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Payroll Frequency Definition

Payroll frequency (or pay frequency) determines how often employees are paid (i.e., weekly, bi-weekly, semi-monthly, monthly).

Payroll Frequency Extended Definition
The IRS allows any payroll frequency as long as it is consistent, but individual states may have specific limits on time or type of occupation when it comes to pay periods. When choosing a pay frequency, employers must consider any state guidelines as well as the cost for the employer and the convenience for the employees. The most common payroll frequency is bi-weekly.

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Jenna Hutkowski | Apr 28, 2023

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