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A pay period is a set schedule on which employees are paid and employers run payroll. There are no federal regulations on scheduling pay periods, but some state departments of labor do set requirements. Some employers process payroll on a certain day of the month — the 1st or 15th, often — but it is more common for pay dates to be tied to a certain day of the week, usually a Friday. There are multiple types of pay period, each of which has merits depending on your industry and payroll system. The most common kinds of pay schedule include:
Depending on your pay period type, some years may also be “leap years” — a year with an extra pay period for certain employees.
Ascentis' powerful payroll software can help you manage all your pay period planning and execution.