The ability to view/report on overlapping years in payroll is necessary for many reasons, workers'compensation audits being the most obvious. My clients frequently want to know the payroll history of an employee for review purposes. Child support agencies often ask for deduction history that overlaps years. Exporting multiple reports to a spreadsheet and then combining them is wasted time when you should be able to just run the report for the overlapping periods.
While I agree that you should be able to run multiple years on one report. You can run prior year reports as long as you have not closed the period. It is just a nuisance to have to run 2 reports to get the overlap. This is not just a concern for workers compensation audits, but for employee history and other uses too.
Amen, my clients really do not like when I have to send them two reports just to cover the policy period. It looks very unprofessional