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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Benefits and Administrative Services”

    Cady Grant applications now available

    January 24, 2023 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Application forms are now available for the Upper New York Conference Ercil Cady Grant. Cady Grants are awarded annually to a fund ministry, program or experience that benefits or provides education to, preferably but not exclusively, African Americans and/or Native Americans. Awards may be up to $5,000.  Cady Grants are available to individual United Methodists, local churches, and District or Conference ministry teams within Upper New York.  …more

    Mothers in the Workplace Act amended

    January 13, 2023 / By Tracy Rickett, Human Resources Generalist

    Effective June 7, 2023, the Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act is amended to provide specifications for lactation rooms and new policy requirements for employers. Among other provisions, employers will be required to provide affected employees with a location to express breast milk that is in close proximity to their workspace, well lit and shielded from view, and free from intrusion of other persons. The room must include a chair, a working …more

    NYS exemptions increase now in effect and pay transparency law in effect this Sept.

    January 13, 2023 / By Tracy Rickett, Human Resources Generalist

    Effective Jan. 1, 2023, the salary threshold for employees classified as “exempt” under New York’s executive and administrative exemptions has increased to $1,064.25 per week, up from $990.00 per week. Allowances for meals, lodging, and utilities, as well as tip credits and uniform maintenance pay have all changed as well. Effective Sept. 17, 2023, all employers with four or more employees will be required disclose the compensation range in advertisements …more

    NYS Human Rights Law update

    January 13, 2023 / By Tracy Rickett, Human Resources Generalist

    Effective Dec. 23, 2022, the New York State Human Rights Law has been amended to add “citizenship” and “immigration status” to the list of covered protected categories in employment, and employers should update their policies accordingly. …more

    Updated workplace posting requirements

    January 13, 2023 / By Tracy Rickett, Human Resources Generalist

    There are two new laws reflecting workplace required postings at the workplace. Effective Dec. 16, 2022, employers must post all required federal and state workplace postings (such as EEO, unemployment, minimum wage) electronically, either by placing them on its website or by emailing them to employees. Employees must also be informed that the posters are available electronically. Penalties start at $100 and increase for every subsequent violation under this law. Effective Jan. …more

    NYS leave law updates

    January 13, 2023 / By Tracy Rickett, Human Resources Generalist

    New York State has extended the COVID-19 vaccination leave, has added sibling under the Paid Family Leave law, and has a new amendment to a law that prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for taking legally protected absences. The NY COVID-19 vaccination leave, which requires employers to provide up to 4 hours of paid leave (separate from Paid Sick Leave or paid time off) to their employees to receive a COVID-19 …more

    From the Desk of Bishop Héctor A. Burgos Núñez: Welcome

    January 3, 2023 / By Bishop Héctor A. Burgos Núñez

    Editor's Note: The following note was sent on behalf of Bishop Héctor A. Burgos Núñez to the Upper New York Conference on Jan. 3, 2023.  “I [we] can do all things through Christ who strengthens me [us].” Philippians 4:13, par Dear siblings in Christ, May the grace and peace of God be with you in the New Year! I thank God for the …more

    Updated New York State short-term disability forms

    November 29, 2022 / By Tracy Rickett, Human Resources Generalist

    New York State recently updated the short-term disability claim forms. There are now two separate disability claim forms that need to be completed and submitted together to Guardian within 30 days of the start date of disability.  Form #1 – Employee and Health Care Provider form Form #2 – Employer Form There are several options to submit the completed disability claim forms to Guardian. Mail to: Guardian State Disability Claims P.O. …more

    Revised Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Poster

    November 8, 2022 / By Tracy Rickett, Human Resources Generalist

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a revised version of its poster, entitled “Know Your Rights”.  A copy of the revised poster can be located here. The law requires an employer to post a notice describing the Federal laws prohibiting job discrimination based on race, color, sex (including pregnancy and related conditions, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, religion, age (40 and older), equal pay, …more

    NY State minimum wage increase

    October 14, 2022 / By Tracy Rickett, Human Resources Generalist

    Effective December 31, 2022, New York State minimum wage will increase to $14.20/hour.  Employers in the Upper New York Conference, regardless of number of employees, must pay non-exempt employee’s minimum wage.  Future increases will be determined by the NYS Director of Budget in consultation with the NYS Commissioner of Labor and will be announced on or before October 1 each year.  Please click this link for more information …more



    With more than 134,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 85 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."