Helping Improve Payroll & HR Organizations

Mary Jo Harling, CPP is currently helping organizations improve their Payroll processes, management, and policies.Her consulting engagements include payroll administration, governmental compliance including taxation and garnishments, policies and process Improvements, project implementations and technology assessments.

She has over 30 years of Payroll and Benefits process and information technology experience.She has extensive training and experience in payroll administration, withholding, taxation, project implementations, process improvement, payroll best practices, quality management, and pension and supplemental unemployment benefit administration.

Using her extensive knowledge of taxation and payroll legal requirements, Mary Jo has guided her clients in the development and implementation of automation of the wage attachment process; saving plan compliance testing and reclassification processes; moving expense gross-up and reporting process; and many others.  In addition to providing her talents in determining specifications, system documentation, and testing procedures for the system software, she has aided clients in design, documentation, and execution of the administrative procedures that correspond to these system enhancements.  With her assistance, the clients have been successful in streamlining internal processes while ensuring compliance to all legal and internal audit requirements.

Ms. Harling holds a B.A. degree in Theoretical Mathematics from the University of Michigan.has maintained Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) status since 1988.Her previous experience includes leading a team responsible for processing over ten million payroll, pension, and supplemental benefits checks and deposit notices annually.

Ms. Harling is very active in the Detroit Chapter of the American Payroll Association (APA).  Her responsibilities in the Chapter have included Chapter President, Government Liaison, Hot Line Consultant, numerous speaking engagements, and chairing the CPP Study Group for Payroll Professionals.She was named Michigan Payroll Professional of the Year in 1991 and 2000.

A longtime APA member, Ms. Harling has also been active on the national level.She has presented workshops at the APA's Annual Congress and served as an Consultant for the Hot Line Referral Service. For the past twenty years, she has served as a member on the APA's National Government Affairs Task Force (GATF), directly involved with the many Government Affairs Sub-task groups involving the Internal Revenue Service, Social Security Administration, Department of Labor, Office of Child Support Enforcement, and the Bureau of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  She currently sits on the GATF Data Privacy and Security Subcommittee.  She also Co-chairs the Global Issue Committee of the Strategic Payroll Leadership Task Force.  Mary Jo will also be serving on the APA’s Board of Advisors beginning in May of 2009. In 1992 she received the APA's Meritorious Service Award.  In 2006, Mary Jo was named the APA’s Payroll Woman of the Year.

Mary Jo Harling, CPP

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