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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?


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.


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


Merle Capello, CPP has been a payroll manager and educator for more than 30 years. Merle has held the CPP designation for more than 20 years and has worked in industries ranging from advertising to brokerage, from food production to data analysis. She has taught payroll administration in both college and corporate classrooms and has also assisted with local CPP and FPC Study Group, helping payroll workers to gain and maintain certification. She has also consulted with payroll processing startups and established clients as payroll and payroll tax subject matter expert.

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