QB Issue Resolution:

employees MUST have payroll

if you do not want to pay someone, intuit or whoever to do it for you

then you have to do it, see this for how to do manual payroll

https://qboe.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1819

Resolution for Issue 'I have the normal quickbooks online Plus and DO NOT have the payroll addition. I don’t want the payroll addition, but I do want to track salaries.' available: Yes (Solved).
Source: Intuit Community forum.

I have the normal quickbooks online Plus and DO NOT have the payroll addition. I don’t want the payroll addition, but I do want to track salaries.: this issue or error code is a known issue in Quickbooks Online (QBO) and/or Quickbooks. Support for this issue is available either by self-service or paid support options. Experts are available to resolve your Quickbooks issue to ensure minimal downtime and continue running your business. First try to resolve the issue yourself by looking for a resolution described below. If it is a complex issue or you are unable to solve the issue, you may contact us by clicking here or by using other support options.

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