Add Employees to Square Payroll

Adding employees to Square Payroll is a quick and easy process. Employees can also set up their own accounts, saving you time.

Add a New Employee

  1. Visit the Team section of your online Payroll dashboard or Square Payroll app.
  2. Click Add Team Member.
  3. Click Create New or select an existing team member.
  4. Enter your employee’s First and Last name.
  5. If you choose to provide your employee with an online account, enter their email address. Employees will receive an email instructing them to create an account where they will be able to fill in their W-4 information and, if paid by direct deposit, add their bank account details. If you do not provide your employee with an online account, you will need to input the employee’s personal information from Form W-4. If you prefer to fill in this information yourself, you have the option to enable the online account after saving your employee. Note: Square Payroll does not retain a copy of Form W-4.
  6. Select the Employee employment type. Note: If the team member is also classified as an Independent Contractor, additionally select the Contractor type.
  7. If applicable, check the Overtime Exemption and Tip Pool Eligibility options.
  8. Select the Pay Type and Payment Method.
    • If you select Hourly, enter your employee’s hourly rate.
    • If you select Salaried, enter your employee’s annual salary and the number of hours in their standard workweek.
  9. Provide us with the employee’s start date. If the employee is a new hire, please check the box File a New Hire Report on my behalf so we may file this for you.
  10. If the employee is not a new hire, please provide us with their year to date gross pay (if they have already been paid by your business with payroll taxes applied).
  11. Select the employee’s Work Address for tax purposes.
  12. If applicable, enter the employee’s personal, taxpayer information and bank account information.
  13. Enable the Paid Time Off (PTO) option if you would like to set up a vacation or sick leave policy for the employee.
  14. Click Generate Point of Sale Passcode if you would like to use Timecards through Square Payroll.
  15. Add any applicable Benefits or Garnishments and Other Post-Tax Deductions.
  16. After you click Save, your employee will appear on your payroll roster.

You cannot pay an employee until their personal information has been entered. To enter this information yourself, click on the employee’s name in the Employees tab and click Activate Manually. You have the ability to change an employee’s payment method at any time.

Note for salaried non-exempt employees with a standard workweek of more than 40 hours: Hourly rate for salaried employees is calculated based on the annual salary divided by the hours the employee works in a year (hourly rate = annual salary / (weekly hours * 52)). For non-exempt salaried employees, if the work week is greater than 40 hours, all hours beyond 40 hours will be paid at the overtime rate of 1.5x hourly rate. This means that the sum of the employees’ paychecks for the year will be greater than their annual salary. Click here for a reference guide.

Add a Previously Created Contractor as an Employee

Square Payroll allows your team members to be classified as both a W-2 employee and a 1099 contractor. If you would like to switch an individual’s employment type, click the applicable box on the Team Member’s payroll profile in the Team section of your online Payroll dashboard or Square Payroll app.

Not sure if you have an employee who should receive a Form W-2 or an independent contractor who should receive Form 1099-MISC? Read our Town Square Blog post on 1099 vs. W-2 to learn more.

Click here for instructions on how to Add Independent Contractors to Square Payroll.

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