human resource professional with payroll management

human resource professional with payroll management


Online Human Resource and Payroll Management Course

Specialize as an HR Professional with Payroll Management Training

Human resource (HR) functions are central to every organization's success. Within the HR field, specialties such as payroll administration offer career advancement opportunities for both entry-level and established HR professionals. This 100% online human resources course will teach you the skills and strategies essential for a career in HR with a specialty in payroll administration.


Job Outlook for Specialized Human Resource Professionals

Overall, HR professionals are expected to experience significant job growth for the foreseeable future. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects 8% job growth for HR managers between now and 2028. This is much faster than average growth projections for all jobs.

The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) encourages HR job seekers to consider the precise skills their ideal careers involve, then pursue specializations within the HR field.

The national median HR specialist salary is $62,296, and the national median payroll manager salary is $76,255.



Human Resources Professional
  • Prepare to take and pass the PHR Certification Exam
  • Attain a broad overview of human resources practices
  • Acquire skills for handling recruitment, performance appraisals, and training processes
  • Learn to practice strategic decision making for compensation and job evaluation
  • Understand relevant U.S. laws and regulations regarding employment practices
  • Understand OSHA rules governing employee health and safety
  • Know strategies for implementing retention initiatives
Payroll Practice and Management
  • Master the mathematics and formulas for calculating wages and taxes
  • Learn the benefits and compensation programs commonly offered by employers
  • Understand the regulations governing payroll practices, including the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 and the Internal Revenue Code


Prerequisites and Requirements

There are no prerequisites to take this course. However, HRCI requires that you meet one of the following criteria to be eligible for the PHR certification exam:

  • Master’s degree or higher = 1 year of work experience in a professional level HR role
  • Bachelor’s degree = 2 years of work experience in a professional level HR role
  • Anything less than a bachelor’s degree = 4 years of work experience in a professional level HR role


Human Resources Professional

  • INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN RESOURCES - Learn about opportunities in the HR field and the skills you will need for success.    
  • HR’S ROLE IN STRATEGY - Learn how to create compelling vision and mission statements, policies, and metrics grounded in business strategy.   
  • RECRUITING AND HIRING EMPLOYEES - Understand how to write a job ad that will attract candidates, effectively review résumés, properly prepare for an interview, and formally make a job offer.
  • TRAINING PROGRAMS - Learn the basics of training, including the design, development, implementation, analysis, and evaluation of training programs.
  • COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS - Understand all the things that must be considered when designing a compensation and benefits package.  
  • EMPLOYEE HEALTH AND SAFETY - Learn the ins and outs of complying with OSHA, protecting against workplace hazards, and investigating, recording, and preventing accidents and employee illnesses.  
  • THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT - Gain knowledge of employment law as well as an understanding of equal employment opportunity, avoiding discrimination, and what happens when an employee files an EEOC claim.  
  • MAKING HR DECISIONS - Learn how to make decisions based on various company growth strategies and how to use HRIS Software as well as job analysis as a tool for decision-making.
  • AFFIRMATIVE ACTION - Learn the full spectrum of affirmative action, how to create an affirmative action plan, and information on the AAP you will need to know.
  • DIVERSITY - Understand what diversity is and why it is a good thing in an organization as you learn to manage it and handle conflict.
  • EMPLOYEE RIGHTS AND DISCIPLINE - Learn the laws that protect employee rights and privacy and how to properly monitor and document behavior and discipline employees.
  • TERMINATION - Understand the alternatives to firing as well as how to prepare for termination including proper separation agreements as well as what to do in the event of wrongful discharge.
  • INVESTIGATIONS - Learn why it is so important to investigate problems as well as the steps of an effective investigation including preparing, conducting, and wrapping it up.
  • MANAGING LABOR RELATIONS - Get a quick overview of the history of unions as you learn how they work and why employees join them.
  • CREATING A HIGH-PERFORMANCE WORKPLACE - Learn how to ask employees for input and act on it, delegate authority, keep communication open, and continuously ask for feedback as you strive to develop a high-performance workplace.
  • GLOBAL HUMAN RESOURCES - Understand the basics of staffing strategy, cultural differences, HR in other countries, choosing global employees, and issues faced by expatriates.
  • RETENTION - Learn the top reasons employees leave a company and how you can encourage them to stay as well as the importance of succession planning. 
  • GLOBAL HUMAN RESOURCES - Understand the basics of staffing strategy, cultural differences, HR in other countries, choosing global employees, and issues faced by expatriates.
  • MOTIVATION, REWARDS, AND RECOGNITION - Find out fun ways to motivate workers and gain nine strategies for creating a great rewards program.
  • PREPARING FOR THE PHR EXAM - Gain information on externships and internships as you review the basics of the PHR exam and begin to study.

Payroll and Practice Management

  • INTRODUCTION TO THE FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT (FLSA) - History, amendments and coverage provided by the FLSA; overview of jurisdictions, audits and penalties when not abiding by FLSA guidance
  • CLASSIFICATION OF WORKERS - How employees are categorized and protected under the FLSA
  • WHITE COLLAR EXEMPTIONS - Understanding the differences between exempt/nonexempt employees and how they are compensated.
  • CALCULATING GROSS PAY - Overview of the Rule of Constructive Receipt; calculating minimum wage, pay deductions, hours worked and overtime.
  • SPECIALIZED PAYROLLS, EMPLOYEES, OR REGULATIONS - Regulations effecting public sector and hospital employees; Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), Davis-Bacon Act, Walsh-Healey Act McNamara-O'Hara Service.
  • STATE WAGE AND HOUR LAW - Relevant areas of law; state listings.  
  • FEDERAL INCOME TAX - Definition of federal taxation; EIN and Form SS-4, FICA taxes and Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA).
  • STATE TAXES - Types of taxes, including multi-state taxation; state tax chart.
  • EMPLOYEE WITHHOLDING ALLOWANCE CERTIFICATE (FORM W-4) - Basic requirements and withholding allowances.
  • WAGES AND COMPENSATION - Types of compensation and payroll periods; state requirements for supplemental wages.
  • WAGE AND TAX REPORTS - Completing employer's quarterly federal tax return (Form 941) and Form 941-X.
  • FRINGE BENEFITS: DEFERRED COMPENSATION - Overview of fringe benefits, including 401(k) plans, 403(b) tax sheltered annuities and Section 457 plans.
  • FRINGE BENEFITS: TAX PREFERRED COMPENSATION - Overview of tax preferred benefits, including Section 125 Plans (cafeteria plans), Section 129 Plans and flexi-ble spending accounts (FSA).
  • FRINGE BENEFITS: OTHER BENEFITS - Overview of additional benefits, including adoption and educational assistance, relocation expenses and stock options.
  • FRINGE BENEFITS: HEALTH, LIFE, ACCIDENT, AND SICK PAY BENEFITS - Overview of insurance benefits, including healthcare, life insurance, and workers' compensation.
  • INTERNATIONAL PAYROLLS - Handling payroll for noncitizen employees, including expatriates, resident aliens and nonresident aliens; IRC Section 911.
  • GARNISHMENTS (71) - Understanding how garnishment factors into employee compensation; types of garnishments, including child support withholding, medical support orders, tax levies, and bankruptcies .
  • YEAR-END AND YEAR BEGINNING - Verifying employee names and social security numbers; preparing and filing Year-End tax forms.
  • PAYROLL ADMINISTRATION - Payroll systems, controls, and direct deposits; dealing with the IRS.
  • MANAGING THE PAYROLL DEPARTMENT - Best practices and procedures for administering a payroll department and managing payroll staff; auditing for fraud and disaster recovery.

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Anna Smith

Anna Smith has worked in the field of human resources for 30 years and has taught at the university level for over 20 years. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Spalding University, a master's degree in management from Webster University, and a Master Online Teaching certificate from the Universi-ty of Illinois. She is also a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources and a SHRM Senior Certified Pro-fessional. Her experience spans many areas of human resources, including recruitment, labor relations, and affirmative action plans.

Helene K. Liatsos

Helene K. Liatsos is a business advisor and QuickBooks Certified Advisor with more than 25 years of experi-ence. She consults for a range of companies, from travel agencies to startups. The U.S. Small Business Admin-istration awarded her company Home Office Management Experts the 2004 Home-Based Business of the Year. Helene holds a Bachelor of Arts from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

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