March 16, 2020 Print

Upcoming Meeting

COVID-19: Helpful resources for HR Professionals

Your BNHRA leadership team would like to share with you beneficial information from our members in the legal field and the Department of Labor:

Hodgson Russ LLP Coronavirus Resource Center

Phillips Lytle LLP Guidance for Responding to the Novel Coronavirus in the Workplace

Goldberg Segalla LLP Coronavirus Resources: Managing Workplace Policies and Employee Communications

Department of Labor: COVID-19 or Other Public Health Emergencies and the Fair Labor Standards Act Questions and Answers

SHRM: Coronavirus Resources and HR Forms provided by the Society for Human Resource Management

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 Strategic Partnership and Sponsorship Director and contact the President-Elect to learn more!


Please Watch Our Website And Social Media For Updates To Our Event Schedule:

POSTPONED!  New Date to be announced for the March 18 Breakfast Scramble: Unique and Interactive Facilitator-led Peer Discussions at the Saturn Club

Join us for a unique breakfast meeting with facilitator-led discussions. This Round-Robin format will be held at the Saturn Club and is designed to give you the opportunity to share ideas with your peers. You will have a chance to participate in each interactive 15-minute session with a different industry leader on the following topics:

     - GERI GROSSMAN ~ Owner, MY EXECUTIVE COACH and Professional Training & Coaching Consultant
       Topic: Coaching & Communication

     - RENEE TERRERI ~ General Manager, Human Resources & Public Affairs at Panasonic
       Topic: Knowledge Transfer as part of Succession Planning

     - SHERI L. MOONEY ~ President & CEO @ MindSquad HR
       Topic: Change Management & the future of HR

     - TIM FINNEY ~ Vice President of Human Resources at Innovative Concepts in Entertainment, Inc.
       Topic: Recruiting for Five Generations

This first-of-a-kind meeting is limited to the first 40 registrants. Due to the meeting format, breakfast will be grab-and-go so you will be able to join each session promptly starting at 8:30 a.m. We will be taking notes so participants will receive a report on all session ideas and discussions.

Pre-approved for recertification credit by SHRM and HRCI 


TENTATIVE: APRIL 22: Being a Mindful Strategic Leader at Chef's Restaurant

presented by

Lori Miller, Developing Professionals

Join us for this interactive session! In order for leaders to be strategic, they have to engage the part of the brain that uses high road thinking. Changing this mindset in the moment is not always easy but once you train your brain on how to do it, the results are very powerful. This program will:

 - Define Strategic Leadership in action
 - provide characteristics of strategic leaders (self- assessment provided)
 - help you understand - performance under pressure and how you show up at work
 - clarify brain management – low road thinking (reactive) & high road thinking (strategic)
 - how to change your mindset with Mentalizing and Mindfulness activities

Event Schedule:
5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. networking
5:30 dinner
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. speaker presentation

Sponsored by Medaille College

Pre-approved for recertification credit by SHRM and HRCI


TENTATIVE: April 29: Influencing the C-Suite in a Period of Change at Hyatt Place

Presented by

Jennifer Patrick, MBA, Director, Executive Education & Leadership Development
Wehle School of Business, Canisius College

The purpose of this professional development event will be to explore the significant influencing and mobilizing role that human resource professionals bring to change within their organizations. After this event, HR professionals will understand: the four stages of change/transformation and the insights that they can bring to these, the metrics around why many strategic initiatives fail and what HR professionals can to do help prevent that, how to assess and advise C-suite executives about their organization’s readiness for change, and the power of engagement and effective communication in any change/transformational initiative.

Event Schedule:
5:00 p.m. Networking and hors d’oeuvres
6:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. Presentation and Q&A

Pre-approved for 1 hour BUSINESS recertification credit by HRCI (pending approval by SHRM)


TENTATIVE: MAY 20 BREAKFAST: The Why and How of Effective Onboarding at the foundry

presented by:

Kim Marino, Manager, Learning and Organizational Development at Independent Health

Research suggests up to 20% of new hires leave in the first 45 days of employment. Conversely 69% of employees say they are likely to stay with a company for at least three years after a great onboarding experience. Kim Marino will discuss the important elements of onboarding, who should be involved and when. She will share tools and resources to help ensure it is an effective and positive onboarding experience. Finally, she will discuss the need to evaluate and measure the program’s effectiveness and how to do this!

Event Schedule:
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. breakfast and networking
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. speaker presentation

Pre-approved for recertification credit by SHRM and HRCI


JULY 15 BREAKFAST: The Cost of Conflict and Toxic Employees on Your Organization and How Human Resources Professionals Can Help at Jazzboline

This training focuses on ways that Human Resources professionals can work with employees and managers on how to effectively resolve conflict in the workplace. It uncovers how pervasive conflict is, as well as the actual cost of conflict to organizations, whether it be time, money, productivity, or employees. This presentation defines and gives examples of workplace bullying and toxic employees. Next, the presentation dives into some of the most common causes of conflict to help identify preventative measures that Human Resource professionals can take. Lastly, the presentation outlines Charles Cotter's, PhD., five effective methods for resolving conflict depending on the situation.

Presented by:

Lindsey Zajac, Principal
Ahern, Murphy & Associates

Event Schedule:
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. breakfast and networking
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. speaker presentation

OCTOBER 31 - NOVEMBER 5 The 2020 HR Conference Cruise

The NY State Council SHRM will be partnering for the 7th HR Conference Cruise from Saturday, October 31, 2020 to Thursday, November 5, 2020. Plan on networking, learning from seasoned HR pros and speakers, and having fun. We'll be sailing on Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas, from Port Cape Liberty, NJ (Near Newark Airport) to Bermuda!  View the Cruise FLYER


BNHRA Announces Scholarship to NYS SHRM State Conference sponsored by Career Partners International Buffalo Niagara.


Your membership at work!

BNHRA Strategic Partners offer BNHRA Member-only discounts and services. Please welcome our newest strategic partner: Inspire Careers. Utilize the resume services offered by Inspire Careers and receive a BNHRA member discount. You can view all our strategic partners for special BNHRA services and discounts HERE

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

Guidance for Responding to the Novel Coronavirus in the Workplace (March 2020)

As the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to spread in the U.S., employers need to be aware of both their legal rights and obligations and the practical considerations in responding to the outbreak to minimize its impact on the workplace. In doing so, employers must work through not only the legal requirements of various federal and state laws, but in a way that allows them to continue to effectively operate. Employers that plan now will be best placed to weather the storm.  Read more...

Additional Legal Update articles HERE

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Corporate Membership Spotlight

Seneca Gaming Corporation (SGC) is a wholly owned, tribally chartered corporation of the Seneca Nation of Indians (Nation) which operates all of the Nation’s Class III gaming operations in Western New York.  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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