November 1, 2019 Print

Upcoming Meeting

Welcome to the BNHRA Chapter Chatter for November 1, 2019!

Are you looking for ways to become involved in the HR Community? Are you motivated to make a difference? Do you enjoy collaboration with a great team? Check out the current Board Position available for Networking Chair and contact the President-Elect to learn more!

NEXT EVENT - November 6: Toxicity in the Workplace

presented by Lisa V. Williams, Ph.D., College of Business Administration, Department of Management, Niagara University
Workplace.  Bullying has become a topic of concern in organizations and society. Nearly everyone knows someone, or has her/himself, experienced this stressful dynamic. This program presents information about why people bully, why certain people are bullied, the bullying process, and the role of the organization in these situations. Outcomes of and potential solutions for these dynamics will also be discussed.


November 6 at Chef's Restaurant

Event Schedule:
5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Registration and Networking
5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Dinner
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Presentation and Q&A

Pre-approved for recertification credit by SHRM and HRCI.


NOVEMBER 20: Marijuana in the Workplace

Presented by: James Donathen, Partner at Phillips Lytle LLP

Due to the legalization of medical marijuana in NY State, a number of issues and questions have been raised by HR professionals on how to handle a variety of situations. James will take us through the latest updates and information HR professionals need to know.


November 20 at the offices of Phillips Lytle LLP

Event Schedule:
5:00 p.m. Networking and hors d'oeurvres
6:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. Presentation and Q&A
$15 member $25 non member   

DECEMBER 4: Holiday Networking Happy Hour!

Join us to kick off the holiday season with new friends and old friends! And, of course, enjoy some Holiday Cheer!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. @ Resurgence Brewery – Chicago Street 

$20 for Members; $25 for Non-Members (Ticket Price includes 1 drink ticket and Hors D’Oeuvres)


BNHRA on WNY @ Work radio show Interested in learning more about Marijuana in the Workplace? Pam Nicastro, Strategic Partnerships Director for the BNHRA, and James Donathan, Partner at Phillips Lytle, joined Dale Martin and Lauren Lewis on WNY at Work to talk about this evolving issue in the workplace! Take a listen using this link.  Don’t forget to join us to learn more about this important topic at the upcoming Dinner Meeting on November 20th at Phillips Lytle.

Pictured above: Dale Martin with Pam Nicastro and Lauren Lewis

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

Special SHRM membership offer for BNHRA members: Save $20 on a new or renewal SHRM membership by 12/31 with promo code STATE20 and get access to the HR tools and resources to help you be confident, compliant and current on all things HR.  Join or Renew SHRM here


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

Federal Salary Level for “White Collar” Minimum Wage and
Overtime Exemptions Set to Increase on January 1, 2020
(October, 2019)

On September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a new final rule that will, for the first time in 15 years, increase the salary threshold necessary to exempt executive, administrative and professional employees from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime pay requirements. Effective January 1, 2020, the “white collar” salary level will increase from $455 per week ($23,660 annually) to $684 per week ($35,568 annually). In addition, the total annual compensation level for highly compensated employees (HCEs) to be exempt from the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime requirements will increase from $100,000 to $107,432 per year on the same date. As a result, white collar employees earning less than $35,568 and HCEs earning less than $107,432 will become eligible for overtime under the FLSA on January 1, 2020.  Read more...

(find all Legal Update articles HERE

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Member Spotlight

 Sharyn Weinfurtner, HR Director, Employer Services Corporation

Sharyn serves as Employer Services Corporation’s** (ESC) HR director and in her role leads and manages a team of HR professionals. She joined ESC as a HR business partner in 2004 and subsequently was promoted to the HR manager position prior to her current role. Sharyn supports ESC’s clients in assisting them with their HR needs, best practice recommendations, developing talent and becoming an Employer of Choice.

Sharyn’s expertise lies within HR strategic planning, training and development, employee’s relations, mediation, and creating a culture of outstanding customer service. In addition, Sharyn is one of ESC’s compliance officers allowing ESC to assist their customers with staying current and compliant with state and federal regulations as well as an approved Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Coordinator by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).   Read more...

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Corporate Membership Spotlight

Since April 2000, Allpro Parking has been steadily evolving from a local start-up parking operation with one parking facility into a nationally recognized regional-sized parking and transportation company with operations in thirteen cities in three states. We currently operate and manage 140+ locations totaling over 64,000 parking spaces, and we employ more than 500 people who are all dedicated to service excellence. Read more...

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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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