Biweekly Payroll Conversion

Please note: The biweekly pay conversion project was completed in Spring 2013. These pages remain available for reference purposes.


The transition to biweekly pay is part of the UC systemwide plan to institute a single payroll system across all ten campuses and five medical centers. The goal is to improve the quality and efficiency of UC's business processes.

In order to achieve this goal, several common business processes need to be standardized, including pay cycles, which now vary from biweekly to monthly by location and appointment.

On January 20th, 2013 all UC Davis’s non-exempt employees who are currently paid monthly will transition to a biweekly pay cycle paid hourly.

Employees on the biweekly pay cycle will be paid every other week on Wednesday. The first biweekly pay date is February 13th, 2013.

Key Features of Biweekly Pay

For employees:

  • Paychecks are issued 26 times a year, whereas monthly paychecks are issued 12 times a year.
  • Paychecks will be more frequent and represent actual time worked in the pay period.
  • Overtime payments will be more timely.
  • Vacation and sick leave balances will be current.
  • Deductions will be split across biweekly paychecks.
  • The standard work week changes to Sunday to Saturday.

For the university:

  • It is a more systematic approach to payroll time reporting.
  • It standardizes pay practices across all UC locations. 
  • It reflects more efficient and effective time reporting.
  • It reduces manual payroll adjustments and overpayments.

If you have any questions or comments, please use the UCPath feedback form or email bwconversion@ucdavis.edu. If you are union represented, please direct your comments to your union representative.

Supplemental content

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