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    June 2017 Newsletter Print

    President's Notes

    By Lisa Anderson, CPP

    Put on your Tracht, your Sari, or your Kolt and get ready for Global Payroll. This Month’s Education and Business meeting focuses on global payroll. This is the first time this year we have had a speaker focus on going global, so don’t miss it. Also, remember that we have moved the meeting time to begin at 11:30am, in response to your request to shorten the meeting time away from work. We are going to have another spin the wheel of {payroll} fortune for prizes before the meeting, so don’t be late. Sharpen up on your global knowledge and win big. Is there a topic that we haven’t presented in a while (or ever)? Please give your suggestions to your table host or one of the Board members. Let’s Make It Happen.

    Committee Volunteer Drive was a HUGE success – but there is still time to get on a committee if you missed the meeting. Please email Membership@apadallas.com for information on joining a committee and having a BLAST!

    Education is out of the gates, running for a certification! The Calculations class is coming up soon and the CPP classes are open for registration.

    DREAM is our theme this year, so I want to know what is your Dallas APA dream –  Go to a baseball game, ride the Grapevine train to Fort Worth, backpack through Europe (Ok, well, that last one we can’t do, but you get the idea). Write down your dream of what fun event we can do as a Chapter outing. The winning idea will win a prize.

    Don’t stop dreaming, but keep reading…Our great Board has tons of things planned!

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    Other News

    GET READY FOR NPW CELEBRATION!

    By Susan Warren, CPP

    This year, we will celebrate National Payroll Week like never! The Dallas APA will Party On The Plaza with WFAA Channel 8 during their DayBreak morning show on Friday, September 8. Make plans now to join us as we celebrate Payroll Professionals and our Dallas Chapter mission to spread payroll education! Bring your boss and your payroll department! We’ll all be stars!!

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    Community Service

    Community Outreach

    By Susan Warren, CPP

    For the months of April, May and June, our Community Outreach focus is Our Friends Place in Dallas.

    Success looks different for every individual, but at Our Friends Place, they strive for every young woman in their program to meet established goals each year. Our Friends Place measures success with performance-based outcomes in areas that include pregnancy prevention, job-related skill improvement, enrollment in educational and vocational programs, and active employment. Young women who experience abuse, neglect, poverty or homelessness often lack the support and tools they need to lead economically self-sufficient lives, but Our Friends Place emphasizes empowerment, not entitlement. Instead of offering handouts, Our Friends Place guides these young women along a healthy path by stressing the importance of education, career planning, financial literacy and self-reliance. Please help your Dallas APA Chapter support Our Friends Place!

    Our 2017 special giving initiative is Williams Chicken Change For A Change. At every luncheon meeting, you will find silver buckets on your tables where you can drop your spare change, just like the collection bins at the Williams Chicken restaurants around Dallas Williams Chicken has long been a tremendous supporter of Dallas APA, so it’s our turn to give back to them and support this great charity where they give back to the community at year end, using spare change collected all year long to purchase winter wear for those who can’t afford to purchase their own!

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    Eye on Education

    Education Update

    By Jeanne Jackson, CPP

    New classes are posted!

    Everyone struggles with calculations!  We will have a 2017 Calculation class on June 3rd at our Grand Prairie location. 

    Beginning June 10th in Grand Prairie, we will begin our first Mastering Payroll Concepts class for 2017.  This will be a 10 Saturday session from 8:00-1:00 and registration includes the APA 2017 Payroll Source. 

    Beginning Saturday July 8th, we will begin our Mastering Payroll Concepts class at the La Quinta location.  This will be a 7 Saturday session from 8:00-4:30 and registration includes the APA 2017 Payroll Source.

    We continue to offer the option to choose ala carte classes if you need only some of the classes being offered in this course. 

    If you have additional questions, please contact

    education@apadallas.com.  

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    Look Who's Speaking!

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    Calendar of Events

    Upcoming events:

    Are you interested in making a career change but worried your resume and interviewing skills are rusty? Come join us for our Quarterly Personal Improvement Event (P.I.E.) on July 20th at the offices of Benefit Mall as we learn tips from our speaker, Bryan Jackson SHRM CP, what skills are important for interviewing. We will also have information to help with resume writing, social media, etc. We will open registration for this free event for our members in June. Seating will be limited, so if you are interested in joining us, be sure to sign-up as soon as you receive notice that registration is open.

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    Membership Corner

    By Brenda Smith, CPP

    I don’t know about you but I really enjoyed the volunteer fair we had last month.  We have some new volunteers for committees and I know everyone will have fun.

    During the May luncheon, we welcomed 20 new members.  This is exciting news for the Dallas Chapter.

    Let me take a moment to welcome those new members:

    Christine McClendon, Salley Martinez, Dana Winsauer, Ernest Ikwueme, Terra Parrish ,Dinetta Pierce,

    Dawn Weekes, Marissa Murphree, Derrick Murphy, Barbara Harley, CPP, Kenny Walters, Eva Biddle

    Kelly Counts, Laura Roberts, Terri Zachry, Dori Mason, Racheal Saithong, Diane Griffin, Julie Lewis, CPP            

    Erica Sanders

    Remember some benefits to being a member of the Dallas Chapter are:

    •           One-Year Free Membership for perfect attendance to those members that attend all monthly education meetings in the year.
    •           Free unlimited job postings for members: Member Area, Post A Job
    •           Job listings for members that are in the market for a new position: Quick Links,Career Center
    •           For every member that is referred to the Dallas Chapter APA, we place the referring member’s name in a basket for drawing of a free lunch (Lunch On Us). 
    •           Discount pricing on all educational classes and one-day seminars
    •           Free Personal Improvement Events.

     

    We had 37 companies represented at the May monthly luncheon.

    Let’s GET CONNECTED at the Dallas Chapter APA.

     

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    Happenings on the Hill

    Government Update

    By Martha Baxter

    American Health Care Act

    The House of Representatives has passed the American Health Care Act (ACHA).  The ACHA would effectively repeal and replace many of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the employer and individual mandates.  The legislation faces an uncertain future in the Senate.

    New York DOL Appeals Decision Invalidating Burdensome Paycard Regulations

    The New York State Department of Labor recently filed an appeal of the New York Industrial Board of Appeals’ decision revoking burdensome regulations regarding payment of wages by direct deposit and paycards because they were invalid.  The appeal will be heard in state court. A decision is not expected for many months. 

    Potential FUTA Credit Reduction States for 2017

    The U.S. Department of Labor released its list of potential FUTA credit reduction states for 2017.  California and the Virgin Islands continue to have outstanding Federal Unemployment Account loans and therefore might be subject to a FUTA credit reduction for 2017. The state and territory were also subject to a credit reduction for 2016.

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