Ongoing Security Efforts
As part of our ongoing efforts to provide the best security possible for our users, we will be discontinuing support for outdated browsers for payentry.com, ESS, Time Management and Timeforce. Older browsers use a technology that has certain security flaws that could be exploited. Continue reading IMPORTANT SECURITY UPDATE: SUPPORTED BROWSERS
At Southwestern Payroll Service, our goal is to provide efficient and accurate services to each client, with a generous dose of friendliness and helpful support.
We’re happy to report that we were recently awarded an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) based on their assessment of our history and ongoing performance. Continue reading BBB A+ Rating
Most employers by now should be aware of the proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regarding who must receive overtime that were scheduled to become effective December 1. The basic proposed change is that the salary amount required for someone to be a salaried employee was scheduled essentially to double to $47,476 effective December 1. Under the rule that is now blocked, many employees would become hourly and need to track their time or receive a raise to the new minimum.
Twenty-one states and various business interests sued the Department of Labor over the rule, alleging that the salary threshold is too high and that the Department of Labor exceeded its authority in indexing it. The judge held a another hearing November 28 and has officially blocked the rule’s implementation.
This means that for now, you do not have to follow the new rules and may not ever. At this point, it is unknown whether the rule will ever go into effect or be replaced with a new version.
Several things could happen at this point. For one, Congress could come up with a compromise that addresses the judge’s concerns and send the bill to President Obama to sign. In the current climate, this seems unlikely. Another possibility is that the DOL could appeal the Fifth Circuit, which would take until sometime in 2017 to receive a decision, at which point even if the injunction is lifted, there would still be ongoing litigation. A third option is that the DOL accepts the decision, at which point the judge would make it a permanent block. This seems unlikely as well, given the statements currently coming from the DOL. Regardless, the issue will likely be addressed in some way when President-elect Trump takes office.
We will keep you posted on further developments.
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Says Steve Hobbes, our VP Sales & Marketing,”I’m grateful for my Southwestern teammates who care about our clients’ success as much as I do. I’m grateful for my healthy and supportive family.”
Our Loved Ones
Some of our team simply brought pictures of the ones near and dear to their hearts. Continue reading Who We Are Thankful For…
This and every year at Southwestern, we are thankful for our clients. We’d like to remind you of the Thanksgiving holiday banking schedule.
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24th
BANKS & SOUTHWESTERN PAYROLL CLOSED
There will be no banking activity. Therefore, ACH, Wire Services, Direct Deposits, Deliveries, Check Dates and Processes may need to be changed. Continue reading 2016 Thanksgiving Day Closings
W2 & ACA Filing Deadlines & Year End Processing Schedules
It’s the time here at Southwestern, when we begin to look ahead to year-end processing. This year we are focused on year-end especially early because of significant changes that the IRS and Social Security Administration have made to our processing deadlines. Continue reading New W2 & ACA Deadlines and Schedules!
Why Veteran’s Day Matters
Many of us here at Southwestern Payroll have a loved one who has given their service to the United States military. So for us, Veteran’s Day is more than a bank holiday. It’s something we take seriously.
We believe in the value of honoring those who have given so much for our safety and comfort. And Veteran’s Day is the ideal time to stop and consider the careers, health, safety and the very lives given for this United States of America we love so well. Continue reading Veteran’s Day 2016: To Honor and Support
All banks will be closed for Veteran’s Day on Friday, November 11, 2016.
No direct deposits will settle or be initiated on this day.
If your check date is Friday, November 11, you may need to contact us in order to coordinate your payroll processing for a timely direct deposit. Continue reading Banking Holiday: Veteran’s Day 11.11.16
A Friendly Reminder
This Saturday night, set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed. Daylight Savings Time will end at 2 a.m. on November 6, 2016.
Why This Is Important for Your Business
Synchronizing watches is no joke in business. It’s vital that everyone is on the same time whether you are a Web Input client or you use a physical time clock.
Be certain to inform your employees of the time change and that your IT department sets your computer‘s default time to change automatically on the scheduled date and time.
Note for Physical Time Clock Users
Timeforce is setup with special features to synchronize the time clock with your computer by downloading the date & time from your computer on a daily basis.
Make sure your computer’s default time moves backward by one hour on this date. If your computer fails to adjust with the end of Daylight Savings Time, your time clock will synchronize with your computer and be one hour ahead.
NOTE: If for any reason your time clock or computer does not update automatically as it should, do not make any adjustments to employees’ time cards.
Instead, contact our Support Department immediately at 918-388-3320 or email Support@swpay.com for assistance, and we will respond as quickly as possible in the order the calls are received.
The Southwestern Payroll team makes Payroll and HR a lot more fun. Our team takes the terror out of compliance, taxes, time and attendance, and all those other details.
This Halloween, our crew transformed into fairy-tale characters, mad scientists, butterflies, flappers, witches, bikers, Dia de Los Muertos doll, and a giant squirrel (to count the nuts).
Continue reading We Take the Terror Out of Payroll & HR