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Spring 2016

In This Issue!

Upcoming Events

Navigating Human Resources Change, Challenge and Opportunity: A Roadmap to Success - Annual 1-Day Conference
Fri Jun 17, 2016 8:00 AM

The SHRM 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition
Sun Jun 19, 2016 8:00 AM - Wed Jun 22, 2016 12:45 PM

Salary Survey Debrief
Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:00 AM

 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!

Board of Directors

Executive Committee
Mary Stone, PHR

Vice President:
Amanda Cooper

Kristen E. Smith, Esq

Jay Jerose, CPA


Board of Directors 
Diversity and Workforce Readiness:
James Branche
Professional Certification & College Relations:
Kirsi Donovan

Beth Reilly

Legal/Legislative Advocate:
Katherine Schafer, Esq.

James N. Jerose

Lisa Reedy

Janelle Fields

Senior HR Advocate:
Jack Matson

Total Rewards:
Louise Hand, MBA, SPHR

Chapter Management Professional:
Laura Abert

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Please email the form to: [email protected]

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!


CNY SHRM Annual Conference
Navigating Human Resources Change, Challenge and Opportunity: A Roadmap to Success

Once again, CNY SHRM will be presenting a full day program in June.  This year, the conference is scheduled for Friday, June 17th at the Doubletree in East Syracuse.  The theme is Navigating Human Resources Change, Challenge and Opportunity: A Roadmap to Success.  Perennial favorite Lou DiLorenzo, Esq. will deliver the morning keynote, Top 10 Mistakes Employers Make and a fresh line-up of breakout sessions are planned for the remainder of the day.  Presentation topics include Social Media Recruiting, Financial Wellness, Legislative Updates, Effective Open Enrollment Strategies, Workplace Wellness, and Background Investigations.  Our afternoon keynote address will be given by Dr. Scott Vinciguerra on Building a Transformational Culture

View the Full Agenda

Member Cost: $115
Non-Member cost: $125
Student/Transitional Cost: $100

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CNY SHRM 2016 Salary and Benefits Survey



Concerned about retention?  Wondering if your salaries and benefits are competitive in CNY?

Get great FREE salary and benefits data by participating in the 2016 CNY SHRM salary and benefits survey.  Last year’s survey had close to 70 participants and represented an excellent cross section of the CNY landscape of employers.

Job categories and positions represented in the survey include:

  • Administrative/Clerical
  • Human Services
  • Sales
  • Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Customer Service
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing   
The survey is easy to complete and the deadline is June 24.  Click here for the survey link:

Legal Q & A

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

Question:  What do I need to know about the DOL’s Final Overtime Regulations?

Although the long-awaited final regulations revising the white-collar exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) will require significant changes in most workplaces, they are slightly less burdensome than originally anticipated. 

Here are the key takeaways:

  1. Increased Salary Threshold. The final regulations raise the salary threshold for the administrative, professional, executive employee exemptions to $913/week ($47,476 annually), which is significantly more than the current $455/week ($23,660 annually), but less than the $970/week ($50,440 annually) threshold originally proposed. The threshold for highly compensated employees also increased from $100,000 annually to $134,004 annually. 

  2. Automatic Adjustment.  The proposed rule would have automatically adjusted the salary threshold every year.  Under the final regulations, the salary levels will be adjusted every 3 years to maintain the standard salary level at the 40th percentile of full-time salaried workers in the lowest-wage Census region.

  3. Inclusion of Non-Discretionary Bonuses: The final regulations allow for up to 10% of the standard salary level to come from non-discretionary bonuses, incentive payments, and commissions, paid at least quarterly.

  4. No Changes to Duties Test: The proposed rule requested comments about whether revisions should be made to the current duties tests for the white-collar exemptions.  The final rule leaves these tests unchanged.

  5. Effective Date: With an effective date of December 1, 2016, the final regulations give employers more time than expected to prepare for their implementation. 

To learn more about the regulations, attend CNY SHRM’s Legal Update program on October 27, 2016.  We’ll review the key provisions of the regulations, discuss risk management and transition strategies, and provide guidance on how you can make sure you’re complying with the new regulations before they go into effect on December 1st. More details will be posted on the CNY SHRM website soon.

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.

 Transgender in Central New York

On March 22nd, the CNY SHRM Diversity and Workforce Readiness Committee held a program titled, “Transgender in the Central New York Workforce” at the Doubletree Hotel in East Syracuse.  The event consisted of four panelist representing this topic from all sides; legal, human resources, management and transgender individual.

The committee was elated to have over 100 attendees for this program!  Each panelist was given time to discuss this topic from their point of view as well as give some best practice solutions/guidelines to bring back to their companies.  The last 30 minutes was set aside for questions and answers about this increasingly hot topic in the business world.   The knowledgeable panel was able to answer each question in an intellectual yet accessible manor.

The committee would like to once again extend a huge thank you to our panelists; Christa Cook, Labor and Employment Law Attorney from Bond, Schoeneck & King; Tarina McQueeny, HR Manager at Wegmans Dewitt; Christine Kukenberger, Associate Professor, Art Department Chair at Onondaga Community College; Ethan Johnson, LGBT Enrollment Specialist at ACR Health; and our moderator Melanie Woodward, Onondaga Community College Human Resources and committee co-chair.

  Sponsors Bring Ideas and Innovation
to the Annual All-Day Program


Attendees at our June 17th Annual All-Day Program will be able to visit with a fine and varied cadre of vendor-sponsors who will display their products and services throughout the day in the Doubletree Ballroom Foyer. We have recruited a broad representation of Sponsors who we know you will find of interest in addressing your human resource management needs. Please plan to visit them and take time to learn about their offerings, some of which may not have been in your thoughts. The CNY SHRM Program and Marketing Committees strive to bring you knowledge of quality sources in a professional learning venue where you can engage with our sponsors and consider the possibilities for your companies and organizations.
Here is a list of our June Program Sponsors. When you attend the event make sure to visit them!

  • Ascensus 529 College Savings Program
  • AXA Advisors
  • CNY Business Journal/Biz Eventz
  • CNY Wellness Project
  • Crouse Hospital - Help People
  • Cumulus Broadcasting
  • Empower Federal Credit Union
  • 5-Star Urgent Care
  • Fleet Feet Sports
  • Haylor, Freyer & Coon
  • HB Solutions
  • HR Works
  • KBM Management
  • Seabreeze
  • Summit Federal Credit Union
  • St. John Fisher Executive Program
  • SUNY Oswego Metro Center and School of Business


This article is sponsored by Fleet Feet Sports, Syracuse

Let Employees Work Up A Sweat

Studies show that exercise within an employee’s day can enhance productivity and elevate mood, as well as allow for more collaboration and tolerance in the workplace. More active employees are shown to take fewer sick days and incur less medical costs.

While everyone wants their employees to have a full workday, allowing time for themselves can actually benefit you and your company in the end.

Fleet Feet Sports, Syracuse has created a corporate wellness program that offers a variety of wellness clinics, information sessions and fitness opportunities to help businesses encourage health and wellness in the workplace and give employers the tools to make it easy and fun.

Fleet Feet Informational Lunch and Learns are presented by a fully trained coaching department on topics such as good form running, getting started in a fitness program, or staying motivated with a busy schedule.

One of the most popular wellness initiatives offered is the Fleet Feet Sports Corporate Fit Clinic. With the Corporate Fit Clinic, Fleet Feet Sports brings the free gait analysis that is done in the store to your employees. In 15 minute appointments, employees can complete the fit process with a Fleet Feet Sports Fit Expert and purchase shoes, insoles and other products right on the spot.

Recently, Fleet Feet Sports has hosted corporate fit clinics at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Carrier Corporation, CXtec and National Grid. Though these companies have different employees with different needs, they were all fit with shoes and inserts that made being active easier and more comfortable.

Fleet Feet Sports also offers private corporate sessions for our popular No Boundaries Begin-to-Run Program. Employees take part in the weekly No Boundaries group workout and then participate in a privately-coached workout one at the location of their choice.

No Boundaries Begin-to-Run is an excellent wellness and a great team-building option initiative, available with at least 30 employees signed up for the program. Choosing a goal race that other companies participate in such as the Corporate Challenge or the Arc Race can lend some healthy competition to the mix!

Questions or more information is available at

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.