Payroll Operations Specialist I


Position Description

ABF Freight is a logistics company with creative problem solvers who deliver integrated solutions for complex supply chain challenges. 

Wanting to join the ABF Freight family? In our search for top talent, we are looking for those that will further enable us to deliver on our vision and fully support our values-driven culture.

Currently, we are looking for a Payroll Operations Specialist I to join the ABF Freight team. As a member, you will process the compensation for contractual and non-contractual hourly employees. This position also ensures hourly employees are compensated in accordance with all applicable labor contracts, federal and state wage and hour laws, and company policy.  The daily responsibilities of a Payroll Operations Specialist I is an on-going challenge due to the time-sensitive nature of processing various payroll schedules and requires some flexibility when working around payroll holiday schedules.

Your contribution may include:

  • Process the compensation for the hourly paid employees, including utility drivers under the NMFA.
  • Interpret various labor contracts and assist in making decisions concerning the payment of hourly wages – including 20 NMFA agreements and approximately 46 additional white paper agreements. Communicate with Employee Relations on discussions of various aspects of the NMFA and white paper contracts and applying the contracts to employee circumstances.
  • Review annual rate changes per the NMFA and white paper contracts and installation of the rates on the employee level.
  • Compute payroll for employees when errors are made by terminal in entering hours or payroll due upon termination and the applicable federal and state withholding and other deductions and be knowledgeable of Internal Revenue Code, up to 52 state tax codes and Puerto Rico and apply as necessary in determining the correct withholding on different types of payroll checks, such as standard or supplemental withholding.
  • Update Payroll systems to maintain all companies' confidential employee information including addition of new hires, wage increases, job classification changes, and terminations in the payroll system and maintain payroll records.
  • Assist field personnel in the use of the Labor Management system and the process of reviewing exception reports.
  • Mail and distribute payroll.
  • Review new contracts for changes and coordinate application of the labor agreement changes.
  • Know the Department of Labor and the Department of Transportation driving rules and hours of service rules to answer field questions and work exception reports.
  • Analyze systems for continuous improvements.
  • Assist branch managers, operations supervisors and field payroll clerks in the collection of time and attendance data and absentee records for accurate payroll calculations and health, welfare and pension benefit payments.
  • Apply and maintain proper internal controls set up for payroll processing.
  • Review the monthly escheat report and try to contact employees to determine the status of unreconciled items.
  • Review timecard/timesheet entries for hourly employees.
  • Assist various departments with payroll related inquiries.
  • Approve paid time off for hourly employees.
  • Other duties and projects, as assigned.

As a Payroll Operations Specialist I, you will be a member of the ABF Freight Payroll team in Fort Smith, AR. Your hours will be Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm, with irregular hours that may occur depending on work load.

Ready to apply? Before doing so, please make sure you meet the minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferred. Experience will be considered in lieu of formal education. 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and 10-Key.

If you require accommodation in the application process, please contact or call us at (479) 785-8963. An Equal Opportunity Employer including Vet/Disability.

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