When you're setting up your payroll information in Workful, we'll ask you when your first pay period is. Based on the pay frequency and payday you choose, we'll let you know what we think your first pay period should be. If that's not correct, you can enter your own start and end dates.
Learn more about how to edit your payroll settings.
What’s a pay period?
A pay period is a specific and recurring length of time where you record how many hours your employees work and pay them for that time worked. Common pay periods are
- Weekly, where your employees are paid once a week. Your pay period will be seven (7) consecutive days.
- Bi-weekly, where your employees are paid once every other week. Your pay period will be 14 consecutive days.
- Semimonthly, where your employees are paid twice a month. Your pay period will be two (2) equal portions of the month. For example, your first pay period of the month might be the 1st to the 15th, and your second pay period might be the 16th to the 30th (or 31st).
- Monthly, where your employees are paid once a month. Your pay period will be an entire month.
If your employees are paid weekly, your pay period might be Sunday through Saturday, where you pay them the following Friday.
I pay my employees bi-weekly, every other Friday.
My employees will begin clocking in through Workful on the first day of their pay period: Sunday, September 29, 2019. The pay period will then run from Sunday, September 29 to Saturday, October 12. I will pay them for that time on Friday, October 25.
In Workful, my first pay period will be “9/29/2019-10/12/2019.”
How does Workful use this information?
Workful will use your first pay period, your pay frequency, and your first payday to determine future pay period dates and calculate your employees’ hours each time you run payroll.