Paychex Flex is Paychex’s cloud-based payroll software solution. Unlike some of Paychex’s other solutions, which include expansive corporate-level HR plans and professional employer organizations (PEOs), Paychex Flex is still a payroll-first solution. But its HR and payroll packages give you more for your buck than QuickBooks Payroll’s pricier plans:
- Free tax credit services
- Free financial wellness program for employees
- Free EAP (employee assistance program)
- Automatic wage garnishment deduction and remittance
And with one of Paychex Flex’s more expensive plans, you’ll also get:
- A dedicated payroll specialist
- Access to Paychex’s learning management system
- State unemployment insurance assistance
- Onboarding assistance
- Custom employee handbook builder
Paychex is also one of the few payroll providers to offer an employer-facing mobile payroll app. With it, you can run payroll, check payroll analytics and reports, and pay employees—so if you frequently travel without your laptop, Paychex’s app is a must. (Both OnPay and Gusto have optimized their websites for mobile, but it’s hard to beat the Paychex app’s convenience and ease of use.)
However, Paychex’s HR features come at a price. Only its cheapest plan has any pricing listed online. At $39 a month with $5 per payee, it’s just a dollar less than Gusto—and that’s before you add on all of Paychex’s extra fees. Unlike OnPay and Gusto, Paychex charges extra for workers compensation administration, health insurance add-ons, W-2 and 1099 tax form filing, and payroll tax administration.
And sure, Paychex Flex’s HR help is better than many online payroll plans. But OnPay also includes wage garnishment remittance, customized employee handbooks and organization charts, state unemployment tax management, and employee onboarding—at a supremely affordable price.