Delaying payroll payments and timesheet approvals

In Hubstaff, you can require employees to submit their timesheets for approval, as well as delay your payroll for your team.

The timesheet approvals feature allows owners and managers to double-check time entries before they are sent to be processed for payroll and the payroll delay feature can provide additional time to review timesheets prior to approval and payment.

Preview of the Timesheets -> Approvals page where Owners and Managers can view, approve, or deny timesheets prior to payroll processing.

Hubstaff’s timesheet approval feature is only available on Premium plans and up. For more information about the differences in feature sets for each plan type, click here.


Table of Contents

Manage timesheets

Submit timesheets

Delaying Payroll

You can now delay automatic payroll. This will give you more time to review your employee’s work hours and approve or deny their timesheet before payroll is processed.

To set your timesheet approval settings go to your organization’s settings by clicking on Settings on the left sidebar, then select Features from the drop-down menu. Click on the Payments tab.

Next, you’ll need to specify the number of days you want the payroll to run by the end of the pay period (i.e. how many days you want to delay the payment) then hit “Save.”

Example: If you’ve set a 2-day delay on your payroll, and the payroll is scheduled to run on April 19, the payroll payment would be processed on April 21st, 9:00 pm UTC.

Setting up pay periods and requiring timesheet approval

When timesheet approval is enabled for your team, you’ll be required to review their timesheet before their payroll is processed. To enable this feature in your organization you’ll need to access the “Members” page on the left sidebar. Then, you want to click on the pencil icon under the payment column in line with the name of the user you wish to enable timesheet approval for. On this page you can set up each user’s pay typepay rate, pay period and enable timesheet approval individually.

Members page

User payment information

Once timesheet approval is enabled for your users, payment details (pay periods, pay type and pay rates) will sync with payroll automatically. If you haven’t set up automatic payroll in your organization, then here’s a guide that will help you set that up.

Viewing, approving and denying timesheets

Team member timesheets can be found on the approvals page, under the Timesheets menu, located on the left sidebar. You’ll see how much time was logged and the corresponding activity levels within a specific pay period. There’s also a status column that will help you identify when a timesheet is open, submitted, approved, denied or paid. Click on the Actions button right next to a user’s timesheet to view, approve, or deny the timesheet.

You can also deny or approve a timesheet while viewing it. Likewise, from the timesheet view, you can switch to a different user’s timesheet, by clicking on the previous timesheet or next timesheet buttons.

Submitting & un-submitting timesheets

To submit your timesheets, click on approvals, under timesheets, located on the left sidebar. Press the actions button to expose the submit or the unsubmit (if applicable) button.



Timesheets that are not approved will not get paid through payroll.
A user’s timesheet will get paid through payroll, without approval, when ‘require timesheet approval’ is not enabled on the Members page.
When a timesheet is already approved or submitted, the user will no longer be able to log more time for that pay period.
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