Tuesday, November 29, 2011

New Law Ends Payroll Shell Game

Look out California business owners!

"SB 459 goes into effect on January 1, 2012, and it levies large fines against employers who willfully misclassify workers as independent contractors to avoid their legal and tax responsibilities."

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Don't Cross IRS On Payroll Taxes - Forbes

This is a good article, with some nice ammunition supporting the use of a Payroll Service Bureau to withhold and pay taxes.

Don't Cross IRS On Payroll Taxes - Forbes:

'via Blog this'

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Back to School Payroll?

I was just reading advertisement in disguise as an article on paying student employees put out by Intuit this morning, and had a thought.

Why not get on this bandwagon?  Student's are hard up for jobs, this much is clear.  I remember my first few jobs well... a small movie rental store, fast food, a local regional grocery store, and hawking used furniture with a friend of mine's father on the weekends.  Not glamorous  that much is certain, but I learned a lot about life as I began dipping my foot into the adult world.

The jobs that could be the most intriguing are the small businesses.  No, the jobs were not intriguing, but the opportunity to make inroads in the community, and help small business owners to support High School and College age kids is.

This could be a great opportunity to both find new payroll business, and give back to your community in a couple of ways:

  • You could be helping kids to understand what all the little numbers on those pay stubs mean
  • You could help the student to establish their employment paper trail and first real bit of data for their resume
  • You could sponsor a student employment seminar and resume review with other business owners, or even get the ball rolling on a 'students only' small business job fair.
Use your imagination, and check out what one entrepreneur at Intuit Canada came up with in the article below:

The ABCs of Hiring Student Employees - Press Release - Digital Journal

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Seriously? "Grim outlook could hold back payroll firms"

I guess Jefferies & Co. Inc's analysts only talked to ADP... not a single drop of negativity from the folks I chatted with last week at the Independent Payroll Providers Association annual conference.

I saw new vendors providing ancillary services who had never attended, a huge turnout for the 'new members' reception, and a general buzz going around regarding growth, and success in our industry that provides payroll and HR services specifically to the small and mid-sized business.

Post your success stories as a comment and help show the world the real story - that there is a lot more to our industry than ADP and PAYX...

"Companies that process payroll for small business are feeling the pressure of a slumping economy and the diminishing confidence business owners have in short-term recovery."
Grim outlook could hold back payroll firms - Forbes.com

Friday, July 1, 2011

R.I.P. Intuit Complete Payroll Services

Intuit is finally closing the doors on Complete Payroll Services.

It has been over four years since I left Intuit Complete Payroll Services as the sale of the majority of their client base was made to ADP.

Many friends stayed on and worked through the conversion (not my specialty), and have since moved on to new opportunities.  The time I spent with the team in San Bernardino, California will be counted among the most important experiences of my career in the payroll industry.

We were a great team, and some of the greatest team members were those who arrived at Intuit from CBS Employer Services in 2002 during Intuit's acquisition of the company.  CBS Payroll was a family business founded in 1966 and grew to support over 12,000 clients at the time of acquisition.

CBS Payroll is an example of what every independent payroll service bureau strives to become.  Not the target of acquisition, but in a place where they could be.

Hats off to the Sykes family for reaching for the sky and showing us the way - Joe, Mike, Tammy... and all of those who helped them along the way.

As the Intuit payroll engine continues to burn through fuel... CRI ($200 million), CBS ($78 million), now PayCycle ($170 million)... I am having a harder and harder time seeing their point.

$448 million dollars invested (at least...)  $278 million lost, and $170 million on the table?  I certainly hope that the folks at PayCycle did their homework, or that Intuit has learned from their past, failures.

...and finally, a shout-out to the last man standing from CBS Payroll Software - U da man Joe!

California - 'Overtime is for Everyone!'

In a decision that will warm the hearts of both employers and outsourced payroll service providers, the California Supreme Court opened up their overtime laws to all workers who enter the state.

What does this mean for out of state employers?  Well, if you are based out of Arizona, which has no overtime laws, and choose to not pay overtime to your employees... you may well be paying some double-time if you send that hourly marketing rep to work the booth at a trade show in L.A.

Of course, thanks to the current economic conditions in the Golden State, as always, enforcement may be tricky...

Link to Legal Brief

"Residents of other states who work for California companies are protected by the state's overtime laws during business trips here, the California Supreme Court decided unanimously Thursday."...


"California law says nonexempt employees who work more than eight hours a day or 40 hours a week are entitled to overtime at a rate of 1 1/2 times their normal pay. Overtime pay rises to double the regular rate for work in excess of eight hours on the seventh workday."

Monday, June 27, 2011

An Inspiring Video that ALL Leaders Should View and Consider

Remember that Leadership takes place at all levels.  No one leads without followers... and the greatest of followers are those who inspire their leaders.  Figuring out 'Why' you do what you do is an excellent exercise for every business.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Father's Day 2011

Earlier this week I spent my drive home from my day full of payroll talking with my Dad. We spoke of his recent trip to Seattle to see U2, and about our upcoming trip to visit the family in Bend, Oregon over Father's Day Weekend. But the most memorable part of our chat was about his softball team taking the gold last weekend. This wasn't just any softball team. This was the Special Olympics team from Bend.

I remember back in grade school when Dad took me to their basketball practices when he was coaching and I got to practice with the team. These players were hard core! I got knocked to the floor a number of times which was when the true colors of the Special Olympics showed themselves... the ball hit the floor, and the whole team ran over to help me up and see if I was OK.  A couple of players gave me a hug (nearly rib cracking hugs in one case!).

Now, I don't really follow sports, but I know good sportsmanship when I see it.  These folks love to play, but they also have a lot of love for each other and want everyone to have a good time.  I remember Dad saying that he always learns more from his experiences with the players then he teaches them.

What has my Dad taught me?

  • How to work with ANYONE
  • How to play fair
  • Negotiation
  • Humility
  • Office Politics Survival Strategies (yeah, I was listening in... lol)
  • Equality
  • A zillion other things I owe to him, but couldn't name...

I would encourage everyone to think back this Father's Day to the life lessons that your Dad has passed on to you that have shaped the way you do business, and let them know.

Happy Father's Day Dad!  Thanks for everything.

Monday, April 4, 2011

ADP's Henry Taub Passes at age 83

As much as the small to mid-sized service bureaus market against the likes of ADP and Paychex, without Henry Taub and his contemporaries, our businesses wouldn't be where they are today.  
In 1949, he had the same dream that a startup payroll service bureau has today, "the opportunity to relieve business owners of the burdens of administrative functions, such as payroll processing, so they could instead concentrate on expanding their businesses."


Saturday, April 2, 2011

SwipeClock Conference Wrap

As I am sitting here in the lobby of the Homestead resort outside of Salt Lake City, UT waiting for a ride to the airport, I was thinking back through the past few days and remarking to myself about what a close knit family the active members of the payroll service industry are.

Conferences such as this are like family reunions. Even the competition greets each other with handshakes and hugs. There is a sense of camaraderie that, although is likely not unique, is something I've not experienced elsewhere.

The three day conference here at Homestead was a great time of learning for all - integrating, selling, servicing, programming... stories of successes and failures, stories of battling for business (and winning) against ADP and Paychex... Ideas for new features for SwipeClock.com's time and attendance solutions, and the unveiling of many new features and upcoming plans by the same.

A big thanks to all of the SwipeClock team members for a great event! Looking forward to the next.

Friday, March 11, 2011

"Jesse James stole Corps payroll 130 years ago today" ($5,240.18)

Story by Leon Roberts

"NASHVILLE, Tenn. – If direct deposit existed 130 years ago today, history could have been changed. That’s when famed outlaw Jesse James robbed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers payroll being delivered by horseback just two-miles shy of reaching employees at Blue Water Camp in Alabama."


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Networking in the Payroll Business

A quick unsolicited plug for some old friends at IPPA (The Independent Payroll Providers Association) who are in Las Vegas this week at the annual Sales and Marketing Workshop...

Payroll Service Bureaus of all sizes come together to share ideas and learn together as they grow their businesses.

In their own words:
"Our leading nationwide trade association is made up of privately held companies whose primary function is the preparation of payroll and payroll taxes for employers of all sizes. Our broad base of independent service bureaus, both large and small, is dedicated to offering the best client service and the most advanced technology. We pride ourselves on a proven track record of providing competitive payroll and HR solutions for today's marketplace."
Check them out at:  http://www.ippa.net