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Learn Payroll procedures and skills online

Payroll processing is among the most technical and precise operations in any business or organization. It requires acute attention to detail, compliance with regulations, and dedication to keeping the organization's promises to its employees. This 100% online course will teach you the best practices and procedures for managing and administrating payroll operations.

 

Job Outlook for Payroll Managers
  • According to employment experts at Robert Half, payroll administrators earn on average $40,250 per year. Payroll managers' and supervisors' pay often exceeds $75,000 per year.

  • As organizations outsource human resources functions such as payroll processing, payroll managers can expect to encounter opportunities for contract and remote work. A recent Indeed.com search resulted in over 1,000 remote jobs for payroll administration.

  • As part of the growing human resource (HR) domain, payroll managers are expected to participate in 7% job growth for the HR field, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Course Objectives
  • Master the mathematics and formulas for calculating wages and taxes
  • Learn the benefits and compensation programs commonly offered by employers
  • Understand the regulations governing payroll practices, including the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 and the Internal Revenue Code
Prerequisites and Requirements

There are no specific prerequisites for taking this course.

Curriculum
INTRODUCTION TO THE FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT (FLSA)
History, amendments and coverage provided by the FLSA; overview of jurisdictions, audits and penalties when not abiding by FLSA guidance

CLASSIFICATION OF WORKERS
How employees are categorized and protected under the FLSA

WHITE COLLAR EXEMPTIONS
Understanding the differences between exempt/nonexempt employees and how they are compensated

CALCULATING GROSS PAY
Overview of the Rule of Constructive Receipt; calculating minimum wage, pay deductions, hours worked and overtime

SPECIALIZED PAYROLLS, EMPLOYEES, OR REGULATIONS
Regulations effecting public sector and hospital employees; Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), Davis-Bacon Act, Walsh-Healey Act McNamara-O'Hara Service

STATE WAGE AND HOUR LAW
Relevant areas of law; state listings

FEDERAL INCOME TAX
Definition of federal taxation; EIN and Form SS-4, FICA taxes and Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA)

STATE TAXES
Types of taxes, including multi-state taxation; state tax chart

EMPLOYEE WITHHOLDING ALLOWANCE CERTIFICATE (FORM W-4)
Basic requirements and withholding allowances

WAGES AND COMPENSATION
Types of compensation and payroll periods; state requirements for supplemental wages

WAGE AND TAX REPORTS
Completing employer's quarterly federal tax return (Form 941) and Form 941-X

FRINGE BENEFITS: DEFERRED COMPENSATION
Overview of fringe benefits, including 401(k) plans, 403(b) tax sheltered annuities and Section 457 plans;

FRINGE BENEFITS: TAX PREFERRED COMPENSATION
Overview of tax preferred benefits, including Section 125 Plans (cafeteria plans), Section 129 Plans and flexible spending accounts (FSA)

FRINGE BENEFITS: OTHER BENEFITS
Overview of additional benefits, including adoption and educational assistance, relocation expenses and stock options

FRINGE BENEFITS: HEALTH, LIFE, ACCIDENT, AND SICK PAY BENEFITS
Overview of insurance benefits, including healthcare, life insurance and workers' compensation

INTERNATIONAL PAYROLLS
Handling payroll for noncitizen employees, including expatriates, resident aliens and nonresident aliens; IRC Section 911

GARNISHMENTS (71)
Understanding how garnishment factors into employee compensation; types of garnishments, including
child support withholding, medical support orders, tax levies and bankruptcies

YEAR END AND YEAR BEGINNING
Verifying Employee Names and Social Security Numbers; Preparing and Filing Year End Tax Forms

PAYROLL ADMINISTRATION
Payroll systems, controls and direct deposits; dealing with the IRS, Managing the Payroll Department; Best practices and procedures for administering a payroll department and managing payroll staff; auditing for fraud and disaster recovery
Registration and Enrollment
This course is 100% online.
Start anytime.

FAQs

Payroll processors make sure employees are paid on time and at the correct rate. They arrange to withhold and process payroll-related taxes and other expenses such as insurance or retirement savings. And they resolve pay issues and inquiries. Payroll managers keep an organization in compliance with federal, state and local tax regulations and ensure that all payroll reporting is timely and accurate.

Payroll professionals need excellent organizational skills and a commitment to precision. They must be able to work on many tasks simultaneously and handle the pressure of administrating another employee's pay. They must be adept with numbers and technology, as payroll is generally processed using a computer program or online application. They must be scrupulously reliable and trustworthy.

Yes, many organizations hire entry-level employees to track and tabulate hourly pay and overtime, manage enrollments for benefits and handle the bookkeeping procedures required by payroll.

Payroll-related titles may include payroll clerk, payroll administrator, time and attendance administrator, payroll specialist, payroll accountant, payroll manager, payroll supervisor and many others.