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This course provides an overview of the wage and hour laws as mandated by the U.S. Department of Labor under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Wage and hour laws have been in place for some time now; however, changes to existing laws and new laws do come about. A recent change to the Fair Labor Standards Act went into effect August 23, 2004 and is defined by the Department as the “FairPay rules.”

This new law guarantees overtime protection to salaried employees earning less than $23,660 per year - or $455 per week - thereby strengthening overtime rights for millions of American workers who were previously denied overtime under the old rules.

The Department of Labor enforces more than 180 federal labor laws. These mandates and the regulations that implement them cover many workplace activities for about 10 million employers and 125 million workers. Minimum wage, overtime pay, freedom from employment discrimination, unemployment insurance, and workers’ compensation are areas of high concern.

Objectives:

This course is intended as an introduction to the U.S. wage and hour laws. Through this course you will:
  • Learn the purpose and a brief history of the U.S. Department of Labor and understand various acts initiated by the Department
  • Be provided with terms commonly used by the Department of Labor, and learn the definitions and calculations of wage and hour requisites used in the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Learn specifics about the Fair Labor Standards Act including its limitations and scope of coverage.
  • Realize the specifics regarding basic payroll laws
  • Understand the Wage and Hour Division enforcement procedures for both unfair labor practices and collection of back pay.
Course Format
Upon ordering this course, you will immediately receive instructions how to download the course as an Online pdf document. Included in this email will be log-on instructions for taking the certification exam. You have one year from date of purchase to complete the course.

Exam Format
After you have completed reviewing the text material, you may take your exam in our convenient, untimed online format. Tests average 5 questions for each CPE credit offered. For example, a CPE test worth 20 credits would include about 100 questions.

A score of 70% or better is required to pass this course, although there is no limit to the number of times you may take the exam in order to pass.

CPE Certification
When you successfully pass the exam, your Certificate of Completion will be displayed on the screen. Print it out on your printer by using the “Print” command in your web browser.

This course is accepted in all but the following states for CPE credit: FL, MN, MS, OR, SC, & TN.


Course Level: Basic
Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Business Law


About The Author
Colleen Neuharth McClain is a certified public accountant (CPA) practicing in the fields of financial accounting and controllership as a sole proprietor. She is a graduate of the University of Texas and has served for more than 15 years as a controller for various organizations; small and large, public and private, domestic and international.

She is now sharing her knowledge and experiences with other accountants through writing continuing education material and exam questions.
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