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Newsletter: January 2020


CRHRA Annual Conference
May 4 - 5, 2020 | Albany Capital Center | Albany, NY
Join us for a day and a half of learning and networking you won’t find anywhere else in the region. This year will feature learning opportunities with recertification credits, renowned keynote speakers and informative breakout sessions, as well as a vendor fair, meals, and raffle prizes.

Present with Us
We invite you to share your knowledge, experience & expertise with our attendees. The conference’s goal is to present timely, informative, and motivational programs to meet the needs & interests of HR professionals.  REGISTER TODAY!
The deadline to register is Friday, February 14, 2020.

Sponsorship Opportunities
Get in front of over 200 Human Resource professionals from across New York State by becoming a
sponsor at the 2020 Annual Conference! Our marketplace fills up fast, so don't delay. Click here for more information. REGISTER!

Legal Q & A

January 2020
By: Paul Buehler
Bond Schoeneck & King

Question: What are the increased minimum wage rates and salary thresholds for the white-collar exemptions?

Answer: Effective December 31, 2019, New York State employers must comply with new minimum wage rates and salary thresholds for exempt employees.  Read More >>>

Addressing Employee Misconduct, from Cybersecurity to Fraud - A Panel Discussion with Local Business Leaders

Join us for an informative and engaging panel discussion on the 2020 state of fraud and cyber security in
our workplaces. Our panelists provide expertise across multiple professions, making this presentation a

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Hilton Garden Inn
30 Clifton Country Rd.
Clifton Park, NY 12065

This program has been submitted for 1.5 credit hours through HR Certification Institute (HRCI) and

The HR Advisory Group will be available from 4:30 - 5:30 PM prior to the dinner meeting for your
questions. CRHRA's HR Advisory Group consists of local, seasoned HR professionals, in a variety of
industries, who are available to provide advice, whether your concern is a practical workplace issue or a
matter of personal career development!

For more information, please visit our Ask an Advisor page.

Register Today!

Chapter Chatter

Member Spotlight

Name: Sarah Rappleyea

Company/Title or Area of HR Expertise: Recruiter at Fusco Personnel

How many years have you been a member of CRHRA? I just recently joined in the fall!

If you could sit down for dinner with one famous person (past or present) who would it be?  Ellen DeGeneres

What is one key motivator to your success? Helping people with their job search! Helping people navigate their job search to help them get to the next step in their career is one of the main reasons I love recruiting.

Welcome New & Renewed Members! 

Patricia Myers, HVCC
Jason Hall, Commercial Coverage, Inc.
Chrisanne Cirillo, AngioDynamics
Holly Simboli, Atlas Copco Comptec, LLC
Kathleen Proper, Pinnacle Human Resources, LLC
Christina Jones, C.T. Male Associates
Janice Bloodgood, City of Austin
Jacqueline Hennessy, PERMA
Michael White, AAA Hudson Valley
John Comitale, Crystal IS, Inc.
Gladys Varela, NYS Dept of Labor
Teri O'Connor, Village of Ballston Spa
Anne Marshall, Klocke Estate Holdings, LLC
Rebecca Spaulding, SecureScan, LLC
Jordan Morgan, WellNow Urgent Care
June Antonio, Momentive Performance Materials
Anna Bellis, Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany
Rose Miller, Pinnacle Human Resources, LLC
Jennifer Myers, CIS

Spring 2020: Certification Study Group

Registration is now open for the CRHRA Certification Study Group!

Registration is now open for the Spring 2020 Study Group and will go through February 4, 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. Study group size is limited to 15 participants.
Study Group Cost: $295 for CRHRA members ($325 for non-members). Course materials and instruction
are included in the cost of the study group.

CRHRA uses materials provided by Human Resources Certification Preparation

CRHRA Headquarters/Association Development Group (ADG)
136 Everett Road, Albany, NY 12205

Study Group Schedule:
Tuesdays 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Starting February 25, 2020 – April 28, 2020


For the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®), please visit

For the instructor-led preparation course offered through The College of Saint Rose, please visit:

The SHRM Learning System – HR Certification Prep class at the College of Saint Rose, a 12-week
program, on Thursday evenings from 6:00 – 9:15, beginning February 6 through April 16, with the final
exam and review session on Monday, April 20.

A 10% discount is being offered for CRHRA members who wish to take the College of Saint Rose SHRM
course. To receive this discount, please visit

Volunteer with the Workforce Readiness Committee at these upcoming job fairs!

- Wednesday 4th @ Proctors

- Thursday 9th @ the Saratoga City Center
- Monday 13th @ the Marriott on Wolf Rd

- Wednesday 8th @ the Marriott on Wolf Rd

- Wednesday 2nd @ Proctors

- Monday 12th @ the Marriott on Wolf Rd
- Wednesday 14th @ the Saratoga City Center

To volunteer for one of these dates, please email


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