It happens every January

A big pharmaceutical company installs a new payroll system and rolls it out in January -- just in time for payday, reports a pilot fish on the scene.

And everyone is ready for trouble. "We had the war room ready for any calls related to issues with the first payroll for the year," fish says.

"Come Friday morning, we got a call from the CEO's admin saying his check was wrong.

"Immediately, the top three project team members ran up to his office. CEO said the salary was correct, but the deductions were too high.

"After they examined his previous check stub from the end of December, they explained, 'We do have to take Social Security and Medicare out of your first check of the year.'"

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