years. She is currently the Branch Manager of the Buffalo, Snelling office, where she brings over 30 years of experience in the staffing industry. In this time Jennifer has become an expert at developing and retaining partnerships with a diverse variety of individuals, organizations and companies in the WNY Region.  Read more...

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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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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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