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29th Annual Northwest Regional Payroll Conference
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29th Annual Northwest Regional Payroll Conference

9/21/2017 to 9/22/2017
When: Sept 21-22, 2017
8:00 AM
Where: Tacoma Convention Center
1500 Broadway
Tacoma, Washington  98402
United States
Presenter: Various
Contact: Cassie Lopez

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Theme: Payroll Mystery Train

The dates: September 21st and 22nd 2017

Where: Tacoma Conference Center

Please join us to follow the clues to solve the mysteries of payroll on the Payroll Mystery Train

Your Conductor: The Rainier Chapter

Up to 10 RCH Credits from the APA

Meet & Greet, pre-Conference Wednesday Sept 20 5:30-7:30, Best Western Plus Tacoma Dome


Topics & Speakers:

How Oregon Sick Time and Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA) ruin your train schedule and on-time experience - Joseph Tam, Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries

Millennials & Generational Preferences around Payment & Paycards - Andrew Boyadijan Global Cash Card

Paperless Payment of Wages - Lacey Daniel NetSpend

Employment Tax Updates & Navigating the IRS Website - Kari Gilje IRS 

Government Panel Roundtable

Payroll Panel Roundtable

Compliance, Control, & Costs: The Three Cs of Workforce Management - Adam McInturff TimeClock Plus

Payroll Research on the Internet - Troy Prosser Symmetry Software

Ins & Outs of the I-9 - Tim Parsley US Citizenship and Immigration Services

Changing the Rules: New Child Support Withholding Practices that Affect Every Employer - Doug Cheney DSHS

Overview of Initiative 1433 and L&I’s new Paid Sick Leave Law - Tuyen Manikhoth WA State LNI

Stock Compensation and Payroll Reporting Responsibilities - Merianne White, Blucora

5 Steps to Reduce Stress by Partnering with HR - Aubrey Armes All Things HR

Staying Abreast of Payroll Changes - Andy Garboden American Payroll Association

Garnishments - Andy Garboden American Payroll Association

Pay Equity - Casey Pettersen ADP

Unclaimed Property - Linda Brown WA Dept of Revenue

Interview Techniques - Karen Cook Slalom

New Overtime Regulation - John Brondello Time Equipment Company

Wanda Blunt

Keynote Speakers:

Payroll "Gotchas" - Andy Garboden - American Payroll Association

Anything is Possible! The Power of the Team - Curt Archambault - People & Performance Strategies

More to come...


$499 Non Rainier Chapter Members (become a member today and save $80 off conference with the Early Bird Discount)

Benefits to being a member of the Rainier Chapter:

●Networking Opportunities: Membership in the Rainier Chapter, APA and attendance at our monthly chapter meetings will provide many opportunities to meet other professionals in the Pacific Northwest and exchange ideas on a broad range of issues which may be impacting your organization or job functions. 

● Career Building Opportunities: Advance your career as a payroll professional. Members of the Rainier Chapter can participate in the opportunity to join a study group which will prepare you for taking one or both of the American Payroll Association’s certifications: Fundamentals of Payroll Compliance (FPC) or Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) . 
● Chapter Committee Involvement: As a member, you can join a chapter committee and become a vital contributor to the chapter’s commitment to the payroll community. Committees such as the …Membership - where you could assist in maintaining and generating various ways to increase membership in the Rainier Chapter, APA;Education - which has been instrumental in providing 80 Payroll Source books to chapter members at a substantial discount, or organize and facilitate Study Groups;National Payroll Week - where you could assist in the organizing the chapter’s National Payroll Week’s events and promotions;…could always use your time, talent or ideas to help make 2017 the chapter's best year yet!
● Board of Directors: As a member of the Board, you could contribute to the success of the Rainier Chapter, APA by promoting chapter events/activities with local, state and national colleagues. Each board member provides a unique and integral opportunity to demonstrate the ever increasing significance payroll professionals play in this global economy. 
● Community Service Opportunities: Every year the Rainier Chapter of the American Payroll Association participates in community service projects to gain exposure for the payroll industry and to give back to our community. Past chapter projects have included food drives for food banks in the Northwest as well as donation drives to provide professional apparel for job seeking homeless persons. 

$410 Rainier Chapter Members  

10% Early Bird Discount by 8/31/2017

Pre-Conference Meet & Greet sponsored by rapid!Paycard:  If you are in Tacoma on Wednesday, September 20 join us at the Best Western Plus Tacoma Dome (2611 East E Street, Tacoma, WA 98421) from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM.  Cash bar, light appetizers will be served.

Where To Stay:

Hotel Murano (.2 miles): 15% off Flexible Rate - use this link:

Courtyard Tacoma Downtown (.2 miles)

Holiday Inn Express (.4 miles)

Best Western Plus Tacoma Dome (.9 miles): A full service – AAA approved hotel, located steps from the Tacoma Dome, minutes from the Tacoma Convention & Trade Center and downtown Tacoma! The hotel provides complimentary underground parking, local shuttle service and Wi-Fi access. Along with a complimentary hot deluxe breakfast buffet with a made-to-order omelet station! We also have an on-site Season’s Restaurant and Lounge with a happy hour menu! The group block is under Regional Chapter of the American Payroll

La Quinta Inn & Suites Tacoma Seattle (1.4 miles)

Extended Stay America - Tacoma Fife (2.3 miles)

Silver Cloud Inn Tacoma - Waterfront (2.4 miles)

Rodeway Inn and Suites (2.4 miles)

GuestHouse Inn Fife (2.4 miles)

Extended Stay America - Tacoma South (2.7 miles)

Econo Lodge (2.7 miles)

Click here for more details on each of these hotels

Directions & Parking

Driving Directions

From I-5 Southbound/Northbound:

  1. Take Exit 133 (City Center Exit) toward I-705/ City Center.
  2. Keep LEFT toward I-705/ City Center.
  3. Turn LEFT onto ramp toward A Street/ City Center.
  4. Keep LEFT to stay on ramp toward S. 15th Street/ Pacific Avenue.
  5. Follow S. 15th Street two blocks, the Convention Center will be on your left.
  6. To access onsite parking, turn LEFT on Court C.

Parking - Parking lots are operated by Republic Parking and managed by the City of Tacoma.

Accessible parking is available in Parking Lot A garage on a first come, first serve basis, and can be accessed via the ramp from Commerce Street.

*Standard parking rates:
$6.00 ..... 0-4 Hours
$12.00....4 + Hours/ All Day
subject to change at any time

Alternate Off-Site Parking options include street parking, downtown Tacoma parking lotsRepublic Parking NW lotsDiamond Parking lots, and the Tacoma Dome Station Transit Garage (FREE) serviced by Link Light Rail.

Tacoma's Free Link Light Rail runs frequently throughout the downtown corridor with a stop located just outside the Convention Center on Commerce Street.

The Greater Tacoma Convention Center and the City of Tacoma remain committed to providing a positive parking experience for all users. We have recently implemented an improved pre-payment system to ease congestion and expedite exit times, and increased the number of electronic multi-pay stations available. Learn more about the Convention Center pay stations.

We appreciate our relationships with our clients, patrons,and guests, and look forward to continuing to provide excellent service. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations are located at the Convention Center in Parking Lot A. To utilize a charging station, you must pay for parking within the lot separately. View our Sustainability Page for more information on charging stations and fees. 

Things to do nearby:

Tacoma Farmer's Market - Thursdays 10am-3pm on Broadway street

Tacoma offers a full range of restaurants - from fine to casual dining, as well as nightlife options. Many world-class museums are located in the core of downtown Tacoma; Museum of GlassTacoma Art MuseumWashington State History Museum and LeMay – America's Car Museum. For entertainment, a vibrant theater district provides many options and the Tacoma Dome Arena and Exhibition Hall is just a light rail ride away. For those ready to shop, boutique-style shops line the downtown core and Tacoma's "Antique Row" is a fun way to explore. If you are traveling with children, be sure to visit the Children's Museum of Tacoma featuring hands on exhibits and an art studio for children of all ages. For those who want to spend the day outdoors, discover the local parks, stroll along the waterfront promenade and stop by the Foss Waterway Seaport or visit Mt. Rainier National Park. During spring and summer months, take in a game at Tacoma's newly renovated Cheney Stadium, home of the Tacoma Rainiers AAA baseball team.

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