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Spring 2014

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♦ March 19 - Healthy Syracuse - Workplace Wellness Conference

April 22GENY 2.0: Celebrating the First Global Generation

June 20CNY SHRM Annual Full-Day Conference: Sharpen Your Skill: Cutting Edge HR Strategies

September 25Employment Law Basics for Supervisors & Managers

October 28 – CNY SHRM Volunteer Reception

November (date TBD) - Avoiding the Boomer Drain: HR Strategies & Best Practices

December 9 – CNY SHRM Holiday Celebration

My CNY SHRM Profile

Have you checked your CNY SHRM Profile on lately to make sure it is up to date? Your profile ensures you receive timely communications about events and other important news from CNY SHRM. Take a minute to update yours today!


Need to Renew your Membership?


♦ To renew your National SHRM Membership, click here To renew your CNY SHRM

♦ Membership, complete the Primary Chapter Designation Form and email it to [email protected]


2013 CNY SHRM Salary Survey

The CNY SHRM 2013 Salary Survery is still available for purchase.  Click here for more information.  Additionally, stay tuned for information on how to participate in the 2014 survey, coming later this year.


Interested in Speaking at an Event?

CNY SHRM is always looking for individuals to speak at our monthly events, which seek to educate and connect our membership.  Complete the Speaker Proposal Application to be considered as a speaker for a future event!


Interested in getting visibility for your Organization?

There are a variety of ways to sponsor CNY SHRM programs and events.  Sponsorships are a great way to get your organization and its products and services known to Human Resource Management professionals across Central New York. Click here for details.



Letter From Your CNY SHRM Chapter President

As your newly elected Chapter President, I thought it appropriate to introduce myself, and share with you a bit about who I am, and what I hope to accomplish during my term as your Chapter President.  My journey to this destination is non-traditional.  I am the founder and owner of Lighthouse Marketing, a full-service advertising agency that I’ve operated out of my home in East Syracuse since 2001.  I have enjoyed an active role with CNY SHRM for more than 15 years, and have served as a volunteer in many capacities.  I actually remember when we used to have “proofing parties” for the hard copy membership directory…I know, I’m dating myself, but I really do go back that far.


As I reflected on my new role and our chapter’s needs for 2014 and beyond, your Executive Board has embraced the following initiatives as areas of focus:

  1. Annual Calendar of Events
  2. Assessment and Role Clarity for all Volunteer Positions
  3. Volunteer Appreciation Program. 

The benefits of these three initiatives are most likely obvious, but I invite you to reach out to me, if you have any input, ideas or just want to connect.


I would like to end with a sincere thank you.  Your support of CNY SHRM through membership, attendance at events, and perhaps most importantly, as a volunteer is greatly appreciated.  In fact, we would not have such a strong chapter without each of you.

Warm regards,


Susan M. Beebe
CNY SHRM Chapter President

315-656-9922 ext. 100

Join the Workplace Wellness Movement!

March 19: Healthy Syracuse – Workplace Wellness Conference

Worksite wellness is catching on! Increasing numbers of employers are embracing worksite wellness as a key strategy to control health care costs, increase productivity, and improve employee recruitment and retention. Today, 68 percent of employers nationally offer incentives such as cash and premium discounts to encourage adoption of healthy behaviors.

On March 19th, The Healthy Syracuse Coalition, supported by CNY SHRM, will host the 2nd annual Healthy Syracuse Worksite Wellness Conference, that is focused on addressing the needs of this community.


To learn more or register, click here.

Volunteer Opportunities

CNY SHRM operates through the leadership of our volunteers who give their time to further the mission of the association.  Serving as a volunteer is a great way to give back to the HR community and to network with your peers.  It is also a great way to broaden and build your leadership skills.


Get Involved!

PHR/SPHR Certification Class News

CNY SHRM along with LeMoyne College once again offered a Certification Preparation Class in the fall of 2013.  Approximately 20 students attended with 15 of them sitting for the PHR or SPHR certification exam in the winter testing window.  The chapter has been informed of 10 passes, with more to come!  This is a terrific result and we want to congratulate all of these HR professionals on their achievement.  The certification requires a tremendous amount of studying and commitment, and to be successful at the exam is a true accomplishment.


CNY SHRM will continue to partner with LeMoyne College to offer this class to our members.


Contact Bonnie Sick, Chair of the Professional Development & College Relations Committee for more information, or visit LeMoyne’s Continuing Education website.


 2014 Best Companies to Work for in New York State Announced

  NYS SHRM has announced the 60 employers that will be honored as part of its 2014 Best Companies to Work for in New York State awards.  The seventh annual Best Companies to Work for in New York list is comprised of 60 companies with operations in the state, split into two groups: 32 small/medium-sized employers with 15 to 249 U.S. employees and 28 large employers with more than 250 associates. The winners will be honored at a dinner in Albany on May 6, 2014.


CNY SHRM would like to especially congratulate the employers in Central New York who will be honored:

  • Large Employers: Edward Jones (Liverpool); Empower Federal Credit Union (Syracuse)
  • Medium Employers: Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc. (N. Syracuse); The Hayner Hoyt Corporation (Syracuse); MAC Source Communications (Syracuse); Pinckney Hugo Group (Syracuse)


 Legal Update: New Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors

Is your organization a federal contractor or subcontractor? If so, President Obama’s recent executive order raising the minimum wage to $10.10 applies to you.  Under this order,  which Obama signed on February 12, 2014, all new federal contracts and subcontracts must contain a clause specifying that the minimum wage to workers under those contracts and subcontracts will be $10.10 per hour beginning January 1, 2015.  For tipped employees, the hourly cash wage that must be paid by a federal contractors will be $4.90 per hour.  Regulations are expected to be issued by the U.S. Secretary of Labor by October 1, 2014. 


For more information, contact the CNY SHRM Legislative Advocate, Kristen Smith, Esq.


 Volunteer Opportunity: Career Exploration and Preparation Program with the Southwest Community Center

CNY SHRM is partnering with Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility, Inc. to bring a Career Exploration and Career Preparation program to middle school students enrolled in the after school program at the Southwest Community Center in Syracuse.  CNY SHRM is seeking volunteers to work the students to help them identify career interests and explore career options. Volunteers will be paired and work as a team, and will receive a toolkit and training to guide them.  The program sessions will take place between 4 and 5pm once a week during March.  This will be an enriching and rewarding experience for all involved. 


To sign up, contact the chair of the Diversity and Workforce Readiness Committee, Nicki Arnett.


 New Member Orientation Webinar

he CNY SHRM Membership Committee will host periodic webinars for new CNY SHRM members to learn about the benefits of their membership, and opportunities to get more involved.  Keep an eye on the CNY SHRM website for upcoming dates!


 Committee Spotlight

The Diversity and Workforce Readiness Committee

CNY SHRM’s Diversity and Workforce Readiness Committee fosters diversity and inclusion by raising awareness, providing education, and valuing the unique characteristics of every individual.  The committee’s mission is to create an environment that allows each member to reach their full potential by embracing their diverse differences to include race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation and/or religious beliefs.  The committee works diligently with the surrounding communities to accomplish this mission by seeking out new ideas and perspectives.  If you are passionate about diversity and inclusion, and are looking for a volunteer opportunity to combine your Human Resource Management expertise with your  interest in community service and improvement, consider joining this committee. 


Contact the chair, Nicki Arnett for more information.