ADP, my payroll provider, wants to talk to me about compliance. ADP wants to help me comply with Obamacare. ADP wants to help me comply with the Department of Labor. ADP wants to help me comply with the IRS, and ERISA, and, well, you name it. If there's a new regulation, ADP wants to help me comply with the government's edicts.
Hey, ADP! How about helping me and other business owners to fight-off excessive regulation, instead of selling me new compliance services that you gleefully offer, thanks to regulatory capture.
To ADP's latest request for a meeting with me to discuss compliance services for our company's 401(K) plan, I responded with the following e-mail:
Hi, [Name of ADP District Manager]:
We use a third-party administrator for retirement plan compliance.
I would like to share some feedback with ADP management regarding its marketing of compliance services. I have contracted with ADP for more than 20 years to handle payroll for my companies (not only my wife’s pediatric dentistry practice, but also, my consulting business, my investment company, and multiple start-up companies in science and technology. I trust ADP to handle our payrolls. Unfortunately, ADP’s expanded efforts to sell compliance services have lead me to believe that ADP is more interested in working for government than for ADP’s clients. Government regulation of businesses has expanded beyond my tolerance level. Excessive government regulation of private businesses is strangling small businesses and causing large businesses to off-shore jobs and to relocate overseas.
While I appreciate ADP’s efforts to “stay on top” of employer responsibilities, I want ADP to fight on my behalf against excessive government regulation. Increased government regulation adds to the “compliance burden” of small businesses. Compliance is time-consuming (usually with no productive output), costly, confusing, frustrating, and downright mind-numbing.
Get with the program, ADP: Instead of selling me new compliance services, use your position as a trusted partner of business to protect your clients from excessive regulation. Tell your government affairs representatives and lobbyists that ADP’s clients say “no” to more regulation. More regulation will force ADP clients to close-up shop, and that’s not good for ADP.
William L. Robbins