Chautauqua Business Weekly – October 7

Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

Sexual Harassment Compliance Deadline is Oct. 9th – Contact the Chamber Today to Comply

Businesses all over New York State have been working to comply with the new Workplace Sexual Harassment Law. Under state law, all current employees of businesses in New York must be provided with both a written policy regarding sexual harassment in the workplace, and with interactive training.
Businesses that are members of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and or the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier have an easy online portal that allows them to comply with these new rules. The web-based platform we offer provides an easily accessible series of compliance tools and videos that can help employers meet the state requirements. There is no additional cost beyond the price of your membership, and the online portal allows employees to complete the mandatory video review, while the employer can track that completion.
Sexual harassment in the workplace is a serious issue and businesses must pro-actively address it. Not only is it the right thing to do, it is the law and businesses that are not in compliance can face penalties from the state Department of Labor. By providing this new service, the Chamber and MAST strives to assist our members by fostering improved awareness, and access to tools that are needed to create a safe work culture and businesses to protect their own interests. For more information or to get your business signed up, call our offices at (716) 484-1101 or (716) 366-6200.

Weigh in on Essential Air Service in Jamestown

Chautauqua County and Boutique Airlines have jointly proposed a plan that would restore passenger airline service to the County Airport at Jamestown. The federal Department of Transportation posted the proposal on its docket on September 17, and is now accepting comments on it. Local business people and residents can visit the federal regulations website at www.regulations.gov and search for the proposal under the docket number DOT-OST-2003-14950-0131.
In addition, those that would expect to make use of the service through business air travel or tourism are encouraged to consider a sponsorship commitment that would help to ensure the success of renewed air travel to and from Jamestown. For more information, contact County Airport Manager Ron Almeter at (716) 661-8930.

Health Insurance Open Enrollment is Underway

Through the expansion of plan options and solutions available through the Chamber of Commerce, we can now provide even greater value to our members. To outline all of this, the Chamber’s licensed in-house broker, Kevin Sixbey, is focused on direct engagement with clients this year. He has been reaching out for discussions with all current groups that have December 1 renewal dates. Coverage is still offered through Blue Cross Blue Shield, Independent Health, and Univera, with a variety of plans to help meet the needs of different clients and groups. MetLife and AFLAC are our prime carriers for a variety of ancillary and voluntary plans, along with some new options recently added. In all cases, the Chamber features a broad array of products and solutions to meet the needs of local businesses and their workers.
All employee group decisions will have to be finalized by October 31 to meet the deadline for renewed coverage by December 1. Most current clients will be hearing from our staff shortly to set up meeting times. If you don’t hear from us, please call or email Kevin Sixbey at 484-1101 or 366-6200 or ksixbey@chautauquachamber.org. As a benefit of membership, the Chamber’s health insurance and employee benefits support is driven by our mission to provide our members with cost containment solutions for employers providing these as benefits to their employees.
In addition, the Chamber will continue to assist sole proprietors and employees not eligible for group coverage as we work through the New York State exchange in the individual marketplace. The open enrollment period for those plans runs November 1, 2019 through January 13, 2020, and our staff will be happy to work with anyone who needs that assistance.

Business After Hours at Southern Tier Brewing is November 13

Once again this year the Chamber invites you to enjoy “Novemberfest” at Southern Tier Brewing Company. This ever popular Business After Hours event is set from 5-6:30pm on Tuesday, November 13. Networking with your fellow Chamber members and prospective members is always fun in this venue. The evening will feature appetizers, a business card door prize drawing, and a cash bar from their terrific brewery selections on tap.
Many thanks to our sponsors for supporting this event: Affinity One Federal Credit Union, Anderson Cleaners, Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro, DFT Communications, KeyBank, Media One Radio Group, OBSERVER, and The Post-Journal.
Space is limited and this popular venue fills up quickly, so we encourage early registration. You can call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101, or register online now.