Governmental Affairs
Governmental Affairs Director Contact:
Janelle Camesano
Human Resource Manager
Harper International
(p) (716) 684-7400
Governmental Affairs Mission
BNHRA Governmental Affairs partners with SHRM Governmental Affairs program to anticipate and address regulations and legislation that could change the way human resource professionals perform their jobs. BNHRA collaborates with NYS SHRM and SHRM to advance the human resource profession in the area of government affairs. BNHRA provides an opportunity for local chapter members to assist in shaping regulation and legislation as the subject matter experts in employment relations in Western New York.
What's New In Governmental Affairs: March 2015


Upcoming deadlines:

OSHA 300 A summary forms must be posted from February 1 - April 30 for covered employers


OSHA Reporting Updates:

New for 2015, OSHA has announced some update to the reporting requirements.

  • Previously, if 3 or more employees were admitted to the hospital for a work-related accident/incident, OSHA needed to be notified (directly) within 24 hours. This requirement is now changed to ANY employee, instead of three. If anyone is admitted to the hospital for an accident/incident, OSHA must be notified within 24 hours.
  • If someone suffers an amputation, OSHA must be notified directly within 24 hours
  • If someone loses an eye, OSHA must be notified within 34 hours

These incidents can be reported by phone at 1-800-321-OSHA, or online, although that service is not up and running yet.

Additionally, OSHA has published a new list of exempt industries and a new list of newly covered industries:


Department of Labor Announces Final Rule Regarding Same-Sex Spouses and the FMLA:

In 2013, in United States v. Windsor, 133 S. Ct. 2675, the Supreme Court found that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, defining marriage as between a man and woman, is unconstutional.

On February 25th 2015 the Department of Labor revised the definition of spouse under the Family Medical Leave Act so that eligible employees in legal same-sex marriages will be able to take FMLA leave to care for their spouse or family member, regardless of where they live. Previously, eligible employees with same-sex spouses were afforded this benefit only if they lived in a state that recognized same-sex marriage. The final rule is effective March 27th 2015.