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Payroll Practice and Management

Whether you’re interested in obtaining a new career in payroll, or are an experienced payroll professional seeking a professional certification, this program will allow you to demonstrate the skills required to excel as a Certified Payroll Professional (CPP). Payroll Practice and Management covers all critical areas of payroll administration and management. You will start by learning the major components of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as well as the Internal Revenue Code. Each of these will provide a foundation of knowledge regarding the classification of workers, the calculation and payment of overtime, minimum wage, child labor, and all other relevant wage and hour laws. You will also cover the major components of the state labor code for your chosen state; we recommend choosing the state in which you intend on working, to best prepare you for your certification exam and career search.

The program will then discuss the relevant sections of the Internal Revenue Code and state code relating to the calculation, withholding and reporting of required taxes on wages. You will then review the definitions, basic requirements, taxation and reporting of various types of fringe benefits and compensation that may be offered by an employer and handled by the payroll department. Finally, you will learn about the year-end forms that payroll is required to process, as well as how to handle garnishments and manage the department itself. Upon completion of this program you will be prepared for the Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) exam, administered by the American Payroll Association (APA).

6 Months / 100 Course Hrs
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Payroll Practice and Management Details + Objective

Course Code: GES409

You Will Learn
  • Understand the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as well as the Internal Revenue Code
  • Learn the labor code laws that correlate to the state you plan on working in
  • Master the mathematics associated with calculating wages and taxes
  • Learn the fringe benefits and compensation offerings that could be given by an employer
  • Prepare yourself for the Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) exam
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 100 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Set yourself up for a successful career as a payroll specialist, bookkeeper, payroll manager, payroll accountant, or payroll professional with certified payroll
  • Possess the knowledge to pass the Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) exam
  • Know how to effectively communicate and manage a group of employees within a payroll department
  • Master the federal taxation laws that pertain to payroll so as to become better equipped to handle clients’ needs

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Payroll Practice and Management Outline
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Fundamentals of Payroll Practice and Management

Learn the ins and outs of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). You’ll also learn the various payroll classifications of different types of workers from leased and common-law employees to independent contractors. Understand white collar exemptions and who is eligible for them.

Calculating Gross Pay and Regulating Specialized Payrolls

Master the mathematics required to calculate gross pay. Learn how to calculate regular rate of pay as it’s affected by hours worked or overtime hours. Move on to understanding specialized payrolls, employees, and regulations.

State and Federal Tax Laws

Understand federal income tax laws. Cover withholding, deposit rules, and the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA). Learn about state wages and hourly laws. You’ll also learn about the different types of taxes, state tax charts, and how to calculate multi-state taxation.

Wages and Compensation

Understand the Employee Withholding Allowance Certificate (Form W-4). When learning about the W-4, you’ll cover withholding allowances, what constitutes as an invalid form, submitting forms, and W-4 forms for nonresident aliens. Then move on to discussing wages and compensation. During this section, you’ll learn about various types of compensation, supplemental wages, special compensation, and more. You’ll also learn how to calculate and create tax reports for different types of wages.

Fringe Benefits

Understand the fundamentals of fringe benefits. Learn about pension plans, incentive matches, and tax preferred compensation for employees. Cover additional benefits you might encounter such as company car or aircraft, stock options, and educational assistance.

Year-round Payroll Considerations and Payroll Management

Learn how to verify and record employee information. Understand how to file and correct year-end tax forms. Master the fundamentals of payroll administration. Learn how to manage a payroll department by studying basic department procedures, learning how to audit for fraud, and knowing how to manage security operations.

Program Details

Lesson 1: Introduction to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
        CH 1: Get Ready to Learn
        CH 2: History of the Act
        CH 3: Amendments to the Act
        CH 4: Rules of Coverage
        CH 5: Jurisdictions
        CH 6: Audits
        CH 7: Penalties
        CH 8: Miscellaneous Topics
        CH 9: Review and Reflect    

Lesson 2: Classification of Workers
        CH 1: Get Ready to Learn
        CH 2: Who Is the Employer?
        CH 3: Categories of Workers
        CH 4: Common-law Employees
        CH 5: Independent Contractors
        CH 6: Reporting Requirements
        CH 7: Statutory Employees
        CH 8: Statutory Non-employees
        CH 9: Leased Employees
        CH 10: Employees under the FLSA
        CH 11: Review and Reflect

Lesson 3: White Collar Exemptions
        CH 1: Get Ready to Learn
        CH 2: Exempt vs. Nonexempt
        CH 3: Salary Level Test
        CH 4: Salary Basis Test
        CH 5: Executive Employee Category
        CH 6: Administrative Category
        CH 7: Professional Category
        CH 8: Computer Professionals
        CH 9: Highly Compensated Workers
        CH 10: Sales Employees
        CH 11: Other Categories of Workers
        CH 12: Review and Reflect   

Lesson 4: Calculating Gross Pay
        CH 1: Get Ready to Learn
        CH 2: Rule of Constructive Receipt
        CH 3: Minimum Wage
        CH 4: Deductions from Pay
        CH 5: Hours Worked
        CH 6: Overtime
        CH 7: Regular Rate of Pay
        CH 8: Calculating Regular Rate of Pay
        CH 9: Calculating Overtime
        CH 10: Review and Reflect   

Lesson 5: Specialized Payrolls, Employees, or Regulations
        CH 1: Get Ready to Learn
        CH 2: Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN)
        CH 3: Davis-Bacon Act
        CH 4: Walsh-Healey Act
        CH 5: McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act
        CH 6: Public Sector Employees
        CH 7: Hospital Employees
        CH 8: Federal New Hire Reporting
        CH 9: Child Labor
        CH 10: Review and Reflect   

Lesson 6: State Wage and Hour Law
        CH 1: Get Ready to Learn
        CH 2: Relevant Areas of Law
        CH 3: State Listings
        CH 4: Review and Reflect   

Lesson 7: Federal Income Tax
        CH 1: Get Ready to Learn
        CH 2: Definition of Federal Taxation
        CH 3: EIN and Form SS-4
        CH 4: FICA Taxes
        CH 5: Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA)
        CH 6: Withholding
        CH 7: Deposit Rules
        CH 8: Review and Reflect   

Lesson 8: State Taxes
        CH 1: Get Ready to Learn
        CH 2: Types of Taxes
        CH 3: State Tax Chart
        CH 4: Multi-state Taxation
        CH 5: Review and Reflect   

Lesson 9: Employee Withholding Allowance Certificate (Form W-4)
        CH 1: Get Ready to Learn
        CH 2: Basic Requirements
        CH 3: Withholding Allowances
        CH 4: Invalid Forms W-4
        CH 5: Nonresident Aliens
        CH 6: Submitting Forms
        CH 7: State Form W-4
        CH 8: Review and Reflect   

Lesson 10: Wages and Compensation
        CH 1: Get Ready to Learn
        CH 2: What Are Wages?
        CH 3: Types of Compensation
        CH 4: Supplemental Wages
        CH 5: State Requirements for Supplemental Wages
        CH 6: Payroll Period
        CH 7: Special Compensation
        CH 8: Review and Reflect   

Lesson 11: Wage and Tax Reports
        CH 1: Get Ready to Learn
        CH 2: Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return (Form 941)
        CH 3: Completing Form 941
        CH 4: Schedule B (Form 941)
        CH 5: Completing Schedule B
        CH 6: Schedule D (Form 941)
        CH 7: Completing Schedule D
        CH 8: Form 941-X
        CH 9: Completing Form 941-X
        CH 10: State Form
        CH 11: Form 941 Series
        CH 12: Multiple Worksite Report
        CH 13: Review and Reflect   

Lesson 12: Fringe Benefits: Deferred Compensation 
        CH 1: Get Ready to Learn
        CH 2: Overview of Fringe Benefits
        CH 3: Qualified Deferred Compensation
        CH 4: 401(k) Plans
        CH 5: 403(b) Tax Sheltered Annuities
        CH 6: Section 457 Plans
        CH 7: Catch-up Contribution Limits
        CH 8: Simplified Employee Pension Plan (SEP)
        CH 9: Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees (SIMPLE)
        CH 10: Additional Reporting Form W-2
        CH 11: Pension Plan Deposit Rules
        CH 12: Source Tax
        CH 13: Non-qualified Deferred Compensation
        CH 14: Review and Reflect   

Lesson 13: Fringe Benefits: Tax Preferred Compensation
        CH 1: Get Ready to Learn
        CH 2: What Are Tax Preferred Benefits?
        CH 3: Section 125 Plans (Cafeteria Plans)
        CH 4: Section 129 Plans
        CH 5: Flexible Spending Accounts
        CH 6: Review and Reflect   

Lesson 14: Fringe Benefits: Other Benefits
        CH 1: Get Ready to Learn
        CH 2: Adoption Assistance
        CH 3: Educational Assistance
        CH 4: Relocation Expenses
        CH 5: Stock Options
        CH 6: Transportation
        CH 7: Company Car
        CH 8: Company Aircraft 
        CH 9: Review and Reflect   

Lesson 15: Fringe Benefits: Health, Life, Accident, and Sick Pay Benefits
        CH 1: Get Ready to Learn
        CH 2: Health Insurance
        CH 3: Third Party Sick Pay
        CH 4: Life Insurance
        CH 5: Workers' Compensation
        CH 6: Review and Reflect

Lesson 16: International Payrolls
        CH 1: Get Ready to Learn
        CH 2: Expatriates and Resident Aliens
        CH 3: IRC Section 911
        CH 4: Taxes for Resident Aliens
        CH 5: Nonresident Aliens
        CH 6: Form W-4 and Nonresident Aliens
        CH 7: Taxes for Nonresident Aliens
        CH 8: State Laws for Resident and Nonresident Aliens
        CH 9: Review and Reflect

Lesson 17: Garnishments (71)
        CH 1: Get Ready to Learn
        CH 2: What Is Garnishment?
        CH 3: Child Support Withholding
        CH 4: Medical Support Orders
        CH 5: Federal Tax Levies
        CH 6: State Tax Levies
        CH 7: Creditor Garnishments
        CH 8: Student Loans
        CH 9: Bankruptcies
        CH 10: Voluntary Wage Assignments
        CH 11: Review and Reflect
Lesson 18: Year End and Year Beginning
        CH 1: Get Ready to Learn
        CH 2: Verifying Employee Names and Social Security Numbers
        CH 3: Year-End Memo
        CH 4: Preparing the Department
        CH 5: Duplicate Form W-2 Requests
        CH 6: Preparing and Filing Year End Tax Forms
        CH 7: Correcting Previously Filed Year-End Tax Forms and Reports
        CH 8: Abandoned Wages
        CH 9: Review and Reflect

Lesson 19: Payroll Administration
        CH 1: Get Ready to Learn
        CH 2: Payroll Systems
        CH 3: Payroll Controls
        CH 4: Direct Deposit
        CH 5: Electronic Pay Cards
        CH 6: Dealing With the IRS
        CH 7: Review and Reflect

Lesson 20: Managing the Payroll Department
        CH 1: Get Ready to Learn
        CH 2: Department Procedures
        CH 3: Managing Payroll Staff
        CH 4: Auditing for Fraud
        CH 5: Disaster Recovery
        CH 6: Managing Security

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Payroll Practice and Management Instructors
Vicki M. Lambert, CPP

Vicki M. Lambert, CPP is president and academic director of Vicki M. Lambert, LLC and These entities specialize in the education and training of payroll professionals. With over 37 years of hands-on experience in all facets of payroll functions as well as over 25 years as an author and trainer, Ms. Lambert has become the most sought-after and respected voice in the practice and management of payroll issues. She has conducted open market training seminars on payroll issues across the United States as well as serving as an in-house trainer for businesses such as Sun Microsystems, Fox Studios, Disney, County of Riverside and the City of Hesperia. Ms. Lambert currently produces and presents payroll related audio seminars, webinars and webcasts for clients, APA chapters and business groups throughout the country. 

In addition, Ms. Lambert has written extensively on payroll administration and compliance issues for publishers such as John S. Wiley & Sons, Institute of Management & Administration (IOMA), Bureau of National Affairs (BNA), Thompson Publishing Group, and Commerce Clearing House (CCH). A partial list of titles of her major books and guides include, Complete Guide to Federal And State Payroll ComplianceFederal & State Wage/Hour Compliance Guide, Payroll: A Guide to Running an Efficient Department, Complete Guide to California Payroll Compliance, Garnishment: A Practical Guide, and Payroll Benchmarks & Analysis.

Ms. Lambert has also edited and contributed to numerous newsletters and magazines published by Thompson Publishing, IOMA, BNA, Aspen Publishing and others. Titles include “Employer’s Guide to Fringe Benefit Rules”, “Payroll Manager’s Report”, "Payroll Practitioner’s Monthly”,” Payroll Manager’s E-Alert”, “The Payroll Advisor” and many more.

Requirements / Prerequisites

To enroll in this program, you should be proficient in keyboarding, have a basic understanding of a word-processing computer program (Microsoft Word is recommended), and have a command of English grammar and punctuation. No payroll or office work experience is required.

To qualify to sit for the Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) exam, administered by the American Payroll Association (APA), you must have been practicing a total of three (3) years out of the five (5) years preceding the date of the examination. The practice of payroll is defined as direct or related involvement in at least one of the following:

  • Payroll Production, Payroll Reporting, Payroll Accounting, Payroll Systems and Payroll Taxation 
  • Payroll Administration
  • Payroll Education/Consulting

If you're interested in learning the skills to become a payroll professional, or if you'd like to update your knowledge in the field, this program is for you.

Payroll Practice and Management Frequently Asked Questions
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Do I have to buy additional materials?

All the materials you'll need are included, and their cost will be covered by your tuition. ed2go will ship all materials ground service upon enrollment.

What happens when I complete the program?

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don't provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Who will be my instructor?

Each student is paired up with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.

Can I use a Mac?

Yes, you can use a Mac for this program.

When can I start the program?

This program is open enrollment, so you can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.

Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my program within the time frame provided?

The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of hours for each program, so don't worry too much about not completing in time. If, after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee may be charged for an extension.

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