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Newsletter: May 2019

From the President 

Greetings, CRHRA!

The big news around here is our Annual Conference and Marketplace, to be held at the Albany Capital Center on May 20th and 21st . It’s not only big news in the Capital Region – it is drawing statewide and national interest. Last weekend, I attended the quarterly meeting of NYS SHRM, our state council, and several of my peers told me they were sending their officers and members to our conference. With the focus on legislative advocacy, we are filling a need for not only our local members, but state partners as well. This is reflected in our registration numbers, which are far outpacing last year. SHRM national has provided considerable support, too – members of the “A-Team” (SHRM’s Legislative Advocacy Team) will be in attendance to provide guidance and support. This event has exceeded our wildest expectations already and has grown into the can’t-miss event of the year.

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Registration is Open!

2019 Annual Conference and Marketplace
Albany Capital Center
Monday, May 20 & Tuesday, May 21, 2019

There are several exciting changes to this annual event that you won’t want to miss -
This year’s conference will be held at the Albany Capital Center, and we have expanded our event conference to a day and a half, featuring a new legislative track offered in collaboration with New York State (NYS) SHRM.

Monday, May 20 will host the half-day “welcome” to the conference, including a Keynote Address presented by Susan Post, Field Service Director, SHRM titled The Future of HR: Promoting Business Success in a Changing Global Workplace.

This will be followed by a legislative advocacy workshop and panel discussion, bringing together expert opinion from key members of SHRM’s Advocacy Team coupled with legal perspective from Jackson Lewis on the regulatory environment and legislative process at both the State and Federal level. The panel will provide background on key initiatives impacting our industry, as well as a keen understanding of the legislative process.

Monday’s action-packed agenda will finish with a networking cocktail reception.

Tuesday, May 21 will offer our traditional conference format including a Legal Update from our Breakfast Keynote, John M. Bagyi, Esq., Member – Bond, Schoeneck & King, presenting Labor & Employment Law Update - The Latest!

The program will then move to several exciting breakout sessions, with a choice between two tracks:

  • “Continuing Education” Track – 9 options to choose from
  • “Legislative” Track – includes lobbying at the State Capitol

This year’s conference has it all, in one place: Premier educational opportunities, advocacy, knowledge-sharing and networking with colleagues and vendors…plus delicious food and desserts!

More information on our Annual Conference & Marketplace can be found in our Registration Packet.


May 2019

By: Robert Manfredo
Bond Schoeneck & King

Question: How will the new voting leave requirements imposed by the New York election law impact employers?

Answer: On April 1, 2019, New York State passed the Governor’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2020, which, among other things, expands the New York State Election Law to provide three hours of paid voting leave for all employees.

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May 2019

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Save the Date!

June Summer Social
Rivers Casino
Thursday, June 13

Be sure to save the date for our June Summer Social and Volunteer Recognition Event, taking place on Thursday, June 13, 2019! 

Join us at Rivers Casino as we celebrate our volunteers and kick off summer! 

More information and registration will be available soon.

Register Today!
Member Spotlight
Name: Debra J. M. Best, SPHR, SHRM-SCP  
Company/title or area of HR Expertise: Deb Best Practices - HR 911 - - Owner & Principal - Outsourced / Interim Senior HR, Internal Hiring, Harassment Prevention Training, Third-Party Complaint Investigation, Workplace Conflict Coaching / Resolution and Strategic Planning Facilitation Leadership for All Employers of All Sizes in All Sectors
How many years have you been a member of CRHRA? 24 years
What has been your "Key to Career Success" so far?  
Congenital/endless curiosity re: people and acquiring knowledge - when you stop learning, you're dead 
What is something you like to do when you're not working? Spend time with my family, nap, try to read through my pile of 40+ yet-to-be-read books, blog, watch movies.


Welcome New Members! 

Benjamin Conklin, Student
Amanda Brink-Forrest, Union College
Debora S. Goodhines, Lexington Arc
Brianna Flynn, Hannaford Bros.
Steven Morgenstern, Care Design NY
Darcie Rundell, Advanced Information Management, Inc.
Brianna Wadsworth, Anderson-Negele
Matthew Gariepy, GeneSYS Consulting Services
Jennifer Wagner, Jaeger & Flynn Associates, Inc.
Erlinda McCoy, Morcon Tissue
Jessica L. Zinger, Fenimore Art Museum & The Farmers' Museum
Shyla A. Ingram, National Industries for the Blind
Vito Van Dunk, McDonald's Franchises
Joshua Goldstein, Janitronics Inc.

The CRHRA HR Advisory Group

This group is a Member's Only benefit and fundamental expression of CRHRA's overall commitment to each member's personal growth and professional development in the HR community.

The HR Advisory Group consists of local, seasoned HR executives in a variety of industries that can share their professional insights, guidance, and support to help our member's reach their professional goals.  Have you started a new HR position or maybe new to the field, and have questions?  Do you wish you had a group of subject matter experts to speak with regarding an HR project, initiative, process or policy?  Maybe you're looking for some career advice too?  How many times during your career did you wish you had experienced colleagues to speak with regarding your HR undertakings?

Well, this group is here for you!  We can provide you with how to apply real-life wisdom within different industries and cultures, workplace situations and/or career development.  Regardless of age or career tenure, we believe that all CRHRA members have something to offer each other and we're here to help!*

The following are the HR Advisory Group members:

Andrea J. Thomas, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Susan M. Hollister, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Miriam Dushane, PHR, SHRM-CP
Elizabeth Miller Guthier, PHR, SHRM-CP
Joanmarie Dowling, Esq.
Caryn K. LaFleche, CEBS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Do you have a question?  It's easy!  Just select the HR Advisory Group "button" on the CRHRA website and submit it to the group.  Please feel free to take advantage of this complimentary benefit at any time. Let us help make your job easier.  We look forward to hearing from you!


Capital Region Chamber is offering an event for leaders titled Inclusive Leadership Series - Increasing your Cultural Competence to Drive Business Results! This event is designed to help you understand your role in leading a culturally diverse staff, gain an understanding of culture and impact on team effectiveness, build skills for communicating across cultural and language differences, and apply cultural competency skills and strategies to create an inclusive, innovative, and engaging workplace for employees and clients. This will be held on June 5th at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Latham.

Program Details:
7:30 – 8 a.m.: Registration and breakfast
8 – 9:30 a.m.: Program

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
400 Old Loudon Road, Latham, NY


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