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Policy 2.8
General Payroll Information

Responsible Official: Vice President for Finance/Chief Finance Officer
Administering Division/Department: Payroll
Effective Date: January 01, 2008
Last Revision: September 14, 2017

Policy Sections:


The purpose of this policy is to provide general information regarding the operations and structure of the Payroll Department/Human Resources System.


All employees.

Policy Details

2.8.1 General

2.8.2 Payroll Processing

2.8.3 Holiday Schedules

2.8.4 Overtime Pay

2.8.1 General

The Payroll Department strives to pay employees in an accurate and timely manner.  

The Payroll Department is responsible for:

1.     Processing all wages and salary payments.

2.     Withholding proper taxes and setting up authorized deductions.

3.     Answering employee and departmental inquiries.

4.     Collecting and remitting garnishments, tax liens, and child support.

5.     Issuing earnings statements and W-2s.

6.     Reviewing all payroll payment requests for accuracy.

7.     Calculating and depositing all taxes.

The University uses the Human Resources system to maintain all payroll, fringe benefit, and personnel information. The Human Resources System performs all gross-to-net calculations, including computation of tax withholdings and most of the cost calculations for fringe benefits. Employees are provided a log-in ID and password to the system when they are hired.

2.8.2 Payroll Processing

Payroll Services processes three payrolls on this strict schedule:

1.     Monthly Payroll
Monthly payments are made to faculty and staff members whose positions are salaried. This includes stipends and fellowships to students or postdoctoral candidates.

2.     Biweekly Payroll
Biweekly payments are made to employees whose positions are hourly. Their positions fall under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

3.     Monthly Supplemental
Payments such as awards, extra-duty payments, and retroactive salary adjustments are made on a monthly basis as a supplemental or separate check.

An individual can be paid a Non-Compensatory Award and still be on one of the other two payrolls at the same time.

The Payroll Calendar is available on the Payroll website. 

 2.8.3 Holiday Schedules

From time to time there may be changes in the Payroll Department deadlines due to holidays. All employees and departments should note any changes from the regular schedule.  

Human Resources and the Payroll Department will forward information to departmental Human Resource Representatives and Timekeepers when a deadline changes.

2.8.4 Overtime Pay

Payment for overtime hours must be made in accordance with the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Hours worked over 40 in a week must be paid as overtime.

Payment for overtime will be made by the Payroll Department in the next regularly scheduled payroll cycle.


Human Resource System: The system used by the Payroll Department and Human Resources to pay salaries and wages to employees in an accurate and timely manner. The system also provides information for managerial purposes.

Fair Labor Standards Act: The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor standards affecting full-time and part-time workers.

Related Links

Contact Information

Payroll Operations  N/A  404.727.6100  payroll@emory.edu 

Revision History

  • Version Published on: Sep 14, 2017 (Updated the HR PeopleSoft/Self-Service System link per Mary Dial's req)
  • Version Published on: Jul 31, 2013 (Updated Related Links)
  • Version Published on: Mar 13, 2009
  • Version Published on: Mar 29, 2007 (Original Publication)