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Audit Trails: The Role of Automation and Payroll Software

Written by Daniel Hobbs, Digital Marketer & Imran Raza, CEO & Founder

The famous audit trail

The importance of accurate audit trails in the payroll process cannot be overstated. Not only do they ensure compliance with labour laws and regulations, but they also play a crucial role in preventing and detecting fraud. As the old saying goes, “if it isn’t documented, it didn’t happen.” But with the fast-paced and ever-changing nature of business, manually keeping track of all the necessary information for an accurate audit trail can be a daunting task. This is where payroll software comes in.

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The modern solution to audit trails

Payroll software automates and streamlines the creation of accurate audit trails, making the process more efficient and less prone to errors. This software can track and record important information such as employee hours, overtime, annual leave, and incentive bonuses ensuring that all data is accurate and up to date. This eliminates the need for manual record-keeping and reduces the risk of errors that can occur when relying on human input.

In addition to improving data accuracy, payroll software also helps to provide transparency and accountability in the payroll process. With accurate audit trails, businesses can easily track and review payroll data, making it easier to identify and rectify any errors or discrepancies.

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The use of payroll software also leads to cost savings and improved productivity. By automating the creation of accurate audit trails, businesses can save time and resources that would otherwise be spent on manual record-keeping and data entry. This allows businesses to focus on more important tasks and frees up resources that can be used to grow and improve the business.

Payroll software also helps organizations to meet regulatory requirements such as ensuring employees have been paid at least the minimum for every hour they have worked, or where they have been paid on a piece rate, then the correct number and value of paid breaks have been paid. New Zealand has strict labour laws and regulations that businesses must comply with, otherwise they could face significant penalties and/or reputational damage. Accurate audit trails are an important part of compliance, as they provide a clear and concise record of information that can be used to demonstrate compliance in the event of an audit.

Remote and dispersed teams can also benefit from the use of payroll software. With accurate audit trails, businesses can ensure that all employees are paid correctly and on time, regardless of location. This helps to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of remote teams and can help to reduce the administrative burden on managers and supervisors.

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AgriSmart’s solution

AgriSmart’ s comprehensive fit-for-purpose payroll software solution is a perfect example of how payroll software can automate and streamline the creation of accurate audit trails. AgriSmart’s solution includes an audit manager that provides clear and concise records of information, making it easy should your business be required to conduct an audit. The software also allows you to easily track and manage employee hours, overtime, any top-ups required to ensure there is no breach of the minimum hourly rate, paid breaks where applicable and payments and balances of all leave types, ensuring that all data is accurate and up to date.


The use of payroll software is an essential tool for agribusinesses that want to ensure the accuracy and integrity of their payroll process. By automating and streamlining the creation of accurate audit trails, payroll software helps to ensure compliance, prevent fraud, and improve efficiency and productivity. AgriSmart’s comprehensive payroll software solution is an excellent example of how payroll software can help businesses to achieve these goals and more, after all AgriSmart was built from the ground up to meet the needs of agri-businesses so as to ensure employees are paid correctly whilst providing a clear audit trail to verify records when the need arises.

Should you wish to learn more about how this feature functions within our comprehensive payroll software arrange a free, no obligation demo through our websites contact forms or call 0800 110 172.