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March 2019 Print

President's Report


WELCOME TO 2019

Happy Belated St. Patrick's Day

As we welcome a new year and look forward to the end a long winter, we had our first meeting of 2019!!

I wish to thank Dallas Wilfong, Director of Sales from Rapid PayCard, for presenting at our first meeting of the new year. He covered a lot of material concerning Next Generation Payments and Disbursements. Some way ahead thinking about how employees will be paid in the future AND TODAY!!!  Once again, Tina Frysinger, our Director of Education, stepped up to the plate and discussed Effective Communication. Plus I slid in for a little and discussed the Top 10 issues with W-2 forms. The slideshow from all the  presentations 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 2019. All 2018 memberships will lose 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!


 

1st Annual Pittsburgh Payroll Conference

Our Chapter is proud to announce the 1st Annual Pittsburgh Payroll Conference. Our Friday, November 8th meeting will be converted to an all-day conference. It will give the feel of a statewide with 3 general sessions and 2 breakout sessions. We are applying for 6 RCHs. We will have vendors. We are always looking for more vendors/sponsors. If your company or one of your vendors are interested in this event, please contact me directly.

 

Members are able to attend this event for $100. 6 RCHs, lunch, same Green Tree location, friends and a Friday out of the office.

BE READY TO SIGN UP!

Education is being compiled and will be submitted for RCH approval by May. We plan to have class selections posted by our May meeting.

 


2019 PAYROLL PERSON OF THE YEAR

The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the APA is in the planning stages for the 2019 Statewide Payroll Conference.  The conference is still TBD. But it is usually in September for one day and held at the Bear Creek Mountain Resort. We will keep you posted.  

 

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 2019. Topics such garnishments/child supports, 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. I am happy to say with the May 2019 meeting, we will have Mercer County host a remote meeting for the Chapter. Our Mercer location would cover Crawford, Erie & Mercer counties plus the Youngstown, OH area. If you have friends or colleagues in those areas, please let them know.

We are working with Indiana, PA to re-establish this meeting location. If all goes well, we will host two remote meetings in May. WOW!!! This is awesome!!!

We are looking to expand in 2019. 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 Chapter 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:

  • 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

SAVE THE DATES FOR 2019 EDUCATION EVENTS

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

 

May 8, 2019 Western PA Chapter - meeting Green Tree, PA
July 17, 2019 Western PA Chapter - meeting Green Tree, PA
Sept 11, 2019 Western PA Chapter - meeting Green Tree, PA
Nov 8, 2019 Western PA Chapter - 1st Annual: Pittsburgh Payroll Conference Green Tree, PA
     
     
July 10-Sept 11 (every Wed) CPP/FPC study group TBD
     
     
Apr 10, 2019 Payroll Issues for Multi-State Employers Philadelphia, PA
Apr 10, 2019 Local Income Tax Compliance Philadelphia, PA
June 18, 2019 Payroll Tax Forum Chicago, IL
July 8-9, 2019 Intermediate Payroll Concepts Chicago, IL
July 10-12, 2019 Strategic Leadership Certificate Nashville, TN
July 15-17, 2019 Global Payroll Mgmt Certification Atlanta, GA
Aug 12, 2019 Garnishment Forum Cleveland, OH
Sept, 2019 Pennsylvania Statewide Conference TBD
Sept 23, 2019 Payroll Practice Essentials Washington D.C.
Nov, 2019 Preparing for Year End & 2020 Pittsburgh, PA
     
     
Mar 25-26, 2019 Capital Summit Washington D.C.
May 14-18, 2019 APA Congress Long Beach, CA
Oct 27-30, 2019 Educational Institutions Payroll Conference Orlando, FL

 

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

2019-02-25:

The Payroll Services Tax Manager is responsible for all payroll tax activities, including compliance with local, state, and federal regulations and filing local, state, and federal payroll tax returns.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Responsible for managing Quarter and Year End Payroll Tax Filings
• Processing, reconciling client taxes and make corrects as needed.
• Preparing and filing amended returns on behalf of client.
• Resolve client questions with a high level of customer service, communicate with client on tax correspondence and follow up on tax issues to ensure that all issues are correctly resolved and in a timely manner.
• Reconcile and process electronic tax return files.
• W-2 Preparation
• Maintain knowledge of tax issues for federal and local taxing authorities.
• Identify and document re-occurring issues and be proactive in finding a solution to the problem.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
• Bachelor of Science degree in finance/accounting or equivalent work experience in payroll, accounting, or taxation.
• 2-4 years payroll experience
• Federal, State and Local tax knowledge is required
• CPP designation is preferred, but not required
• Experience with MasterTax or similar payroll tax software desired.
• Efficient with Excel and have the ability to learn other software as needed.


Other skills and qualifications
• Problem solving skills
• Ability to work independently and the ability to troubleshoot issues as they arise
• Strong organizational and time management skills
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Motivation to provide excellent internal and external customer service
• Ability to adapt to a changing work environment

 

Contact email is: Careers@ctrhcmcom

2019-01-28:

Job title: Payroll Specialist

Job code: 4SP042

Exempt or non-exempt: Exempt

Location: Moon Township, PA

Business unit: Human Resources

 

HarbisonWalker International is a world class refractory organization with extensive manufacturing, sales, and service capabilities and over $550 million in annual revenues.

We provide solutions that drive industry performance in the cement and lime, energy, chemicals, non-ferrous metals, glass, iron and steel, and environmental technology industries.

The Company operates 17 manufacturing plants and 26 distribution centers on three continents.  The Company’s Corporate Headquarters are located in Moon Township, PA a suburb of Pittsburgh, near the Pittsburgh International Airport.

Our Mission: Our solutions drive industry performance

Our Vision:  We will be the first and only call for industry

Our Values: We are curious, proactive, interdependent, passionate, open and results-oriented

Summary

The Payroll Specialist is responsible for activates associated with the processing of assigned payrolls including balancing earnings and deductions totals, reviewing various payroll reports, identifying and correcting errors, and processing garnishments, levies and third-party payments.

  • Processing multi-state and Canadian hourly and salaried payrolls
  • Processing and reconciling wage garnishments and attachments
  • Processing union reports and deductions
  • Preparing various payroll reports for plants
  • Processing monthly general ledger entries

Qualifications

  • Requires an Associate’s degree, bachelors preferred
  • Two (2) to five (5) years of progressive payroll processing experience that includes of benefits, tax and accounting or equivalent combination of education/experience.
  • Requires Ultimate Software knowledge.
  • Requires knowledge of union payroll.
  • Possess knowledge of federal, state wage and labor laws.

 

Monica Glomb

Talent Acquisition Manager

HarbisonWalker International

1305 Cherrington Parkway | Suite 100

Moon Township, PA 15108

412.375.6652

thinkHWI.com

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