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Carlisle Lipke, 2021 BN360 Spotlight Professional

By cciccarelli@thepartnership.org | Oct 1, 2021 | Comments Off on Carlisle Lipke, 2021 BN360 Spotlight Professional

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is pleased to present Carlisle Lipke, a 2022 BN360 Spotlight Professional.

9.28.21 Advocacy Alert: NYS To Raise Minimum Wage

By jveronica@thepartnership.org | Sep 28, 2021 | Comments Off on 9.28.21 Advocacy Alert: NYS To Raise Minimum Wage

The New York State Department of Labor announced a forthcoming increase in the minimum wage across upstate New York.

On December 31, the minimum wage in our region will rise to $13.20 per hour, a 70-cent increase from the current rate.

Staff Spotlight: Meet Josh Veronica

By cciccarelli@thepartnership.org | Sep 28, 2021 | Comments Off on Staff Spotlight: Meet Josh Veronica

Josh Veronica is our Manager of Government Affairs and Economic Development.

His role at the BNP is to keep members informed of relevant updates on local, state, and federal government and to understand the needs and concerns of employers in the region.

9/24/21 Webisode: Navigating the New Federal Vaccine Mandate for Employers

By jveronica@thepartnership.org | Sep 27, 2021 | Comments Off on 9/24/21 Webisode: Navigating the New Federal Vaccine Mandate for Employers

President Joe Biden recently announced a new mandate requiring all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated or require weekly testing of unvaccinated workers.

9.20.21 Advocacy Alert: Border Closure Extended Through October

By jveronica@thepartnership.org | Sep 20, 2021 | Comments Off on 9.20.21 Advocacy Alert: Border Closure Extended Through October

This morning, the U.S. federal government announced that it will be extending its closure to Canadian travelers through October 21.

Non-essential Canadian travelers have been banned from entering the U.S. since March 2020. Despite calls from the BNP, numerous members of Congress, and chambers across the nation to open the border, the Biden administration has not relented in its approach – even after Canada opened its doors to American travelers in August.

Staff Spotlight: Meet Karen Brown

By mcotter@thepartnership.org | Sep 15, 2021 | Comments Off on Staff Spotlight: Meet Karen Brown

Karen Brown is our Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and our latest staff spotlight!

Her role at the Partnership is to be a champion for developing and implementing programs/initiatives that promote a thriving, diverse, informed, and equitable region.

9.9.21 COVID-19 Bulletin: Biden To Mandate “Vax or Test” Requirement for Large Employers

By jveronica@thepartnership.org | Sep 9, 2021 | Comments Off on 9.9.21 COVID-19 Bulletin: Biden To Mandate “Vax or Test” Requirement for Large Employers

Yesterday, Governor Kathy Hochul announced she would repeal the state’s mask mandate, effective today. However, her announcement did not proactively address how the repeal coincided with the NY HERO Act, which would have required employees in most workplaces to continue masking.

9.7.21 Advocacy Alert: Hochul Triggers HERO Act – Employer Checklist

By jveronica@thepartnership.org | Sep 7, 2021 | Comments Off on 9.7.21 Advocacy Alert: Hochul Triggers HERO Act – Employer Checklist

Yesterday, Governor Kathy Hochul designated COVID-19 as a “highly contagious communicable disease,” citing rising case numbers and concerns about the delta variant. This declaration is significant because it triggers the NY HERO Act.

BNP Advocacy Insider – September 2021

By khilsdorf@thepartnership.org | Sep 7, 2021 | Comments Off on BNP Advocacy Insider – September 2021

The September 2021 Advocacy Insider is a roundup of important issues we are monitoring that could you and your business.

9.2.21 Advocacy Alert: NYS Extends Eviction Moratorium

By jveronica@thepartnership.org | Sep 2, 2021 | Comments Off on 9.2.21 Advocacy Alert: NYS Extends Eviction Moratorium

Last night, the New York State Legislature convened for a special session to extend the state’s eviction moratorium.

The moratorium, which prevents the eviction of tenants declaring financial hardship, will remain in place though January 15.

The move represents Gov. Kathy Hochul’s first legislative action. The bill passed 38-19 in the Senate and 80-60 in the Assembly.