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Payroll Management

Knowledge of and ability to use tools, techniques and processes to manage employee payroll and benefits operations.

Behavior Statements

Proficiency Level 1 - Basic understanding

Describes the basic concepts of payroll accounting and administration.

Names laws affecting hiring and termination processes and payroll accounting.

Identifies the general ledger entries that are associated with payroll and benefits.

Locates forms and documents used for processing payroll transactions.

Proficiency Level 2 - Working experience

Works in a payroll processing unit.

Maintains payroll accounting journal entries and other payroll records and documents.

Assists in preparation of W-2, W-3, 940, 941, and 1099 forms.

Processes payroll tax deposits.

Implements organizational practices and regulatory requirements regarding employee payroll records.

Proficiency Level 3 - Extensive experience

Supervises all aspects of payroll management operations.

Evaluates key issues and considerations for day-to-day payroll operations.

Advises on payroll practices used in multiple organizations.

Teaches others processes of payroll record-keeping for a wide range of transactions.

Anticipates the technical and practical challenges of payroll management.

Resolves unusual or complex payroll and benefits problems.

Proficiency Level 4 - Subject matter depth and breadth

Consults others on managing the complexities of a large-scale payroll operation.

Analyzes the pros and cons of outsourcing payroll operations.

Advises management on regulations for calculating pay, withholding taxes and benefits deductions.

Leads in implementing best practices used to manage the payroll function.

Champions the latest strategies, developments, and technologies in payroll management.

Plays a leadership role in re-engineering the payroll unit of an organization.

Interview Questions

  • How has your work in the payroll department benefitted the organization?
  • What were some of the most challenging payroll questions or problems you have had to respond to?
  • What has been your level of involvement in the payroll administration process?
  • What tools have you used to streamline payroll operations?
  • What are the key issues and considerations in the daily operations of payroll management?

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