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Ways To Prevent Payroll Fraud For Businesses Today

By
Margaret
Mwangi

Payroll fraud is the most common form of asset misappropriation which last for many months before it is detected. It is simply defined as a scheme that an employer issues payment to an employee following cheating in order to receive funds to which they are not entitled to.Most of the business today faces this problem and a lot of funds are lost trying to find a solution. To understand how to prevent payroll fraud you need to understand how it occurs first.

Below are some things you can do to make sure your business isn’t prone to payroll fraud

Run background checks on all employeesAs an employer, have all criminal records of what your employees have done in the past and current performance.Review payroll reports frequentlyPayroll should be reviewed after every pay period. Therefore, look for a professional to will help you out.Verify all individuals who receive an incomeUse a service that verifies the name of the employee and their bank accounts, to avoid the existence of ghost employees. Businesses today should use a web-based application to manage their payroll system to avoid payroll fraud, reduce costs on payroll, and increase efficiency.Segregate dutiesDivide the task involved in managing a payroll system among different people thus making it difficult for payroll fraud to occur. Most importantly, the payroll system should only be accessed by authorized people.Audit individual recordThis is done by going through an employee at random and figure out whether all the entries are correct to avoid a situation where an employee cover for another friend thus creating fraud.Review PTO accrualsTake note of the employees who have taken a day off and take note of their leave reports, so that it can show a decrease in their PTO balance.ConclusionTo sum up, businesses can avoid payroll fraud by doing the following segregate duties. For example, review of payroll reports frequently, auditing individual records, run background checks of your employees and review PTO accruals.Subscribe to our 14 days FREE UNLIMITED ACCESS to our complete HR & Payroll solution.

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