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Winter 2014

In This Issue!

Upcoming Events

January 27 – Employment Law Update

February TBD – Webinar: The Positive Effect of Employee Surveys and the Downsides Demystified

March 19 – Part Two - Employment Law Basics for Supervisors, Managers & Business Owners

April TBD Monthly Meeting

June 12 – Annual 1-Day Conference

CNY SHRM Salary Survey
The 2014 CNY SHRM Salary Survey is still available for purchase. Click here to order your copy.

Looking For a New Career Opportunity?
Need to Hire an HR Professional?

When you are ready for a transition, or when you need to hire an HR professional at any level, remember that CNY SHRM offers a free job posting service!  Click here to check out the latest postings. 

Employers—send any requests to post your HR openings to [email protected].

My CNY SHRM Profile

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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!


CNY SHRM 2014 HR Career Journeys
Panel & Holiday Celebration

SnowflakeWe would like to invite you to attend our 2014 Holiday Celebration!  This year’s event will take place at the DoubleTree Hotel (6301 State Route 298, E Syracuse, NY) on Tuesday, December 9th.  As usual, there will be two parts to our program.  Part one, includes our HR Career Journey Panel from 2PM-4PM.  Part two, will be our Chapter Celebration from 4PM-7PM.  For more information on our panel program and chapter celebration, check out
The Chapter Celebration (after the Panel):

  • Enjoy Food and Beverages
  • Visit Informational booths sponsored by local businesses
  • Participate in a Raffle with over 25 prizes! All proceeds go to Charity Southwest Community Center
  • Network and Mingle with other professionals from the CNY Area

Sponsorship - If your business is interested in sponsoring a booth at this year’s event please email [email protected].  It’s a great way to increase your company’s visibility to local business HR professionals!

Raffle Donations - If you are interested in donating a raffle item, please send an email to [email protected]. All proceeds are going to the Southwest Community Center this year.

Attending- Please register at, costs are available online.
Thank you and we hope to see you there!

Introducing Our New Chapter
Management Professional: Laura Abert

Laura Abert - CMPI am delighted to have been selected to be CNY SHRM's new Chapter Management Professional!  I am really looking forward to working with the board and the entire membership. I am excited to polish our marketing and communications and to positively represent our organization. One of my goals for 2015 is to improve the look and feel of the CNY SHRM website and make the registration process a bit more seamless. Using my marketing experience, I also hope to assist our board to continue growing our member base and continue increasing attendance at our events.  Please feel free to email me at [email protected] if you have any CNY SHRM questions or comments. I hope to see you at an upcoming event!

—Laura Abert

Diversity and Workforce Readiness Update

The CNY SHRM Diversity and Workforce Readiness Committee continued its volunteer initiative with middle schoolers at the South West Community Center (SWCC) this fall.  In this career exploration effort, volunteers returned to the center and played a fun, educational game of "What's my Profession".  This was a cross between the old game show "What's My Line?" and the children's board game "Guess Who?".  The children guessed the professions of several volunteers including CNY SHRM member, Dave Jancyk, who shared his three careers (military, engineer and HR professional), as well as Scott Schaal (a landscape architect), a representative from Syracuse Fire Department and a physician's assistant who serves on the board of the SWCC.  It was a very valuable experience for the school children.  A special thank you to Mary Anne Ciccarelli and Anna Casciano for their dedication to coordinating the program this fall.  Also, thanks to Michelle Brisson, Erin Schaal, Wilber Allen and Melanie Woodward, the CNY SHRM volunteers who helped out with each SWCC program.

2015 CNY SHRM Events  to be Held at
East Syracuse, DoubleTree Hotel

NetworkingA common question we receive is why we hold almost all events at the East Syracuse Doubletree Hotel.  Here is the answer:
This is an issue we constantly re-evaluate.  It is important for us to pick a venue that is convenient, centrally located and affordable.  This year, the CNY SHRM programming committee reviewed 33 venues and narrowed the search down to five and then two options, which were then presented to the Board.  The review considered the following factors: central location, ease of access, room charges, number of rooms, catering expenses, audio visual expenses, facility appeal (layout, room décor etc.)  and last but not least, parking.  Based on this review, the Doubletree again came out as the top selection.  Therefore, we will continue to use this venue for 2015.
If you have ideas for other venues, we are all ears.  Please forward any suggestions to [email protected], and they will be reviewed by the programming committee when it re-evaluates sites for the 2016 programming year.
See you at the Doubletree!

January Legal Update

KeyMark your calendars now for CNY SHRM’s Annual Legal Update, taking place on January 27th, 2015.  This year, we are thrilled to welcome back Laura Harshbarger, Esq. (Read Bio), of Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC to present the update.  Laura was named Lawyer of the Year in 2014 by Best Lawyers in America® for management-side employment law in the Syracuse area, and is a dynamic, entertaining and informative speaker.   You won’t want to miss this event!

HR Certifications

CNY SHRM would like to recognize our members as they achieve new HR certifications. Please let us know when you have news to share, and we would be happy to spotlight you here.  This month, we congratulate Meagen Fitzsimmons, the Vice President of the CNY SHRM Board of Directors, who recently achieved the new SHRM-CP certification.  If you have questions about what it took to get this new SHRM competency-based certification, reach out to Meagen at [email protected], or chat with her at the upcoming CNY SHRM Holiday Celebration on December 9.  Congratulations Meagen!

The Bill Eliminating the Annual Wage Notice Requirement

Still Has Not Been Signed by the Governor

By: Subhash Viswanathan

(Republished with permission from the Bond, Schoeneck & King New York Labor & Employment Report)
Nearly six months ago, the New York Legislature passed a bill eliminating the requirement under the Wage Theft Prevention Act that employers provide an annual wage notice to their employees between January 1 and February 1.  We monitored the bill regularly, hoping that we would be able to report that the Governor had signed the bill and that employers would be relieved of this onerous requirement in 2015.  Unfortunately, the bill has not yet been delivered to the Governor, so at least as of now, the annual wage notice requirement remains in effect.
Based on the information we have been able to obtain, it appears that the Governor’s office and the Legislature are currently discussing potential revisions to the bill that are unrelated to the elimination of the annual wage notice requirement.  Aside from the elimination of the annual wage notice requirement, the bill that was passed on June 19 also increased the penalties for an employer’s failure to provide a wage notice upon hiring a new employee and for an employer’s failure to provide appropriate wage statements to employees, imposed significant consequences on employers who are found to be repeat offenders, and added provisions to the Limited Liability Company Law and the Construction Industry Fair Play Act.  It is our understanding that amendments to some of those other provisions are being contemplated.
It is still possible that the bill will be signed by the Governor before the end of the legislative term.  However, if the legislation goes into effect 60 days after it is signed into law (which is how the bill is currently drafted), it is already too late for the law to go into effect in time to relieve employers of the obligation to distribute the annual notice by February 1, 2015.
At this point, employers in New York should prepare to send the annual wage notice to their employees between January 1 and February 1, 2015.  If the Legislature and the Governor give a nice holiday gift to New York employers by finding a way to eliminate this requirement for 2015, we will certainly let you know.