In the course we discuss the wage and hour laws that apply to paying employees on the federal and state level. We start with defining the crucial elements of wage and hour law including what is work week, a work day and hours worked and how the hours must be tracked or accounted for.

From this basis we first discuss not only the rules for calculating overtime but the effects that other payments have on overtime including discretionary and nondiscretionary bonuses and commissions. We then work through examples of calculating overtime correctly using both the FLSA method and the alternate (or commonly understood) method as well as what to do if the employee is working at two or more rates. We discuss the minimum wage and how it can be different on the state or the federal level and what can be used as credit against it by the employer.

But federal law does not cover all aspects of paying employees. For this we need to concentrate on state laws in the areas of paid family leave, mandatory sick leave, meal and rest periods, paystubs and notices, how often employees must be paid, acceptable methods that may be used to pay employees, and handling terminating employees including vacation payouts. We conclude with our section on what can be legally deducted from the employee’s wages.

Learning Objectives
  • Discover and define the wage and hour terms work week, work day, hours worked, overtime and minimum wage.
  • Explore and contrast the difference between federal and state laws and when which law take priority.
  • Identify and compute overtime correctly under the FLSA when no other factors are present.
  • Identify and compute overtime correctly under the FLSA when such factors as nondiscretionary bonuses, commissions, shift differential, piece work or other factors are being paid to the employee.
  • Explore and explain how to track hours worked to pay the employee correctly including rounding of hours and what is considered “de minimis” timekeeping.
  • Discover and calculate the weighted average of pay rates to correctly determine the overtime due to an employee who is working two or more rates in a work week.
  • Explore and examine the requirements for meal and rest periods under state laws.
  • Discover and discuss the requirements for how often to pay employees and by what method under state laws.
Last updated/reviewed: August 8, 2023
155 Reviews (515 ratings)

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Very informative, the Instructor kept the information moving at a good pace.

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Anonymous Author
Very informative! I thought the breakdown on pay calculation with discretionary and non discretionary bonus was the most informative. I think the examples really helped make it easier to understand. I was disappointed that it gave 2014 -2015 wage increases it came across as very out dated and made me wonder if anything else may be outdated. But I need to remember things change year to year but the concepts are the same. I just need to research current year rates which will help learn about each state as well.i feel like I learned a lit and think this would be great for beginners.

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Anonymous Author
This has been the most beneficial course I have taken on Illumeo. I do not have a payroll background, I am in accounting and oversee payroll processing for a small company. This coure offered well explained real-life scenarios. I have a payroll employee that has been in the industry for many years and this course explained something set-up before both of our times that our payroll person did not even know. I will be looking for more courses with this instructor.

5
Member's Profile
Thank you! The Instructor kept the information moving fast enough that it wasn't boring. She gave enough information that I could make an informed decision if needed, and also just enough that I could do additional research on the topic as needed. Towards 1:25 +/- into it, however, I did start to drift. But that wasn't Ms. Lambert's fault. Unfortunately. the part I drifted on was on the test. :-)

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Anonymous Author
This course provided an excellent overview of W&H compliance, including an in-depth refresher for properly calculating hours worked, overtime, and bonuses. The instructor presented content in an easy-to-understand format, and included concise and relevant supporting materials. I found the public sector info interesting as I'm less familiar with these concepts working for a private sector employer.

5
Member's Profile
This is a very informative course, and while it's tailored mostly for employers, employees working in payroll or accounting can also get a lot of insight into how wage is calculated and what the Federal and State requirements are. The instructor is very thorough and knowledgeable, and her overall presentation is clear and illustrative.

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Anonymous Author
I liked this course for multiple reasons. The slides were well done with key definitions and graphics included. The content was nicely organized. The presenter shared real life experiences. I also appreciated her repeated emphasis to utilize the higher standard when there are differences between the federal and state labor laws.

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Anonymous Author
Vicki has done a great job breaking down the complex issues surrounding the FLSA law. I like how she defines what is covered and what is not covered and also explains when you should refer to state wage and hour laws regarding specific circumstances. I can't say enough about her expertise.

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Anonymous Author
I really enjoyed this course. The instructor had fabulous slides, was very engaging, and had great examples. The detailed calculations for rate of pay were very helpful. I would recommend this course for anyone working in payroll, management or HR.

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Anonymous Author
The is a very informative course. The way in which the concepts are presented is helpful and it is easy to understand. The instructor was engaging and was able to keep this interesting. This course could be useful across many levels of an organization.

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Anonymous Author
Ms. Lambert was very knowledgeable and very well-spoken. She kept the course moving at a good pace. I gained a lot of knowledge from this course. I am getting ready to help with an HCM implementation, and this information will prove useful.

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Anonymous Author
I have been in HR for 20 years, and I still found valuable information that I could use in my field. I would highly recommend this course for those just starting out in HR, as well as those HR professionals that may just need a refresher.

5
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As a supervisor to non-exempt employees in CA, I found this course to be useful in understanding what the rules are for overtime, breaks, vacation payouts, etc. The content was easy to follow and the examples were very useful.

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Member's Profile
I need to go back and re-watch to the regular rate of pay - you taught it in away that I actually understood it, even if my test score does not show it. - thanks You may want to updated this with the 2022 material.

5
Member's Profile
Good information on proper overtime calculations under FSLA, along with information on differences between federal, state and local laws governing wages and hours. Some areas may need to be reviewed for updating.

5
Member's Profile
This topic is extremely valuable and helpful to my job. Even though this was done back in 2015, this is still mostly applicable. I really liked listening to the speaker. She was well spoken and knowledgeable.

5
Member's Profile
This was a good overview and refresher on what is and isn't covered under the FLSA. It is also a good reminder to always check the state laws and use whichever is most advantageous for the employee.

5
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The Wage and Hour Bureau enforces the Wage and Hour Act, which governs how employers make, keep, and preserve records of hours worked, wages paid and other way. I have leant a lot in this lesson.

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Anonymous Author
It’s been years since I’ve had hands-on involvement with payroll. I work with clients all throughout the US and this course was a good overview of certain requirements by individual states.

5
Anonymous Author
This course was very informative and looked at both Federal and State requirements at quick high-level. A lot of information to absorb! The speaker was clear and related to real work scenarios.

5
Anonymous Author
This course was very informative and provided a lot of good information on payroll rules and regulations. The payroll area is complicated and needs knowledgeable people to maintain the rules.

5
Anonymous Author
This is a great refreshed on issues with payroll and all of the issues that they will need to deal with. The regular rate calculations are very time intensive calculations to deal with.

5
Member's Profile
Very informative. Vicki always gives good webinars and she has a vast knowledge of payroll and payroll law. Good links and sources to reference state vs. fed...just glad I'm not in CA.

5
Anonymous Author
This was a great course. I could have used fewer examples, but that's a personal opinion. Sometimes the meat of the subject can get lost if there are too many or very lengthy examples.

5
Member's Profile
Really structured and well put together course that hits all of the aspects of FLSA in 2 hours. I would take it anytime I needed to learn about FLSA or refresh my memory on it.

5
Anonymous Author
Anyone responsible for payroll would benefit from this course. The FSLA overtime rules can be quite complicated; however, this course breaks it down into understandable steps.

5
Member's Profile
Yep, this is an awesome course. She knows her stuff and communicates it well. I would take the course and pay attention. It is a tricky exam if you're looking for credit.

5
Member's Profile
Very relevant and informative for anyone in payroll. This course provided hands on examples that are useful in calculating payroll. I always enjoy listening to Vicki.

5
Member's Profile
This course was very informative I would highly recommend this for everyone in payroll. Vicki Lambert's style of teaching is clear and she makes the topics very lively.

5
Member's Profile
This course is extremely informative. The information pertaining to regular rate of pay is particularly helpful for those who know very little about it, if anything.

5
Member's Profile
This course is an excellent source of information for FLSA regulations as well as calculations! Vicki does a great job of explaining all the intricacies of the law.

5
Member's Profile
Excellent course. Valuable information. Just the right speed. However, section 10 regarding overpayments could have been better. It was a little hard to follow.

5
Anonymous Author
Great refresher course for me. I always have trouble when it comes to regular rate of pay and what type of wages must be included; so this was extremely helpful.

5
Member's Profile
It is great to know the how to comply with the FLSA data especially with the proper calculations on the wage and hour calculations. Compliance is definitely key.

5
Member's Profile
I love the speaker, she is very knowledgeable in the subject matter. She covers things and explains things with examples and in layman terms, easily understood.

5
Member's Profile
Phenomenal class. The overtime premiums are always tricky but we must keep them in mind. Relying so much on the software can be dangerous and inhibiting.

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Anonymous Author
Had great examples of how to properly calculate overtime. Goes into detail on what may not be covered under the FLSA but what the state requirements are.

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Anonymous Author
She talked slowly. I think you could have fit a lot more information in the time frame. The slides themselves were sufficient for learning the material.

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Anonymous Author
Excellent information! I've always shied away from compensation functions, but the way in which breaks it down makes each task appear more palatable.

5
Anonymous Author
lots of laws at both state and federal level. Vicki goes over it all and helps make sense of it all . She's a good instructor and I like her lessons

5
Member's Profile
Outstanding! Great examples. Provided more than sufficient details to clarify concepts presented. All payroll staff can benefit from this course.

5
Member's Profile
This course is very educational. Vicki Lambert keeps your attention, which helps you learn the subject matter. Thanks for making your videos.

5
Anonymous Author
Very thorough course on all of the intricacies of hourly payroll. I never knew there were so many things to consider in wage calculations.

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Anonymous Author
Provided greater insight into payroll and the terms. Primarily relates to non exempt employees and the various requirements for that group.

5
Member's Profile
Always great content to go over! I always enjoy discussions about the FLSA and how it operates. Thank you for the course and your knowledge!

5
Anonymous Author
Love this course. I learned a lot, I was a little confused on some topics but at the end of the lesson, I got the hang of the calculations.

5
Anonymous Author
Wonderful refresher course - I have been in payroll for 20 years but it is still good to do the manual calculations - highly recommend

5
Anonymous Author
Regular rate of pay calculation and examples were helpful. Interesting to see the differences between federal and various state laws.

5
Member's Profile
Great course. Would be helpful to have more of the math problem examples if calculating gross pay is going to be so much of the exam.

5
Member's Profile
Ms Lambert is always a treat to listen to and explains everything is ways that makes sense. She really knows her stuff and it shows.

4
Member's Profile
This course was dense with information. It was very informative, a bit too much detail for the non-payroll processing accountant.

5
Member's Profile
I was really impressed with the amount of information that was presented, and with the engaging manner in which it was explained.

5
Member's Profile
Would love to see the material updated to be current especially as it relates to Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave by State.

5
Member's Profile
Vicki is Excellent!!! Very well taught and explained. Love her explanations and she is very well-versed on the subject!

5
Anonymous Author
Very detailed treatment of wage and hour concepts. Instructor provides helpful examples to better understand this topic.

5
Member's Profile
The instructor is very knowledgeable. The course material is tense and well covered. The example is clear and helpful.

5
Member's Profile
The instructor gave a lot of specific information and examples which made it easy to understand and retain the info.

5
Member's Profile
Great information for a non-HR professional. This made me generate a list of questions for our payroll department

5
Anonymous Author
I have attended several of Vicki Lambert's webinars. Always great and useful information. Very knowledgeable.

5
Member's Profile
Good overview and well presented. Would recommend to others who need to learn more about payroll requirements.

5
Member's Profile
The course provides the information in a concise and easy way to understand. The facilitator is excellent.

5
Anonymous Author
Vicki always hits it out of the park. Very good refresher course about a very important and complex topic.

5
Anonymous Author
I really learned a lot from this course. the information is laid out well and is very easy to understand.

5
Member's Profile
This course highlights how many different requirements the compensation department needs to keep up with!

5
Anonymous Author
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the federal and state differences in wage and hour laws.

5
Member's Profile
comprehensive overview all aspects of payroll. This touched on everything I deal with on a weekly basis.

5
Member's Profile
great course, it was very in-depth and interesting to listen to. the instructor clearly knows her stuff.

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Anonymous Author
this was an instructional course. I wish that the corresponding material related to the exam questions.

5
Member's Profile
This course was pretty straight forward. Pay attention to the material and you'll do fine on the exams.

5
Member's Profile
Great course, very informative. Anyone in payroll or HR would greatly benefit from taking this course.

5
Member's Profile
Overall I felt the instructor was very informative. I always like taking courses led by Vicki Lambert.

5
Anonymous Author
The rounding information was new to me! I love adding to my payroll knowledge with Vicki's teachings!

5
Anonymous Author
It’s always fun to do this payroll calculations especially is you have a good instructor like Vicki.

4
Anonymous Author
Good, some very detailed questions about firefighters that the average person wouldn't remember...

5
Member's Profile
Vicki provided a thorough review and I really appreciated the detailed examples for calculations.

4
Member's Profile
test was harder than imagined; need more definition between states and FLSA/federal requirements

5
Member's Profile
I thought I had a pretty good handle on these rules, but the overtime calculation surprised me.

5
Member's Profile
learned many things I did not know about especially about differences in state and federal law

5
Anonymous Author
Practical and useful course; information was clearly presented and the examples were helpful.

5
Member's Profile
The course provides detailed overview of wage and hourly law, rate of pay, FLSA, and paystubs.

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Anonymous Author
"Wage & Hour Laws" never take a day off! Great examples & we always need refreshers on W&H.

5
Member's Profile
Really good explanations of payroll issues with calculating wages that may cause issues.

5
Member's Profile
Great course! Had all the FLSA information provided on the APA courses for FPC and CPP.

5
Anonymous Author
Excellent review course for payroll professionals; quite eye-opening for the rest of us.

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Anonymous Author
Very good course. Instructor moves at a good speed, and makes the course easy to digest.

5
Member's Profile
Excellent re-fresher course. Highly recommended for managers and payroll professionals.

5
Member's Profile
I love eaning about overtime and wage laws. This class was helpful and very informative

5
Anonymous Author
Very good weibar. I was able to freshen up my rounding knowledge along with other pay.

5
Anonymous Author
Very informative and detailed in all of the different scenarios and examples. Helpful!

5
Member's Profile
It was veru interesting.There was a lot of good information for payroll professionals.

5
Anonymous Author
Found this course very helpful, especially the effects of bonuses on overtime pay.

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Member's Profile
Good explanation of state variation in the laws Feeral law is silent on many issues

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Anonymous Author
A little confusing to follow, but very useful. I'm glad I use a payroll provider!

5
Member's Profile
Very clear instruction and easy to follow. In-depth without being overwhelming.

5
Anonymous Author
the information was detailed and informative. I thoroughly enjoyed the speaker.

5
Anonymous Author
Nice overview and helpful hints as to how to handle certain things for payroll.

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Anonymous Author
Very thorough review of wage and hour law. Covered CA differences very well.

5
Anonymous Author
Very good refresher course! Instructor showed a lot of knowledge on subject.

5
Member's Profile
very informative; great doing the calculations old school...loved the course

5
Anonymous Author
Outdated course, very basic calculations in this course. Nothing difficult

5
Anonymous Author
great course will recommend to take passed on 1st try and would recommend

4
Anonymous Author
Great overview of Wage and Hour compliance, FLSA and overtime calculation.

5
Anonymous Author
Great refresher. I learned a lot. Thank you for sharing this information.

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Anonymous Author
Good refresher course with a detailed explanation of regular rate of pay.

5
Member's Profile
very concise and very informative information. would hate to live in CA.

5
Anonymous Author
A really good review of concepts and basics ! Energetic presentation !

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Member's Profile
There is no correct answer for question #3. Can you double check this?

5
Member's Profile
Excellent review of regular rate and calculations to ensure compliance.

4
Member's Profile
I was surprised how much I enjoyed revisiting the calcs. Payroll nerd.

5
Member's Profile
Great refresher! Thanks for providing the lesson for a review of FLSA.

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Anonymous Author
Good course with relatively few peer courses by this type. Thank you!

5
Member's Profile
Going to hold on to the documentation, great information and guidance.

5
Member's Profile
Well present course. Instructor is very knowledgeable and engaging.

5
Anonymous Author
course was very straight forward and easy to follow. Not too long.

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Anonymous Author
Great course. Helps to clarify regular rate of pay in a simple way

4
Member's Profile
Stated learning objectives were delivered. time allotted was fair.

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Anonymous Author
This was a good refresher for work. Thank you for the information

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Anonymous Author
very confusing calculations, not real world scenarios presented

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Member's Profile
Great refresher on wage and hour law for payroll professionals.

5
Anonymous Author
Excellent Course, great instructor and very useful information.

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Anonymous Author
Great subject content to stay on top of payroll requirements.

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Anonymous Author
Great course for compliance information for paying employees

5
Anonymous Author
Good course for FLSA requirements and basic OT calculations.

5
Anonymous Author
The instructor provided an excellent overview of the laws.

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Anonymous Author
more calculations specific to california overtime please

5
Member's Profile
I learned a lot the rules to calculate FLSA overtime.

5
Anonymous Author
useful details for someone without payroll experience

5
Anonymous Author
Learned a lot on wages and overtime. Good materials.

5
Member's Profile
this was very helpful i learned things i did not know

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Anonymous Author
great content. Vicki is always amazing. Thank you!

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Anonymous Author
Good course, learned some stuff that I had forgotten.

5
Member's Profile
Very interesting content and knowledgeable presenter

5
Member's Profile
I was surprised at how challenging this course was.

5
Member's Profile
The material was presented in a very clear manner.

5
Anonymous Author
This is a great course to better understand payroll

5
Member's Profile
Great instructor and moved the material along well.

5
Anonymous Author
Through was a good class to review in wage and law

4
Member's Profile
Lots of general guidelines and websites to check

5
Member's Profile
Great presenter and valuable information.

5
Member's Profile
Nice thorough overview of the topic.

4
Member's Profile
interesting material, well presented

5
Member's Profile
Good payroll calculation examples...

5
Member's Profile
Clear knowledgeable presentation.

5
Member's Profile
Great course! Very informative.

4
Member's Profile
a lot of information to learn!

5
Anonymous Author
Detailed and thorough course!

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Anonymous Author
Good detailed content

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Anonymous Author
Good overall review.

5
Anonymous Author
nice review course

5
Member's Profile
please stop,,,,,,

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Anonymous Author
valued course

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Anonymous Author
good review

5
Member's Profile
Excellent!!

5
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Good

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Prerequisites
Course Complexity: Advanced

No Advanced Preparation or Prerequisites are needed 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 .
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Course Syllabus
INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW
  Introduction to Wage and Hour Law Compliance4:56
Wage and Hour Law Compliance
  Overtime Definitions 11:06
  Hours Worked21:24
  Regular Rate of Pay10:32
  Calculating Overtime12:36
  Minimum Wage9:08
  Paid Leaves; Meals and Rest Periods4:40
  Postings and Paystubs5:10
  Payroll Frequencies and Methods5:32
  Terminated Employees 3:38
  Overpayments8:46
Continuous Play
  Wage and Hour Law Compliance: It’s More than just Paying the Hours on a Time Card1:37:28
SUPPORTING MATERIALS
  Slides: Wage and Hour Law Compliance: It’s More than just Paying the Hours on a Time CardPDF
  Wage and Hour Law Compliance: It’s More than just Paying the Hours on a Time Card Glossary/IndexPDF
REVIEW & TEST
  REVIEW QUESTIONSquiz
 FINAL EXAMexam