Taking the Guess Work out of Identifying and Paying Exempt Employees

Instructor: Vicki M. Lambert
Product ID: 704126
  • Duration: 90 Min

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This training program will discuss the four classification of exempt employees permitted under the IRS code including executive, administrative, professional and outside sales. It will examine the salary level test and the salary basis test.

Why Should You Attend:

Improper exempt worker classification and non-compliance with regulations pertaining to them generate some of the largest back pay awards and fines ever recorded. Penalties and back wages are computed with the same formula for all companies - large or small. Exempt employee classification and compliance infractions can be devastating or ruinous to any employer.

The webinar will determine what deductions can be properly made from an exempt employee’s salary and which, if made, would violate the salary basis test and result in penalties for the employer.

Areas Covered 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
  • What is salary basis
  • When you can and when you cannot dock the pay of exempt employees
  • Where do the states stand on exemption

Who Will Benefit:

  • Payroll Professionals
  • Human Resources
  • Accounting Personnel
  • Business Owners
  • Lawmakers
  • Attorneys, or any individual or entity that must deal with the complexities and technicalities of ensuring compliance within the payroll process

Instructor Profile:

Vicki M. Lambert, CPP is president and academic director of The Payroll Advisor™ a firm specializing in the training of payroll professionals. With over three decades of hands-on experience in all facets of payroll functions as well as over 20 years as a trainer and author, Ms. Lambert is a 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 and serves as an in-house trainer for businesses such as Sun Microsystems, Fox Studios, Disney, County of Riverside and the City of Hesperia. Ms. Lambert currently 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.

Topic Background:

Payroll and human resources professionals must be able to determine who is exempt and handle the payment of wages for exempt employees. Although payroll rarely makes the decision on which employee is classified as exempt it is critical that they understand the regulations regarding how the determination should be made. And it is even more critical that the payroll department understand and apply the strict rules for paying employees who are classified as exempt. The department must ensure that all exempt employees are paid on a salary basis and that no exempt employee’s wages are docked improperly. Remember the penalties for errors apply to both the classification of the worker and the actual payment of salaries when it comes to exempt employees. More importantly the penalties are applied to all workers in the same job classification under the same manager when a mistake is made on paying an exempt employee not just the one worker who was paid incorrectly.


Course "Taking the Guess Work out of Identifying and Paying Exempt Employees" has been pre-approved by SHRM as eligible for “1.5” credits and HRCI as eligible for “1.5” credits towards a participant's recertification upon full completion.
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