Payroll & Benefits

High complexity hospitality payroll. Our speciality.

Multiple employments, varying pay rates, shift work, variable hours, temporary staff and PTO – it’s all part of payroll in our sector.

“As we roll out Leon in the US, we are so grateful to be in the safe hands of Fourth. We truly believe we’d be a bit lost and certainly failing in the hands of a non-hospitality specific payroll service provider. The support from our dedicated Fourth team is unparalleled, and their knowledge of US payroll is encyclopedic. We would definitely recommend Fourth to a hospitality operator wanting to get their payroll 100% right, 100% of the time” - Glenn Edwards, Managing Director & Nickie Bartsch, Head of Training & Recruitment, LEON USA

The Challenge

  • Managing payroll is too labor intensive and administration heavy.
  • You’re not confident that your employees will be paid the right amount at the right time.
  • You need to get information from multiple systems to run payroll.
  • When you have questions, you have to speak to multiple people to get the right answer or address issues.

Key Benefits

  • On demand access to a dedicated, qualified Payroll Hospitality Specialist, specifically skilled in all complexities of hospitality payroll.
  • Eliminate risk of penalties, as compliance with payroll legislation is looked after by our team.
  • Improved employee experience with the option of replacing checks with payment cards, making it easier and cheaper for them to access their pay.
  • Manage service charges and tips with complete compliance.
  • Eliminate the risk of missing deadlines with our team taking care of all payments to employees, and state and other government agencies.



Fourth Payroll

The Problem
Payroll in the hospitality sector is complex and the frequency of pay periods and various employment types, pay rates, shifts and variable hours make errors common. Rectifying payroll issues is not just difficult, it can also be damaging to employee relations.

The Solution
When you outsource your payroll to us, we take complete care of paying your employees with no hidden costs. The risk of penalties is eliminated as we handle all aspects of compliance with payroll legislation, and you'll have on demand access to a qualified Payroll Hospitality Specialist, specifically skilled in all the complexities of hospitality payrolls.

Employee Payments

The Problem
In order to keep staff happy and engaged, you need to make sure you’re paying them the right amount at the right time. But they also need easy access to their money, and with as few charges as possible.

Our Solution
With our expertise and dedication to the hospitality sector, you can be confident your employees are paid accurately and on time. Fourth takes care of all payments to employees via direct deposit to their bank account, or through a payment card, which is lower cost to the employee than cashing a check, and has no additional cost to you.


Affordable Care Act

The Problem
Determining Affordable Care Act (ACA) eligibility for employees with flexible hours can be challenging and time-consuming, especially when combined with calculating and predicting your organization’s classification, and addressing the affordability (9.5%) test.

Our Solution
With Fourth’s eligibility reports, you can quickly and easily determine which employees meet the full-time equivalent (FTE) threshold. Your company size can be analyzed across any date range to make sure you’re delivering the right benefits in compliance with ACA requirements, while ensuring you are providing one of the three approved calculation methods for affordable and compliant healthcare options.

Tax Filing, Reporting and Payments

The Problem
Managing the various payments for federal, state and local taxes is another area of payroll that can take a lot of time and effort to get right.

Our Solution
With Fourth, we’ll collect the various taxes and pay them on your behalf, reporting the detail of these payments to the appropriate government entity and to each of the states where there is a requirement. With less administration to worry about, you can focus on your business.

General Ledger Reporting

The Problem
You need to make sure that information around financial transactions is correct in your accounting system. Doing this manually not only takes time, but also risks errors due to rekeying information.

Our Solution
With Fourth, pre-built templates make sure uploading information to your accounting system is simple and accurate – and they can be customized to your specific requirements.

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Payroll & Benefits blog posts for you

How to increase your restaurant’s profitability

Written by: Andrew Levey

With increasing pressures from rising food and labor costs, plus increasing legislation such as the new menu labeling requirements from the FDA, running your restaurant profitably can be a real challenge. You therefore need to examine ways that you can increase efficiency, increase sales and reduce costs. But where do you start?

Tax reform rewards workers, creates payroll challenges

Written by: Jennifer Specht, Payroll Operations Manager

The U.S. government’s recent tax reform has been a boon for American workers, who now see bigger paychecks. Meanwhile, operators have had to bear the headaches and worry about getting payroll systems aligned to the new tax code. On top of that, more change is on the way thanks to 50 state governments that want to recoup their losses related to federal tax reform. Read more about the tax reform changes you need to know about to keep payroll running smoothly.
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