Watch a 5-minute tutorial on paying employees
You can set up payroll schedules or run payroll without a schedule. A payroll run that is set up to occur at a regular frequency is scheduled, while payroll that you might run only for special circumstances or outside your regular payroll run is "Unscheduled Payroll".
Use payroll schedules for regular payroll, and Unscheduled Payroll for other instances when you need to pay your employees outside their pay cycle. You set up payroll schedules, while Unscheduled Payroll runs are done on-the-fly, as and when you need to pay an employee off-cycle.
Note: You can pay employees without using payroll schedules by clicking the Pay Employees button. The Pay Employees button changes to Unscheduled Payroll after you set up payroll schedules.
Although you can pay employees without using payroll schedules, using payroll schedules is more efficient and convenient for running your regular payroll.Why?
Use payroll schedules to pay employees at each pay period. More about payroll schedules ...
How do I get started?
How do I set up a payroll schedule?
How do I pay my employees using a payroll schedule?
Don't use a payroll schedule when you need to pay employees off-cycle from their regular pay day. Use Unscheduled Payroll to write off-cycle checks, or bonus checks that are not included in the employee's regular paycheck.
How do I use Unscheduled Payroll to pay employees?
How do I write a termination check?
How do I write a bonus check?
Which employees do I set up for Payroll?
How assigning payroll schedules to employees works
Print or reprint pay stubs or paychecks
Provide pay stubs to employees online
Use the payroll setup interview to enter historical payroll data
Transfer time to payroll