June 2018 Newsletter Print

President's Notes

By Sheri Lewis, CPP

National Harbor, Maryland welcomed approximately 2600 attendees to the 36th Annual APA Congress. The Dallas Chapter was well represented with both individual members winning awards as well as the Chapter being recognized through winnings in the National Chapter Contests.  As announcements were made, there was no question that Texas was in the house supporting each other when the winners were spotlighted!  As a Chapter, we were awarded with 2nd place in the 2018 Best Chapter Website contest, 3rd place in the 2018 Best Statewide or Regional Meeting contest and honorable mention in the 2018 Chapter of the Year contest.  As the spotlight moved to individuals, Dallas was well represented as three shining stars were announced!   Please join me in congratulating our Dallas members for their individual accomplishments:

Carolyn Huse, CPP      Payroll Woman of the Year

Tommy Windsor, CPP   APA Education Grant winner

Martha Baxter                Payroll Education Grant winner

As a Chapter, we knew these three individuals had accomplished great things through their contributions and sharing of knowledge, but what an honor it was to help celebrate these accomplishments on a national level with them!  Congratulations to each of you!

Be sure to make plans to attend the June 14th meeting where Lt. Tommy Walters will provide us with information on Workplace Violence.  Unfortunately, there have been too many high-profile incidents of the worst type of workplace violence in our news; an active shooter.  Join us to gain knowledge on how you should react if you are faced with the ultimate act of workplace violence.

Requests have continued to come in through our monthly table hosts asking that we offer a learning opportunity on Garnishments.  Join us Thursday, June 21st at the Doubletree Hotel for a Garnishments Boot Camp.  Boot Camp Drill Instructor Natalie Lopez, CPP will be joining us from the Houston Chapter to provide us with a full day of learning on this subject.  For more information, including the agenda, be sure to check the Programs Page at www.apadallas.com .

The Board of Directors is working to improve our Dallas Chapter offerings and we welcome your input!  Never hesitate to provide comments on the monthly surveys, as this is your direct voice to the board for impacting how we move forward to build on chapter offerings and/or operations. 

Together, we can connect, grow and keep our Chapter strong!

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Community Service

By: Teresa Mulkey, CPP

This month we continue our community service focus on Donate Life Texas. The Donate Life Texas Registry is the only, official organ, eye and tissue donor registry for the state of Texas.

By registering, you can record your legal consent for organ, eye and tissue donation after death. Many feel that registering is a compassionate step because it lifts the burden of decision-making off family and loved ones during an emotional time.

Donate Life Texas is part of the national Donate Life America registry network which is consulted by Texas organ, eye and tissue recovery organizations to confirm registration status when a person passes away.

For more information or to donate:


The money raised by Donate Life Texas is used to for education and operation expenses for this worthy organization.

Please continue to fill our silver buckets with your loose change at our monthly meetings as we continue our “Change for A Change” partnership with Williams Chicken in 2018. Change collected will be used to purchase coats for less fortunate kids in Dallas.

Future Community Service Efforts

If you have a suggestion for future community service efforts please email me at [email protected].

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Membership Corner

Membership Updates

Submitted by: Martha Baxter

We are excited to announce a new member benefit launching in June.  “Ask a Payroll Professional” will be available at our monthly luncheon meetings.  Members can submit their payroll questions via email prior to the luncheon meetings and a great team of payroll professionals will prepare responses, including documentation and resources to give to you at the meeting.  Also, we will have a group of dedicated payroll professionals on site at each luncheon to take your questions in person.  Please submit your payroll questions to [email protected], prior to the meeting.  We will have education committee members on hand at the meetings should something arises that needs immediate attention.  Please note, the education committee may need to contact you for further information to ensure they are providing the correct feedback to your question.  Look for the “Ask a Payroll Professional” table at the meetings. 

The Membership Committee will be working on our “Re-Connect” project this next month and are excited about seeing this great idea grow within our chapter. We are rockin’ membership right on into June, we had an active month of May with some residual renewals along with 11 new members and 7 renewals.  We now have 226 members. 

Please welcome the following new members: 

Dana Aviles, FPC                            US Concrete

Carolyn Cox, CPP                            Wood PLC (Houston)

William Flemming                          Hitachi Consulting

Teresa Galindo                                FTS International

Annette Knox, CPP                          Cinemark

Alicia McCasland                            McLean Mechanical Contractors

Karineh Mirzaian, SHRM-CP          The Apparel Group

Kieran O’Connor, CPP                    Snelling Services, LLC

Joanne Scott                                    FTS International

Rena Soto                                         Capital Senior Living

Kelly Ta                                            Next Step Recruiting


If you have any questions or you would like to join our Membership Focus Group, please email us @ [email protected]

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Look Who's Speaking!

Who’s Speaking?

Submitted by: Lillian Huynh

June    Speaker: Lt. Tommy Walters     Topic:  Workplace Violence

July     Speaker:  Karen Ward, CPP      Topic:  Get in the Game

August  Speaker:  Pat Karacostas, CPP   Topic:  Payroll Forensics

September   **National Payroll Week**   Speaker:  Coach Slow

October   Speaker:  Barbara Youngman, CPP   Topic:  Generational Differences

November   Speaker:  Paul Gill, CPP  Topic:  50 Shades of Payroll

December   Speaker:  Kathy Phillips, CPP   Topic:  Judgement

To receive RCH credit for the monthly meetings, you are now required to:

  1. Sign in upon arrival
  2. Complete the electronic survey sent out after the monthly meeting

Surveys will only be available to complete through midnight on the last day of the month in which the meeting was held.

Upcoming events:

ONE-DAY SEMINAR – GARNISHMENTS BOOT CAMP:  Join us at the Doubletree Hotel on Thursday, June 21st as we spend the day learning about Garnishments from Drill Sergeant Natalie Lopez, CPP.  This course is designed to cover all federal and state tax rules concerning child support, tax levies, bankruptcy, student loan, creditor garnishment and voluntary deductions.  Be sure to check our website for full details and seminar schedule.  Registration is open!

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Eye on Education

The DAPA Education Team is in the midst of our 2018 Fundamentals of Payroll class series. The series will end on June 9th.

Our Mastering CPP class series begins on June 23rd and ends on July 28th (we will not have a class on July 7th). This a five (5) Saturday class that will be held at the LaQuinta Addison and offers 40 RCH. The cost of the course includes the 2018 Payroll Source. All classes will be held from 8am-5pm with a one-hour lunch.

We are also offering a one (1) day Calculations class on Saturday, July 7th at the LaQuinta Grand Prairie. This is an 8-hour instructor led class that is an excellent resource to refresh basic to advanced calculations and will be held from 8am-5pm with a one-hour lunch. It offers 8 RCH.

To get additional information about dates, time, location and fees for the above courses as well as other upcoming class series, please visit http://apadallas.com.

The Education Committee conducted its first meeting with astounding results. We are committed to bringing DAPA membership new and innovative ways to reach professional goals. Members wishing to add their two cents worth of comments and suggestions to our efforts are encouraged to email us at [email protected].

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Happenings on the Hill

By: Kellie Somero, CPP

 2019 Contribution Limits go up for Health Saving Accounts

The annual contribution limits for health savings accounts are to rise in 2019, per Internal Revenue Service.  The annual limit on deductions for an individual with self-only coverage under a high-deductible health plan is to be $3,500, up from $3,450 in 2018.  The annual limitation on deductions for an individual with family coverage under a high deductible health plan is to be $7,000, up from $6,900. Annual out-of-pocket expenses, such as deductibles and co-payments, are not to exceed $6,750 for self-only coverage, or $13,500 for family coverage.  These limits are indexed for inflation and released annually by June 1st for the following year, as established under the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006.

For a copy of Revenue Procedure 2018-30 please click on the link provided below.

DOL Plans to Update Overtime Calculation

The Labor Department intends to revise the law governing time-and-a-half overtime calculations.  The DOL’s Wage and Hour Division will “clarify, update, and define regular rate requirements,” as part of the unified regulatory agenda. “Regular rate regulations have not been updated in decades—even though compensation practices have evolved and clarity is needed,” a DOL spokesman said in a statement.  The DOL anticipates releasing this regular rate of pay proposed rule in September.

IRS Increases Maximum Standard Automobile Cost - Refer to IRS www.irs.gov  for more information.

Seattle Passes New Head Tax

Effective January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2023 all companies that gross more than $20 million per year doing business in the city of Seattle, Washington will be required to pay the $275 per employee “head tax” per year.  The tax will be based on the employer’s 2018 revenue.  The tax will be equal to the employee hours worked within the city during each quarter of the calendar year, multiplied by the rate of $0.14323 per hour worked.  Employee hours worked exclude vacation and sick leave hours as well as hours worked outside of the city.

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