Payroll Ethics and Making Payroll Work

Duration 60 Mins
Level Intermediate
Webinar ID IQW20I0903

  • The definition of payroll ethics
  • The ways in which ethical considerations reach payroll processing
  • The importance of confidentiality in all payroll matters
  • Data security and privacy in physical place and in conversation
  • Equal treatment for all employees
  • Management of processes to ensure fairness, timely pay and accuracy
  • Separation of duties among team members
  • How to address errors and preventing future ones
  • Has the coronavirus pandemic affected your company’s ethical practices and documentation?  If so, can your team assist in fixing what is broken

Overview of the webinar

Payroll is a complex process with regulation and oversight from multiple governmental agencies.The complexity of the required compliance makes it especially important that practitioners understand the concepts of confidentiality, fairness and accuracy as it applies to employee pay. Ensuring that all Federal, state and local rules are applied across the board is a primary responsibility of the payroll team. The webinar will review and discuss the ethical concepts underlying a focused and high-performing payroll team, while also touching on data privacy and security.Also: the global pandemic placed new and unaccustomed stress on payroll and other support teams.  How has this affected your ethical practices?

Who should attend?

  • Payroll Associate
  • Payroll Supervisor
  • Payroll Manager

Why should you attend?

Learning Objectives:

  • The meaning of ethics as it applies to payroll
  • Understanding all the aspects of attitudes and processes that affect payroll ethics
  • The crucial place of confidentiality in payroll data and communications
  • Adapting measures to ensure compliance
  • How segregation of team duties assists in ethical practices

Faculty - Ms. Merle Capello CPP

Merle Capello, CPP has been a payroll manager and educator for more than 30 years. She has held the CPP designation for more than 20 years and has worked in industries ranging from advertising to brokerage, from food production to data analysis. Merle has taught payroll administration in both college and corporate classrooms and has also assisted with local CPP and FPC Study Groups, helping payroll workers to gain and maintain certification. She has also consulted with payroll processing startups and established clients as payroll and payroll tax subject matter expert.


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