Payroll Training: Identifying and Paying Exempt Employees

Duration: 90 minutes

The penalties for misclassifying or incorrectly paying exempt employees can be devastating. Some of the largest back-pay awards and fines ever recorded are the result of improper exempt worker classification.

A single misclassification can be catastrophic to any company, as penalties and back-pay awards are computed with the same formula for every company—regardless of size. And penalties apply to ALL of the workers with the same job classification under the same manager, not just the one worker who was paid innocently.




At this critical juncture, it’s essential that your payroll, HR and Finance teams, and anyone else that that touches your payroll process, receives updated training on identifying and paying exempt employees.

Worker status will be in the spotlight more than ever before as the effective date for new overtime regulations draws closer. Any company flying under the radar with a misclassified employee (intentionally or unknowingly) is at high risk for trouble ahead.

Although the payroll department rarely decides which employees are exempt, it is essential that they understand how the exempt/nonexempt determination is made. And they must follow the strict rules for paying exempt employees and must ensure that no wages are docked improperly.

In this webinar we will discuss the four classifications of exempt employees permitted under the IRS Code: executive, administrative, professional and outside sales. We will examine the salary level test and the salary basis test – and how to apply them. And we will determine what deductions can be properly made from an exempt employee’s salary and which would result in penalties for the employer.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Here’s some of the information we’ll cover in the webinar:

  • What is exempt—exactly?
  • What are the categories of exempt employees under the FLSA?
  • What constitutes being an executive, administrative or professional in terms of job duties?
  • Who is actually considered outside sales?
  • How is the highly compensated exemption applied? 
  • The Salary Level Test and the latest from the DOL on new salary thresholds for exempt employees
  • What is salary basis?
  • When you can and when you cannot dock the pay of exempt employees
  • Where do the states stand on exempt? 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Vicki M. Lambert, CPP, is President and Academic Director of The Payroll Advisor™, a firm specializing in payroll education and training. The company’s website www.thepayrolladvisor.com offers a payroll news service which keeps payroll professionals up-to-date on the latest rules and regulations.

With over 35 years of hands-on experience in all facets of payroll functions as well as over 20 years as a trainer and author, Ms. Lambert has become the most sought-after and respected voice in the practice and management of payroll issues. She has conducted open market training seminars on payroll issues across the United States that have been attended by executives and professionals from some of the most prestigious firms in business today.

A pioneer in electronic and online education, Ms. Lambert produces and presents payroll related audio seminars, webinars and webcasts for clients, APA chapters and business groups throughout the country. Ms. Lambert is an adjunct faculty member at Brandman University in Southern California and is the creator of and instructor for their Practical Payroll Online program, which is approved for recertification hours by the APA. She is also the Program Developer, Subject Matter Expert (SME), and Facilitator for the Certificate in Payroll Practice and Management Program offered by Cengage Learning / Ed2Go through hundreds of colleges and universities across the country.

Certification

This program has been approved for 1.5 recertification credit hour(s) through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) & Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

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Full MP4 recording of webinar, including Q&A. Choose digital download or CD-ROM by mail.

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