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Emergency Payroll Checks

Directive Statement

This directive establishes the proper methods of requesting an emergency payroll check.

Reason for Directive

To ensure emergency check requirements are met and that emergency check requests are sent to Payroll Services by the stated deadline.

Who must comply?

All university departments.

Deadlines for Emergency (Off-Cycle) Requests

By the end of business on Tuesday of pay day week for a direct deposit on payday (Friday).

By noon on Monday following payday, for a direct deposit to be available Thursday after payday.


NOTE: Supervisors must be diligent in approving time and be sure that a backup approver is available if the supervisor is unable to approve the time.  This is critical so that a financial hardship is not created for the employee.

Emergency Check Request Requirements

  1. There must be a distribution on all employee records for which an emergency check has been requested
  2. The employee was paid less than 80% of their regular wages (based on FTE)
    • If a non-exempt employee did not enter their time worked by the Time & Labor deadline, an emergency check will not be approved, regardless of the percentage of the underpayment
    • Time worked was not approved by the supervisor AND the employee is paid less than 80% of their regular wages
  3. “Additional Pay” only qualifies for an emergency check for fellowships or other payments where the additional pay is the employee’s only source of income from the University
    • If the additional pay meets this requirement, then the Goal Balance must be updated in Additional Pay before the emergency check can be processed
  4. Please notate any extenuating circumstances Payroll Services should be aware of on the emergency check form. The below reasons are some examples that are options on the form and should be selected if applicable:
    • Late/New hires
    • Cancelled check needed to prevent significant overpayment

Prior to Completing a Check Request

  1. Request must be received by the stated deadline
    • Please verify the submission deadline dates on the Bi-Weekly Payroll Schedules e-mailed to the UF Time and Labor Listserv
    • Note: Deadlines are likely to change during accelerated payroll periods
  2. Payroll Services will process emergency check requests received by the end of day Tuesday deadline during the week of payday week, for a direct deposit on the payday Friday.  Emergency checks requests received by the Monday noon deadline during closing week, will be processed for a direct deposit on Thursday of the same week.
  3. All emergency checks are direct deposit, with the exception of contract buyouts and beneficiary payments.
  4. Cancellation of the regular payroll check and replacement with an emergency check can impact the employee’s benefits, since limited deductions are taken from these checks.  Therefore, there is the potential for a missing payment on health insurance or other issues.  Please instruct the employee to contact Human Resources Benefits to verify that all coverage is up to date with payment.  Employee’s timesheet should not be touched if the original check is cancelled
  5. The emergency check is issued in place of the normal bi-weekly direct deposit payment

Submit Emergency Check Request

Please remember to enter and approve the employee’s time in myUFL before requesting an emergency check.

Disbursement of Emergency Checks

  1. All emergency checks are paid through direct deposit except for Contract Buyouts and Beneficiary Payments. Contract Buyouts are required to be picked up by the department and Beneficiary Payments are mailed.
  2. Contract buyouts are required to be picked up from the Payroll Services Office (East Campus Office Building, 2046 NE Waldo Road, Suite 1250) by:
    • Department payroll processer
    • Other departmental personnel designated by the processor as a representative
    • The employee cannot pick up their own check
  3. Hours for pickup are Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  4. The department payroll processor will receive an email notification that the emergency check(s) have been completed.
  5. The email notice must be presented along with a valid Gator 1 Card when picking up the Contract Buyout. 
  6. Exceptions may be made for delivery to remote UF locations.  If this applies, please contact us at (352) 392-1231.  On the Emergency Check Request Form, request overnight mailing of the Contract Buyout to the UF location under “Additional Instructions”. Must provide FedEx account number, person of contact, telephone number, and shipping address for the check(s)

Last Reviewed

04/30/2022: reviewed content


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Payroll Services: (352) 392-1231

Recruitment & Staffing: (352) 392-2477

Academic Personnel: (352) 392-2477

UF Benefits: (352) 392-2477

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