What is pre-notification authorization?

The  pre-notification  period (pre-note period), or account validation, is a period in which the employee’s bank tests the Transit/ABA Number and Account Number information for new direct deposit accounts. The test takes place after the information for the direct deposit is entered, but occurs before an actual direct deposit is processed. This ensures that money is deposited into the correct account.

The administrator can forgo the  pre-note  period at the company or employee level. However, it is recommended to go through the  pre-note process whenever direct deposit information is entered within an employee file number. Once the pre-note  process is completed, direct deposit won't start until payroll is processed after the  pre-note date.

How to set up pre-note

By default, the pre-note setting will be disabled, so a full company or payroll administrator can follow the steps below to enable the feature.

  1. Log in to your Zenefits account and click on the Payroll app.
  2. Click the Settings tab.
  3. In the Pre-notification  Authorization section, click the pencil icon to edit.
  4. Click Enable, then Save.
Once the feature is enabled, it will begin the pre-note process for any new bank accounts added. It will not verify any bank accounts already entered into the system.

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