August 3, 2020 Print

Upcoming Meeting

Annual Legal Update - Virtual Program

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 29 @ 8 a.m. or in the evening on Wednesday, Sept 30 @ 5 p.m. Two times - same great program!  

Have you checked out our BNHRA calendar of events lately? We regularly update this with both BNHRA hosted events as well as other relevant events that would add value to our membership.

Check out some of the events just added for August.  Many are approved for recertification credits!  Comment on our Facebook page to let us know which one(s) you'll be attending! #humanresources #hrcertification #learninganddevelopment 

BNHRA has partnered with CultureCon, an organization that connects humans to inspire positive change around organizational culture. As a BNHRA Member, they have provided us a discount code (BNHRA10) on their upcoming Virtual Summit tickets. CultureCon's inaugural Virtual Summit will feature seven renowned organizational culture thought-leaders with subject matter expertise spanning Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Employee Engagement; Emotional Intelligence; Workplace Design; Company Branding; and Change Management. Don't miss this unique two day virtual experience to Make Connections, Grow Perspective and Change Culture. This event qualifies for SHRM & HRCI credits. All attendees will gain access to all of the recorded sessions of the Virtual Summit in our on-demand library. If you have any other questions please reach out to: [email protected].

Register Online HERE: 

BNHRA members receive a 10% discount with code BNHRA10

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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:

Workers' Compensation Board provides information about Worker's Comp for COVID-19

New York Forward Business Reopening Lookup Tool

Hodgson Russ LLP Coronavirus Resource Center

Phillips Lytle LLP
Federal and New York State COVID-19 Sick Leave Laws Update

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

Department of Labor Resources:

The Shared Work program can be used for full time, part time, temp, or seasonal employees. The business can use Shared Work for 53 weeks.  Learn more here

VIDEO LINK for Businesses to review Shared Work employer eligibility

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers

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

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Checklist

Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Flowchart

UI PUA What You Need to Know

UI and PUA Frequently Asked Questions

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

EEOC: Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act 

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

NYS Businesses Must Comply With COVID-19 Reopening Requirements (May 21, 2020)

After two months of non-essential businesses in NYS being closed due to the COVID-19 crisis, NYS began allowing them to reopen in five of the seven upstate regions (Central NY, Fingers Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country and the Southern Tier) on May 15th, and on May 19th, expanded reopening to a sixth region (Western New York). Non-essential businesses in the other four regions of the State (New York City, Long Island, Capital Region and Mid-Hudson) must remain closed until further notice. The reopening of non-essential businesses in each region will occur in four phases, with certain designated businesses being allowed to reopen in each phase. Before reopening, each business will be required to prepare a safety plan to protect employees and customers that complies with applicable industry-specific safety guidelines issued by the State. Businesses should start preparing now to meet the safety guidelines so that they will be able to reopen as soon as they are allowed.

The Four Business Reopening Phases:

NYS has identified the following four reopening phases and the businesses that will be allowed to reopen in each phase. 


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?


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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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