GCC Education Grant Winner By Stephanie Ernsting, CPP, CPA, CMA
Shares Knowledge With Chapter
I applied for an Education Grant to bring new topics back to our local payroll chapter, the Northeast Wisconsin Chapter of the APA (NEW APA). One of the first things I did when I became President of the NEW APA in January 2017 was conduct a survey of the 130-member chapter asking for topics for 2017. Although not surprised by the results, I quickly realized I did not have the in-depth knowledge of the topics they were asking for. There are a number of ways to get the information requested to the local chapter - invite guest speakers, attend webinars, or we could cultivate the knowledge from within.
Winning the Global Cash Card Education Grant has given me a great opportunity to continue my personal growth and share this additional knowledge with my local chapter of the APA. Through winning the GCC Education Grant, I attended the APA Congress in Orlando in May. Through the generosity of GCC, my conference fee, hotel, and airfare were paid for and I was able to focus on furthering my payroll education and finding information on the topics the NEW APA was interested in.
I focused on a couple of topics at Congress. One was wages paid to deceased employees, a topic we had been discussing at my company and as a local chapter. I attended a great session at Congress led by Sally Thomson, CPP, and Kristine Willson, CPP. After Congress, we shared our newfound knowledge at our June meeting. I asked one of my payroll mentors, Cindy Cichosz, CPP, to travel with me to Appleton, Wisconsin, and help me lead a meeting with the local chapter on the payment of wages to deceased employees. We led the session together and created takeaways our chapter members could use at their companies. Months after this meeting, I am still hearing comments that the information presented in that session was useful and could be used repeatedly.
Another topic I focused on was relocation pay. This was a timely topic as my company has recently rewritten our relocation policies. With the rewrite of the policies, and the training I received at Congress, I have been able to navigate tricky relocation situations that have arisen at Bemis Company, Inc. I am confident after my experiences at Congress and through the APA that we are handling all of those situations correctly and fairly for the company and employee.
I am very thankful to Global Cash Card and the APA for choosing me to receive the 2017 Education Grant. I have encouraged and promoted the Education Grants and my Congress experience at our NEW APA chapter meetings. I encourage anyone interested in great payroll education, wonderful networking experiences, and, of course, the Washington, D.C. area, to apply for an education grant for this coming Congress. It is an easy application process and well worth the time spent. See you in National Harbor, Maryland, in 2018!
Stephanie Ernsting, CPP, CPA, CMA, is Director of Global Business Services for Bemis Company, Inc.