Payroll Check Entry . . . Time Clock Import

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Important reminder!

Product support for Engagement CS is ending on September 30, 2020. See Engagement CS license expiration 2020 - frequently asked questions for more information.

Licenses for Payroll CS, Trial Balance CS, and Write-Up CS permanently expired on March 1, 2017.

Some processes documented in the Help & How-To Center are no longer applicable, due to the discontinuation of Creative Solutions Accounting.

The Time Clock import allows you to create check records in Payroll CS from formatted text files. The application uses the text file to automatically create unprinted checks from an external source.

To import Time Clock data, first open the Tasks > Payroll Check Entry window and then choose Time Clock Import from the Edit menu or from the F3 or right-click context menu. In the Time Clock Import dialog, select the file you wish to import. If the import file is in the departmental format, mark the Departmental import format checkbox. Click the Import button.

Time Clock import files must be named xxxxx.TCI, where xxxxx is the desired file name.

  • If you are importing a SwipeClock file, you will need to manually change the file extension to TCI.
  • For former users of BASS Payroll, the import file name may be, where xxx is the BASS client ID.

Special information

* Points North does not produce a time clock but instead prepares formatted files from existing time clocks to meet the specifications of the CSA application.

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Select the file(s) you wish to import from this list. The selection will only be available when a Payroll CS client is active

Enter the file name(s) to list in the Files available to select list. You can use the wildcard (*) in the file names.

Example: *.TCI or RBASSDAT.*

Enter the drive and folder in which your Time Clock data is currently stored or click the Change file location button to search for the data folder.

Click the Change file location button to change the drive and/or folder for the application to search for your Time Clock data.

Mark the Departmental import format checkbox to use the EEEEDD format, where EEEE is the four-digit employee number and DD is the two-digit department number; otherwise the EEEEEE (six-digit employee number) format is used.

Click the Import button to begin importing your Time Clock data.

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Related topics

Time Clock import file data structure

Sample time clock import file

Setting up a CSA client for time clock import

Importing from time clocks to Payroll CS

Importing employee time entry from an Excel spreadsheet

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