Highlights from the APA Congress 2018

May 21, 2018 | Aoife Flynn 5 Mins read

Last week, Payslip had the pleasure of attending the American Payroll Association (APA) Annual Congress in National Harbor, Maryland.

The team joined thousands of payroll professionals from across the globe to attend educational workshops, networking events and to discuss emerging industry trends.

Among the APA Congress attendees were Payslips’, Fidelma McGuirk, Aneta Dobrowlska, Caroline Keane and Daniela Barbova.

Throughout their time at the event, they noted two key topics that dominated the conversation at the congress, the impact of BREXIT on multi-nationals and GDPR coming into force on the 25th May 2018.

Take a walk through the key highlights of the APA Congress 2018 below:


Workshop Highlights

On Wednesday, we enjoyed joining the panel at The State of Global Payroll: Facts, Fears and the Future for Your Organisation. Great vision represented by Ian Sparrow, Vice President for Global Payroll at ADP, and interesting thoughts on the changing role of the Payroll Professional by Sian Odgers of ActivPayroll. Our own Fidelma McGuirk talked to the CFO need for independent reporting and insights, as well as how to use Art. 28 of GDPR to safeguard your payroll provider contracts. Under strong leadership by the one and only Mary Holland of GPMI, the lively discussion covered vendor contracts, GDPR and more …

  • Very interesting discussion about the inherit risks of vendor management and aggregator models at Can you afford the Global Payroll Compliance Risk? Great insights from Sian Odgers, Business Services Director for activpayroll and Max van der Klis-Busink, Payroll Manager in the Netherlands for Shell International BV.
  • BREXIT: The long divorce and insights into processing international payroll – As a major destination for American foreign direct investment in Europe, UK payroll and the impact of Brexit demanded a full house for Tim Kelsey, International Payroll Consultant at Kelsey’s Payroll Services Ltd.
    • As a thought leader on UK and International payroll, Tim walked through the serious implications for social security and national insurance contributions in the UK and its relevance for social security contributions to Europe.
  • Payroll in France – While France is often considered one of the three most difficult jurisdictions in which to practice payroll, this practical session explained the basics of social insurance contributions, as well as many other employer funds and the interaction of payroll administration with collective bargaining. The preview of the new French tax withholding scheme commencing in 2019 was very useful.
  • On Thursday, the Changes and Implications in Global Compliance was very useful, discussing best practice for impact assessments of legislative changes, interpretation of legal changes and how to minimise the challenges of payroll and tax changes.


Plenary Sessions


We had a great welcome ceremony on Tuesday, led by Dan Maddux, Executive Director, American Payroll Association, Sandra Doherty CPP, Immediate Past President, APA and John Raguz,CPP, President APA.

The International Guest Panel during lunch was very interesting, with Eira Hammond FCIPPdip, Board Chair, The Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals; Lavinthra Haripersad, Chair South African Payroll Association; Frank Lilley, CPA, CGA, Chair, The Canadian Payroll Association, and Jason Low, CPS, Head of TAPS, The Association of Payroll Specialists in Australia. Dan Maddux, as MC, had his work cut out for him with the international banter and competition, especially between Frank Lilley of Canada and Jason Low of TAPS. There was universal agreement that their Hot Line services were the most availed of in each country, confirming the needs of employees and their payroll managers across the world to have professional expertise available to them to ensure a good employee payroll experience.

The showstopping talk on Wednesday, organised and sponsored by Workday, by Steve Spangler on The Science of Engagement, was great fun, www.stevespanglerscience.com. Steve talked about how the experience overrides all other forms of retention and engagement, and that we need to consider the experience for the customer, our colleagues, our teams in order to ensure long term engagement. While this talk might sound familiar, Steve’s chemical experiments drove the message home in a very memorable way.



Payroll Technology Solution Stage


Fidelma McGuirk took to the Payroll Technology Stage on Thursdays session to discuss how multi-nationals can “Achieve Global Payroll and Be GDPR Ready”. Read the full article in Congress Today.

Highlights of the APA Congress evening events


Team Payslip attended a number of evening events throughout their time at the Congress. The team had the pleasure of mingling with payroll professionals and industry thought leaders from around the globe. Below are few highlights from the fantastic events organised.

Pictured above: Great fun at the Rapid Paycard reception on Tuesday night with Mary Holland and colleagues, Nicole, Yolanda and Susan from the Global Payroll Management Institute, Fidelma, Aneta, Daniela and Caroline from Payslip and Max van der Klis-Busink, RPP of Shell.

Pictured above: John Lestock, Senior Payroll Accountant at Sealaska Government Services,  Mary Holland from the Global Payroll Management Institute and the Payslip team, at Thursday nights License to Party!

Using Payslip, we can manage all our payrolls across nine in-country vendors on one platform. When the global Covid-19 pandemic arose, it was not an issue from a payroll perspective, and critically getting everyone paid. The Payslip platform enabled continuity for our international payroll service including the fast and seamless implementation of the Payslip Employment Self Service during this time.

Colin Smith

Payroll Manager, LogMeIn

With business and employee growth rates of above 50%, we rely on our vendors to deliver on time, every time. Payslip’s workflow automation, enables Phorest to manage our payroll provider process – data driven, real time and transparent. Payslip saves us time so we can focus on our business growth.

Ana Kelly

International Payroll Manager, Phorest