November 2017 Newsletter Print

President's Notes

By Lisa Anderson, CPP    

Thank goodness, I’ve seen the last candy corn for a while. Halloween is behind us, and now it is Election time. At the November meeting, our members will elect the 2018-2019 Board of Directors. It’s time for us to get involved and start planning for next year.

Get Connected – join a committee or become a Table Host. 

Committee Volunteers – We are preparing for our Membership drive in February and still have a few openings on that committee. 

Education is planning some great education opportunities for early spring. Remember, if you passed your FPC or CPP this year, please notify Education before our March Awards night; we have a very special presentation for all our new FPC/CPPs 

Remember: SAVE THE DATE: Awards night will be March 8,2018, and it’s going to be BIG. We’re going to be letting the cat out of the bag soon, so be looking for our emails; you don’t want to be left out of this event!

Don’t forget: to receive RCH credits for the Monthly meetings, you will need to sign in on the attendance sheet as well as complete the post meeting survey. If you don’t receive the survey email, contact

Participation – What would you like to do for our December meeting? Email and let me know what you think.

Keep reading…Our great Board has tons of things planned

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Look Who's Speaking!

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Happenings on the Hill

Upcoming events

By Sheri Lewis, CPP

PERSONAL IMPROVEMENT EVENT:  Come join us for our Quarterly Personal Improvement Event (P.I.E.) on November 16th at the offices of Critical Healthcare, located at 5710 LBJ Freeway, as we learn from our speaker, Carolyn Huse, CPP, about C.A.R.E. Packages for the Workplace”. 

This workshop will cover what motivates an employee to do better at work; learn ways to show appreciation to an employee when there is no money in the budget; and, ways to make the workplace environment more enjoyable.

Seating will be limited to the first 30 who sign-up, so if you are interested in joining us, be sure to register early.


ONE DAY SEMINAR:  Whether you are a seasoned professional of just starting out, you don’t want to miss our November One-Day seminar:  Payroll Foundations – Mastering the Basics.  This is a great opportunity to enhance and/or refresh current payroll skills.  We will spend the day teaching payroll principals that create stepping stones for advancing your payroll knowledge. 

The seminar will be held on Wednesday, November 29th at the Doubletree Hotel from 8:30am to 4:45pm.  For specific details on the seminar schedule and course content, please visit the website.

Cost for the seminar which includes both breakfast and lunch is:

  •             $175 for members
  •             $225 for non-members


Registration will be accepted through Monday, November 20th.  All monies must be received by Friday, November 24th for admittance to the seminar.

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Membership Corner

By Brenda Smith, CPP

It’s finally fall.  The days are getting shorter and temperatures are coming down, everywhere you look there are signs of the holidays approaching.

Just a reminder that if you are in the job market, we have several recruiters in our membership that will be glad to assist you in locating that perfect job and there is the job board listing positions.

There were no table questions for the month of October and a reminder that we will be voting on the new Board of Directors that will start serving on April 1.  We hope you can attend the November meeting and vote on who you want on the Board of Directors for the upcoming year.

In the month of September, we had ten (10) new members:


             NEW MEMBER                                    COMPANY

  •             Patricia Marez                           Complete Landsculpture
  •             Alysse Boggs                            GameStop
  •             Heather Feuerbacher                Vaco
  •             Patrick Hurta                             Park Place Dealerships
  •             Deborra Roberts                        Avaya
  •             Douglas Peterson                     SALT Payroll Consultant
  •             Kathryn Hubbard                       Health Management Systems, Inc.
  •             Rachael Antoine                        Brandt Companies
  •             Shondra Lydia                           Health management Systems, Inc.
  •             Michelle Wren                           Health Management, Inc.


Our October “Lunch On Us” winner was Kathryn Hubbard – Congratulations (and Welcome)

At the October meeting, we had 69 Registered, 54 members and 15 guests.

The Dallas Chapter would like to remind all members to periodically log into and review and update your profile.  If you’ve changed jobs, have a new position title, received a certification- let us know.  The information in your profile helps to keep us Connected! 

Looking forward to seeing everyone next month.

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Other News

Dallas APA Board Elections Update:

Danielle LaFleur, CPP

During the Nov 9th meeting, a new Board of Directors will be elected for 2018/2019.  Please join us and let your voice be heard!  Several positions have more than one candidate.  Click the link to be taken to the list of bios and come prepared to vote.

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Community Service

By Susan Warren, CPP

“Change for A Change”

November will be our final month to collect for Williams Chicken’s Change for A Change.  During 2017, Dallas APA has been honored to partner with Williams Chicken in their efforts to give back to our community by collecting spare change all year to use to purchase coats for less fortunate kids right here in Dallas.  Williams Chicken has supported the Dallas Chapter APA for many years by allowing their employees to volunteer time and supplies to our causes, so this is our chance to return the favor and support their pet project! 

Please gather up your spare change so we can load up the silver buckets at your lunch tables in November, and make our annual contribution to Williams Chicken’s Change for A Change something significant!


Hurricane Harvey Relief for Ballard House

On a trip to Katy, TX last week, I stopped by Ballard House.  It is at least dry now.  Where there should be welcoming staff greeting patients and caregivers into a comforting home-away-from-home, there are only construction workers bustling around dusty bare concrete floors, wrangling loud and heavy machinery and equipment. 

It is by no means a welcoming facility in its current state!

At least not yet…………. but with time, and help from groups like Dallas APA, Ballard House will return to its pre-Harvey mission of providing hospitality to patients and their caregivers traveling to the Katy/West Houston area for medical treatment for life-threatening illnesses.  So many of our neighbors in Houston need help after Harvey, and Ballard House will definitely put our funds to good use.  Please give generously to our Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

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Government Updates

Seven Indiana Counties Revise Income Tax Rates

Effective October 1, 2017, the Indiana Department of Revenue has issued a new Departmental Notice No 1, Seven Counties, Allen, Clinton, Fountain, LaGrange, Marion, Sullivan and Vermillion – revised their county income tax rates.

OCSE Revises Standard Child Support Withholding Order

The federal Office of Child Support Enforcement has released a revised version of the standard child support order, Income Withholding for Support order/notice. Employers and other income with holders are directed to continue to honor previous forms for new income withholdings until August 31, 2018.  The new version of the form has an “OMB Expiration Date” of August 31, 2020.

Social Security Wage Base Up To $128,700 for 2018

The SSA has announced that the 2018 social security wage base will be $128,700, an increase of $1,500 from $127,200 in 2017. All covered wages are still subject to the 1.45% Medicare tax.

401(k) Contribution Limit Increases to $18,500 for 2018

The IRS has announced the cost-of-living adjustments applicable to dollar limits on the benefits and contributions under qualified retirement plans, as well as other items for tax year 2018. This is an increase of $500 from 2017. Catch-up provisions remain unchanged at $6,000.00

 Rhode Island Becomes Latest State to Enact Paid Sick Leave Law

Effective July 1, 2018, employers will be required to provide covered employees who work in Rhode Island with paid sick leave.  Currently, Arizona, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington have laws requiring certain employers to provide paid sick leave along with several cities and counties. 

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