Payroll error: "Something you're trying to use has been made inactive. Check the fields with accounts, customers, items, vendors or employees."
Welcome and thanks for reaching out to the Community, @stacey21.
The employee(s) you're trying to pay may have been made inactive in QuickBooks Online (QBO), that's why you're getting this error message. If that's the case, let's go to the Employees page to double-check.
Click the Workers menu at the left pane to get to the Employees page.
In the Employee List drop-down, pick Inactive Employees.
If they show as inactive, here's how to make them active again:
Go to the Gear icon below the Add an employee option.