Need a Locksmith Anyone?BondBeebe
Posting by Ashley Williams
I arrived at the employer prepared to do a usual payroll audit, but things did not go as planned. Upon my arrival, the employer notified me that they only had a third of the records I needed for the audit. The rest of the records needed were locked in a room that no one had the key for. They hoped to have the key by the end of the day.
I thought that they must be trying to pull a fast one and not provide the records, but I began working with the records that were available to me. After some time passed, I inquired again regarding the missing records, because I thought the employer was up to something. To my surprise, the employer informed me that they had to call a locksmith to open the door, but the locksmith could not come until the next day. As I further inquired about the “locked-up” records, I found out the employer terminated a majority of the payroll department and these employees were the ones with the keys. I also found that the employer waited until the last minute to call a locksmith, and had to call two before one agreed to come the day after I needed the records.
What lessons are there for the employer?
- Call a locksmith well before needing to produce records for the payroll audit.
- Make sure all records are available when the auditor arrives.
What lessons are there for the payroll auditor?
- Always ask if all the records needed are available as soon as you arrive.
- Bring other work with you, if possible, to avoid sitting with nothing to do while you wait for the locksmith!