Imagine advocating for new laws and policies that could actually make a difference in the lives of employers and employees nationwide. If that sounds like something you might like, joining one of a handful of American Payroll Association (APA) Government Relations Task Force (GRTF) subcommittees might be your calling.
During this afternoon’s Congress Power Hour Workshop Session “Make a Difference Through Volunteer Committees,” Alice P. Jacobsohn, Esq., Senior Manager of Government Relations for the APA, and Dan Dycus, CPP, Senior Director of Education Services for the APA, shared the many opportunities available for those individuals interested in using their knowledge and skills to serve the payroll profession.
GRTF subcommittees include: Immigration, IRS Issues, Payroll Cards, Retirement Accounts, and Child Support and Other Garnishments.
“I believe in the power of participation when shared voices, even just a few words, can have a significant positive impact on members’ professional and personal experience,” Jacobsohn said. “One of my roles is to create connections between members who volunteer their time and decision-makers.”
The APA’s Child Support and Other Garnishments Subcommittee recently improved one of these payroll practices when it endorsed the Uniform Wage Garnishment Act (UWGA). On July 13, 2016, the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) passed the UWGA, which supports a standardized approach for processing wage garnishments across the nation by simplifying legal requirements and forms so they are easy to understand.
“When a person leaves the workshop, I would like them to know that there are a variety of opportunities to volunteer,” Dycus said. “The opportunities within APA are limitless. You have to just decide on your journey.”