Course Code: GES409
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.
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.
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.
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.
Understand the fundamentals of fringe benefits. Learn about pension plans, incentive matches, and tax preferred compensation for employees. Discover additional benefits you might encounter such as company car or aircraft, stock options, and educational assistance.
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.
Helene K. Liatsos is a business advisor and QuickBooks Certified Advisor with more than 25 years of experience. She consults for a range of companies, from travel agencies to startups. Her company, Home Office Management Experts, was awarded the 2004 Home-Based Business of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Helene holds a Bachelor of Arts from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
You should have basic keyboarding and computer skills, be able to use a basic 4 function calculator, be comfortable navigating the Internet and using email and have an understanding of a word-processing program (such as Word). This course is intended for anyone interested in developing their management skills.
The instructional material required for this program is included in enrollment. Digital access to the following book will be emailed to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:
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Yes. You will be prepared to pass the FPC exam, and become certified in the fundamentals of payroll.
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.
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This course is revised periodically to address federal wage and payroll laws. However, these laws vary at the state level. It is advised that you also understand your state's wage and payroll laws.
American Payroll Association (APA)
The American Payroll Association (APA) seeks to provide education, publications, and training for payroll professionals to help them advance their careers and create a community of recognized experts. The APA was established in 1982 and has become a highly respected voice in the industry, holding conferences and seminars and creating various resources. Its certifications—Fundamental Payroll Certification and Certified Payroll Professional—have set the standard for the industry and are accepted by employers as proof of payroll expertise.
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I found all aspects of the course to be enjoyable. I really got a good feel for the material and how it applied to real life. The method in which the portions on state taxation and payroll were delivered was particularly useful as it allowed me to investigate the payroll laws and tax laws for a state of my choosing which I would research throughout the remainder of the course (I chose my state of residence, California for the project)."
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