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From l-r, front row, Janet Cox, Mayor Mike Inman, WIU President Jack Thomas, Interim Vice President for Administrative Services Julie DeWees; back row, Sandy Blue, Holly Sutton, Rhonda Frederick, Blake Combs, Christie Eyler, Barb Thompson, Assistant Vice President for Administrative Services Dana Biernbaum
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National Payroll Week

September 1, 2011

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MACOMB, IL -- Western Illinois University is joining in the salute to the American worker and payroll professionals by participating in National Payroll Week, Monday-Friday, Sept. 5-9, which coincides with the nation's Labor Day celebration.

According to Janet Cox, WIU assistant payroll manager, there are nearly 4,000 people employed at WIU who expect that their paychecks be accurate and on time. National Payroll Week is a public awareness campaign that pays tribute to the more than 156 million people -- including the seven professionals who work in WIU's Payroll Office -- who support the American payroll system.

To celebrate National Payroll Week, Western's Payroll Office will host an open house from 2-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 in Sherman Hall 221. In addition, Macomb Mayor Mike Inman has issued a proclamation for National Payroll Week to honor payroll professionals.

"With each and every check issued, the payroll division is required by law to withhold the correct deductions for federal, state and local taxes. Any delay or error has serious financial consequences that not only affect our employees, but Western Illinois University as a whole," Cox said. "Payroll is the one administrative function where 99.9 percent accuracy is simply not good enough. Our operations are regulated more closely than perhaps any other department and scrutinized by local, state and federal agencies, auditors, collection agents, and of course, by WIU employees. It's our job to get it done right the first time."

In addition to processing payroll and meeting tax requirements, the payroll professionals at Western are available to answer employee inquiries regarding local, state and federal tax rules and regulations; FICA, social security and 401(k) deductions; and more.

For more information or for questions concerning payroll at WIU, contact the Payroll Office at (309) 298-1867 or visit

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