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Payroll Practice and Management

If you're pursuing an entry-level position as a payroll professional, this course will help you gain the skills you need to enter the field. 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. You will also cover the major components of the state labor code for your chosen state; it's recommended that you choose the state in which you intend on working.

The course 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.

6 Months / 100 Course Hrs
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Montcalm Community College

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES409

What You Will Learn
  • Understand the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as well as the Internal Revenue Code
  • Master the mathematics associated with calculating wages and taxes
  • Learn the fringe benefits and compensation offerings that could be given by an employer
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, or payroll accountant
  • 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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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.


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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Instructors & Support

Helene K. Liatsos

Helene K. Liatsos is a consultant for small businesses, travel agencies, and home-based business startups with more than 25 years of experience. Her company Home Office Management Experts was awarded the 2004 Home-Based Business of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. She is also a QuickBooks Certified Advisor and bookkeeper. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Fairleigh Dickinson University.




There are no prerequisites to enroll in this course, however, you should be proficient in keyboarding, and have a basic understanding of a word-processing computer program (Microsoft Word is recommended). You also need to have a command of English grammar and punctuation. No payroll or office work experience is required.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


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When can I start the course?

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.

How long does it take to complete this course?

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.

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

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.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) 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.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

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.

Can I get financial assistance?

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:

How can I get more information about this course?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-877-221-5151 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the "Contact Us" form.

How does this course address changing payroll laws?

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.

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