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Alert: Minimum Wage Increase 2022

2022 Minimum Wage Changes

We know that keeping up with the myriad of ever-changing payroll tax and compliance issues can be a challenge, especially for small businesses.
Minimum Wage Increase
Stay compliant with government payroll regulations by staying aware of the changing minimum wages that are in effect for 2022.

2022 Minimum Wage Changes

There are 20 states implementing some form of increase in their minimum wages for employees. If you have employees in any of the affected states, all hours worked starting the 1st of January must be paid at the higher rate. Find more information from the Department of Labor chart below.

Department of Labor Chart

Questions?

Please email the Support Department with questions or call 918-388-3320 anytime.

2021 Holiday Closings

REMINDER: HOLIDAY CLOSINGS

Christmas Eve: Friday, December 24, 2021
New Year’s Eve: Friday, December 31, 2021
Banks are open and processing for settlement dates of December 24 and 31.  However, no ACH transactions will be initiated on these days.

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Masks Required at Southwestern Payroll Per Latest CDC Guidelines

Recent developments regarding COVID-19 transmission and the Delta variant have caused us to reconsider what COVID precautions are necessary at this time.

The CDC is recommending that even vaccinated people wear masks when indoors with other people.  Therefore, I have made the decision that we will return to wearing masks in our office and that all visitors will be required to wear a mask to enter the building.  If you are picking up payroll and do not have a mask, we will happily bring your package to the door.  Some reasons for this decision are outlined below:

  • The Delta variant is spreading rapidly, largely due to it producing a higher viral load in patients.  Viral load is a measure of how much virus is present in various parts of the body and accounts for much of the ability of the virus to spread.
  • This increased viral load means that even vaccinated people who are exposed to the virus can potentially spread the disease even if they have no symptoms.
  • Additionally, even some vaccinated people are getting sick from this variant.  While they certainly do help protect from serious illness, vaccines do not provide 100% protection.
  • According to the CDC data, Tulsa County and almost all of Oklahoma are in the highest levels of current virus transmission.  Infection rates are the highest they have been since February of this year and on the rise.  Less than 44% of Tulsa County residents are fully vaccinated.

We all look forward to the end of the pandemic and these needed precautions. But with people being infected and dying at increasing rates again, we feel these steps are necessary to protect our staff and visitors.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Regards,

Darin Alred
President
Southwestern Payroll Service

Summer Blood Drive 2021

Summer Blood Drive July 20th

It is our honor to partner with the Red Cross for a blood drive! The Bloodmobile will be in our parking lot July 20th from 9am to 3pm.

Find available times and book your appointment from your computer or phone.

red cross tulsa blood drive july 20, 2021

Get Information

Please take a moment to find out what happens before, during and after donating blood, any questions you might have about the blood donation process, how the process works, and if you’re eligible to donate blood.

Download the App

Feel free to download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App and fill out the form on the day of the Drive. This Rapid Pass will help make your appointment go as smoothly as possible.

Share the Love

Please share our blood drive information with friends and family. Encourage them to book their appointment from their computer or phone.

Critically low levels due to the pandemic!

There’s a critical need for blood right now. With the ongoing pandemic, the Red Cross needs the help of blood and platelet donors and blood drive hosts to meet the needs of patient care. Your donation is needed to help prevent a shortage!

COVID-19 Antibody Test Results

The American Red Cross is testing all blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies. These results may provide valuable insight into a donor’s potential past exposure to this coronavirus or an antibody response developed after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Only those feeling healthy and well should be present to donate and appointments are strongly encouraged. Test results will be available to donors via the American Red Cross Blood Donor App or at RedCrossBlood.org within one to two weeks.

In accordance with CDC guidelines, all donors are required to wear a face mask even if vaccinated. Valve face masks are not permitted. Face shields can be worn in addition to face masks but not as a substitute.