Types of Compensation

One of the forms of compensation is direct remuneration for services rendered by the employee. The term used for this is wages. It consists of four different groups of payment from the employer to the employee. They are salary, hourly, commission and bonus types of wages.

Fair Labor Standards Act – HR Compliance

The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) promulgates rules related to minimum wages, compensation related to overtime, and recordkeeping requirements.  The Act also defines the terms ‘Exempt’ and ‘Non-Exempt’ employees related to overtime.  Most recently Congress added to the Act some notification requirements related to the Affordable Care Act. This article is designed for …

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Direct Form of Compensation – Four Different Types

There are four different types of direct compensation for employees.  These include: 1) Hourly Compensation, 2) Salaries, 3) Commissions and 4) Bonuses.  There is some misinformation related to direct compensation as this subject relates to owners of a small business.  Items such as distributions or dividends or some assigned values on the K-1 are generally …

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Payroll – Introduction to Basic Concepts


Payroll is envisioned as the simple employer employee agreement related to compensation for services.  I often think of this as the simple handshake whereby the employer agrees to pay the employee a set rate per hour of work.  This was true a hundred or more years ago, but over time; history and governmental regulations complicated …

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Form W-4 – Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate

Form W-4 is a form filled out by an employee to certify to the employer the personal tax situation of the taxpayer.  It is used by employers via the human resources department to fulfill three primary tasks.  First, confirm the legal name and address of the employee.  Secondly, the form is used to set the federal …

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Worker’s Compensation Insurance – A Basic Understanding

Any business with employees should have worker’s compensation insurance, also referred to as workman’s compensation insurance.  Most states mandate this insurance if the employer reaches a certain number of employees (numerical and not full time equivalents).  The most common cited minimum count is three or more employees (eight states).  However, I strongly urge you to …

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Accrued Payroll – An Explanation

Accrued payroll is a current liability comprised of four sections.  The first is the amount of payroll earned by staff and not yet processed or paid.  The second is the dollar value of personal time off accumulated for each employee aggregated into one number.  The third consists of payroll taxes owed to the respective governmental …

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An Introduction to the Employee Manual (Handbook)

The employee manual is a guidebook and a tool to explain the policies and procedures for the small business operation.  It addresses the basic expectations for performance and conduct of the employee.  The manual is only a guide and the employee needs to understand its importance in the overall corporate policies and procedures hierarchy.  Furthermore, …

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