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Sample Thank You Letter for APA Congress

Memorandum

To: [name of your manager and/or person who approved your request to attend]
cc: Finance
From: [your name here]
Date: [fill in as appropriate]
Subject: Return on Training Investment

Thanks to your support, I recently attended the American Payroll Association's 33rd Annual Congress. At this four-and-half- day conference, I learned a great deal that will benefit our operations, and I'd like to share a few highlights.

From government officials and industry experts, I got the very latest legislative and regulatory compliance updates, which will protect our payroll operations from potential noncompliance penalties.

I learned about new methods and technologies that could improve the productivity of our staff and the cost-effectiveness of our processes. I am examining these new practices to see if any would be appropriate for our payroll department.

I networked with payroll professionals who work in comparably sized companies and in similar operating environments. These informal discussions provided some valuable success stories and lessons learned that could help us save time and money. I will study them to see how they may apply to our operations.

[Insert Example(s) of what you learned]

As a Congress attendee, I have online access to all handouts from the conference workshops and have pulled all the relevant material together as a department resource, which will help us keep our payroll operations running smoothly.

Thank you for allowing me to attend APA's Congress and for supporting my continuing education. I assure you that what I have learned and the contacts I have made will help support our continued payroll compliance and the cost-effectiveness of our operations.

INSTRUCTIONS
Use one or two of the following examples to illustrate what you learned at the Congress, or create examples of your own.


[Example]
At APA's Congress I went to an entire track of workshops about processing payroll in countries all over the world, like China, Italy, Japan and France - some of the specific countries where we're planning our business expansion. How timely was that? These workshops were extremely helpful. They have shortened our learning curve by many months.

[Example]
The Affordable Care Act is no longer a mystery to me. Speakers at a workshop at APA's Congress not only explained the ACA plainly and simply, but also tied in the impact it has on our payroll department. I'm sending the handout and a copy of all my notes to our Benefits associates.

[Example]
There is just no substitute for hearing about federal government regulations from the people who actually administer the law. The Forum on Federal Issues is always the highlight of my workshop schedule at the APA Congress. I got answers from real people who work for the IRS, DOL and USCIS to those questions that had us stumped.

[Example]
The Nuts and Bolts workshop I attended at Congress this year provided the missing information piece of the child support puzzle that was driving me nuts! Two experts on child support did an outstanding job of covering all the topics that will now bring our child support processing picture into focus. Thank you for sending me.

INSTRUCTIONS

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