Attending payroll functions on a local level has its advantages. Most of those I’ve attended in the Washington area allowed me to pull into my driveway at the end of the long day and sleep in my own bed. I really like that.
Another advantage was what I took away with me from the events. While I don’t normally get headaches, I know it’s been a good meeting if my brain hurts because it is so full from trying to process the information presented during general and workshop sessions, along with other activities. It’s like eating too much.
I recently attended the Charm City Annual Spring Conference near Baltimore. The April 21 conference, which was hosted by the local Charm City American Payroll Association chapter, offered a glimpse of the breadth of issues that payroll professionals grapple with as they go about processing payrolls for their company’s employees.
The packed agenda had sessions on global payroll and expatriates, the Affordable Care Act, child support administration, data security and the push for paperless payroll.
We know that folks in payroll are a conscientious lot, for good reason. A failure in payroll can mean someone is short on money, the employer is exposed to penalties, taxes and support payments don’t get paid--the list can go on. There isn’t a lot of wiggle room, and even if a problem was not created by payroll staff members that group often is left having to fix it.
And because the stakes are so high, I think that’s why other sessions at the conference dealt with the role that stress can play on the payroll team, managing colleagues at work and financial wellness.
In between the payroll sessions, there was some time for us to network. Bloomberg BNA had a display for its domestic and international payroll services. Compliance, as you can imagine, is huge for payroll professionals. Our services have been key to helping thousands of organizations stay compliant. My colleague, Howard Perlman, CPP, addressed the conference. I also caught up with several people, including someone I had not seen in years. We took a certified payroll professional prep class together in 1991 and we passed the exam.
As I pulled into my driveway after the conference, the sun was way down but the issues that were addressed, what I had I learned and the comments I heard still were playing in my mind. Yes, the final metric of determining how much I got out of the event had been fulfilled: My brain hurt.
Take a free trial to Bloomberg BNA’s Payroll Library , your one-stop resource for reliable, up-to-date guidance and analysis in every area of payroll administration and compliance.
All Bloomberg BNA treatises are available on standing order, which ensures you will always receive the most current edition of the book or supplement of the title you have ordered from Bloomberg BNA’s book division. As soon as a new supplement or edition is published (usually annually) for a title you’ve previously purchased and requested to be placed on standing order, we’ll ship it to you to review for 30 days without any obligation. During this period, you can either (a) honor the invoice and receive a 5% discount (in addition to any other discounts you may qualify for) off the then-current price of the update, plus shipping and handling or (b) return the book(s), in which case, your invoice will be cancelled upon receipt of the book(s). Call us for a prepaid UPS label for your return. It’s as simple and easy as that. Most importantly, standing orders mean you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you’re relying on. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.960.1220 or by sending an email to email@example.com.
Put me on standing order at a 5% discount off list price of all future updates, in addition to any other discounts I may quality for. (Returnable within 30 days.)
Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created).
This Bloomberg BNA report is available on standing order, which ensures you will all receive the latest edition. This report is updated annually and we will send you the latest edition once it has been published. By signing up for standing order you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you need. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.372.1033, option 5, or by sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put me on standing order
Notify me when new releases are available (no standing order will be created)