Setting up timesheet periods

Timesheet periods determine the length of user timesheets. They should parallel either your organization’s pay periods or billing cycle so that timesheet data is available when needed for generating payroll or for invoicing clients.

Timesheet periods can be created for specific employee types, for particular departments, or for the system. We recommend that you use a single system timesheet period for all users, since this is the easiest method to manage.

A System timesheet period is assigned to new users by default. If you change this to Employee Type or Department, the user’s setting for the Employee Type or Department field in their user profile determines the specific timesheet period in effect.

Adding a timesheet period

To add a timesheet period:

  1. Go to Administration > Timesheets > Timesheet Periods.
  2. Select the tab for the type of period you want to create – either System, Employee Type, or Department.
  3. Click Add Timesheet Period.
  4. Select the employee type or department the timesheet period will apply to, if applicable.
  5. Select the timesheet period type, and complete the date fields that apply to that type.

The timesheet period will come into effect automatically on the effective date you assign.

  1. Click Save.

About the timesheet period types

Your organization's timesheet period should parallel either your pay periods or your billing cycle. Below are the types of timesheet periods available in Replicon.

Timesheet Period Type

Replicon will generate a new timesheet...

Weekly

Each week, beginning on the day of the week you choose

BiWeekly

Every two weeks, beginning on the day of the week and date you choose

Semi-Monthly

Twice a month, on the two calendar days you select, beginning as of the date you select

Monthly

Each month, beginning on the day of the month and date you select

Manual

Using the custom start and end dates you specify. After the first timesheet period, the following timesheets will use the same span of time, until a new timesheet period comes into effect.

For example, if you use October 1st and 2nd as the timesheet period’s start and end dates, subsequent timesheet periods will run for two days each, from October 3rd to 4th, then from October 5th to 6th, and so on.

Weekly End-of-Month

Each week, beginning on the first day of each month, then on the day of the week specified for the remainder of the month.

The first and last week of the month are shortened or lengthened to ensure a timesheet period ends on the last day of each month, and all timesheet periods include at least 4 days.

Why might we use a manual timesheet period?

You might need to use a manual timesheet period if a time span occurs during which your organization will not follow the standard timesheet period schedule.

For example, if you are changing your payroll schedule or billing cycle, you may need to use a manual timesheet as a bridge between regularly scheduled timesheet periods.

How do weekly end-of-month timesheet periods work? Why would we use them?

Weekly End-of-Month timesheet periods are intended for those using a monthly payroll period, but who want to use weekly timesheet periods to promote timely data entry. Timesheet periods flex in length to ensure all hours for a given month are submitted by the end of the month, so payroll can be calculated on time. Each timesheet period includes a minimum of 4 days.

For example, if Sunday is the first day of your timesheet period week, weekly end-of-month timesheet periods at the beginning and end of the month would look like this:

The variable-length periods balance each other out, with one short week bordering a long week. Therefore, there will still be a total of 52 timesheet periods in a year.

FAQs

How do we create a daily timesheet period?

You can create a daily or one day timesheet period using a manual-type timesheet period. Make the timesheet period's end date the same as its start date.

Can we change a timesheet period from Sunday to Saturday, to Monday to Sunday?

Yes. To do this, simply add a new timesheet period, using the new Monday to Sunday range. Replicon will create a transition timesheet period with one extra day in it to accommodate the change.

Why do timesheets remain the same when we change the timesheet period?

Any timesheet that was generated before the timesheet period was changed will not reflect the new timesheet period. To have the new timesheet period apply, you'll need to delete the timesheet, and have the owner recreate it.