Chapter #0395
  • GETTING ENGAGED: Strategies to Tie the Knot Between Employees & Organizational Success!

    Event Start Date: 8/18/2016 7:30 AM

    Event End Date: 8/18/2016 12:30 PM

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  • 2016 Fall Certification Workshop

    Event Start Date: 9/1/2016

    Event End Date: 9/1/2016

    Cost per place: $950.00

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  • Keys to Creating a Ready Pipeline of Talent - Third in a Three Part Series

    Event Start Date: 9/21/2016 7:30 AM

    Event End Date: 9/21/2016 9:30 AM

    Cost per place: $40.00

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  • The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork

    Event Start Date: 10/19/2016 7:30 AM

    Event End Date: 10/19/2016 9:30 AM

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  • Considerations When Designing Sales Compensation Plans

    Event Start Date: 11/16/2016 7:30 AM

    Event End Date: 11/16/2016 9:30 AM

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  • Useful Models for Organizational Structure

    Event Start Date: 12/21/2016 7:30 AM

    Event End Date: 12/21/2016 9:30 AM

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  • Vendor Registrations

    Event Start Date: 1/1/2017

    Event End Date: 1/1/2017

    Cost: $200.00

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President's Message

Dear GVC SHRM Members and HR Friends At Large,

Keep up to date on all that's going on with the chapter by checking our website www.GVCSHRM.org. We also encourage you to follow us on twitter @GVCSHRM. Additionally you can connect with us on LinkedIn. The group name is Genesee Valley Chapter of SHRM. We also have a social presence on Facebook. Look for us at GVC SHRM.


Howard Cotton SHRM-SCP, SPHR

President, GVC SHRM



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Thursday, July 14, 2016, 11 AM EDT

GVCSHRM Meeting with Senator Rich Funke and staff, 230 Packett's Landing, Fairport, NY 14450


In Attendance: Rich Funke, New York State Senator from the 55th State District, Jesse Sleezer, District Office Director; Paul Keneally, Partner, Underberg & Kessler and GVCSHRM Board member; Christine O’Rourke, Director of HR, JCC and GVCSHRM Board member; Jennifer Swayze, Employment Law Compliance Analyst, Paychex, Inc. and GVCSHRM Board member; AnnMarie Depoian, Regional Vice President, Primerica; Howard Cotton, Employee Relations Manager, Hillside Family of Agencies and President GVCSHRM; and Ann Maynard, HR Consultant, Maynard HR Consulting and President-Elect, GVCSHRM.


·         Gave Senator Rich Funke and staff an overview of GVCSHRM, its membership and its mission of advocacy and education.

·         1st Concern – Paid Family Leave – Discussed members concerns with NYS Paid Family Leave

o   Employee Abuse – employees might abuse the leave program by requesting paid leave to take time off from work improperly

o   Staffing Levels – hardship for employers who grant the leave to one or more experienced workers who cannot be effectively replaced in the short term. This issue is intensified for small employers.

We asked the Senator to continue to pursue legislation increasing the threshold number of employees for covered employers.

·         2nd Concern – NYS Minimum Wage – Discussed members concerns with NYS Proposed Minimum Wage Increases

o   Impact on Small Employers

o   Wage Compression

o   Businesses may cut back hours, keep fewer employees, reduce benefits, and increase prices, and/or close

We asked the Senator to monitor the effect of the higher rates on employers of certain sizes, in rural areas, in certain industries etc. and the possibility of modifying or delaying future increases.

·         3rd Concern- NYS Direct Deposit Authorizations – Discussed members’ concerns regarding NYS Proposed Rulemaking on Methods of Payment of Wages

o   Prior direct deposit authorizations that do not comply with the new requirements will no longer be valid and based on new requirements that will likely be all prior authorizations

o   There are other ways that employers could notify employees regarding rights that would not require a new authorization

We asked the Senator to investigate this issue and possibly contact the DOL regarding this onerous proposed requirement.


·         4th Concern -  Limits of Self-Employment Assistance Program (SEAP) for Financial Services ICs

o   Individuals who would otherwise qualify for SEAP are being rejected due to being in the Financial Services industry and the requirement that they be sponsored by another entity. They are Independent Contractors (“ICs”) by definition self-employed, but they are unable to receive this assistance.


We asked the Senator to review the possibility of extending this program to Financial Services ICs.


·         5th Concern – Mental Health issues in the workplace - Discussed members’ concerns with increased number of mental health issues employers are facing with their employees such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress, and just generally being stressed out. This can cause:

o   Increased sick day usage;

o   Marked decline in work productivity and quality;

o   Employees self-medicating with alcohol and drugs-especially increased opioid usage;

o   Interpersonal and communication problems;

o   Increased short-term disability and long-term disability claims.

Our HR Departments are not qualified to diagnose or handle the increasing number of employee and supervisor concerns. Many Employee Assistance Programs are overworked and understaffed to handle the large number of referrals that are happening within our worksites.

We asked the Senator to consider state attention to the mental health crisis.

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