California Payroll

California Payroll has been providing payroll, time and attendance and human-resource solutions to California-based and national companies for more than 14 years. 

“Tax filing and payroll rules and regulations are constantly changing,” said Henry Lonsdale, vice president of sales at California Payroll in Brentwood. “It’s almost a full-time job just to stay on top of all of the constantly changing regulations.”

Instead of tackling this endeavor on their own, many businesses have turned to outsourcing their payroll and other human-resource services, which can not only prevent payroll disasters, but also save time and money. 

California Payroll has been providing payroll, attendance and human-resources software to California-based businesses and nationwide clients for more than 14 years. Companies rely on California Payroll’s expertise to manage their internal business processes, which frees them up to concentrate on making their business a success. 

“Payroll is more than just cutting a check and filing taxes,” said Lonsdale, who started California Payroll in 2001, with business partner Debbie Mendivil.

Mendivil, vice president of operations, knows that great attention must be paid to these operations.

“Payroll has a lot of nuances,” she said. “We educate our clients and remove barriers for them, which enables them to focus on their business. It’s a huge win (for them).”

Mendivil and Lonsdale both had careers working for some of the payroll industries’ largest national companies before they struck out on their own.

“We saw there was a need in the marketplace for a regionally located payroll company that was able to maintain a positive relationship with their clients and provide them with progressive products and services,” said Lonsdale.

They selected Brentwood as their operational office, because their employees could enjoy a healthy work and life balance, without spending hours of their day commuting. The result is a low employee-turnover rate and a staff that enjoys their work. Being regionally located also gives their team of experts the ability to be involved in the local business and industry community and to better serve their clients.

“We build a rapport with our clients,” said Mendivil. “The relationship we have with them is the most important aspect of our business.”

California Payroll client Elizabeth Whitley, is an accounting manager for Special Olympics Northern California, Inc., and has been with the company since 2007.

“California Payroll has always made me feel like our business matters,” said Whitley. “I’ve always had a personal payroll specialist I can call with any issues, no matter how big or small.”

According to Whitley, the company’s customized services have helped her organization keep their expenses down.

California Payroll’s clients range in size from just five to thousands of employees and represent a variety of industries such as nonprofits, construction, agriculture, biotech and restaurants. Each company’s services are tailored to meet their specific needs.

“Our time and payroll systems have the capacity to meet industry-specific needs, including grant allocation, job costing and labor allocation, so companies can identify labor costs,” said Lonsdale. 

Through HR Next, a cloud-based, human-resource management system, employers have easy access to employee information, and key human-resource functions are automated, including applicant tracking and screening, new hire onboarding, training and certification tracking and performance assessment, all while seamlessly integrating payroll and timekeeping.

California Payroll’s team of dependable experts are ready make payroll, and everything that accompanies it, an easy task. 

California Payroll is located at 1240 Central Blvd. in Brentwood. For more information, visit or call 925-240-2400.