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Legal Q&A
Question: How can I know if I am correctly compensating remote employees?

Answer: The issue of remote work has come to the forefront during the coronavirus pandemic, and the US Department of Labor (DOL) published new guidance on August 24th to provide greater clarity on one of the largest issues created by remote work: how to properly calculate time spent working.

Calculating time worked is particularly problematic for non-exempt (hourly) employees who must be paid for every hour worked, and where applicable, overtime. Many employers, incorrectly, believe that if an employee performs additional work outside their normally scheduled hours, without authorization or permission, they do not have to be paid for that time. As the DOL’s new guidance explains, that is not the case. 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).

Growing Successful Teams |10/16 at 12 PM
Tim O'Hara, Owner, O’Hara Consulting, LLC 
Katie Garippa, HR Director, AngioDynamics

Getting Ahead of Your Culture with Hiring & Onboarding | 10/23 at 12 PM
Brian Rollo, Brian Rollo Consulting Group
Tom Schin, Build Better Culture


Annual Employment Law Update | 11/10 at 9 AM
John M. Bagyi, Esq., SPHR, SHRM-SCP 
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COVID-19 Impact Survey
CRHRA is working in partnership with the Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) and the Capital Region Chamber to gather feedback to better serve our members. The COVID-19 Employer Impact Survey and the COVID-19 Commuter Impact Survey will help us identify the challenges and needs that employers and commuters face due to COVID-19.

Please click here to visit our COVID-19 resources page and access the surveys. We appreciate any feedback you can provide - thank you!
Member Spotlight 

Name – Michele J. McLeod

Title and Company OR area of HR expertise – Bestpass Inc., Human Resources Advisor

How long have you been an HR Member – many, many years…. 20+

What is your favorite community event that takes place in the Capital Region? There are so many great events but I’d have to say the Workforce Challenge held each May. It’s a great company team-building opportunity, an amazing event to go to and see all the Capital Region companies represented and the proceeds go to wonderful local not-for-profits!

How do you keep up to date with changing HR laws and regulations? A lot of reading! I am connected to several email legal updates locally, I utilize SHRM, and also network with my HR colleagues in the Capital District.
Member Benefit


Join us for a weekly discussion with #LetsTalkThursdays, where we highlight insights from SHRM, talk about new legislation, and chat about best practices for the workplace! These discussions begin on our CRHRA Professional Network page on LinkedIn, a member only page where CRHRA professionals can connect with one another and have an open dialogue about all things HR!

To join us for #LetsTalkThursdays or become a part of the CRHRA Professional Network, send us a request here!
Seven Tips to Optimize Employee Engagement Amid COVID-19

The expansion of remote work due to the pandemic has affected the ability for organizations to stay connected, productive, and engaged. Therefore, employers should consider what actions will help keep your teams unified, collaborative, and motivated, even when most are working from home.

To help you meet the needs of your workforce, we offer these 7 tips for engaging all of your employees to ensure that your team stays productive and connected, whether they are on-site or working remotely. Contact GTM Payroll Services for more information on how we help local businesses of all sizes manage their payroll, HR, onboarding, timekeeping, benefits administration, and more.
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.

Multi-state Law Comparison Tool

Build a side-by-side comparison chart that features state labor laws that are relevant to you. For more information on this and other tools, visit SHRM here.


Earning HR Certification following Saint Rose Prep Class
Spring 2020 7/1/20 – 8/15/20

Erina Dacey, Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, SHRM-CP, CRHRA/SHRM


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