Monthly Meetings

2018_09: FLSA Worker Classification

***We will be hosting a Dress For Success clothing drive at our September meeting!***  Info here Overview Worker Classification is a decision made by payors who hire individuals to provide services. The “payor” of a service has the responsibility to correctly classify the worker as either an employee or independent contractor for the future periods of work.  Federal tax compliance hinges on the classification made.  Other important matters also rely upon it, from workers comp coverage to health insurance, pension qualification and potential union protection.  This presentation introduces the topic with basic decision points while opening the door to further discussion. Employee vs. Contractor How to determine status Form SS-8 Form 8919 FIRE System Voluntary Classification Settlement Progra...

2018_08: Bonus and Commission Plans – Careful Drafting to Avoid Problems

Overview Learn the difference between Bonus vs. Commission Contracts – written & unwritten Drafting a Plan Headaches for Payroll Overtime Calculation Legal claims Handout Speaker:  V. John Ella John Ella is a shareholder at Trepanier MacGillis Battina P.A. He has practiced employment law for over 20 years and is certified as a Labor and Employment Law Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association. He has written well over 100 articles on employment law and is the author of the book “Executive Employment Law – A Handbook for Minnesota Executives.” Mr. Ella regularly advises employers on drafting and revising bonus and commission plans and has litigated dozens of lawsuits and arbitrations regarding claims for unpaid wages, commissions, and bonuses. He is a firm believer that ca...

2018_07: Payroll Fraud and/or How to Avoid Identity Theft in Payroll

Overview To inform the attendees of current developments in the digital underground as well as provide realistic advice for cyber protection, Mark Lanterman will be discussing recent high-profile cyber crime events, including website breaches impacting a variety of organizations and sectors. Mark will discuss particularly dangerous types of threats that might affect individuals involving the Dark Web, the Internet of Things, phishing, and Wi-Fi attacks. Additionally, Mark will demonstrate the particular impact of cybercrime on payroll-related activities within organizations. Speaker:  Mark Lanterman Mark has over 25 years of experience in digital forensics and has provided education and training to a variety of audiences. Prior to founding Computer Forensic Services, Mark was a sworn law e...

2018_06: Disaster Recovery – Are You Ready?

Overview Business Continuity Planning Business Impact Analysis Plan Development Plan Execution Handout Speaker: Bruce Phipps, CPP Bruce has held his CPP designation since 1989. He currently serves on the following APA committees: Hotline Referral, Electronic Payments Committee, GRTF – Pay Card, Child Support, Garnishment, MyRA, IRS Issues Sub Committees, Co-Chair PA Act 32 Sub Committee, SPLTF – Emerging Technologies, Champs Mentor, Education Grant Committee – Chair, Social Networking and National Speakers Bureau. Bruce has been a Congress speaker since 2004 and the Texas Payroll Conference speaker since 2006 and frequently speaks at chapter meetings and State Wide Conferences. Bruce is currently the President of the Lehigh Valley Chapter in Allentown, PA. Bruce was also ...

2018_05: How to select a Payroll/HCM System

Overview 1.What are the most important elements to considering a new system? 2.What research shows as the keys to a successful selection process 3.Major Trends in our industry driving the payroll/HCM space 4.How are these trends impacting our day to day functions in the workplace? Handout Speaker: Casey Larson, Paylocity Director of Sales 14+ years industry experience; 10th year with Paylocity Opened the Minnesota Market for Paylocity HR consulting, benefits, payroll, HCM cloud Sales Manager, District Manager, Coach, Mentor Married 10 years to Sandy and have two children Speaker: Rick Dowda 12+ years industry experience; 3rd year with Paylocity HR consulting, benefits, and search expertise Business Owner, Coach, and Sales Manager Non-profit board member and volunteer Married to Tanya for 2...

2018_04: Professional Ethics in the Payroll Department & Developing an Unbeatable Team

Professional Ethics in the Payroll Department and the Workplace Overview How do companies provide guidance to employees? What types of ethical changes are in payroll? What resources are available to mitigate unethical behavior? Handout Speaker:Jessica Docken Principal, M.A., SPHR GO Intellectual Capital – GO HR With over 15 years of experience, Jessica is a hands-on strategic leader who is passionate about helping companies grow and maintain their maximum potential through their number one asset, their employees. She has proficiency in all areas of the HR function, working in a variety of industries including software technology, healthcare, manufacturing, information technology, and HR services. Jessica holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from St. Mary’s University and i...

2018_03: FLSA Exempt – Non Exempt Considerations and Other Emerging Issues

Overview New” Overtime Regulations for exempt employees Working Families Act – paid time off in lieu of overtime? Tip pooling New DOL Intern test Worker Classification – employee or independent contractor? Joint employment Related municipal action Handout Speaker: Penelope (Penny) J. Phillips Felhaber Larson Penny Phillips focuses exclusively on counseling and representing employers in all areas of employment law, including FMLA, wage and hour, and employment discrimination claims. She has spoken to companies and organizations throughout Minnesota, the Midwest and the United States. Register Now Meeting Logistics: ◾Date: March 15, 2018 ◾Time: 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. ◾Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. ◾Buffet breakfast will begin serving at 7:30 a.m. ◾Location: Metropolitan Ballroom SHARE

2018_02: Best Practices for Conducting an Employment Audit

Overview • How an HR Audit can make your job easier • Determining the scope and scale of an audit • Planning your audit project • Audit report structure • Ensure the audit findings result in action Handout Handout2 Speaker: Michael Hyatt With more than 15 years of progressive HR experience in multiple industries, Michael serves MRA members as the HR Government Affairs Director. He helps members by: Keeping current on employment and labor law trends and focusing on what members need to know. Providing guidance and interpretation on diverse employment, labor and compliance issues. Managing investigations and HR audits. Designing tools, communications and training to support members policies and programs. Michael earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology (Law & Criminology emphasis) from th...

2017_11: 2017 Year-End Information and 2018 Changes

Year-End Information and 2018 Changes This 1/2 day training session will help prepare you for a successful year-end. Who should attend: Human Resource, Accounting, Payroll staff and anyone else that works on year-end or that needs to know what is or is not taxable. Because year-end only comes around once a year, a refresher class is a must for anyone responsible for completing year-end. Agenda: 1. Taxable Income 2. Principle of Constructive Payment 3. Taxable and Nontaxable Compensation 4. Other Employer Provided Benefits 5. Withholding and Reporting Rules 6. Box by Box Instructions for 2017 Form W-2 7. Decision Chart for Retirement Box 8. Changes for FICA and Supplemental Rates 9. Changes for Per Diem Rates 10. Changes for Mileage Rates 11. Changes for Retirement Plans 12. Changes for Qua...

2017_09: An Overview of ICE Worksite Enforcement, E-Verify and Form I-9

Overview Working with Employers ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers (IMAGE) Overview E-Verify Form I-9 Examining Documents Correcting Mistakes Summary/Things to remember Handout: none Speaker: Mary Hogan Mary has been the Community Relations Officer for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) since September, 2016. Register Now Meeting Logistics: ◾Time: 7:30 – 12:00 ◾Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. ◾Buffet breakfast will begin serving at 7:30 a.m. ◾Location: Metropolitan Ballroom SHARE

2017_08: Employment Law Updates

August Meeting Topic: Employment Law Updates Employment Law – FMLA – Wage & Hour – Employee Misconduct – Discrimination Handout Speaker: James F. Olney, J.D. Senior Vice President | Senior HR Consultant Register Now Meeting Logistics: ◾Time: 7:30 – 12:00 ◾Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. ◾Buffet breakfast will begin serving at 7:30 a.m. ◾Location: Metropolitan Ballroom SHARE

2017_07: Annual Business Meeting & Innovative Paycards

July Meeting Topic: Annual Business Meeting & Innovative Paycards Recent or Pending Regulatory Changes How Will You Stay Informed? Paycard Tools Handout Speaker: Dallas Wilfong Eastern Division Sales Manager rapid! PayCard Register Now   Meeting Logistics: ◾Time: 7:30 – 12:00 ◾Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. ◾Buffet breakfast will begin serving at 7:30 a.m. ◾Location: Metropolitan Ballroom SHARE

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