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Payroll Clerk

Job Summary:
Each payroll clerk is assigned a specific geographical area of employees to process bi-weekly payroll and maintain personnel files.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • ADP PC Payroll for Windows.
  • Knowledge of multi-state payroll.
  • Knowledge of wage withholding orders and garnishments.
  • Working knowledge of Excel.
  • Excellent client service skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a team oriented environment.
  • Ability to work independently in a time sensitive environment. .
  • Must possess sound decision making skills and multi-task while working in an environment of stress with specific deadlines.
  • High School Diploma.


  • Enter pay detail and reimbursements in to ADP system.
  • Enter rate increases once specified approvals have been obtained.
  • Authority to resolve payroll issues within established guidelines.

ADP PC Payroll Skills:

  • Ability to function in the ADP PC Payroll for Windows system:
  • Input new hires, personnel changes in to the system.
  • Input rate changes after confirming proper authorization from field management.
  • Manual entry of all Doctor payroll hours and necessary CE reimbursements.
  • Process terminations in system
  • Process wage garnishments and withholding orders via ADP.
  • Auditing payroll reports prior to transmission of information to ADP.

Maintain Personnel and System Records:

  • Keep employee records and computer records updated with current employee information, i.e. rates, W4 status, benefit status, address or telephone numbers, etc.
  • Up-keep of I-9 documentation in files as well as I-9 binder.
  • Perform manual update of vacation accruals for those employees working in more than one department during a pay cycle.
  • Complete employment verification and return to specific agencies.

Multi State Reporting:

  • Complete all multi work site reports for assigned geographical region.
  • Responding to outside inquiries from state agencies requiring payroll information.
  • Communicating to our outside unemployment vendor.

Departmental Duties and Customer Service:

  • Daily opening and distribution of departmental mail.
  • Perform comparison report after transmission of payroll, comparing current vs. prior payroll in an effort to audit over and underpayments prior to the pay date.
  • Create Excel spreadsheets for hospital reporting of payroll.
  • Fax out Excel spreadsheets to hospitals each bi-weekly pay cycle.
  • Putting together of new hire kits to be distributed to hospitals and labs.
  • Answers telephone promptly.
  • Ability to answer questions regarding payroll policies.
  • Ability to understand and answer questions of the complete employee handbook.

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