April 2019 Print

    President's Report

    Happy Tax Day to everyone.  I hope you all had wonderful tax season from sending out W-2s (probably reprints for many employees), submitting tax filings on behalf of your company and yourself, and updating employees’ exemptions as they learned how much they owed or got back this year.

    It’s now time to take a moment for yourself.  Consider taking a day off and do something that has nothing to with maintaining your home, chasing after your kids and their events, or any other chores you have throughout a normal day.  Take a day where you can go for a walk and enjoy the blossoms throughout the neighborhood.  Sit with a glass of your favorite drink and a book outside and read for hours.  Go to a matinee movie by yourself knowing everyone you know is at work or school.  Enjoy a day at the spa and get a massage.  Visit your hairdresser and get that style you have put off for months.  Pick a bright color and get a manicure and pedicure.  Basically, take a day to take care of yourself.  We all know, as payroll professionals, we could use a day like that.  Treat yourself!

    Then you will come back to work all refreshed and ready to go.  Before work runs away with you again, take two minutes and register for this year’s conference in Roanoke, VA.  We will be there on October 10th and 11th, 2019.  Roanoke is a very popular location for our payroll professionals, so be sure to secure your hotel reservation today so you can stay at Hotel Roanoke with us.  We don’t want to miss you this year so don’t wait until early registration comes to an end.  Get your spot secured today and you won’t need to think about it again until we are all headed for Roanoke.  I know I am excited about this year’s event.

    Our VSPC Committee is working hard to get the event ready for two days packed full of networking, learning, developing, and fun.  Our payroll professionals are from Maryland, District of Columbia, North Carolina, West Virginia and Virginia.  This is the best opportunity to develop your payroll network with payroll professionals from all different companies.  Those companies can be small to large and our experiences to share can be recent or things we have learned over our career.  Whether you are fairly new to the payroll community or not, the conference is a way to learn from each other with the questions we ask in the breakout and general sessions.  The speakers we have each year are wonderful but we just don’t learn from them, we learn from each other too.

    Each year, I know I am grateful for the number of new people I meet.  I have learned so much from each one of you.  It is one of the reasons I stay involved with the conference and now serve as your President.  When I first started attending payroll events, I was beyond quiet and shy.  No one would believe that now, and that is ok, but it was true.  I was afraid to ask questions at my first conference until another payroll professional, who I consider a great teacher for me, told me that the questions I may have are probably the questions others have and unless I ask, the speaker cannot help.  With that, I started asking and feeling more comfortable in my payroll knowledge.  Now, I am that teacher for many payroll professionals and that hasn’t stopped the fact that I still have my teachers at the same time.  Ask your questions.  Be your advocate for knowledge.  Never stop trying to grow and don’t be afraid to get involved.  I am really glad I did.

    Happy Spring!
    Carrie Louise Hovell, CPP

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    Early Bird Registration Ending

    Each year, the VSPC helps new and current payroll professionals remain up-to-date in the ever-changing payroll industry and prepare for the FPC and CPP certification examinations.  This year, “Payroll Strikes Back” will be offering several new and exciting learning opportunities for our attendees.  The Speaker Committee is finalizing this year’s line-up, so keep an eye out for class selections in the near future.

    Registration is underway, and we’re off to a great start.  The discounted Early Bird rates expires July 15th, so be sure to save your seat before prices increase!

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    Payroll Professional of the Year

    Who will be VSPC’s 2019 Payroll Professional of the Year…could it be YOU?

    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.

    Nominate someone you know who has a strong work ethic and is dedicated to providing outstanding customer service in the area of payroll. Are you a one-person payroll department?  Self-nominations are accepted.

    The deadline to nominate is Friday, August 30th.  For additional details about the PPY process, and to access the online application form, please visit

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    For more than four decades, Local Office on Aging (LOA) has served seniors age 60 and older in the Roanoke Valley and Alleghany Highlands with one singular mission-helping older persons remain independent for as long as possible.

    Since 1972, LOA has carried out this mission by coordinating more than 25 senior-centric community service programs providing nutrition, education, advocacy and socialization to a growing population of aging adults.

    Last year, LOA helped 844 seniors live healthier and safer in their own homes because volunteers provided friendly visits, well-being checks, and more than 124,000 meals.

    So, let us do our part and start donating today to support a worthwhile organization. Here is the link to donate.

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    VSPC Social

    Wow, time is really flying by, next thing you know it will be October and we will all be busy getting ready for the next conference in beautiful downtown Roanoke.  I am so excited, I love Roanoke so much.  It is such a quaint town.  During the next few months we will be busy planning out the evening social.  We already have an awesome DJ, and now are working on some exciting and super fun games and prizes to go along with our “Price is Right” style game night.   We will have games like golf, bowling and guessing how much the price of an item is.  i.e. How much does a plastic container of 42 count Tide Pods cost?   $4.94, $7.89, $11.97 or $15.99?  So be ready…….

    We will also be hiding rocks and shells this year.  Several of us worked at the retreat and painted rocks and shells that we found at the beach and have them all ready to hide for everyone. We are currently working on the rock hiding, so be on the lookout for more information on this.    We will be giving out hints of what kind of painted rocks and shells we have (i.e. what is painted on a rock or shell) so hopefully everyone is reading this and will be able to tell us what kind of painted rocks and shells we will be hiding when we ask.

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    Exhibitors, Sponsors and Government Sponsors

    CBIZ – Platinum Sponsor

    CBIZ is one of the nation’s leading providers of professional advisory services, focused on accounting, benefits and insurance, HR and payroll solutions. We deliver those solutions to you through a unique combination of locally based, trusted advisors backed by a national team of specialized experts.

    For more information, contact your local CBIZ Advisor or call our toll-free help line, 1-800-ASK-CBIZ (1-800-275-2249) or by visiting our website: 

    Follow us on Twitter @cbx

    Equifax – Gold Sponsor

    Equifax is a global information solutions company that uses unique data, innovative analytics, technology, and industry expertise to power organizations and individuals around the world by transforming knowledge into insights that help make more informed business and personal decisions.

    Learn more by visiting our website

    rapid! Paycard – Silver Sponsor
    PayCards benefit your employees, bottom line and the environment. With the rapid! PayCard®, you can create a great new employee benefit while reducing costs, improving efficiency, and deepening your commitment to corporate environmental responsibility.

    Visit our website

    PowerTime – Silver Sponsor

    PowerTime is a suite of web-based time and attendance solutions. By logging in from your web browser, you and your employees can access it anytime, anywhere. We offer extremely versatile and programmable hardware devices, designed for implementation in any industry. They make ideal timeclocks, general kiosks, and industrial fixed mount data terminals.

    From workshop to desktop, and everywhere in-between, it's built for you.

    See how PowerTime can help you track and monitor your employees’ timesheets and expenses in real time by visiting our website at

    WISLEY – Copper Sponsor

    A leader in customized pay card solutions, Wisely Pay by ADP combines the power of Global Cash Card and the expertise of ADP to deliver a digital payment processing platform that enables innovation to help employers meet employee demands, reduce costs and minimize payroll burden.

    Relying on best-in-class, wholly-owned technology that is highly configurable based on customer needs and is Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliant, Wisely by ADP helps deliver a 100% electronic payment solution designed for nationwide compliance and provides easy cash access and dynamic purchasing capabilities for employees.

    Wisely by ADP is ready to lead the way into the future of pay. Learn more today.

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    Did You Know.....

    July 21, 1969 is a day that will forever live in infamy when U.S. astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first people to walk on the moon.  This historic jaunt lasted just under 2 ½ hours.  In 1969, the salary for federally employed pilots was around $17,000 annually which is equal to $121,000 today, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator.  Apollo astronauts received an additional $8 daily per diem during their travels – minus deductions like the room & board provided on the spaceship!  You can view Buzz Aldrin’s actual expense reports at

    The astronauts on the Apollo 11 mission did not receive hazard pay, and they were also unable to obtain life insurance for the mission.  Even if an agency would have been willing to give them a policy, the astronauts would likely have not been able to afford it.  Neil Armstrong’s estimated $50,000 life insurance policy in 1969 would cost more than $350,000 today, almost 3x his gross annual salary! 

    After one member of the mission thought they were coming down with a cold, NASA implemented quarantine procedures a month before liftoff.  While contained in the plexiglass room, the team spent the time working on an alternative life insurance policy.  In what would become a common practice, the guys signed their names on envelopes emblazoned with various space-related images. They would, of course, become intensely valuable should the trio perish on the mission and provide their families with a future source of income.

    And to ensure the envelopes would hold maximum value, the crew put stamps on them, and sent them in a package to a friend, who dumped them all in the mail so they would be postmarked July 16, 1969 — the day of the mission's success — or its failure.  The items are still collected today, with a wide range of pricing on eBay depending on the authenticity and display offered.

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    Chapter News

     Charles Town West Virginia Chapter

    Please check us out at We invite you to join us for our June 14th quarterly chapter meeting on Your Payroll’s Secret Ingredient: The Payroll Checklist, speaker Katie Horvat, CPP for 1.5 RCHs. Our meetings are held at American Public University, 393 North Lawrence Street, Charles Town, WV 25414 at 2 pm. For more information, please contact or register online for this event. We look forward to seeing you at our chapter meeting!

     Hampton Roads Chapter

    The Hampton Roads Chapter is gearing up and ready for a great Spring season! The flowers are blooming, birds are singing and we are so looking forward to our April 11th meeting where we will discuss "Changing Pay Frequencies" and " Tax Reform Law and How it Affects the Taxation of Fringe Benefits"!  Did you know that April is National Volunteer Month? At the HRAPA chapter, our community service committee has issued a challenge and we are looking forward to seeing our members active in their communities and supporting their charities and organizations.  Check out our social links below to see what they are up to.

    If you weren't able to register in time for our April meeting, don't worry, we would love to see you at the our upcoming June 13th Meeting; you can register here

    Follow us on our Social Media:  Facebook (don't forget to like our page), Twitter, & LinkedIn


     Richmond Chapter

    Chapter Meeting, April 10, 2019, 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM

    The Place at Innsbrook, 4036-C Cox Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060

    Guest Speakers:  Frank Lynch, Director and Assistant General Counsel for Allianz and Jillian Wagner, Robert Half, “The New Labor Model for Finance”            

    2 RCH, $30.00 Member Registration and $50.00 Non-Member Registration

    The Richmond Chapter APA Matthew G. Gwaltney $1,000.00 Scholarship application package deadline is April 30, 2019. The candidate must be recommended by a chapter member for a senior in high school or any college student.

    New this year, the Richmond Chapter APA established the Feldman E. Lane, CPP Payroll Education Grants. Five grants will be awarded to Chapter members to encourage professional growth through payroll training and educational offerings. The deadline to apply for the payroll grants is May 15, 2019.

    The CPP and FPC Study Groups are coming this summer.  Payroll Certification is the key to your future, so plan by registering now. Recertification credit hours are also available.

    See Richmond Chapter APA website for more detailed information


     Southwest Virginia Chapter

    Southwest VA Chapter’s next meeting will be held on April 25th from 8:30 am to 10:00 am at American HealthCare LLC, 3131 Electric Rd, Roanoke VA 24018.  The topic is TBD.  Please visit our website at for more information.


     Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter

    Chapter Meeting June 6th 
    11:30 am – 2:15 pm
    Location: Justin Bradley offices - 1725 I St NW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20005
    Located at the corner of the Farragut North (red line) and Farragut West (orange, silver, blue lines) metro stations

    All you need to know about being relevant in today’s Job Market
    Join us for an unconventional presentation on keeping your career moving forward!  No matter where you are in your career, staying relevant professionally will be a big part of your success.  Many of us are so busy actually performing our job day-to-day, that we neglect to develop a few key areas that will help propel our career forward.  This program will help you identify these areas and improve them with proven, advanced and new methods. We will help you understand the trends, use tools like LinkedIn and the importance of the relationship with your recruiter.

    This meeting has been approved for 1.5 RCHs

    $20 for WMAC members / $35 for non-members
    Late Fee after Noon 6/3 is additional $12.00

    Please visit for registration.

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