Pay Frequency, Reporting Periods and Check Dates

Pay Frequency/Schedule

The pay frequency for an employee is set during onboarding. The different options are:

  • Daily: This employee gets paid everyday.
  • Weekly: This employee gets paid every week.
  • Biweekly: This employee gets paid every other week.
  • Semimonthly: This employee gets paid twice a month.
  • Monthly: This employee gets paid once a month.
  • Quarterly: This employee gets paid once a quarter.

This information helps Zeal tax this employee correctly.

Reporting Period

A reporting period is a range of dates in which work was performed. Each Check submitted to Zeal must have an associated Zeal Reporting Period. Zeal hosts all possible reporting periods for every type of pay schedule. See reporting periods(link to reporting period).

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The reporting period spans from the start to the end, BOTH dates inclusive. For example, the reporting period with the start date of <<currentYear>>-08-02 and the end date of <<currentYear>>-08-08 spans the 168-hour period from August 2nd at 12:00:01 AM to August 8th at 11:59:59 PM.

Zeal supports the following types of reporting periods (note that all dates are INCLUSIVE):

daily : Zeal hosts 365 daily reporting periods per year. For example:

  • <<currentYear>>-08-01 - <<currentYear>>-08-01: August 1st
  • <<currentYear>>-08-02 - <<currentYear>>-08-02: August 2nd
  • <<currentYear>>-08-03 - <<currentYear>>-08-03: August 3rd
  • ...

weekly: Zeal hosts 365 weekly reporting periods per year. For example:

  • <<currentYear>>-08-02 - <<currentYear>>-08-08: August 2nd - August 8th
  • <<currentYear>>-08-03 - <<currentYear>>-08-09: August 3rd - August 9th
  • ...

biweekly: Zeal hosts 365 biweekly (i.e. once every two weeks) reporting periods per year. For example:

  • <<currentYear>>-08-02 - <<currentYear>>-08-15: August 2nd - August 15th
  • <<currentYear>>-08-03 - <<currentYear>>-08-16: August 3rd - August 16th
  • ...

semimonthly: Zeal hosts 24 semimonthly reporting periods per year.

Note: semimonthly is different from biweekly

For example:

  • <<currentYear>>-08-01 - <<currentYear>>-08-15: August 1st - August 15th
  • <<currentYear>>-08-16 - <<currentYear>>-08-31: August 16th - August 31st
  • <<currentYear>>-09-01 - <<currentYear>>-09-15: September 1st - September 15th
  • ...

monthly: Zeal hosts 24 monthly reporting periods per year. Date ranges can start on the first of every month or on the 15th of every month. For example:

  • <<currentYear>>-08-01 - <<currentYear>>-08-31: August 1st - August 31st
  • <<currentYear>>-08-15 - <<currentYear>>-09-14: August 15th - September 14th
  • <<currentYear>>-09-01 - <<currentYear>>-09-31: September 1st - September 31st
  • ...

quarterly: Zeal hosts 4 quarterly reporting periods per year. For example:

  • <<currentYear>>-01-01 - <<currentYear>>-03-31: August 1st - March 31st
  • <<currentYear>>-04-01 - <<currentYear>>-06-30: April 1st - June 30th
  • <<currentYear>>-10-01 - <<currentYear>>-12-31: October 1st - December 31st
  • ...

This information helps Zeal tax this employee correctly.

Check date

A check date is the date on which the employee should receive their money. The check date is extremely important and determines when the check should be sent to the employee. Each Check submitted to Zeal must have an associated viable check date. Zeal will process the check the day before the check date to ensure the employee receives the money by the very next day i.e. the check date.

See how to create an employee check (link to employee check)

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IMPORTANT

The time it takes for money to clear the employee's bank account depends on the employee's bank.