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Top Five Wage and Hour Traps for Business

An overview of the most common payroll mistakes made by businesses.
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This course is about how we pay employees. It is intended for business owners, operations managers, and human resource professionals that are involved with making critical decisions regarding whether and how much to pay employees. This course is beginner/intermediate level with an emphasis on highlighting common problems that typically create liability for the business.

No special materials are required for this course, which will include lectures and handouts describing important information concerning best practices in paying employees. The course is structured to provide extensive discussion and guidance on avoiding the top five wage and hour traps that businesses frequently experience.

The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 governs most of the employee pay practices in the United States. However, most of the applicable legal landscape is tenuously evolving. Furthermore, managers are frequently unsure of their specific payroll responsibilities and create liability for the organization. We will review developing regulatory activities that will continue to shape the legal landscape surrounding employment pay practices in the workplace for many years to come. In the meantime, employers need to assure managers are properly trained and understand the basics of wage and hour law.

Besides identifying the five most common traps that ensnare employers regarding payroll practices, we will also discuss regulatory enforcement activities that help employers understand and mitigate legal liability. This will include, the latest legal developments e.g. pending changes to the overtime exemption regulations.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is designed for business owners, operations managers, human resources managers, and payroll personnel to help them identify and avoid common mistakes concerning how employees are paid.
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What Will I Learn?
Understand the proper types of deductions that can be taken from an employee's pay.
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Avoid Major Business Liability From Paying Employees Improperly
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  • There are no specific prerequisites for this course.
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 26 Lectures Collapse All 26 Lectures 02:47:08
Top Five Wage and Hour Traps for Businesses
2 Lectures 14:05

This course introduction provides general information and history about the Fair Labor Standards Act, which is the federal law that governs how employees are to be paid for their time and efforts in the workplace. It provides context for understanding the Top Five Wage and Hour Traps that managers and businesses have to deal with from a legal perspective.

Preview 13:31

This course is for instructional use only and does not constitute legal advice.

Preview 00:34
Mistake No. 5: Unlawful Paycheck Deductions
1 Lecture 09:51

Understanding the rules for proper deductions is critical. What happens if an employee damages company property? What about when a cashier is short in her cash drawer? Under what circumstances can you deduct money advanced to an employee?

Unlawful Deductions from Employee Pay
Mistake No. 4: Improper Deductions from Salaried Exempt Employees
1 Lecture 09:22

Understand the rules for taking deductions from salaried employees. Taking improper deductions from a salaried employee can jeopardize an FLSA exemption.

Docking Pay of Salaried Employees
Mistake No. 3: Misclassifying Employees as Exempt
10 Lectures 44:00

This lecture provides an overview of what is necessary to claim an exemption from overtime under the FLSA.

Preview 12:37

Understand the tests applicable for claiming an Executive Exemption.

The Executive Exemption

This document will help you to understand the factors that must be met to claim an Executive Exemption.

Executive Exemption Checklist
2 pages

Understand the tests applicable for claiming an Administrative Exemption.

The Administrative Exemption

This document will help you to understand the factors that must be met to claim an Administrative Exemption.

Administrative Exemption Checklist
2 pages

This lecture will help you to understand the tests applicable for claiming an Professional Exemption.

The Professional Exemption

This document will help you to understand the factors that must be met to claim a Professional Exemption.

Professional Exemption Checklist
2 pages

This lecture provides a review of several lesser-used overtime exemptions.

Additional Exemptions

This document will help you to understand the factors that must be met to claim a Computer Employee Exemption.

Computer Employee Exemption Checklist
1 page

In this lecture, we will discuss several strategies employers can use to avoid classification issues and mitigate potential litigation.

Employer Protections from Misclassification
Mistake No. 2: Improper Calculation of Overtime Pay
6 Lectures 36:55

This lecture provides an overview of FLSA Overtime Basics, which provides a framework for further problem analysis.

FLSA Basics on Overtime Calculation

This lecture describes whether and how to calculate overtime considering employees who spend time traveling, attending meetings and training sessions.

Travel Time, Meetings and Training

This lecture describes whether and how to calculate overtime considering employees who spend time on breaks, "on-call," and changing clothes necessary to perform the job function.
Breaks, On-Call, Changing Clothes

This lecture describes whether and how to calculate overtime considering employees who receive bonuses.
Calculating Regular Rate with Bonuses

This lecture describes whether and how to calculate overtime considering employees who receive commissions.

Calculating Regular Rate with Commissions

This lecture describes whether and how to calculate overtime for employees paid by the piece or on salaries.

Calculating Regular Rate with Piece Rate and Salaried Employees
Mistake No. 1: Inadequate Recordkeeping
1 Lecture 12:56

Inadequate recordkeeping is the major mistake employers make with regard to compensating employees properly. Even if an employer has paid the employee appropriately, failing to document clearly can cost the company significant damages under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Inadequate Record Keeping
California: A challenge for employers
4 Lectures 30:35

California is unique in many ways. In the world of employment law, which includes law pertaining to wages, there are several important differences from federal law. This lecture will discuss important wage and hour issues specific to California businesses.

Preview 07:26

California wage and hour law definitions differ from the federal definitions in many ways, even to defined an employer or covered employer.

California: Definition Differences

California: What is work?

California: Overtime Exemption Differences
Thanks and Stay Tuned!
1 Lecture 02:21

I hope you thought this was a valuable learning experience. Thanks for taking the course and CONGRATULATIONS on completing it!

Thanks and Well Done!

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I am an attorney representing businesses and focusing on employment and intellectual property issues. I also teach a wide array of legal and business topics to graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Phoenix and Webster University.

Earlier in my career, I worked as a corporate trainer of management in both the hospitality and financial services industry prior to my legal career. As an attorney, I frequently present workshops and business training on business and employment law matters.

My legal practice focuses on representing businesses exclusively in Labor & Employment Law, Business Regulatory Compliance, Restrictive Covenants (Non-competition, Non-Solicitation, and Confidentiality), Wage & Hour, Privacy, Technology, Business Contracts, Intellectual Property and Mediation. I also represent and counsel businesses on discrimination law, disability law, employment contracts, employee benefits, union/management, minimum and overtime wages, sexual harassment, affirmative action, OSHA/safety, policy development, and regulatory compliance.

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