Please take a moment to be sure your new hire paperwork is up-to-date. Beginning January 21, 2017, employers will be required to use the revised Form I-9. The correct version should read, “Expires 08/31/2019”. Continue reading New Version of Form I-9: A Quick Rundown of Changes
Observance of Christmas – December 26, 2016
Banks are closed – Southwestern Payroll is closed
ACH, Wire Services, Direct Deposits, Deliveries, Check Dates and Processes may need to be changed. Continue reading 2016 Holiday Closings
Tis the Season
At Southwestern Payroll we truly hope that your holidays are filled with fun and laughter, and that they are indeed merry and bright.
Many Tulsa families struggle during this time to provide basic necessities, much less brighten their children’s lives with a few special treats. Every child deserves Continue reading 2016 Giving Tree!
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.
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