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Spring 2015

In This Issue!

Upcoming Events

April 14thBest Practices in Talent Management Strategy

May 18th – The Ins and Outs of the New ACA Reporting Requirements for 2016

May 20th – Webinar: Our Aging Workforce: SHRM & AARP Insights form New York HR Professionals

June 12th – Strengthening Organizations Through Solid Human Resource Practices (Annual 1-Day Conference)

August 20th CNY SHRM Salary/Total Rewards Survey Debrief

CNY SHRM Salary Survey
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Looking For a New Career Opportunity?
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Employers—send any requests to post your HR openings to [email protected].

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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!


Holiday Event a Huge Success

december eventNow that the snow is finally melting, the CNY SHRM December holiday event is a distant memory.  At this event, CNY SHRM announced an exciting new mentoring program and took some time to relax and mingle.  We’re excited to announce that we raised just over $1000 for our selected charity, the Southwest Community Center.  Our members are so generous! Thank you for all your support!

Announcing our New Chapter Vice-President/
President Elect, Mary Stone

CNY SHRM recently said farewell to our Chapter Vice President-President Elect Meagen Fitzsimmons, as she relocated out of state for an outstanding new career opportunity.  While she will be sorely missed, we are pleased to announce that Mary Stone, the Chairperson of the Programming Committee, has been appointed to fill the Vice President position effective immediately.  Below, Mary shares her thoughts with our membership.  Congratulations Mary!

A Note from Mary:
Mary Stone

As the newly appointed CNY SHRM Chapter Vice-President-President Elect, I thought I would share with you a little bit about myself.  When I’m not volunteering at CNY SHRM or Harmony Riders in Parish, New York, I am the Chief Quality Officer for Hematology Oncology Associates of CNY.  HOACNY is a comprehensive Cancer Center that treats patients with cancer and blood disorders in Central New York.  We have offices in East Syracuse, Onondaga Hill, Auburn, Rome and Wellness Center in Camillus.  I have been in Human Resource positions for almost 20 years and I have been a member of CNY SHRM since 2006.  I have been volunteering with CNY SHRM since 2009 and I am currently a member of the Professional Development/College Relations Committee and the Programming Committee.  In 2014 I became the chairperson for the Programming Committee at which time I also joined the board.  Volunteering with CNY SHRM has been a wonderful learning experience and I’m confident it will continue with this opportunity.
Reflecting on this new role and the needs of our chapter I want to focus on continuing the outstanding work that the board is doing. Currently, our initiatives include future programming/annual calendar of events, role clarity for all volunteer positions (a work in progress well underway) and the volunteer appreciation program.  In addition I would like to add clarification of the SHRM certification with a focus on helping members become certified and remain certified.  I would also like to engage the membership in becoming more involved with the community.  
Please feel free to reach out to me to share your ideas for making CNY SHRM an even better organization at [email protected].
What I have learned over the years with this organization is that CNY SHRM has many gifts to offer,  most of which are our members and we wouldn’t be where we are without all of you.  I wish to  thank everyone for your support, please know that all that you do is very much appreciated.
Most sincerely,
Mary Stone

Legal Q & A

KeyThis newsletter, CNY SHRM is introducing a new feature in our quarterly e-newsletter: a legal Q & A.  This column is provided by the CNY SHRM Legislative Committee Co-Chairperson, Katie Schafer, Esq.  If you have a question for a future newsletter, please e-mail it to [email protected].
Question: I keep hearing about this new “Ban-the-Box” law. Do I have to change my application process?
Answer: Like so many things in life, the answer is maybe. As most of you are probably aware, Syracuse is one of the latest cities to pass a “ban-the-box” ordinance, prohibiting covered employers from inquiring into an applicant’s criminal history until later in the hiring process. Syracuse’s version of the law, however, applies only to the City of Syracuse and contractors who do business with the City of Syracuse. The law defines a contractor as “any person, vendor, business enterprise or entity that enters into a service contract or concession agreement with the City, or otherwise supplies goods and/or services to, or on behalf, of the City.” The ordinance does carve out exceptions for the City of Syracuse Police Department and any “police officer” or “peace officer” positions. An exception is also made for any inquiries or adverse employment actions which are specifically authorized or imposed pursuant to an applicable law.
Under the ordinance, the City and its contractors cannot inquire into an applicant’s criminal history until after a conditional offer of employment has been extended.  Additionally, a conditional job offer can only be rescinded following a criminal record inquiry if it is done in accordance with Article 23-A of the N.Y. Correction Law, which requires a determination that the prior conviction bears a direct relationship to the job or that hiring the applicant would pose an unreasonable risk to property or safety based on an analysis of certain enumerated factors.  Finally, a conditional job offer can be rescinded following a criminal record investigation only if the applicant is first provided with a notice of the potential adverse action.  The notice must include a copy of the criminal history report and must also identify the convictions that the employer believes warrant rescission of the conditional job offer.  The applicant then has five days from receipt to submit a rebuttal, which must be considered by the employer prior to making a final decision.
Covered contractors should review their job applications and any other documents used in the hiring process, including any online questionnaires, to ensure compliance with this new law.  Additionally, training should be provided to all managers involved in the hiring process so that they’ll know what they can ask for and when they can ask for it. Keep in mind that all employers – regardless of whether they’re covered under the Syracuse “ban-the-box” law – must comply with the Federal and State Fair Credit Reporting Acts when requesting criminal records reports and with Article 23-A of the Correction Law when making an employment decision based on an individual’s criminal history.
Please note that this is not intended as legal advice, and as with any issue, you should consult with your attorney.

New Mentoring Program

KnowledgeThe Senior HR Advocates Committee is nearing the completion of the selection process for the mentoring program introduced at the December SHRM event.  Interested HR professionals were invited to self-nominate for consideration in this pilot program.  The response was excellent and the committee members are currently in the process of completing three mentoring pairs - matching early career HR professionals with more seasoned HR leaders.  The committee hopes that this helps to create and build stronger networks among the local HR community and provide more opportunities for engagement and development for HR leaders of the future.  As this initiative builds takes root and momentum we hope to provide additional opportunities.  For more information, contact Senior HR Advocate Committee Co-Chairs Nick Romano or Jack Matson.

Welcome Our Newest Platinum Sponsor:
Haylor, Freyer & Coon

peopleHaylor, Freyer & Coon is proud to partner with CNY SHRM to bring added value and programming to its membership in the area of employee beneFIT management. This is HF&C's 87th year helping employers in CNY insure and protect all that they value.   CNY SHRM members are encouraged to learn more about how HFC is helping employers save money with health plan risk management, private exchanges, self-funding, health insurance captives, ACA compliance, employee wellness and more.  In the 2nd quarter HF&C will begin offering free employee benefit compliance webinars - look for them throughout the year!  For more information or assistance contact Dan Elliott.

Introducing a Great New Tool for
Working Parents in Your Organization

peopleChild Care Solutions, Inc. has just launched a brand new website that is a wonderful resource for working parents who utilize child care.  Parents can use the site to search for child care, find out what high quality care really looks like and learn about assistance paying for care.  The services Child Care Solutions provides are customized, confidential and free to families, unlike other similar sites like Care.Com and Sittercity. Check it out here, and consider how it could help the working parents your organization.  If you find this resource helpful and need additional information, please email Patrice Robinson, Marketing Director at Child Care Solutions, or call 315-446-1220 ext. 354.

SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCP Certifications

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.