Upcoming Events

Mar 5

Coffee Hour

Your membership and participation in SHRMTC is very important to us. With that in mind, we would like to invite you to a "Coffee Hour" on Friday, March 5 from 8:30 AM - 9:15.

Register Now

Mar 9

Hire Right, Nurture Right, and Fire Right – Part 2 with Roxi Bahar Hewertson

Our second session, Retention (nurture right), we will explore onboarding and talent management to help you retain those great people you just hired or promoted by nurturing and successfully developing them so they continue to add value, remain engaged an

Register Now

Mar 24

Motivation Through Tough Times

There is a lot that is going on in the world at this time - pandemic, protests, politics…. and then there is work, family, friends and community. All of these areas are impacted by these changing conditions and yet we are still expected to remain motivate

Register Now

Apr 8

Hire Right, Nurture Right, and Fire Right – Part 3 with Roxi Bahar Hewertson

Finally, in our third session, Closure (fire right), we will tackle the tough problem of letting people go, for whatever reason. How you say “goodbye” is as important as how you say “hello.” This session includes why, when, and how to fire right—safely an

Register Now

Apr 20

Recruiting & Retaining Diverse Talent

Are you looking to improve the diversity in your workforce? Attracting diversity but struggling to retain it?

Register Now

May 6

Holding People Accountable

Express Employment Professionals is hosting a virtual event on the topic of “Holding People Accountable”

Welcome to the Society for Human Resource Management of Tompkins County (SHRMTC)

SHRMTC is an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. For nearly seven decades, the Society has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. For more information please visit www.shrm.org.

Congratulations to Melissa Perry from the Child Development Council is the lucky recipient of Roxi’s book from Part 1 of Hire Right, Nurture Right, and Fire Right by Roxi Bahar Hewerston 

Help Support the SHRM Foundation! 

The SHRMTC will be holding a virtual fundraising raffle for the SHRM Foundation since we cannot meet in person.

 (valued at $50.00)  

Tickets will be $5.00 each or 3/$10.00.  When purchase a ticket(s) your name will be entered into the drawing for Friday, March 26, 2021.  The winner will be notified immediately after the drawing.

To PUrchase tickets - please visit SHRMTC.com/catalog.php

If there are questions, please contact Debby Kelley, SHRM Foundation Chair for SHRMTC, at 607-592-0783.

Thank you in advance for helping to support the SHRM Foundation and good luck.

We understand the challenges that HR professionals and employers are currently facing.  Below, you will find a list of resources that may be helpful as you navigate and manage through issues associated with COVID-19 in the workplace.

Helpful Resources:

National SHRM’s website 

Resources and tools to help prepare your workforce to effectively manage the challenges associated with COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Updates and guidance relating to COVID-19.

Bond, Schoeneck & King 

BSK is holding weekly webinars on Coronavirus including updates and discussion on legal and practical issues.

Coronovirus HR Comms & Resources Guide

Several government agencies have provided resources to help workers and employers navigate workplace issues related to COVID-19.

USA.gov has general information about what the U.S. government is doing in response to COVID-19.

Workplace Safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a COVID-19 Webpage to provide information for workers and employers about the evolving coronavirus outbreak.

Wages, Hours and Leave

The Department of Labor (DOL) is providing COVID-19 and the Workplace information including guidance on The Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Here is another FFCRA resource COVID-19: Additional Funds Authorized for Small Business Relief


While not specific to the coronavirus, the U.S. Department of Commerce has an in-depth Guide to Enterprise Telework, Remote Access and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Security, which can help answer security questions for employers regarding telework arrangements.

Group Health Insurance

IRS Notice 2020-15 allows a high-deductible health plan to waive cost-sharing for the testing and treatment of COVID-19 without application of a deductible.

Unemployment Insurance

The DOL's Employment and Training Administration announced new guidance outlining state flexibilities in administering their unemployment insurance programs to assist Americans affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

NOTE: Check with your state's unemployment insurance program regarding the rules in your state.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing information about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for travelers and travel-related industries.

The World Health Organization (WHO) offers Coronavirus Travel Advice.

The Department of Homeland Security provides Coronavirus News & Updates and information on  Protecting Air Travelers and the American Public.


The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has created What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act and the Coronavirus.

Medical Privacy

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a bulletin to ensure covered entities and their business associates are aware of the ways that patient information may be shared under the HIPAA Privacy Rule in an outbreak of infectious disease or other emergency situation.

Public Health Information

For ongoing U.S. public health information about coronavirus, please visit the CDC's coronavirus website.

The WHO works worldwide to promote health and has various Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak resources.

Check individual state health department websites for local information.


The IRS has established a special section of its website focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus, and specific guidance on the tax credits under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. 

The American Institute of CPAs is providing a chart of State Tax Filing Guidance for Coronavirus Pandemic to check on state filing relief efforts.

Business Continuity

The U.S. Small Business Administration has created Guidance for Businesses and Employers to plan and respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).


While not a government entity, the National Conference of State Legislators offers Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources to track both state and federal legislative actions related to the outbreak, including state quarantine and isolation statutes.

Free Training

Southern New Hampshire University, in partnership with Guild Education and Penn Foster, is offering free interactive training for frontline workers on how to stay safe while mitigating the spread of COVID-19. These microcredentials are hosted on SNHU’s LRNG platform and take about 15 to 20 minutes per topic to complete.

Safe Work Playbook

An interactive guide for COVID-19 pandemic preparedness and response - https://lear.com/safeworkplaybook


As has always been the case, you can apply for unemployment insurance if you have lost your job through no fault of your own.  Additionally, on March 27, 2020, a law was signed that provides additional Unemployment Insurance (“UI”) assistance to workers impacted by COVID-19.

This new law provides:

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA):Extends eligibility to individuals who have traditionally been ineligible for UI benefits (e.g., self-employed workers, independent contractors).
  • Pandemic Unemployment Compensation:An additional $600 per week, on top of regular benefits, to all UI recipients through July 31, 2020.
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation:An additional 13 weeks of UI benefits, beyond the 26 weeks already provided by New York State, for a total of 39 weeks of coverage.


Additional resources on the CARES Act.

COVID-19: Assistance for Mid-Sized Businesses Under the CARES Act

NY State Resources



COVID-19 legislation signed by Governor Cuomo enables Paid Family Leave to be used by an eligible employee if they, or their minor dependent child, are subject to a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation issued by the state of New York, the Department of Health, local board of health, or any government entity duly authorized to issue such order due to COVID-19.



Re-Opening Guidance

Governor Cuomo outlined a phased plan to re-open New York starting with construction and manufacturing, implemented in phases based on regional analysis and determinations. 

Guidance on Essential Services In New York State


Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a provision of the CARES Act, offers forgivable low-interest loans to small businesses facing uncertainty during the COVID-19 emergency, so you can retain workers, maintain payroll, and cover certain other existing overhead costs.

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a new loan program for small businesses. The program will be administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA), which will fully guarantee loans provided by approved lenders to eligible entities. Forgiveness of these loans is also available under certain circumstances and the SBA has announced that it will be providing guidance on loan forgiveness. Here is some additional information about the PPP:

The PPP is an SBA loan available for private and 501(c)3 businesses with 500 or less employees. The program is designed to help those smaller businesses in financial crises now due to the Corona Virus. A qualifying organization may request up to 2.5 times the average monthly salary costs (this includes wages, health insurance premiums, state and local taxes paid, and other payroll costs). Up to 25% of the funds awarded may be used for non-payroll costs such as mortgage interest, rent, utilities, etc. The interest on the loan is 1% for 2 years. The principle balance of the loan may be forgiven if the organization expends all of the funds within 60 days of the loan origination date, keeps 90% of their staff on payroll OR plans to hire back the equivalent of 90% of their staff by June 30th, and can show that no more than 25% of the funds were used for eligible costs other than payroll expenses.

Employers can apply through any existing SBA lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. Employers should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program.




HR News

Individuals Who Refuse Unsafe Work May Be Eligible for Retroactive Unemployment Benefits
Read More
How Flexible Rewards Programs Boost Employee Engagement
Read More
Ask HR: How Do I Handle an Inappropriate Social Media Post?
Read More
Hong Kong’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program: Considerations for Employers
Read More
CDC Is Depending on Employers to Encourage Worker Vaccinations
Read More
SHRM Emerging Professional Champions: William W. Spencer III, SHRM-CP
Read More
How the Pandemic Has Changed HR Internships
Read More
New Jobless Claims Drop By Over 100K
Read More
Can an Employee Refuse to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine?
Read More
When Hiring Remotely Raises Legal Issues
Read More