Pennsylvania Payroll Statewide Conference - Session Descriptions

Workshop downloads can be found here, when available.


Workshop 1 | Thursday, 9:45 - 10:45 



1A - Year-end payroll considerations for employees with business travel (Ronii Rizzo, Expatriate Tax Senior Manager at BDO USA, LLP)

This session will apply to both domestic and international business travel. This topic will cover the following matters:

• Who is considered a business traveler
• Traveling away from home rules
• Tax home rules
• Multistate reporting
• Multi-country reporting
• Taxability of relocation benefits
• Taxability of assignment allowances
• Tax gross ups
• General “good habit” tips




1B - Working in The Cloud, Pros and Cons - What you need to know before you sign on the dotted line (Jason Reljac, Technology Manager & Tina Frysinger, HRIS/PR Consulting Manager, Schneider Downs)

Discussions on variations of The Cloud, security considerations and pitfalls to avoid when contracting with cloud providers.




Workshop 2 | Thursday, 2:15 - 3:15


2C - Millennials & Generational Preferences around Payment & Paycards (George Mavrantzas, Vice President of Special Projects, Global Cash Card)

The Center for Generational Kinetics and Global Cash Card led a landmark national study that looked at Millennials and generational preferences around payment, pay cards and workforce trends. The study findings revealed surprising generational differences and emerging trends that will affect businesses of all sizes and in all industries. These trends are only going to accelerate as Millennials are now the largest growing generation in the workforce and increasingly taking on managerial and leadership roles. As payment and pay cards are the currency of commerce, this study is proving essential for executives to know in order to make key business decisions across their enterprise.





2D - Motivate and Influence Everyday (Ron Moser, Payroll / Benefits Administrator, Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Schools)

In this session we will show you how to motivate your staff not only to do their job but, care about the end product. Through certain influencing techniques you will learn to provide your staff with incentives to perform at a high level and convince management to use your ideas for making positive improvements to your department. Need to upgrade your system, let’s influence and motivate them to do it YOUR WAY!Fraud, breaches, corporate account hear about it almost daily in the news!  A 2013 ACH Security Framework rule requires all ACH participants to protect consumer sensitive personal information. What are you doing to safeguard names, account numbers, routing and transit numbers, etc.?  Learn more about Originator responsibilities for processing electronic payments, what you need to know to operate safely in the electronic space today, as well as ensuring compliance with the new rule.




Workshop 3 | Friday, 9:45 - 10:45


3E - Exempt vs. Non-Exempt, the New Guidelines Effective 2016 (David Baker, SPHR, Managing Director and CEO, Human Capital Advisors, LLC)

In this workshop we cover the following:

• Sorting out the new Department of Labor Rules
• Why was this law changed
• Understanding the definitions
• What do the new earnings levels mean
• Who is effected most
• How to implement the changes without fear of penalties.


3F - FLSA rules and Pay Equity Issues (Elliot Dinkin, President/CEO, Cowden Associates, Inc..)

  • What are the new FLSA rules?
  • Assessing current compliance and the impact of the proposed regulations regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).
  • Is your Company currently compliant and have you assessed the proposed changes and determine how best to respond?
  • Overview of the analysis that should be conducted to assure compliance
  • Conducting a pay equity review, in order to identify potential issues and take possible corrective action, in order to be readily able to defend pay practices.



Workshop 4 | Friday, 2:15 - 3:15


4G - Ohio Local Income Taxes (Bruce Phipps, CPP, Principal Product Manager, US Legislative Analyst, Oracle)


• Earned income taxes
• School District Taxes
• Overview of the collection agencies
• Useful tools in determining the correct taxes to be withheld 




4H - Workforce Management – Moving Employee Asset Management From Transactional to Strategic(Tricia Richardson, CPP, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Partnership Coordinator, Paytime, Inc.)

Let’s discuss how Payroll and Human Resource Teams can utilize a Total Employee Asset Management System (and what that even means) to influence corporate personnel decisions.  These Systems can move the role and work of Payroll and Human Resource Professionals from transactional to strategic.  Payroll and Human Resource Professionals can provide the tools to make better decisions about the Company’s greatest and most valuable asset – the Employees.  The value of the Payroll and Human Resources Teams will become inherent to any corporate personnel decision process and plan.