With better payroll software and enhanced payroll service bureau offerings, payroll has become one of those applications that you embrace one way or another — whether directly, with a third-party provider, or through referrals.

And now payroll is boosting its profile yet again. There are several reasons for this increasing importance and focus. One major reason is an increasing complexity in benefits administration. In recent years, even smaller businesses have seen an uptick in not only what kinds of benefits are available, but what benefits are expected. Health care has also added an increasing complexity to both benefits administration and payroll, and while the Affordable Care Act may or may not actually make health care affordable, it most definitely makes it more complex.

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