How do I choose the right first pay period for Zenefits payroll?

The combination of First Pay Period and First Check Date Pay for a pay schedule in Zenefits Payroll determines when workers are paid for each pay period.

To pay workers:

  • on the last day of the period, simply choose the First Pay Period from the list that ends on the First Check Date.
  • after the period ends, choose a First Pay Period that ends on a date before the First Check Date.

For example, let's say a company who has Zenefits Payroll and Time & Attendance sets a First Check Date of 7 / 1.

  • Zenefits Payroll requires seven days between the end of each period and the pay date for that period.
  • Seven days prior to 7/1 is 6 /24, so the company's administrator chooses a First Pay Period of 6 /11 -6/24.

Pay schedules for those who use Time & Attendance must have seven days between end of each period and its pay date to allow enough time for approval of hours.

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