Employee and Payroll Features

Users with the Administrator role can enable the following features on the Employees subtab of the Enable Features page.


To use some of the listed features, you will need SuitePeople HR or SuitePeople U.S. Payroll provisioned on your account. For more information, see SuitePeople Overview.



HR Information System (SuitePeople HR)

Compensation Tracking

Track basic wage and salary information for employees directly from the employee record.

Job Management

Create jobs with job descriptions and assign them to employees.

Job Requisitions

Create job requisitions for recruiting, associate requisitions with jobs, and track status through the hiring process.

Time-Off Management

Define and manage time-off plans according to company policies and assign them to employees based on location, department, class, or subsidiary.

Effective Dating

Make changes to the employee record that are back-dated or future-dated to a specific date.

View an employee’s timeline to see key employee milestones and career changes in chronological order. For details, see Viewing an Employee’s Timeline.

Employee Change Requests

Manage change approvals for the employee record.

Managers can create employee change requests for their direct reports and have it go through an approval process in the Employee Center.

Termination Reason Tracking

Specify various termination details on the employee record.

If the Workforce Analytics feature is also enabled, you can see a high level snapshot and synopsis of the employees who are leaving your company and the reasons why they are leaving on the Turnover Analysis page (Reports > Employees/HR).

Basic Government-Issued ID Tracking

Track a variety of government-issued identification information about your employees.

You can enable either Basic or Advanced Government-Issued ID Tracking features, but not both.

Advanced Government-Issued ID Tracking

Create, edit, and delete your own custom types of government-issued identification to match your company’s employee identification policies.

You can enable either Basic or Advanced Government-Issued ID Tracking features, but not both.

Workforce Analytics

Measure and analyze company headcount, hiring, and turnover trends.

To access the Turnover Analysis page, from Reports > Employees/HR the Termination Reason Tracking box must also be checked.

Employee Center Dashboard Publishing

Set up default dashboard portlets and layout for the Employee Center, including the addition of a manager dashboard, and publish defaults out to Employee Center users.

Create news items that appear in Employee Center dashboards, and limit the audience of news items by location or by managers.

Performance Management (SuitePeople HR)

Performance Management

Manage employee performance through goals and performance reviews. Use NetSuite data to track the progress of goals. Create performance reviews and assign them to individual employees or to groups of employees.


Enable your employees to give social-based recognition to each other for accomplishments, achievements, and milestones.

Payroll (SuitePeople U.S. Payroll)


Pay your employees through SuitePeople U.S. Payroll. Calculate wages, deductions, and liabilities, and always have the latest tax data. This feature supports U.S. payroll only.


Enabling this feature creates the system-generated Payroll Adjustments account.

Service Printed Check and Stubs

Use your payroll service provider to print check stubs.

Paycheck Journal

Allow SOAP web services integrations with external payroll systems and building of custom payroll solutions with SuiteScript. This feature supports payroll solutions in any country, and for non-U.S. subsidiaries in OneWorld accounts.

Time & Expenses

Expense Reports

Track employee expenses and turn them into bills.


Enabling this feature creates the system-generated Unapproved Expense Reports, Advances Paid, and Accounts Payable accounts.

Approval Routing

Set up an approval hierarchy required to process expense reports and purchase requests.

If this feature is not enabled, each expense report or purchase request is automatically routed to the employee's immediate supervisor and then to accounting.

When this feature is enabled, after an employee enters an expense report or purchase request, additional processing of the transaction depends on the employee's expense limit or purchase limit, the employee's designated supervisor or approver, and the approval limit of the supervisor or approver.

Per-Employee Billing Rates

Check this box to create billing classes that set billable time rates when different employees charge different rates for the same service.

If you associate a billing class with an employee and set rates for the billing class on a service item, the proper rate defaults to bill the customer on time tracking transactions.

Billing Rate Cards

Define different rates for groups of billing classes.

Purchase Requests

Allow employees to enter purchase requests online.

Time Tracking

Let employees record the hours they work. Users of products other than NetSuite CRM+ may:

  • Record billable hours and invoice customers for these hours.

  • Record time for payroll items.


NetSuite CRM+ users cannot record billable time, invoice customers for billable time, or record time for payroll items.

Weekly Timesheets

Track employee time with a weekly timesheet.


Time Tracking is required to use Weekly Timesheets.

New Weekly Timesheets Interface

Enable an updated user interface for your company’s weekly timesheet. The updated interface includes column headings, fixed time entry columns, and a memo popup window for each entry.


Time Tracking and Weekly Timesheets are required to use the New Weekly Timesheets Interface.

Time Tracking for CRM

Track time associated with cases, tasks, and events.

When this option is enabled, a Time subtab is available on case, task, and event records.


Employee Commissions

Create schedules that calculate commissions for sales representatives and their managers and pay commissions when they are earned.


Enabling this feature creates the system-generated Commissions Payable account.

Commission on Custom Fields

Create custom transaction column fields for use as the commission basis on commission schedules. Custom transaction column fields must be of currency type and can be based on any standard or custom currency amount field.


Global Permissions

Enable the assigning of permissions directly to employees and to roles. When this feature is enabled, a Global Permissions subtab is available on the Access tab of each employee record.

Advanced Employee Permissions

Check this box to use the additional employee permissions included with this feature. These permissions give administrators more flexibility and control over which fields and sublists on the employee record are available to the role, based on the assigned employee permissions. These changes extend to most parts of NetSuite. Before enabling this feature, review Before Enabling the Advanced Employee Permissions Feature.

Related Topics

Enabling Features
General Company Features
Accounting Features
Tax Features
Transaction-Related Features
Items and Inventory Features
CRM and SFA Features
Analytics Features
Commerce Features
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