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September Retirement Workshop - Registration Open!
A Two-Part Virtual Learning Series

Part I: Medicare During and After Your Working Years
Thursday, September 17 at 12 PM | Presented By Dave Shantz, Jaeger & Flynn

As Fall 2020 rolls in, so does the opportunity for many of us to make decisions about our work and benefit coverage options for the New Year. In this presentation – Part I of our Virtual Retirement Workshop, attendees will gain a better understanding of Medicare as a whole, in order to both explain and guide eligible employees on their options whether planning for retirement or staying at work.  Key concepts include:
  • Defining the Medicare program and how it relates to your employees
  • Presenting options available under Medicare
  • Reviewing creditable prescription drug coverage, and the “donut hole”
  • Resolving some of the common confusions regarding Medicare vs. Social Security

Part II: HR Guide - Understanding Social Security and Retirement Planning
Thursday, September 24 at 12 PM | Presented by Steven A. Massey, CRPC*, Sr. Financial Consultant, CAP COM Financial Services

In this presentation, Part II of our Virtual Retirement Workshop, CAP COM will present a detailed overview of Social Security and steps an employee should take financially as they approach retirement.  This presentation will help Human Resources have a well-rounded understanding and steps to recommend to employees entering this phase of life, specifically:
  • Qualifying for Social Security
  • Collecting Social Security
  • Estimating retirement benefits
  • Taxation of retirement benefits
  • How to prepare a retirement income plan
Both programs have been submitted for 1 credit hour through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) & Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Special Offer - When you register for the first webinar (Part I), you will receive a discount code for 15% off the second webinar (Part II). The discount code details & instructions will be provided in your confirmation email. 
Legal Q&A

Are there any important developments I should know about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)?

Answer: Yes, on August 3rd, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York called into question several aspects of the regulations explaining the requirements of the FFCRA. The case was filed by the State of New York against the United States Department of Labor (DOL) challenging the work availability requirement, healthcare provider exclusion, intermittent leave, and documentation requirements of the FFCRA regulations as inconsistent with the statute itself. Each is addressed separately below.

Work Availability Requirement
First, the State challenged the rule that, if the employer does not have work available for the employee, the employee is not eligible for paid leave pursuant to the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion (EFMLA) or three of the six qualifying reasons under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA). This limitation on the use of paid leave is significant because the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a decrease in work and temporary furlough of numerous workers who are still considered employees. Read More>>

The information contained in this column is not intended to be a substitute for professional counseling or advice. Paul Buehler counsels and represents employers in a variety of labor and employment related contexts and is an Associate at the Albany office of Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC.

If you have a question you would like to submit, you are encouraged to do so by
email ( or telephone (518-533-3216).
Member Benefit - Workplace Resources
CRHRA is committed to helping you, your organizations, and your employees navigate the unprecedented challenges facing us. In partnership with SHRM, NYS SHRM, and the many organizations with which we work, CRHRA will provide resources and education designed to help you operate during a pandemic and equip you with the tools to address the issues facing your employees. As a first step, we have begun compiling useful resources on our website.

You can view our Workplace Bias resources by following the link here.

If you have something we should include on this page,
please email us at
Member Spotlight
Name: Miriam Dushane, PHR, SHRM-CP

Title and Company: Managing Partner, Alaant Workforce Solutions

How long have you been an CRHRA Member? 15 years+
What is your favorite Capital Region restaurant? In my role, I often have lunch meetings so I am a bit of an expert in the category.  And, anyone who knows me knows, I must eat at noon and will be very hangry when I can’t!  We are blessed to have so many options in our region, there are many great places.  The one that immediately comes to mind for me is Koto – in my book they are the tops for Japanese and Sushi, but I also love City Line and, until recently, you could find me at least once a week at Real Seafood-I’m very sad it closed!

How do you keep up to date with changing HR laws and regulations? I take advantage of a lot of platforms to stay current, CRHRA of course, their programming and One Day Conference, I receive the daily updates via email from SHRM, I attend as many Bond Schoneck and King Legal Updates- they are so valuable and enjoyable to attend and I love to collaborate with my HR peers.
CRHRA Virtual Fall Study Group
Registration is now open for the Fall 2020 Study Group and will go through noon on September 3, 2020. Our Study Group provides the body of knowledge required to take the PHR®/SPHR® Exams. For more information on the PHR® or SPHR® exam registration, requirements deadlines, and fees, please visit the HR Certification Institute:

Study group participation is limited with priority to current qualified CRHRA members who intend to sit for exams in the upcoming testing window. Non-members (including non-active members) may register through the link and will be placed on a waiting list. The study group size is limited to 20 participants.

For more information or to register visit our website here.
Register Now!
SHRM Interactive Tools 

SHRM provides members exclusive access to a new suite of interactive tools that can help quickly and efficiently perform several essential HR functions. Members can easily compare state labor laws, perform salary benchmarks, generate performance reviews, and much more.

Total Compensation Statement Builder

This step-by-step tool generates a total compensation statement in minutes, so you can better educate employees on the value of their benefits. These statements not only boost the morale of your employees, but they can also be a powerful retention tool. More information here.
Mental Health & Wellness 101 in the Workplace

September 30th, 2020 | 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Take part in Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc. (MHANYS’) Capital Region Project AWARE. This project provides FREE training to individuals who work with or support Veterans, Older Adults, and the General Public. By September 2021, MHANYS will train individuals across Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady Counties. Participants will improve their mental health literacy by increasing awareness, care, and support that the General Public receives for behavioral health challenges.

Mental Health & Wellness 101 in the Workplace is a 1-hour training that reframes the conversation about mental health – teaching that we ALL have mental health; it’s not just about the presence or absence of an illness. The training helps participants to understand mental health in a holistic context and utilize basic mental health awareness in order to self-care and help others.

Do Not Miss this Opportunity - Register Now!

For more information, email or call Matthew Delaney, MHANYS’ MHFA Program Associate at or (518) 434-0439.

MHANYS’ Capital Region Project AWARE is supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).


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