January 15, 2020 Print

Upcoming Meeting

Message from the president:

Good Morning BNHRA Members,

With the start of 2020 I want to personally thank you, our members, for being supportive and a huge part of all of our events throughout 2019. It was great to see so many of you at our professional development presentations, networking happy hours, and local community events.

Member participation increased at all of our events in 2019 making it a great year for the BNHRA! We were thrilled to offer our Annual Legal Update twice in September as a Breakfast and a Dinner so that more of our members were able to attend. Both the breakfast and dinner were a huge success. We were also able to offer more informal happy hours throughout the year to promote networking which allowed BNHRA members and guests another way to make great connections.

Some of our 2019 highlights include our featured quarterly radio segments on [email protected], fundraising for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, and having over 50 of our BNHRA members attend the NYS SHRM Conference in Albany.

We are always working to improve our events and their formats so that we can reach as many members as possible. We really appreciate the time you have taken to provide feedback through the event surveys. We want you to know that we heard your thoughts and will be offering more morning events as well as various structures for different events. We have been working diligently on implementing these suggestions and changes to plan our events for 2020 and look forward to seeing you at upcoming events!

I am also excited to share that Lauren Lewis will be serving as BNHRA President this coming September. Lauren was previously our Networking Chair for the BNHRA and responsible for planning many successful happy hour networking events that promoted valuable connections.

I again want to thank you all for your continued support with the BNHRA and look forward to an exciting 2020 year!


Tiffany Dillon
BNHRA President

Join us for our next event - tonight!

JANUARY 15: Workplace Wage Laws & OSHA Updates

Presented by:

Sean Thomas, Corporate Safety Consultant & Authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer at EmployBridge

Accompanied by Shequeila Birdsong, Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist at the DOL wage and hour division and Paul Jung CIH, CSP, RRPT Director of Health and Safety at Sevenson Environmental Services, Inc.

Event Schedule:

5:00 p.m.networking and hors d'oeuvres
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. presentation

Location: Buffalo Niagara Marriott, 1340 Millersport Hwy, Amherst, NY 14221

Cost: $30 member and $35 non-member 

About our presentation:

During this informative presentation, information will be shared from the Department of Labor – Wage and Hour division on the enforcement of federal wage, allowable work hours, workplace conditions, various medical leave acts and child labor laws. We will also receive an update from OSHA regarding employer responsibilities, logs that need to be completed and filed within the next few months, enforcement statistics and outreach programs. There have been some recent updates regarding employers’ responsibilities to submit their OSHA logs electronically so we will cover those changes as well. Information will also be shared about the upcoming WNY Safety Conference in April.

Pre-approved for recertification credit by SHRM and HRCI 



FEBRUARY 19: Retention of Sales and Customer Service Professionals

presented by: Elisabeth Marino, Sales Dynamo

MARCH 18 BREAKFAST: facilitated Roundtable  Discussions at the Saturn Club

APRIL 15: How to be a Mindful Strategic Leader at Chef's Restaurant

MAY 20 BREAKFAST: The Why and How of Effective Onboarding

OCTOBER 31 - NOVEMBER 5 The 2020 HR Conference Cruise

SHRM Test Prep Course Spring 2020

presented by Center for Professional Development at Canisius College Mondays, February 24 - May 18.  Course options include Live Webinar or In Person instruction.  Learn more and register here

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

New York State Minimum Wage and NYS and Federal Overtime-Exempt Salary Levels Scheduled to Increase (December 2019)

As detailed below, the New York State minimum wage rates and minimum salary levels for overtime-exempt employees will increase yet again on December 31, 2019, and the federal minimum salary level for overtime-exempt employees will increase on January 1, 2020. Employers should review the changes and make the necessary adjustments to ensure they are in compliance with the new requirements when they become effective.
New York State Minimum Wage Increases (Non-Fast Food Workers)
The State’s minimum hourly wage rates for non-fast food workers will increase on December 31, 2019, as follows:
- New York City Small Employers (10 or fewer employees): $13.50 to $15.00 per hour
- Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties: $12.00 to $13.00 per hour
- Remainder of the State: $11.10 to $11.80 per hour  

(find all Legal Update articles HERE

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Member Spotlight

 Andrea Todaro, president of Innovative Placements

Employment Consultant Andrea Todaro is President of Innovative Placements, a local company that helps individuals with disabilities secure and maintain employment. She is considered to be one of Western New York’s most successful job developers. With over twenty years of professional job placement experience, Ms. Todaro has demonstrated a unique talent for matching her clients to the hiring requirements of the many area employers and human resource professionals she has served.

To date, over 3,000 clients and employers representing a wide range of occupations and industries have benefited from her expertise.

A member of BNHRA since 2005, Ms. Todaro has served on the BNHRA board in several director roles including Workforce Readiness, Diversity and Inclusion, and Membership. She is a member of The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and has a Master’s Certificate in Human Resources from Villanova University. In addition to being a long-standing member of BNHRA, she has served on several committees for the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, and on the board for the Buffalo Opera Foundation since 2006.  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.  Read more...

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Did you Know?


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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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