Payroll run definition and meaning
A payroll run is the act of disbursing wages to individual workers. Also known as running payroll, it occurs on a specific date, called a payday or checkdate, and delivers employee compensation for a specified period of time called a pay period.
More about payroll runs
There’s no hard rule to the number of payroll runs a business can perform in a period, but most businesses run payroll on a regular frequency. The most common payroll runs are:
- Weekly – 52 payroll runs/year
- Bi-Weekly – 26 payroll runs/year
- Semi-Monthly – 24 payroll runs/year
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