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March 2018 Print

President's Report


WELCOME TO 2018

As we welcome a new year and look forward to the end a long winter, we had our first meeting of 2018!!

I wish to thank Michael Garofalo for presenting at our first meeting of the new year. He covered a lot of material concerning some updates detailing his take on the current status of the ACA. Once we receive the slideshow from him it will be upload to our website.  We wish to give a great round of applause to Angela Feidler and Tina Frysinger for their update on the Tax Cuts and Job Act that was passed in late December 2017. The slideshow from their presentation has been uploaded to our website. Anyone wishing to listen to our Chapter meeting along with the slide show check out our video portfolio. The video link is available under our Resources page. 

It's never to late to renew your membership for 2018. All 2017 memberships lost access to our website at the end of March. Renew today and enjoy all the benefits of your local Chapter. Annual dues are $50 per person. We will always have the Black Friday special after the November meeting and offer a $10 discount if membership is renewed by December 31st. A rock bottom rate for everyone!


NEW PLATINUM SPONSOR

We wish to welcome Ultimate Software as our newest Platinum Sponsor. We look forward to a long last relationship between our two organizations.


2018 PAYROLL PERSON OF THE YEAR

The Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the APA is in the planning stages for the 2018 Statewide Payroll Conference.  The conference will be held at the Hershey Lodge on September 6th and 7th

 

We will be looking for nominations for payroll person of the year.  If you have a nomination, please forward the person's name and details for the nomination to Angela Fiedler at Angela.Fiedler@novachem.com

 


 

SPEAKERS NEEDED

We are looking for speakers in 2018. Topics such e-Verify, Payroll Accounting, Non-Resident Alien processing and How to Change Payroll Dates are examples. Any of these topics or something else where a subject matter expert is willing to present will be welcomed.

If you or one of your vendors have the ability to present to our group please contact me to schedule your presentation.

The easily accepted topics are listed on this website, http://www.americanpayroll.org/pdfs/chapters/100poptops.pdf. Please review the list and contact me to schedule your speaking opportunity.

Our membership group should be able to supply and support a diverse group of educational opportunities for our Chapter. 

Please Tina Frysinger, the Chapter's Education Director, for further information.


SATELLITE BROADCASTING

Our satellite broadcasting has become a great success as other Chapters are now exploring to add this feature to their Chapters as well. We have secured a viable location in Indiana, PA with a quality program being broadcasted on a consistent basis.

We are looking to expand in 2018. We are the only local payroll Chapter on the western side of the Appalachian Mountains. That means we are the only resource for over 75% of Pennsylvania and 99% of West Virginia as well as good portions of Kentucky and Virginia. Since our Chapters offers a consistent program of at least 15 RCHs annually, our Chapter is prime to expand our outreach to these underserved areas. Other locations could develop as hosts become available. This process will be managed based on a demographic area/zone to ensure our limited bandwidth and resources are managed wisely. Some desired locations include:

  • Mercer (Crawford, Erie & Mercer counties plus Youngstown, OH area)
  • Somerset (Bedford & Somerset counties)
  • Uniontown (Fayette & Greene counties)
  • Morgantown, WV (Marion, Monogalia, Preston & Taylor counties)
  • Charleston, WV (serving a very large area)
  • Huntington, WV (serving a large area)
  • Youngstown, OH
  • Saint Clairsville, OH

 

Our goal is to create learning opportunities for more payroll professionals while making it more convenient on everyone's travel concerns. To ensure we stay compliant with any APA concerns, we will treat each satellite location just as the Pittsburgh site. Attendees would need to meet in a central location, sign in and attend the meeting, upon completion of the meeting receive their RCHs for their time and attendance. All of this at a reduced cost versus the rate at the Pittsburgh location since we will not be providing lunch at the satellite locations.


 

 

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Community Service

Remember our soldiers & the local food banks.

The food banks need filled EVERY week to sustain their outreach programs. Your donations helps in their efforts.

 

 

 

 

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APA Training Opportunities

The American Payroll Association & local chapters offers many wonderful opportunites to learn, grow and network.

 

SAVE THE DATES FOR 2018 EDUCATION EVENTS

 

May 09, 2018 Western PA Chapter - meeting Green Tree, PA
Jul 11, 2018 Western PA Chapter - meeting Green Tree, PA
Sept 12, 2018 Western PA Chapter - meeting Green Tree, PA
Nov 14, 2018 Western PA Chapter - meeting Green Tree, PA
     
     
July 13-Sept 12 (every Wed) CPP/FPC study group Green Tree, PA
TBD CPP/FPC study group Indiana, PA
     
     
Apr 11, 2018 Payroll Issues for Multi-State Employers Philadelphia, PA
Apr 11, 2018 Local Income Tax Compliance Philadelphia, PA
June 7-8, 2018 Intermediate Payroll Concepts Arlington, TX
Jun 20, 2018 Payroll Tax Forum Philadelphia, PA
Jul 17-19, 2018 Payroll Practice Essentials Columbus, OH
Aug 13, 2018 Garnishment Forum Cleveland, OH
Sept 6-7, 2018 Pennsylvania Statewide Conference Hershey, PA
Oct 8-9, 2018 Global Payroll Mgmt Certification Las Vegas, NV
Oct 10-12, 2018 Leadership Certificate Program - Strategic Leadership  Chicago, IL
Nov 6, 2018 Preparing for Year End & 2019 Pittsburgh, PA
     
     
Mar 12-13, 2018 Capital Summit Washington D.C.
May 15-19, 2018 APA Congress Baltimore, MD
Sept 2018 Fall Forum Indianapolis, IN
Oct 21-24, 2018 Educational Institutions Payroll Conference New Orleans, LA

 

Some national events have various locations available to attend. Please review the seminar in question on the APA website for location venues available.

Click here for more information: http://www.americanpayroll.org/course-conf/

 

 

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Classified Ads

2018-03-19:

https://careersen-novachem.icims.com/jobs/3095/payroll-supervisor/job?mobile=false&width=990&height=500&bga=true&needsRedirect=false&jan1offset=-300&jun1offset=-240

 

Payroll Supervisor

Position Location(s)US-PA-Moon Township
Job ID
 
2018-3095
 
Closing Date
 
3/30/2018
 
Job Category
 
All other corporate groups
 
Career Level
 
Management

Additional Comments:

Internal and External candidates are being considered simultaneously

Overview

NOVA Chemicals is experiencing significant growth and we are looking for talented and passionate people to work in our collaborative and innovative organization. As a Responsible Care® company, we are committed to safety and sustainability, we are a respected community partner and we take pride in being a leading producer of plastics and chemicals that make everyday life safer, healthier and easier.

 

NOVA’s growth has created an opportunity for a highly motivated individual to join our growing organization in a newly created Payroll Supervisor role.  In this role, you will lead the payroll function in a variety of routine and complex administrative and technical responsibilities associated with the oversight, compliance, processing, payroll and benefits accounting, third party interfaces, and administration of company-wide payroll (currently includes Canada, US, Switzerland) for union and non-union workforces. 

 

Responsibilities:

  • Lead and work with the payroll team (located in US & Canada) on the day-to-day payroll operations, process timelines, special inquiries including reporting and policy interpretation, ensuring external compliance and adherence to internal pay practice standards
  • Lead payroll projects and participate in broader HR projects that impact the payroll function.
  • Partner with Total Rewards and Human Resources consulting to improve current or build new processes to support the business
  • Manage payroll vendor relationships and contracts
  • Maintain and apply knowledge of local and federal payroll legislation in all applicable jurisdictions to NOVA’s processes
  • Provide back up support including payroll processing for Canada and US Payrolls

 

Qualifications:

The successful candidate will be a University graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business or related field with a minimum of 8 years related experience and continued professional development or 12+ years’ combination of post-secondary education and related experience and continued professional development.

 

  • Minimum of 3 years supervisory experience
  • Knowledge of both US and Canada payroll environments, including payroll taxes and payroll accounting
  • Experience with ADP/SAP; SuccessFactors a plus
  • Excellent verbal and written skills necessary to communicate intricate processes and pay details to internal and external customers
  • Intellectual curiosity to learn current processes and proactively seek more streamlined processes
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to think critically and understand the payroll implications of business decisions
  • Links to external payroll networks/associations
  • Ability to stay up to date on changes in legislation and regulations and how they impact NOVA’s payroll while ensuring compliance
  • Ability to manage differing payroll platforms and determine how to align when possible, creating more consistent and efficient processing
  • Travel as required.

 

 

About Us:

NOVA Chemicals develops and manufactures chemicals and plastic resins that make everyday life safer, healthier and easier. Our employees work to ensure health, safety, security and environmental stewardship through our commitment to sustainability and Responsible Care®. NOVA Chemicals, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is wholly-owned ultimately by Mubadala Investment Company of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. 

The NOVA Chemicals U.S. Commercial Center (USCC) is located in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, minutes from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  USCC’s primary focus is on executive leadership, corporate and support functions.

 

Pittsburgh is the second largest city in Pennsylvania.

 

Benefits:

NOVA Chemicals’ flexible benefit programs are designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees, because when it comes to benefits, everyone has different priorities. Our benefits offerings will vary based on your work location, and are an element of the “Total Rewards” package used to reward employees.

2018-03-19:

https://careersen-novachem.icims.com/jobs/3094/payroll-benefits-analyst/job

 

Payroll Benefits Analyst

Position Location(s)US-PA-Moon Township
Job ID
 
2018-3094
 
Closing Date
 
3/30/2018
 
Job Category
 
All other corporate groups
 
Career Level
 
Experienced

Additional Comments:

Internal and External candidates are being considered simultaneously

Overview

NOVA Chemicals is experiencing significant growth and we are looking for talented and passionate people to work in our collaborative and innovative organization. As a Responsible Care® company, we are committed to safety and sustainability, we are a respected community partner and we take pride in being a leading producer of plastics and chemicals that make everyday life safer, healthier and easier.

NOVA’s growth has created an opportunity for a highly motivated individual to join our growing organization as a Payroll Benefits Analyst.  As a member of the Payroll Team, you will report to the Payroll Coordinator and will provide payroll accounting, reporting and analysis support to the Payroll/Pension/Benefit groups in addition to processing payroll.

 

Responsibilities:

In this role, you will:

  • Function as Payroll Administrator, including running US pay
  • Prepare the payroll/benefit accounts and reconciliations, accruals, month-end general ledger postings, filings and reporting
  • Manage invoices from benefit providers and prepare wire transfers
  • Maintain data integrity of HR accounting systems
  • Liaison with ADP and third party providers to ensure they are in compliance with company policies and legislative requirements
  • Participate in testing of system programming to meet legislative requirements as requested
  • Respond to internal and external questions regarding payroll
  • Act as coordinator for US Payroll audits internal and external
  • Adhere to Payroll and Accounting processes and procedures with the responsibility to ensure they are complete and evergreen—with a focus on continuous improvement, updating and editing as necessary
  • Liaison with Corporate Tax to keep abreast of legislation/rulings and be able to respond to routine questions as a key contact for US HR questions
  • Coordinate Business Travel Taxation process
  • Manage vendor interfaces, perform quarterly audits and analyze data for inconsistencies which require attention
  • Assist in budget and forecasts for HR. Track, analyze and report on budget variances.

 

Qualifications:

 The successful candidate will be a University graduate with a minimum of 1 year payroll/accounting experience or 5 plus years combination of post-secondary education and related experience with some professional development.

 

  • The ability to apply accounting principles and concepts for Payroll accounting
  • Payroll Tax knowledge
  • Familiar with auditing processes
  • Strong Excel skills required along with experience with SAP/ADP desired; Success Factors a plus
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail, along with demonstrated ability to manage time sensitive, deadline driven and confidential work
  • Proven ability to recognize potential issues and resolve or seek expertise as required
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with others across the organization and externally.
  • Strong initiative to improve processes/tools.
  • Ability to multi-task and manage priorities to deliver quality results
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong desire to learn and grow, exhibit intellectual curiosity and continuously improve
  • Minimal Travel

 

About Us:

NOVA Chemicals develops and manufactures chemicals and plastic resins that make everyday life safer, healthier and easier. Our employees work to ensure health, safety, security and environmental stewardship through our commitment to sustainability and Responsible Care®. NOVA Chemicals, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is wholly-owned ultimately by Mubadala Investment Company of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. 

The NOVA Chemicals U.S. Commercial Center (USCC) is located in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, minutes from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  USCC’s primary focus is on executive leadership, corporate and support functions.

 

Pittsburgh is the second largest city in Pennsylvania.

 

Benefits:

NOVA Chemicals’ flexible benefit programs are designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees, because when it comes to benefits, everyone has different priorities. Our benefits offerings will vary based on your work location, and are an element of the “Total Rewards” package used to reward employees.

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