National Payroll Week

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National Payroll Week (NPW) is a national awareness campaign held annually during the week of Labor Day, hosted by the American Payroll Association (APA) in the United States, the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP) in the UK and the Canadian Payroll Association in Canada. The campaign has two aspects, first as a national awareness campaign to recognize the efforts of professionals in the payroll industry. It is also an educational campaign designed to help workers learn more about their paychecks, the payroll withholding system, and payroll-related benefits.

The campaign is also known[citation needed] for its highly visible[citation needed] “Getting Paid In America” online survey. The survey is available yearly from early May through the end of National Payroll Week, and one participant is chosen to win a grand prize of a free paycheck and trip to Las Vegas. The survey is meant to help the APA evaluate current payroll methods and also to identify trends within the payroll industry. Results from the survey have been quoted in numerous locations including USA Today and the New York Times.[citation needed]


The NPW slogan, AMERICA WORKS BECAUSE WE’RE WORKING FOR AMERICA illustrates the importance of the payroll withholding system to the American way of life. The week celebrates the unique partnership among America's workers, companies, the payroll professionals who pay us, and critical government programs their contributions support such as social security, Medicare, fair labor standards, and child support. Through the payroll withholding system, payroll professionals contribute, collect, report and deposit approximately $1.7 trillion, or 64.2%, of the annual revenue of the U.S. Treasury.

To build awareness of the important role payroll professionals play in America’s economy, the American Payroll Association employs a number of methods including extensive media and advertising campaigns. Media pushes have resulted in highly visible[citation needed] placements for the campaign, including stories in the Associated Press, on the CBS Early Show, and many other outlets. The annual advertising campaign promotes NPW in leading publications, websites and TV stations before and during National Payroll Week.

Government recognition

In 2007, Shirley Fanning-Lasseter, mayor of Duluth, Georgia, proclaimed September 3 to 7 as “National Payroll Week” in the City of Duluth.[1]

In 2003, Elvy Robichaud, then the Health and Wellness Minister and Minister Responsible for the Office of Human Resources for the province of New Brunswick, Canada, issued a press release to announce "his support and recognition" of National Payroll Week.[2]

Media recognition

In 1999, the Dayton Daily News published an article on National Payroll Week.[3] In 2007, Jet published an article.[4]

Educational campaign

APA’s 152 chapters [5] and its members head out into their local communities to teach workers and teens all about their paychecks and payroll-related benefits during National Payroll Week. The educational efforts focus on helping employees better manage their paychecks to put more money in their pockets each payday.

Money Matters National Education Day is a national volunteer effort by APA members to teach teens new to the workforce or about to enter the workforce all about their paychecks.[6]

See also

American Payroll Association


  1. "Agenda - Mayor and Council - City of Duluth, Ga. - August 13, 2007". The Weekly. Retrieved 2008-10-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Office of Human Resources - National Payroll Week, Sept. 3-6". Communications New Brunswick. August 27, 2002. Retrieved 2008-10-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Franklin, Marcus (September 9, 1999). "National Payroll Week Slated". Dayton Daily News. p. 8. Retrieved 2008-10-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "This week is national payroll week. (The JET Spot)". Jet. September 10, 2007. Retrieved 2008-10-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "APA Chapter's Web page". American Payroll Association. Retrieved 2008-09-10.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Money Matters National Education Day Web page". American Payroll Association. Retrieved 2008-09-10.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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