Chapter News

EEOC Investigation & Settlement w/Cato Corp. - Employees w/Disabilities & Pregnancies

For information regarding this EEOC investigation and settlement: Click Here

BOND - NY Minimum Wage Rates & Salary Thresholds increase 12/31/18

Reminder: New York Minimum Wage Rates and Salary Thresholds for the Executive and Administrative Exemptions Will Increase on December 31, 2018.  For more information: Click Here

IRS - Retirement Plans and IRA Limits - 2019

Information from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regarding 2019 Retirement Plans and IRA limits: Click Here

DOL - Wage and Hour - Opinion Letters

The U.S. DOL Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced that it has issued four new opinion letters. The recent letters released address compliance under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the following issues:

The Department now offers a search function allowing users to search opinion letters by key word, year, topic, and a variety of other filters. An opinion letter is an official, written opinion by WHD on how a particular law applies in specific circumstances presented by the person or entity requesting the letter. 

SHRM - Recertification Discount (SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP) - thru 12/31/18

MVSHRM is allowed to offer a SHRM recertification discount through the end of this calendar year.  Use of the exclusive promotional code (15OFFCSC) will reduce the recertification fee by $15 if the recertification application is submitted by 31 December 2018. SHRM certified member should log into your Certification Portal at Through your portal you can view your current status, and submit your application to recertify by 31 December using code 15OFFCSC when prompted on the payment page. Remember: this code (15OFFCSC) will expire at 11:59pm ET on December 31, 2018; it can be used by anyone SHRM certified who needs to recertify; even local members only and  this offer cannot be combined with other promotional offers.

Benetech - Sexual Harassment Training - Webinars

Benetech has packages available to employers to meet the new Sexual Harassment Training requirements in NYS.  For more information: Click Here

Business Council NYS - Webinar Series and Payroll Tax

The Business Council NYS offers a Human Resources / Labor Webinar series.  for more information on all the webinars and to register: Click Here; For their fact-sheet on the "Payroll Tax": Click Here

U.S. DOL - Wage & Hour Division - PAID Pilot Program

The Wage and Hour Division’s (WHD) new nationwide pilot program, the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program, facilitates resolution of potential overtime and minimum wage violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The program’s primary objectives are to resolve such claims expeditiously and without litigation, to improve employers’ compliance with overtime and minimum wage obligations, and to ensure that more employees receive the back wages they are owed—faster.

Under the PAID program, employers are encouraged to conduct audits and, if they discover overtime or minimum wage violations, to self-report those violations. Employers may then work in good faith with WHD to correct their mistakes and to quickly provide 100% of the back wages due to their affected employees.  For more information: Click Here.  For previously recorded webinar: Click Here

NYS Minimum Wage Posters

NYS Minimum Wage Posters effective 12/31/17 thru 12/31/18: 
Apparel Industry: Click Here
Building Services: Click Here
Farm Workers: Click Here
Hospitality Industry: Click Here
Miscellaneous Industry: Click Here
For more information: Click Here

NEW I-9 Form - Effective 9/18/17

A new I-9 Form is in effect and you must start using it September 18, 2017, for more details: Click Here; for updated handbook: Click Here