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Welcome to the Payroll Group handbook! You should be able to find answers to most of your questions here. If you't find what you are looking for then please do the following:

Pay Date

  1. Employees of GitLab Inc and GitLab Federal will get pay on the 15th and the last day of the month. The payroll schedule, pay slips, and W-2(s) are available on ADP portal
  2. Employees of GitLab BV (Netherlands) will get their salary wired on the 25th of every month, and can see their pay slip in their personal portal on HR Savvy's system towards the end of the month.
  3. Employees of GitLab BV (Belgium) will get their salary wired the last day of each month and will receive their pay slip in their personal portal on Boekfisk's system
  4. Employees of GitLab Ltd will get their salary wired on the last day of every month, and can see their pay slip via their personal portal on Vistra's system towards the end of the month.
  5. Employees of GitLab GmbH will get their salary wired on the last day of every month, and can see their pay slip via their person portal on RPI International Payroll's system towards the end of the month.
  6. Employees of GitLab Canada Corp will get pay bi-weekly and they can access their pay slip via their personal portal on CloudPay's ESS portal.
  7. Employees of GitLab PTY will get their salary on the 27th of each month, and their pay slip through iiPay portal
  8. Employees of GitLab BV that are employed through GitLab's co-employer PE0:
    • Lyra (India) will get their salary wired around the last day of the month. Lyra will send pay slips electronically through their HR portal.
    • Safeguard are paid monthly and on the last day of the month (depending on the country) with exception to Brazil, 15th of each month and last day of the month. Payslips are provided electronically by Safeguard.
  9. Contractors from Nigeria, South Africa, and the US will get pay within 15 days after they submitted their monthly invoices for services to
  10. Contractors from Poland, Russia, and Ukraine will get pay by the 25th of each month from CXC Global.
  11. All other contractors will get pay on the 22nd of the month by iiPay and remittance advice will send to their gitlab email address.


Adding New Hire into ADP

  1. Total Rewards Analysts will notify Payroll when I-9 verification is completed
  2. Login to ADP as Administrator
  3. Select Process, HR, and Hire/Rehire
  4. Select Payroll Only (System) template
  5. Enter the legal name from Passport or SSN in BambooHR
  6. Select SSN for the Tax ID Type
  7. Enter Hire Date
  8. Select Gender
  9. Reason for Hire – New Position
  10. Enter Birth Date
  11. Company Code – 26X for GitLab Inc or JW9 for GitLab Federal
  12. Select USA under the drop down under Countries
  13. Enter address
  14. Select Works from Home from the More Fields section on the right side
  15. Select Yes for Works from Home and Use Primary Address as the Work Address
  16. Select Ethnicity/Race ID Method under More Field
  17. Look up the Ethnicity under Job section in BambooHR
  18. Enter Job Tile and Report to Manager
  19. Select FT – Full Time under Worker Category
  20. Select team member’s lived in state for Location
  21. Select NAICS worker comp code – be sure to use 5302 for WA residents
  22. NAICS worker's comp code 8859 only to be used for CA residents
  23. Enter work email address and check “Use For Notification”
  24. Select Salary or hourly under Regular Pay Rate
  25. Enter 86.67 hours for salary team members under Standard Hours and leave it blank for hourly members
  26. Enter the Worked in State, Lived in State, and SUI/SDI tax code
  27. Select Done
  28. Email the ADP Registration email to the team member(s)
  29. If the team member is hourly then be sure to copy the hourly template and share it with the team member via Google Sheet

Processing Payroll

One time payment

  1. Create a batch and name it accordingly
  2. Select the Bonus paydata grid
  3. Add employee
  4. Enter the earning type and amount
  5. Enter B pay frequency
  6. Enter 2, or 3 under pay #
  7. Enter W under Special Action

Updating Benefits

Lumity will send a “Diff” payroll file to Payroll 5 days before pay date for all new enrollments along with changes. Payroll Specialist will covert the information into an import file to update all changes in ADP.

  1. Download the Diff file from Lumity secured portal
  2. Make a copy of the original Diff tab and name it as "Payroll"
  3. Insert 4 tabs into the workbook: ER Ded, EE Ded, ER Catchup, and EE Catchup
  4. Insert a column into the "Payroll" tab for ADP PositionID. Use the SSN column to pull in the information via VLOOKUP formula
  5. Copy the "Payroll" tab and paste onto those 4 new tabs
  6. For the ER Ded tab - delete all deductions columns except for Employer deduction column
  7. Sort the ER Ded tab by Benefits Plan Name and add ADP deduction code
  8. For the EE Ded tab - delete all deductions columns except for Employee deduction column
  9. Sort the EE Ded tab by Benefits Plan Name and add ADP deduction code
  10. Add the deduction code and deduction amount onto an import template "EMP(company code)EPI". Example - EMP26XEPI.csv or EMPJW9EPI.csv
  11. A copy of this template is saved in each payroll folder on Google shared drive
  12. For the ER catchup tab - delete all deduction columns and only keep ER catchup column and add ADP memo code
  13. For the EE catchup tab - delete alld deduction columns and ony keep EE catchup column and add ADP memo code
  14. Add those memo codes and amounts only the Benefits adjustment template (a copy is available in the payroll folder). Template -26XBCEPI.csv or JW9BCEPI.csv
  15. Import employee data for deductions: Process - Utilities - EMP Data import
  16. Import benefits adjustment: Payroll - Paydata Batch - Import batch (see one time adjustment instruction)

Other payroll adjustment tasks:

  1. Update payroll changes
  2. reconcile salary for each team member from ADP vs BambooHR
  3. Review payroll department between ADP and BambooHR
  4. Generate payroll reports for review:
    • Employee changes
    • Active hourly without hours
    • Inactive employees with paydata
    • Autopay cancellation
    • Payroll Summary
  5. Preview payroll and accept payroll after thorough review

Reports after Accept payroll

Generate the following reports and saved them on Google Shared drive for Federal and Inc:

  1. GL report
  2. Payroll Reports (Payroll Summary, Statistical Summary, and Payroll Register Total)
  3. Commission and Bonus per check date
  4. Benefits deduction for Lumity
  5. MISC deductions

Benefits Funding Process


Australia, UK, Belgium, Netherlands, and Germany Monthly Payroll Process

  1. Payroll changes due date to the payroll providers is 15th with exception of Australia (12th). If the 15th fall on weekend or holidays, then the due date is move to the last business day before the 15th.
  2. Total Rewards Team will add bonus, promotion, title changes, etc.. to the Payroll Changes template
  3. Payroll changes are entered into a spreadsheet for commission, bonus, new salary, expense (only for UK) and password protected the file
  4. Payroll sends the payroll changes file to the local payroll providers.
  5. Local payroll providers will send the payroll report to for review and approval
  6. Senior Payroll Specialist will review and notify Payroll Manager for final review and approval. Once that is completed then SPS will sends the approval email to the payroll provider before the 21st.
  7. Payroll save and upload the payroll report to the GoogleDrive by month and under the right entity
  8. Payroll notify Financial Controller after approved payroll for Germany and Netherlands so he can queue up the ACH payments for net pay.



  1. Team members must submit their salary invoices through BambooHR and expense through Expensify by the 8th of each month
  2. To enter salary invoice in BambooHR:
    • Visit "My Info" page
    • Select "Request a Change", locate at the upper right corner in that section
    • Click "Contractor Invoice…"
    • Enter "Date Submitted" - current date
    • Enter "Invoice Number" - it should be incremental from the last invoice
    • If new team member, then it will be 1
    • Enter "Invoice Date" - it should be same as invoice date
    • Enter "Monthly Salary"
    • For new hires starting after the 1st of each month, the pro-rated calculation is: (monthly salary / # of business days for that month) * actual work days from the hire date
    • Change the currency to match with the currency on the employment contract
    • Enter bonus or commission according to the position. For referral or discretionary bonus, please convert it into your assigned currency by using the corresponding exchange rate.
    • Change the currency
    • Submit - there will be a message at the top of the page - "Your request was submitted successful"
    • The submitted invoice can be seen in "Sent Requests" page, locate the inbox icon at the upper right corner of the page
  3. The invoice will submit to the Payroll specialist for approval
  4. BambooHR will send an email after the invoice was approve or reject with the reason
  5. The invoice will be visible in BambooHR at that time
  6. Note - Once Payroll approved the invoice, any corrections to that invoice must be edit by Payroll through correction request(s) email to
  7. All invoices will be approve by Payroll by the 9th of each month
  8. For expense reimbursement, team member will need to submit through Expensify and report(s) must be approved by managers by the 8th of each month
  9. Payroll will approve all expense reports by the 9th of each month
  10. If the 8th fall on the holidays or weekend, then the due date will move to the last business day before the 8th.
  11. For all new hires starting after the 8th of each month, then the current month payment will be paid with the following invoice as separate payment
  12. Note - all new team members will receive a testing payment from iiPay to validate their bank details prior to th 1st live payment. Please enter the bank details on the 1st day of employment.
  13. The required fields for bank details in BambooHR under Bank Information tab:
    • Bank Name
    • Beneficiary Name
    • Account Number (as needed due to each country's banking requirements)
    • Routing number (as needed due to each country's banking requirements)
    • IBAN - this is international Bank Account number. Each region will have different name for this number. Be sure to check with your bank
    • SWIFT (as needed or available due to each country's banking requirements)
    • Account type

CXC Global

Team members in Poland, Russia, and Ukraine will get pay through CXC Global. Team members will need to submit their monthly invoice (Salary, bonus, commission, expense, etc…) to CXC Global by the 20th of each month . Payroll will submit commission, bonus, expense to CXC by the 10th of each month. For new hires starting after the 1st of each month, the pro-rated calculation is: (monthly salary / # of business days for that month) * actual work days from the hire date



Payroll changes due by the 10th of each month. Payroll will submit commission, bonus, salary adjust, expense reimbursement to SafeGuard via a password encrypted template. SafeGuard will issue an invoice for each country no later than the 16th of each month. Payroll Specialist will review and submit the invoice for payment with AP.


Payroll changes are due by the 14th of each month. Lyra will send an invoice by the 15th of each month. For any additional adjustment, payroll have until the 24th to notify Lyra. They will invoice the adjustment on the following month invoice.


All team members will have access to Expensify within 2 days from their hire date. If you didn't receive an email from Expensify for your access, then please contact Expense reports are to be submitted once a month, at least. Additional information on getting started with Expensify and creating/submitting expense reports can be found here.

The procedure by which reimbursable expenses are processed varies and is dependent on contributor legal status (e.g. independent contractor, employee) and subsidiary assignment (BV, Canada Corp, Federal, Inc, GmbH, LTD, PTY). Check with Payroll if you are unsure about either of these.

For information regarding the company expense policy, check out the section of our team handbook on Spending Company Money. Managers and Payroll team will review the expenses for compliance with the company travel policy. The CEO will review selected escalations at least annually.

Team members should also consider the terms and conditions of their respective contractor agreements, when submitting invoices to the company.

Team members in a US policy will be automatically reimbursed through Expensify after their report is "final approved" within 7 business days by Payroll team. For all other team members, please see the reimbursement process below based on your location or employment status.

**Note **- If your cost center is the Cost of Sales, please be sure to select the COGS category for your expense reimbursement. For all other departments, you will need to use the categories without COGS from the drop-down list. The manager must review the selected category to ensure proper coding before approval. You can find your cost center in BambooHR under My Info -> Job -> Cost Center.

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Team members who are employed through SafeGuard must submit their expense for reimbursement through Expensify. All expense reports must be submitted and approved by manager by the 8th of each month to include in the current month payment.

Team members in France, Italy, and Spain must submit their expenses through:

Hungary, Nigeria, South Africa
Poland, Russia, Ukraine
Non-Reimbursable Expenses

Examples of things we have not reimbursed:

  1. Costume for end of summit party.
  2. Boarding expense for dog while traveling.
  3. Headphones costing $800 which were found to be in excess of our standard equipment guidelines.
  4. Batteries for smoke detector.
  5. Meals during the Contribute when team members opt out of the company provided meal option.
  6. Cellphones and accessories.
  7. Travel related expenses for family members of GitLab employees
  8. Fitness equipments (treadmill, etc..) and gym membership
  9. Meals from the co-working day(s)

In accordance with Reimbursable Expense guidelines, independent contractors should note which expenses are Contribute related on their invoices, prior to submitting to the company.

Billable Expenses If you have an expense report that can be billed back to a customer please make sure to check the "billable" flag in Expensify along with tagging the customer name under the "customer" field in Expensify.

Performance Indicators

Payroll accuracy for each check date = 100%

Payroll is paid on time and accurately for each check date.

Payroll journal entry reports submitted to Accounting <= Payroll date + 2 business days

Payroll journal entry reports are to be submitted to Accounting no later than two business days after the payroll date. The payroll journal entry reports submitted dates are tracked in the Monthly Closing Checklist on a monthly basis.