ROWAN UNIVERSITY POLICY
Title: Payroll Reconciliation Process
Subject: Payroll Services
Policy No: Fin: 2015:23
Issuing Authority: Senior Vice President for Finance and CFO
Responsible Officer: Payroll Director
Last Revision: 12/02/2016
Last Reviewed: 10/31/2018
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that all employees are paid accurately and timely, and that withholdings and deductions are correct and remitted in a timely manner. This includes salary payments, tax withholdings, and deductions from paychecks.
At the direction of the Senior Vice President for Finance and CFO, the Payroll Director shall implement and ensure compliance with this policy.
This policy applies to all employees of the University.
- The Payroll Services department plays a major role in the University. From an accounting perspective, payroll and payroll taxes considerably affect the net income of the University and are subject to federal and state laws and regulations. From a human resources viewpoint, employees want to be paid timely and accurately and are sensitive to payroll errors and irregularities.
- Time sheets are submitted at regular intervals to Payroll Services for entry into the Banner System (either WTE, Kronos Import). Since the payroll is prepared and processed by the University for all Rowan employees, the payroll coordinator runs payroll trials on a daily basis to verify the reasonableness of the current period’s payroll expense (i.e., reviewing total hours worked, total employees being paid, etc.). Additionally, several data test runs are performed online to generate an exception report to further ensure that the period’s payroll is reasonable. The exception/edit reports consist of disposition processes that include PHRDERR & PHRDCON reports.
- The payroll coordinator reconciles all payroll processing data on a Reconciliation Sheet. Once all employees reach a disposition 70 status, checks and direct deposits are processed, and the finance feeds PHPFEXP and NHPFIN2 are submitted, and all appropriate departments are notified.
- Attachment A - Reconciliation Process
- The Payroll Services support staff is responsible to complete the reconcilement sheet for checks and balances of hours worked, expenses and liabilities for current pay period. Payroll support staff runs reports throughout payroll cycle and reconcile spreadsheet to ensure current pay periods reasonableness expense, hours worked and number of payments issued.
- Payroll Services and Human Resources have access to the Banner System to make appropriate changes.
- The PHAHOUR screen is reviewed as well as the PHRDERR, PHICHEK, PHRPREG, & PHRDCON reports to ensure that the changes made by Payroll Services or Human Resources produced accurate output.
- Processes are recorded on the payroll processing sheet.
- PHRDERR report lists all employees in an error status and identifies specific error. Employees listed on this report may still receive a paycheck depending upon the specific error. Payroll Services attempts to resolve the errors generated during the trial runs before the final payroll.
- Time sheet checks are also performed to ensure that all employees have submitted accurate time sheets for each payroll period. If a time sheet has not been submitted, the employee is contacted and reminded that the time sheet is due.
- Payroll Services also reviews all time sheets to ensure that they have been signed and approved by the appropriate supervisors. If a timesheet has not been approved by a supervisor, it is returned to the Department to receive approval.