Add a benefit

Note: This article is relevant to customers who use a third party to manage their benefits. If your benefits are managed by Gusto, your medical, vision, and dental settings will be set up automatically.

Step 1. Add a company benefit

If you offer benefits to your employees, add it to your company with default contribution settings.

  1. Click the Benefits tab.
  2. Select a benefit from Health & Life, Transportation, Retirement & Savings, or Other to create a custom benefit that is not listed.
  3. Add a benefit name, which will appear on the employee's paystub.
  4. Next to Employee Deduction Per Pay Period, enter a default benefit amount or percentage that will be reduced from the employee's pay each payroll (if applicable).
  5. Next to Company Contribution Per Pay Period, enter a default amount or percentage that the company will be debited to contribute to the benefit (if applicable).
  6. Select if you are adding a default annual maximum amount for the employee deduction or company contribution (if applicable).
  7. Click Save & Continue.
  8. Select which employees should have this benefit.
  9. Click Save.

Note: Depending on the benefit you add, you may not have the option to enter a default employee deduction, company contribution, employee annual maximum, or company annual maximum amount. 

Step 2. Modify benefit details for each employee

If your employees will have different employee deduction and company contribution amounts, modify these settings for each worker.

  1. Click the People tab.
  2. Select the employee.
  3. Navigate to the Benefits tab.
  4. Next to the benefit you created, click Edit.
  5. Modify the benefit details for this employee.
  6. Click Save.

The next time you run payroll we'll deduct the employee's benefit amount from their pay and leave the funds in your company's bank account. We'll also record the employee and company contributions on the paystubs. You can then pay all of the benefit contributions to your insurance or benefit carrier.

Disable a benefit

If you no longer offer the benefit and you'd like to remove it from your settings, follow these steps: 

  1. Click the Benefits tab.
  2. Click the benefit you'd like to remove.
  3. Click Disable Benefit in the lower right corner of the page.

If you'd like to disable a benefit for a specific employee(s), follow these steps:

  1. Click the Benefits tab.
  2. Click the benefit you'd like to remove.
  3. Click edit benefit below the employee's name.
  4. You can then disable the benefit by clicking Remove this benefit in red or you can simply remove deductions from the employee's payroll by editing the section "Currently Active?"

Both options will remove deductions, but removing the benefit entirely will require you to set it back up for the employee if you need to in the future. Removing deductions only will save the benefit in the employee's account so you can reapply them by editing this section if you need to.

Don't see your benefit? Let us know! We're actively adding to a wide range of benefits that employers need to process with payroll.


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