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2024 HR and Payroll Calendar

Key Takeaways

  • Learn about holidays to enhance work culture and engagement like Digital Learning Day (Feb. 29) and National Employee Appreciation Day (March 1).

  • Keep tabs on IRS and other important compliance deadlines.

  • Stay on top of federal holidays and other celebrations that affect banking operations.

  • Enjoy HR and compliance resources to help build and expand your strategies throughout 2024 and beyond.

With no shortage of important dates in 2024, having a tool for managing them pays off.

That’s why we created a 2024 payroll calendar compatible with iCal, Outlook and Google Calendar. Download it for easy access to the dates all HR and payroll managers should know. Our calendar comes packed with:

  • holidays
  • compliance deadlines
  • resources to enhance HR strategy

Use our calendar to help stay on top of 2024 pay periods, too! For even more support, here’s a refresher on the most common pay schedules.

How many pay periods does 2024 have?

The total pay periods your company has in 2024 depends on how often employees get paid. For example, most businesses (43%) operate on a biweekly pay schedule, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Weekly pay periods come in a “close” second at 27%.)

Let’s look at the four most common options — and a fifth that’s gaining momentum — to help you further ace payroll in 2024.

Weekly

With a weekly pay schedule, employees get paid — you guessed it — every week. For companies that process payroll all year, this structure will produce 52 paydays in 2024. If you pay employees on Monday or Tuesday, however, this will result in 53 paydays due to the leap year.

While overshadowed by biweekly structures in most cases, weekly schedules tend to be most popular in businesses with less than 100 employees. In fact, roughly a third of companies employing 10-99 people reported using weekly pay periods to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Biweekly

The bulk of companies using a biweekly schedule will have 26 pay periods. If you pay employees on Jan. 5, they’ll receive two paychecks a month except for March and August, when they’ll earn three. If your first pay period falls on Jan. 12, employees will likely receive their extra paychecks in May and November.

Semimonthly

On a semimonthly schedule, pay periods usually end on the 15th and 30th of each month. This results in 24 — not 26 — pay periods total. And remember, “semimonthly” isn’t the same as “biweekly.” At least not all the time.

This doesn’t mean semimonthly employees come out short, either, but they may have two checks that encapsulate more than two weeks’ worth of work. The Bureau of Labor Statistics found this structure to be half as popular as biweekly schedules (19.8%) and most common in:

  • education
  • health care
  • professional and business services

Monthly

Employers with monthly pay periods pay their employees once per month. This typically falls on the last day of each month and yields 12 pay periods per year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics found only 10.3% of businesses pay their people on monthly basis. This structure is most often reserved for the financial services industry and high-salaried employees, according to Indeed.

Daily

Certain employers see the need to pay their people as they earn their wages — which could be every day. Doing so helps companies support employees who need greater flexibility to navigate inflation and other challenges.

With an easy-to-use tool to simplify the process, employers empower their workforce without risking compliance and giving HR a massive administrative burden.

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To learn more, download the 2024 HR and Payroll Calendar calendar.

Key Takeaways

  • Learn about holidays to enhance work culture and engagement like Digital Learning Day (Feb. 29) and National Employee Appreciation Day (March 1).

  • Keep tabs on IRS and other important compliance deadlines.

  • Stay on top of federal holidays and other celebrations that affect banking operations.

  • Enjoy HR and compliance resources to help build and expand your strategies throughout 2024 and beyond.