Payroll Training

Written by Jacey Harmon
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In 1938 the United States Federal Government enacted the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This act created regulations that protected workers as well as set standards for pay and record keeping. The law set forth a set of standards that govern such aspects of labor as overtime pay, child employment, and minimum wages. Ensuring compliance with FLSA regulations can seem a daunting task; fortunately there are courses available that aid in understanding and implementing regulations.

The FSLA set standards for who can work and how they can be paid. The law created rules that specifically state what age a person must be to work in a specific industry and how long they can work. For example a child that is 13 or younger can only work as a babysitter or actor. Children that are 14-15 years of age can only work between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and can not work more than 18 hours in a school week.

The FSLA is not the only piece of legislation to govern payroll and other labor issues. The Family and Medical Leave Act is responsible for governing paid time off for medical purposes while the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act protects migrant workers from abuse. Having an understanding of all the laws governing labor is a necessity for the Human Resources professional.

Training for Human Resources Professionals

There are classes available that will train HR professionals about the aspects of applicable labor laws. Courses will provide an opportunity to review standards for overtime pay as well as who is exempt and non-exempt. Courses will also be able to teach how to design and implement record keeping systems that are compliant with regulations. Investing the time and money into a payroll training class is a great way to reduce the risk of possible infractions.


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