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How To Document Your Payroll Procedures

Webinar: ID# 1037111
Recorded On-Demand
About This Course:
The Sarbanes Oxley Act requires that all areas of accounting within a company have well-documented policies and procedures. This includes payroll.

While every payroll professional knows that all employees must be paid accurately, that contracts and wage and hour laws are adhered to, and that each paycheck is taxed properly, actually writing procedures to do so is an arduous task, especially considering the myriad rules and changes.

Don't know what to include - or exclude - or even where to start? Don't worry, this training session will help.

Mark Schwartz, an ex-Payroll Auditor himself, will take you through the process step-by-step. You'll learn from an expert the methods for putting together a useful and complete payroll manual, including the topics to include and how to make sure all users get an opportunity for input. This will not only add value to your company, but to your career as a payroll professional.

What You'll Learn:

In this course you will learn the best way to document your payroll procedures. We will discuss how to get started on the process and not become bogged down, as well as the simple steps to insure your procedures are correctly documented, clear, and concise.

By attending, you will learn:

  • What is required by federal acts and state regulations
  • Best methods for how to document your procedures
  • Resources that can be utilized so you don't get bogged down and recreate processes you can use
  • The key points that should be included in each procedure, as well as when is the information provided too much versus not enough
  • Additional tips to save you time and energy when documenting your procedures

Top FAQs

In addition to ensuring that employees are paid correctly and on time, "Payroll" has numerous time and reporting requirements. The primary payroll areas include paychecks, reporting, operations, and management.
Payroll is much more than just handing out paychecks, and includes a variety of responsibilities such as handling garnishments, travel pay, multi-state taxation, unclaimed paychecks, and much more in a timely and accurate fashion.
There are several major and many minor requirements, some federal and some state specific.
Payroll Administrators must be able to:
  • Properly "classify" workers
  • Apply the various exemptions
  • Calculate gross pay and properly make deductions
  • Correctly identify, pay, and withhold taxes for employees
  • Administer deferred compensation, cafeteria plan, sick pay, and other compensation
  • Handle stock options, expense reimbursements, relocation, and other "expenses"
  • Follow the proper policies, procedures, and documentation requirements for garnishments and levies
  • Properly complete and file all required reporting requirements
  • Correctly complete year-end requirements and establish year-beginning requirements
  • Implement and maintain fraud, audit, disaster recovery, and record retention processes and procedures
While many payroll-related regulations are federally-governed, there also are many state requirements, including those for handling garnishment, final paychecks, and unclaimed paychecks. Each state's requirements differ in the details, so be sure to check your state's requirements by clicking the applicable link(s) at the bottom of this page.
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