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As a payroll professional, I define payroll ethics as keeping the highest standards when doing our jobs. This includes always being proactive in processing payrolls; ensuring confidentiality in all our work; performing due diligence in order to determine that employees are paid timely, fairly and accurately; treating all employees fairly and with professional courtesy.  Ethical treatment of the payroll process will also involve regular audits to ensure that payrolls are accurate. Payroll ethics also encompasses a transparent process that maintains confidentiality, and separation of duties that ensures fairness. Data security, privacy, and employee confidentiality are also keywords for assuring optimal ethical treatment of all. Regular monitoring of possible breaches can help ensure privacy. Keeping up with the latest threats, scams and fraud alerts also adds to the process of ensuring the best, most reliable and fairest product a payroll team can produce; accurate, timely and fair paychecks for all regardless of level.


  • The meaning of ethics as it applies to payroll
  • Understanding all the aspects of attitudes and processes that affect payroll ethics
  • The crucial place of confidentiality in payroll data and communications
  • Adapting measures to ensure compliance
  • How segregation of team duties assists in ethical practices?

  • The definition of payroll ethics
  • The ways in which ethical considerations reach payroll processing
  • The importance of confidentiality in all payroll matters
  • Data security and privacy in a physical place and in conversation
  • Equal treatment for all employees 
  • Management of processes to ensure fairness, timely pay and accuracy

Payroll is a complex process with regulation and oversight from multiple governmental agencies. The complexity of the required compliance makes it especially important that practitioners understand the concepts of confidentiality, fairness, and accuracy as it applies to employee pay.  Ensuring that all Federal, state, and local rules are applied across the board is a primary responsibility of the payroll team. The webinar will review and discuss the ethical concepts underlying a focused and high-performing payroll team, while also touching on data privacy and security.


  • Payroll Associate
  • Payroll Supervisor
  • Payroll Manager or Director
  • Compliance teams

Merle Capello is an experienced Payroll Professional who can manage, train and elevate team members, enhancing their skills so that they can be leveraged to benefit clients. Merle is a professional who works to improve processes, by additional knowledge and conforming to rules of compliance. She is also an experienced procedure and policy developer who works to leave a better team behind than the one she finds. Merle is a subject matter expert on compliance, payroll taxes, work rules and payroll best practices. Merle, offers consulting services for those who need a professional's advice and counsel. In her more than 25 years of experience spearheading the development, enhancement, and transfer of payroll and HRIS operations, Merle has learned to provide team members with the guidance and motivation to exceed objectives. Merle enjoys the challenge of implementation and organizational change, using her analytical skills and her knowledge base to make the most prudent decisions for the team and for her clients. Merle easily adapted to either running a department or advising a client on how best to run their department. She can write step-by-step directions for processes, if needed, or coach a team member to do so. Merle is also a longtime member of her professional organization, the American Payroll Association. She held Advanced Payroll Certification for over 25 years.
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