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Online Payroll Management Course

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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.

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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 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).

Payroll Practice and Management FAQs

What does payroll practice and management involve?

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.

What skills and traits are required for payroll practice and management?

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.

Are there entry-level payroll practice and management jobs?

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.

What job titles are associated with payroll practice and management?

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

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


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Prerequisites and Requirements

There are no specific prerequisites for taking this course.


  • 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 affecting 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


Course Hours: 100    Tuition: $2,095    Credits: 10

You may qualify for WIOA grant funding. Find out more.

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