April 2017 Newsletter Print

    President's Report

    Hello Friends - 

    Spring has arrived in Virginia and we hope you are enjoying this time of renewal.  With all the flowers and trees blooming, it is a great time to spring into action.  Registration for this year’s Virginia Statewide Payroll Conference (VSPC) is officially open.  The VSPC Committee is very enthusiastic to share with you what we will be offering for 2017.  This year’s hotel is the DoubleTree Richmond and we are very excited about this new location.  It is centrally located among a variety of restaurants and a Starbucks (a payroll professional’s requirement to get through the day).  We will be meeting on Thursday, October 12 through Friday, October 13, 2017.

    The theme for 2017 is “Your Prescription for Compliance” and we want to improve your payroll health.  The VSPC is an affordable coverage for your payroll health.  We have many new speakers participating in this year’s conference.  You will find that the knowledge you will obtain at this year’s conference can extend your COBRA benefits into the future.

    Enjoy our In-Network group with payroll professionals throughout West Virginia and Virginia.  We also welcome our payroll communities from Maryland and North Carolina.  It doesn’t matter if you have a pre-existing condition, every payroll professional is welcome to this year’s conference.  All you need is the appropriate procedure authorization from your employer to attend.  It is a great opportunity to network with our payroll community and grow your payroll knowledge.

    We look forward to seeing you at this year’s conference.

    Elizabeth Burroughs, CPP

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    Registration is Open

    Registration for the 17th Annual Virginia Statewide Payroll Conference "Your Prescription for Compliance" is now OPEN!

    Registration fees are below:

    Early Bird Registration (April 1 - August 13, 2017) $350.00
    Regular Registration (August 14 - September 3, 2017) $430.00
    Late Registration (September 4 - September 15, 2017) $475.00

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    Hotel Reservations

    2017 Conference Hotel


    DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond-Midlothian
    1021 Koger Center Boulevard
    Richmond, Virginia 23235

    Room Rates:

    Single or Double: $119 - $125 per night
    Government Rate: $89 - $99 per night
    (prevailing per diem rate will apply)

    plus applicable state and local taxes and fees
    Parking is complimentary

    To make your reservation:
    1-800-222-TREE or 804-379-3800
    Request Group Rate - Virginia Statewide Payroll Conference

    Room block releases on September 20, 2017

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    Payroll Professional of the Year

    2016 Payroll Professional of the Year was Jackie Kronstain, CPP.  Who knows, you could be next.

    Each year the Virginia Payroll Professional of the Year Award is presented at the Annual Virginia Statewide Payroll Conference in recognition of outstanding service to the payroll community. It is one of the highest honors the Virginia Statewide Payroll Committee bestows upon members and is one of the most prestigious awards in the payroll profession.

    The Virginia Payroll Professional of the Year is chosen by an independent and impartial committee. This recognition is special because it recognizes a payroll professional who stands out for their accomplishments, contributions, and outstanding leadership abilities.

    Start thinking of what you would say.  Nominations open in July.

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    For 2017, the VSPC has selected Health Brigade as our charity.

    Health Brigade, formerly Fan Free Clinic, provides quality health services, especially to those least served, in a compassionate and non-judgmental environment. 

    Health Brigade – Virginia’s oldest free clinic – was born in a church basement during a time of social unrest. For the ensuing 50 years, we addressed the most challenging and often stigmatized health issues of the day. 

    • In the late 1960’s and the 1970s, we championed women’s access to oral contraceptives, providing safe birth control in the light of day. We wore armbands identifying us as medical personnel when we went into street protests to provide first aid.  We provided primary care to the poor and uninsured.
    • In the 1980s, we were early responders to the world’s AIDS pandemic, sending out care teams to support those living -- and dying -- with AIDS. Volunteers warmly embraced those who had been abandoned by family, friends, the community, and society.
    • In the 1990’s, as HIV/AIDS became a manageable, chronic disease, we shifted our focus to HIV/AIDS education, prevention, testing and support services. We became known as “the” place where you could obtain services and support if you were infected or affected byHIV/AIDS.
    • Today, we use a holistic person-centered care model, offering coordinated services for a healthy mind, body, and spirit because we believe that EVERYONE, especially those least served, deserves quality care.

    Last year Health Brigade staff volunteers:

    • Provided quality health care to nearly 1,500 patients through our medical clinic
    • Helped 450 clients with counseling and wellness services
    • Conducted 1,900 HIV tests on-site and in the community
    • Interacted with nearly 14,000 community members through our health outreach and advocacy efforts 

    Our services are critical.  There are still nearly 100,000 people uninsured in our service area.  Your support is needed so that we can continue to provide and expand care to our neighbors most in need.  

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    Did You Know.....

    Facts on Richmond - 

    • Richmond is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
    • Richmond is an independent city and not part of a county.
    • Richmond's family landmarks and historic places:
      • Byrd Theater
      • Museum and White House of the Confederacy
      • St. John's Church
      • Virginia State Capitol
      • Monument Avenue
      • Maymont
      • Shockoe Slip
      • Fan District
      • Canal Walk
      • Poe Museum
      • Holywood Cemetery
      • Richmond National Battlefield
      • City Hall
      • Egyptian Building
      • Virginia House
      • Bojangles Monument
      • Virginia War Memorial
    • Richmond's famous natives and residents:
      • Arthur Ashe (tennis player)
      • Henry Creamer (Vaudeville songwriter)
      • Ellen Glasgow (novelist)
      • Aimee Mann (musician)
      • Edgar Allan Poe (author/poet)
      • Tom Robbins (author)
      • Bill Robinson (performer)
      • Tom Wolfe (novelist)
      • Warren Beatty (actor)
      • Ray Dandridge (baseball player)
      • Fran Tarkenton (football player/sportscaster)


    2017 is an Election Year for the VSPC.  Start to think now if you are interested in running for an office.  Elected offices that will be open are:

    • President
    • Vice-President
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer


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    Exhibitors, Sponsors and Government Sponsors

    Our Exhibitors and Sponsors help us continue to make the VSPC the best conference for its value.  Thanks to our early sponsors for 2017.

    • Bloomberg BNA
    • Global Cash Card
    • PenSoft
    • Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement
    • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission


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    Annual Updates

    2017 Annual Updates

    Social Security Limit:

                                    2017:     $127,200/annual

                                    2016:     $118,500/annual


    Health Savings Account (HSA):

                                    2017:     Single    $3,400/annual

                                                    Family   $6,750/annual

                                    2016:     Single    $3,350/annual

                                                    Family   $6,750/annual

                                    Catch-Up (age 55 or older):         Additional $1,000/annual (no change)


    Flexible Spending Account (FSA):

                                    2017:     Health FSA                          $2,600/annual

                                                    Dependent Care              $5,000/annual

                                    2016:     Health FSA                          $2,550/annual

                                                    Dependent Care              $5,000/annual


    Commuter FSA:

                                    2017:     Transit                  $255/month

                                                    Parking                 $255/month



                                    2017:     $18,000/annual

                                    2016:     $18,000/annual

                                    Catch-Up (age 50 or older):         Additional $6,000/annual (no change)

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    Chapter News

    Look what is happening at our local chapters:

    APA Richmond Chapter

    Wednesday, June 21 - All Day Chapter Meeting - For more details visit the events page on the APA Richmond website.

    Charles Town West Virginia Chapter of the APA

    Our next meeting is in June.  Look for our new website coming soon! 


    Colonial Capital Chapter of the APA

    Tuesday, June 13 - Cynthia Holdren - OCSE
    Topic: "Child Support: Changes for 2017" 

    Hampton Roads Chapter of the APA

    Thursday, June 8 - Michael Baer - Bloomberg BNA
    Topics: "Joint Employer Liability" and "Update on Federal Initiatives Involving Payroll" 

    Shenandoah Valley Chapter of the APA

    Thursday, June 15 - Karen Kirk
    Topic: "Using Emotional Intelligence & Reality Based Leadership to Improve the Workplace"

    Southwest Virginia Chapter of the APA

    Thursday, April 27 - Carlan Myers - Commonwealth Cares
    Topic: "Why Payroll and HR Need to Work in Partnership"

    Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter of the APA

    Thursday, June 15 - Tim Cochran, CPP - Duke Energy
    Topic: "Time and Attendance Best Practices and Auditing"


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