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Paying employees in compliance with federal and state wage and hour laws doesn’t just happen.  It takes knowledge, planning and careful execution. From the time an employee is hired until the day the employee terminates regulations must be followed regarding the timing and issuance of his or her paycheck. It starts the day the employee is hired by determining if there are any notices concerning payday that must be furnished or personal notices that the employee must receive concerning their pay amounts and deductions.  It continues until the final check is cut and deciding whether or not vacation pay must be included. There is also a vast amount of regulations in between those two events. The decisions on paying employees is not just made when a company is founded or merged or acquired but it is something that must be constantly monitored to ensure company compliance with changing regulations and technology. 

One example of this type of on-going decision making concerns the means by which the company pays its employees. Is the company currently using paper checks but feels it could be more efficient and cost effective to require direct deposit or paycards?  Can this be done legally is the question put to payroll.

Even areas as simple as employee paystubs can cause concern.  What must a paystub include or does the employer even need to provide one?  Can the employer force an employee to receive an electronic paystub instead of a paper one? These are frequently asked questions by employers that need answers.

And, of course, the one area that is always in constant flux from new legislation and court cases is whether or not vacation pay must be paid out when an employee terminates.  Can the employer still follow their current policy or does it need a new one for certain states?  

This course focuses on the above questions and more as we focus on paying employees from the time they are hired until the date they terminate.  

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the frequency of wage payment rules
  • Explore the paystub regulations state by state
  • Discover the required or permitted lag time between closing the payroll and distributing the check
  • Identify the payment methods permitted by state laws including cash, check, direct deposit and paycard
  • Explore the requirements for paying terminating employees including whether or not to include accrued vacation pay
Last updated/reviewed: June 8, 2021

37 Reviews (132 ratings)Reviews

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Anonymous Author
This course is a good reminder of the importance to stay abreast of each state's requirements where you have employees working. Payroll is more complex than most people realize. Ensuring compliance could be a full-time job for a multi-state employer.
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Anonymous Author
Great refresher course with excellent supporting materials to augment presentation. Vicki presented content in an engaging and easy-to-understand way. I'll definitely retain the supporting materials for ongoing and future reference.
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Anonymous Author
This was a good course about paying employees. I feel like it concentrated a lot on different state laws which might have been more addressed in a multi-state payroll course. The instructor is very clear and informative.
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The course was interesting though it was done in 2018, I am interested to see if there has been any changes to payroll laws. The Instructor was very effective in presenting the course materials.
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Anonymous Author
Thank you, this course was great. I felt like it covered everything necessary and provided me with the tools to pass the exam at the end. Overall I would recommend this to a colleague.
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Anonymous Author
Course was very informative on a state level. Knowing the laws for that states you are paying employees in is necessary to ensure you are paying employees appropriately.
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Member's Profile
I enjoy Vicki's presentation of payroll related courses more than any other presenter. She always presents in a clear and understandable manner. She just makes sense!
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Anonymous Author
Very informative. Lambert keeps it interesting with true life experiences she's faced while working for various companies. Exam questions are tricky
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Anonymous Author
This is a good basic overview of federal and state payroll laws. I liked the state by state charts in the handouts. They will be good for reference
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Member's Profile
Vicki Lambert is an engaging presenter. I have enjoyed all of the classes I have taken and have gained applicable knowledge from the content.
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Member's Profile
Good refresher on payroll rules. I would recommend this class to anyone who wants to take a quick review of essential payroll rules.
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Anonymous Author
Great overview of state payroll laws. Instructor further elaborates a specific state requirement with an example - this is helpful.
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Anonymous Author
I had so much fun taking this class, it was a great refresher course. Vicky always has great examples that are easy to understand.
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Anonymous Author
Material concentrated much on differences in state requirements and at times presentation and material was slightly confusing.
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Anonymous Author
Good review of basic payroll processing. I've been doing payroll for 21 years and was still able to learn a few new things.
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Anonymous Author
The instructor made what could be a confusing topic very interesting. She provided state-specific information as well.
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Anonymous Author
This course provided a lot of insight regarding state specific laws. It was a little overwhelming taking the final.
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Member's Profile
This was a good refresher course for me. I've taken other courses by Vicki, she is a very effective instructor.
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Member's Profile
great topic, nice wording, easy to understand, pictures are used in the slides, examples are explained well.
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Member's Profile
Pay! That is why we have Payroll, knowing the methods of paying employees, when to pay employees is key.
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Anonymous Author
Good course. Helpful for all levels of payroll professionals and human resource professionals alike.
5
Anonymous Author
very informative course on payroll, addresses many of the different laws that states have adopted.
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Member's Profile
It would be good to know what year this presentation was created as things change over time.
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Anonymous Author
This course provides a good explanation of the components of paying an employee correctly.
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Member's Profile
Very informative. Would be a great course for companies that handle multi-state payrolls.
5
Member's Profile
Always informative and easy to follow. Gave specific information or state regulations.
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Member's Profile
Another great course from Ms. Lambert! She is very knowledgeable with payroll laws.
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Member's Profile
Great course and awesome content. Definitely great to be aware of the state laws.
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Anonymous Author
Great course I would recommend. As always love her courses Thanks Vicki!
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Anonymous Author
Great course for basic state payroll rules. Good for basic level employees
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Member's Profile
This course provides great detailed information on state payroll mandates!
5
Anonymous Author
The course contained a lot of useful information and was presented well.
5
Member's Profile
This was by far the best course I have taken. Love this instructor.
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Anonymous Author
I found particularly interesting the section regarding paycards.
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Member's Profile
great course, content and material, informative , great Q and A
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Member's Profile
Thank you for this course. I enjoyed it and learned a lot.
5
Anonymous Author
This was a great review of payroll law by state.

Prerequisites

Course Complexity: Foundational

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.

Education Provider Information

Company:
Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
Contact:
For more information regarding this course, including complaint and cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (408) 400- 3993 or send an e-mail to .
Course Syllabus
INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW
  4:10Introduction to Paying Employees from Start to Finish and Everywhere in Between
  10:39Payroll Notices and Statements
  11:58Tracking Hours Worked
  12:48Payroll Frequencies
  13:25Methods of Paying Employees
  6:48Methods of Paying Employees Continued..
  10:59Paying Terminated Employees and Conclusion
CONTINUOUS PLAY
  1:10:48Paying Employees from Start to Finish and Everywhere in Between
SUPPORTING MATERIALS
  PDFSlides: Paying Employees from Start to Finish and Everywhere in Between
  PDFPaying Employees from Start to Finish and Everywhere in Between Glossary/Index
REVIEW AND TEST
  quizREVIEW QUESTIONS
 examFINAL EXAM