Fall 2016

CNY SHRM E-Newsletter

In This Issue...




Ready or Not: What you Need to Know About
the U.S. DOL’s Final Overtime Rules

Please join us on Thursday, October 27th for our next event: “Ready or Not:  What you Need to Know About the U.S. DOL’s Final Overtime Rules”.  The U.S. Department of Labor’s revisions to the “white collar” overtime exemptions go into effect on December 1, 2016. 

We will have a panel of experts – including representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor and experienced members of the local HR community – answer your questions, provide practical advice for complying with the new rules, discuss proactive risk management strategies, offer best practices for transitioning and communicating changes with your employees and review what we can expect to result from recent lawsuits challenging the new rules.
The event will be held at the Syracuse Doubletree Hotel, 6301 State Route 298, East Syracuse from 8 am – 10:30 am.
Please submit your questions in advance to Katie Schafer, Esq., CNY SHRM Legislative Representative.
View the Agenda

Member Cost: $45
Non-Member cost: $55
Student/Transitional Cost: $25
½ table:  $200 (5)
Full table: $390 (10)

Get Involved!

Did you know that CNY SHRM is always looking for members to join its committees and move into leadership roles? Joining a committee is an excellent way to sharpen your leadership and organizational skills, build your substantive HR knowledge and to make connections with HR professionals from many industries and career stages throughout CNY. 

All CNY SHRM committees are seeking new members to contribute fresh ideas and perspectives. There are leadership opportunities, both within committees and growing into chapter leadership.  Whether your passion is diversity, compensation, recruitment or education there is a committee for you.  Click here for an overview of the standing committees with email links for committee chairpersons.  We hope to see your name on a committee list in 2017.

Legal Q & A

By: Katherine Schafer, Esq.
CNY SHRM Legislative Chair
[email protected]

Question:  I’ve heard about the new regulations on payroll debit cards; do they also impact employers who pay employees by direct deposit?

 Yes. On September 7, 2016, the New York State Department of Labor adopted final regulations establishing conditions by which employers can pay wages to employees by any method other than cash or check, which includes direct deposit and payroll debit cards.  Although most of the more onerous requirements regulate the payment of wages by payroll debit cards, the regulations also impose new notice and consent requirements for paying employees by direct deposit.

Effective March 7, 2017, employers using direct deposit must provide employees with prior written notice which must include:

  1. A plain language description of all the employee’s options for receiving wages;
  2. A statement that the employer may not require the employee to accept wages by payroll debit card or direct deposit;
  3. A statement that the employee may not be charged any fees for services necessary to access his/her wages; and
  4. If offering an option to receive wages by payroll debit card, additional information, including a list of locations where wages can be withdrawn.

Employers must also secure employees’ advance, written consent following receipt of such notice. The written notice and consent must be provided in English and in the primary language of the employee; the Department of Labor intends to provide templates.  A copy of the consent must be provided to the employee and a copy must be retained by the employer during the employee’s employment and for six (6) years following the last payment by direct deposit.

These new requirements do not apply to bona fide executive, administrative, or professional employees who earn more than $900 per week, or employees on a farm not in connection with a factory.  The Department of Labor has also clarified that direct deposit authorizations obtained from employees prior to the effective date of the new rule will remain valid if employees are provided with notices that comply with the new regulations.  This is a reversal of its prior position taken earlier this year which would have invalidated all prior direct deposit authorizations.

The material contained in this column is intended to provide general information and understanding about the law for educational purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice, nor should it be used or relied upon as a substitute for consultation with competent legal counsel.

 Save the Date – CNY SHRM 2016 Holiday Celebration!

CNY SHRM is pleased to announce that Kevin Ames will present Living the Brand: Leadership Skills for Growing Your People, Brand, and Bottom Line at the 2016 CNY SHRM December Event & Holiday Celebration.

Join us on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at the Doubletree East Syracuse to see this nationally renowned speaker! Kevin is the Director of Speaking and Training at O.C. Tanner and has presented nationally and internationally as a trainer and motivational speaker.  Kevin has been a speaker at the National SHRM Conference and we are thrilled to bring him to Central New York. This is a CNY SHRM event you do not want to miss.

Check out a sneak peek here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZGafNES_zQ
Following Kevin’s presentation, stick around to network with your HR peers across the area and enjoy the chapter’s annual holiday celebration. As in past years, the holiday celebration features a fun basket raffle benefiting a deserving local charity.
Registration is now open.  See you on December 6!

When Work Works Award Applications Now Open!

Join top employers across the country who have won the When Work Works Award. Take your place as an employer of choice and showcase your effective and flexible workplace.


Apply today to become recognized as a top employer! The deadline is November 18, 2016.

Salary Survey Debrief

On August 18 CNY SHRM held its annual Salary Survey Debrief Session.  Jennifer Loftus from Astron Solutions delivered the presentation and covered not only the survey results, but an excellent overview of upcoming compensation challenges. 


We had over 40 participants at the event.  One of the most interesting pieces of Jennifer’s annual overview is her overview of the general hiring, unemployment and compensation trends. This year she discussed the NY State minimum wage change and what we can expect over the next several years.  Next she covered the survey participants and we have had a very stable participation for some key companies over the last several years. This ensures a consistency of our data. The industries represented are a good cross section of for profit and not-for-profit.  She also reviewed a few of the jobs in the survey and provided some year over year analysis. To finish up, she highlighted some of the benefits data from the survey.  It was an excellent overview of the survey and a very informative session.
Recommendation:  If you have not attended one of the debrief sessions, be sure to put it on your calendar for 2017.  Jennifer will be back on August 17, 2017. 
Did not participate in the 2016 survey?  Interested in purchasing the 2016 survey?  Go to:  http://www.cnyshrm.org/salary-survey

SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCP Certifications

SHRM Preferred Provider
CNY SHRM is now recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. More information regarding these certifications is available on the National SHRM website.

Upcoming Events

Ready or Not: What you Need to Know About the U.S. DOL's Final Overtime Rules:
Thursday, Oct 27 @ 8:00 AM

2016 Holiday Celebration:
Tuesday Dec 6 @ 2:00 PM


To renew your National SHRM Membership, click hereTo renew your CNY SHRM Membership, please complete the Primary Chapter Designation Form.  Please email the form to: [email protected]

Attention HR Job Seekers!

Did you know the CNY SHRM website contains listings of HR job openings in Central New York and the surrounding area? The website has a number a new and exciting openings that have been posted over the course of the past several weeks. Check it out for yourself or a friend!

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