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2016 Fall Conference: Scoring Points for Payroll

2016 Fall Conference: Scoring Points for Payroll

Fall Conference: Scoring Points for Payroll

October 6October 7

Ramada Plaza – Minneapolis


Thursday & Friday

7:00 – 7:45           Registration & Breakfast
7:45 – 9:15           General Session
**For a complete schedule, print the Agenda **


Payroll – A Strategic Business Partner
In this session, we will explore how Payroll can make changes to become a more effective strategic partner, and potentially earn a place at the table to influence company decisions and direction.

Presenter: Ruby Olsonoski
Ruby Olsonoski, CPP, is currently the Payroll Projects Consultant for Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. in Golden Valley, MN. Her duties include new system implementation, identifying efficiencies in current systems and risk management relating to Payroll. Ruby has worked in the payroll field for over 30 years, for companies that include Thief River Falls Clinic, St. Marie’s Gopher News, Polaris Industries and Zomax Corporation prior to joining Buffalo Wild Wings in 2006. Ruby received the Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) designation in 1998. She is a member of the American Payroll Association and the Canadian Payroll Association. Ruby currently serves on the APA’s Strategic Payroll Leadership Task Force Hospitality Committee and has been awarded the Citation of Merit by the Association. Ruby was a co-presenter at the 2015 National APA representing the Hospitality Industry.
Handout: Payroll

Choosing the Right Team
Having the right team is critical to the success of your organization. Come to this high energy interactive session to learn tactics for putting a winning team on the field to drive the success of your organization. You will learn tips for recruiting, developing and retaining the winning team just like the pros!

Presenter: Sheri (Beck) Johnson
Sheri started her career in Payroll and is a past President of the Northstar Chapter. She is currently the Director or Revenue Enhancement and Patient Access Services (PAS) at Hennepin County Medical Center. She has responsibility for the following functions within the Revenue Cycle:  Scheduling Call Center, Project Management, Training, Systems and Metrics & Analytics. She has approximately 150 employees in her span of control.  Sheri has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the Carlson School at the University of Minnesota and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Bethel University. Sheri loves the Northstar Chapter and cannot wait to be back at the conference!
Handout: Team

The Silent Payroll Tax: Best Practices in Navigating State Unemployment Tax
Provide audience a general understanding of how to properly navigate state unemployment compliance from a payroll tax perspective. The presentation will dive into some of the popular questions many payroll professionals face when it comes to handling this lesser known payroll tax.

Presenter: Matt Kaufer
After graduating Cornell University with a BS in Business Management, Matt spent seven (7) years helping to build a computer software company. That company developed specialized programs for the Health Insurance brokerage community. Utilizing the skills learned at this software company, Matt played a prominent role in the design of Barnett Associates unemployment tax and claims systems, coupled with their online reporting system. For the past fourteen (14) years Matt has progressed from Assistant Director of Tax to his current title of Vice President. During his time with Barnett, he has developed an extensive working knowledge in all areas of unemployment and employment verification. He is an active speaker within the unemployment, payroll, and HR community. He speaks at local, state, and national levels for the APA, The Broadband Tax Institute, SHRM, and for the Unemployment Workers Compensation Association (UWC).
Handout: UI Tax

The Benefits of Successfully Navigating Change in the Workplace
Dealing with change in the workplace can be challenging for anyone. Your great leadership is vital. New regulations, rules and accountability are difficult to keep up with. Combining successful anecdotes with practical information on how to “move effortlessly with your industries new directives,” Scott will demonstrate to your attendees the best ways to navigate change and increase productivity, revitalize your organization and decrease employee turnover.

Presenter: Scott Lesnick
Scott Lesnick is a high content speaker who is motivational and educational in style and tone. He presents powerful keynotes and breakout sessions and is a consultant and author. Also, Scott is a professional member of the National Speakers Association as well as the Dean of the Academy for Professional Speakers. He is a graduate of The University of Miami, Florida. His memoir, “Kidjacked – A Father’s Story” was recently published to critical acclaim. In addition, Scott has 28 award-winning sales and management years at Shaw Industries a Berkshire Hathaway Fortune 500 company. Scott’s motivational and inspirational messages center around topics including – excellence in leadership, generational and cultural inclusion, administrative excellence, professional development, maximizing performance, excelling in leadership, maximizing operational performance and excellence, managing change through great leadership, focusing on what’s truly important and useful tools in overcoming adversity and stress both professionally and personally
Handout: None

Legislative Changes for Withholding Tax
Department initiatives and priorities focusing on identity theft measures and agency-wide outreach team. Plus what’s new for withholding tax including withholding tax calculator and  W-2 and 1099 changes.

Presenter: Karen Kittel
Karen is a management analyst with the Outreach, Communication, and Policy Unit of the Income Tax and Withholding Division.  Her duties include designing and delivering the Minnesota withholding tax outreach programs for new businesses and professional organizations.  She is also responsible for managing the withholding tax website content, and coordinating the development and maintenance of withholding tax forms, fact sheets and mass mailings.
Handout: MN Updates

Introductory Topic Description: Mandated Sick Leave and the Impact on Payroll
In May, the City of Minneapolis passed the Sick and Safe Time Ordinance requiring mandatory sick and safety leave for all employees located within the City of Minneapolis. Minneapolis is currently the only city in Minnesota with such a requirement, but other cities will likely follow. The impact of the ordinance is broad, as it applies to ALL employers who have employees performing at mere 80 hours of work per year within the City of Minneapolis, regardless if the employer operates in Minneapolis or in another state. This will significantly impact the health care industry, restaurant and chain establishments, and employers with part-time employees. Learn how the ordinance will affect your company’s payroll, scheduling and “call-in” requirements, vacation and PTO policies, and other issues in anticipation of the change, as the new ordinance becomes effective on July 1, 2017.

Presenter: Heather Kaiser
Heather is a part of FMJ’s employment and litigation practices and handles a variety of employment and business-related matters, including employment advising and risk management as well as employment and business litigation.  As part of her employment advising practice, Heather advises clients on many matters, including hiring and firing, disability accommodations, drug testing, wage and hour issues, human rights issues, investigations, risk management, compliance with local, state and federal employment laws, unemployment, company policies such as handbooks and manuals, and other employment-related topics.  Heather also advises on, negotiates, and drafts confidential policies and agreements, non-competition agreements and other restrictive covenants, separation or severance agreements, and independent contractor agreements.  Heather provides training seminars related to employment issues such as harassment and discrimination, restrictive covenants in agreements, and other relevant topics in employment law.  Heather’s litigation practice includes employment and business matters, including non-competition restrictions, wrongful discharge, discrimination and harassment, shareholder disputes, contract disputes, trade secrets and propriety information disputes, and general business litigation issues.
Handout: Sick Leave

How a Paycard Program Maximizes Direct Deposit Enrollment & Helps Your Company Go 100% Paperless

Presenter: Jeff Sheak

Since 2009, Jeff has been developing coast-to-coast  “Electronic Payroll Distribution Solutions” to medium and large organizations.  He provides consulting and implementation guidance for paperless payroll.  As Group Vice President with Kelly Services, Inc., Jeff oversaw sales and services operations in the Major Metropolitan Division with revenues exceeding $400 million and 1000+ employees.  He provided oversight for  Branch Automation, Worker’s Compensation, Organizational Structure and Succession Planning steering committees. Jeff has also been a 10-year small business owner, operated a network of Westaff Staffing Franchise offices in Michigan, Ohio and Florida and was and early adopter of “pay cards”. Jeff has a BBA from Cleveland State University,  Extended MBA Program of University of Louisville and Executive Management Certificate – University of Michigan. Jeff has been a frequent presenter at various APA Conferences across the US.
Handout: Paycard

State Unemployment Insurance Update
What’s new? Law changes, and valuable, time and money saving tips and techniques.

Presenter: Gary Johnson
Gary has over 26 years of experience in the complex discipline of Unemployment Insurance; seven years of which working as a Tax Auditor and the past nineteen-plus years in the areas of communication, education and electronic commerce as a Project Coordinator and Employer/Agent Liaison with the Unemployment Insurance Division of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Gary also coordinates the Minnesota Business Tax Education Partnership.
Handout: UI Benefits

Smartphones, Tablets and Watches in Payroll

Presenter: Chris Ruppel
Chris is currently the General Manager of Corporate Payments with UniRush, LLC.  Chris brings to his role more than 18 years of management, leadership and entrepreneurial experience. Prior to joining UniRush, Chris was most recently VP and GM of Prepaid Cards for the Americas at WEX Inc. As part of WEX’s global expansion in the Americas, the WEX prepaid card business expanded into Brazil with the acquisition of FastCred and a controlling interest in UNIK. Prior to joining WEX he was the CEO and a founder of rapid! Financial Services (rapid! PayCard) from 2004 until it was acquired by Wright Express (WEX) in April of 2011. From 1996 until 2008 Mr. Ruppel served as Vice President of Sembler Investments and held leadership positions in numerous portfolio companies. Chris holds a BA of Finance and a BA of English, both from the Florida State University.

IRS Future State
Professional Employer Organizations, Work Opportunity Credit, General Employment Tax Issues, Early Interaction Initiative, ACA provisions of Informational Reporting, Identity Theft and current IRS Payroll Issues will be highlighted.

Presenter: Alan Gregerson
Alan Gregerson is a Senior Stakeholder Liaison Specialist with Communication and Stakeholder Outreach of Small Business and Self Employment Division of the IRS.  He has held positions as a Revenue Agent in field examination, Taxpayer Service Specialist answering technical calls at the St. Paul nationwide call site, assisted the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program with technical and electronic filing expertise, and currently is a Senior Stakeholder Liaison Specialist who works with business organizations, practitioners and payroll organizations.  He received his Certified Payroll Professional designation in 2011, and he has presented tax topics at many Payroll, Practitioner, and Industry Seminars over the last 16 years. He has 30 years of IRS experience
Handout: IRS

Why Oh Why
Using the “5 Why” root cause analysis process to solve issues in the payroll office
Taxable & Non-Taxable Fringe Benefits

Presenter: Luanne Brown
Luanne Brown, CPP is currently the Director of Payroll Services for Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.  Over the course of her 25 year career in payroll she has worked in diverse industries including Sports, Manufacturing and Higher Education.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and obtained her CPP certification in 2004.  She is very active in the West Michigan Chapter of the APA and has held many of the offices and is the current President.  She also is part of the Michigan Statewide Committee and is the 2016 Chairperson.   Luanne is also proud to serve on many National APA sub-committees, is a contributing writer to Paytech and is on the National Speakers Bureau.  She is also currently serving on the APA National Board of Directors as a Vice-President.
Handout: Why
Handout: Fringe

Payroll Reconciliation

Presenter: Terry Meggitt, CPP

Terry has worked in the payroll field for about 36 years, for companies that include HealthPartners, Musicland (Retail), Foster Wheeler Energy Corp. (Construction), Safety Harbor Health Spa (Resort) and the United States Navy. Terry is a member of the Northstar Chapter and the American Payroll Association. He received his credentials as a Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) in the fall of 1995. For the past 21 years he has been an instructor for CPP/FPC classes and for 5 years was an instructor for the PPLS classes. Terry was honored as 2002 Northstar Chapter Professional of the Year and in 2003 he received APA’s Donald W. Sharper Education Grant. In 2015, he received APA’s Meritorious Service Award. Terry is currently on APA’s Nominating and Elections Committee and is one of APA’s CHAMPS mentor. He also served 2 years as APA’s Region 2 Board of Advisor Group. He is currently self-employed, teaching payroll classes. He is also an APA Approved Provider for RCHs.
Handout: FLSA
Handout: Payroll

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Ramada Plaza
1330 Industrial Blvd NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

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