Apr 2019

16

Customer Update: April 2019

Why employees love self-service apps (And you should too!)

As a concept, self-service is nothing new. From paying at the supermarket self-service checkouts to online banking, consumers don’t want to have to wait for assistance if they know they can get it themselves. It’s no different in the workplace. With a self-service system, employees can download payslips, request annual leave, look at policies and HR documents and update personal information - all without once contacting HR personnel.

Read more | BrightPay Self-Service App

NEW: Payroll Journal Direct API Integration with Accounting Packages

BrightPay now includes direct API integration with Sage One, Xero and Quickbooks Online. With this direct integration, users will be able to directly send the payroll journal to the accounting package from within BrightPay. This accounts software integration eliminates the need to export CSV files from the payroll software and import them into the accounting system, saving time and reducing the risk of errors.

Find out more

Payroll Bureaus: The 7 Unmistakeable Benefits of Client Payroll Entry

BrightPay Connect is better than ever before. Bureau customers now have the ability to send requests to clients through BrightPay Connect’s secure portal. Requests can be sent to get client approval of the payroll summary before the payroll is finalised or to ask clients to upload their employees’ timesheets and payments, known as Client Payroll Entry.

Discover the benefits

BrightPay 2019/20 is now available to download - What’s new?

The release includes exciting new features to make your payroll journey easier and less time consuming, including:

  • 2019/20 legislative changes
  • Automatic Enrolment Updates
  • Real Time Information
  • More Flexible Journals
  • Journal API Support 
  • Importing Pay Records from CSV
  • Improved Support for Offset Annual Leave Year
  • CIS Updates
  • BrightPay Connect - Cloud Add-on

See what’s new | Buy now | Download BrightPay 2019/20

Looking for customer support? See if our website can help!

It's currently a busy time for our customer support and phone lines with the 2018/19 tax year coming to an end and the new tax year commencing. We have updated our FAQs to include the top 10 questions that we get asked. You can also search our online support documents before getting in touch. You may get the answer to your query so much more quickly!

Visit FAQs | Visit Online Docs

Payroll Bureaus: The big four: How payroll leapt into the future

In the six years since BrightPay was launched, a new wave of payroll innovation and cloud access has completely remoulded the sector, from onerous, manual input into a low effort, dynamic and automated service offering. Download our free guide for payroll bureaus where we look at four specific areas where cloud innovation is already impacting the future of payroll.

Download guide

Payslips in the cloud is the future for payroll 

When it comes to being GDPR compliant, you might think that you only need to password protect all the payroll reports and payslips. There is nothing in the GDPR legislation that states it is no longer permissible to email payslips, that doesn’t mean you can email payslips without protecting the information you send. There is a strict process that needs to be followed.

Read more

Accountex 2019 - will you be there?

It’s that time of year again where accountants, bookkeepers, practice managers and finance directors are preparing to travel from all over the UK to Accountex. Discover the latest technical tools from over 250 exhibitors that could help you run your practice more efficiently and productively. After winning Payroll Software of the Year 2018 at the Accounting Excellence awards, the BrightPay team are back with a bang this year, our fifth year in a row.

Register for free here

Auto Enrolment Phasing - Part Two

Minimum auto enrolment contribution rates faced further increases on 6th April 2019, with the total minimum contribution rate now at 8%. Employers are now required to contribute a minimum of 3%. Employees need to contribute the remaining 5%. Find out more about the various scenarios that can occur and how to handle them in BrightPay.

Find out more

Posted byRachel HynesinCustomer Update


Mar 2019

14

Customer Update: March 2019

Big changes are happening to payslips in 2019 - are you ready for them?

Every new year brings with it a host of changes and 2019 is no different. Here’s a quick recap of the two most important changes that have happened/are yet to happen to our lovely payslips in the 2019/20 tax year.

Find out more

BrightPay 2019/20 is now available to pre-order

BrightPay 2019/20 and BrightPay Connect are now available to pre-order. BrightPay 2019/20 is scheduled for release week ending 22nd March. We will send you an email once BrightPay 2019/20 is released and ready to download. All customers will also receive a full list of new features when BrightPay 2019/20 is released.

Pre-order BrightPay 2019/20 here

Thinking about switching to BrightPay? Book a demo today

BrightPay won Payroll Software of the Year 2018 at the Accounting Excellence awards. With a 99% customer satisfaction rate, our products are used to process the payroll for over 200,000 businesses across the UK and Ireland.

“BrightPay is so much better than the software that we used previously. I get my work done much faster, and it is just so easy to use.” - Simon Gledhill, Gerard Tool & Die Limited 

Book a demo | 60 day free trial | More testimonials

Auto Enrolment Phasing - The Second Coming

Under automatic enrolment, minimum pension contributions are required to increase over time. The first increase took place last April at the start of the 2018/19 tax year. The second increase will take place on 6th April 2019, with the total minimum contribution rate increasing to 8%, representing a 3% employer and 5% employee contribution. These increases are seamlessly handled by BrightPay 2019/20.

Read more

A Quick Recap: What's new in BrightPay 2019/20

With the 2019/20 tax year fast approaching, this 60 minute webinar will cover the main legislative changes coming into effect and how they will be handled in BrightPay 2019/20, as well as the new functionality we will be introducing into the software. We will also look at a quick introduction to the BrightPay Connect add-on product.

Book your place here

BrightPay Connect’s Employee SmartPhone App

BrightPay’s employee self-service smartphone and tablet app is available with our BrightPay Connect add-on. Employee mobile apps offer many benefits for employers, employees, and the business as a whole. The user-friendly portal will streamline payroll processing while reducing the number of payroll queries from employees.

Read more | Book a BrightPay Connect demo

EU Settlement Scheme: What employers can do to help their EU employees

The UK is due to leave the European Union on the 29th of March 2019. There are thousands upon thousands of EU citizens currently employed by British companies that will end up being illegal workers if they do not apply for settled status by the deadline. You as the employer, have an obligation to prepare them for this and make sure that your house is in order.

Read more

Bureaus: The benefits of an online payroll approval facility

A time consuming part of payroll is requesting and receiving employee hours and timesheets from your payroll clients. Today, managing and tracking this information is much easier thanks to online tools and applications. Ultimately, your client becomes accountable for ensuring the payroll information is 100% correct before the payroll is finalised.

Read more | Book a BrightPay Connect demo

Bureaus: Keeping your clients payroll data secure to avoid data breaches & fines

Security is extremely important in payroll bureaus. After all, you are handling the personal and financial data of your clients and your client’s employees, which puts you at risk of data breaches and cyber attacks. In order to comply with the current GDPR legislation, you also need to follow a strict process when processing the payroll data, and make sure that your system meets the GDPR regulation standards.

Read more

Posted byRachel HynesinCustomer Update


Feb 2019

13

Customer Update: February 2019

Free Webinar: How to use payroll to pay off your mortgage in 5 years

BrightPay is co-presenting a free webinar with the world’s most highly rated advisor to accountants, Steve Pipe. Discover how you can make payroll one of your most profitable and strategically important service lines. During the webinar, Steve Pipe will discuss a powerful new step-by-step system for using payroll to win really high-quality new clients.

View webinar agenda | Register for webinar

Pre-order BrightPay 2019/20 today!

BrightPay and BrightPay Connect are now available to pre-order. BrightPay is not available to download yet. We will send you an email closer to the new tax year once BrightPay 2019/20 is released and ready to download.

Pre-order BrightPay 2019/20 | Important Pricing Update

5 Reasons to Switch to BrightPay

  1. Awarded 2018 Payroll Software of the Year at the Accounting Excellence awards.
  2. BrightPay is used to process the payroll for over 160,000 businesses in the UK
  3. 99% customer satisfaction rate for BrightPay and a 99% satisfaction rate for customer support.
  4. Free phone and email support plus a range of online help guides, online training sessions and tutorial videos.
  5. 94% of customers report time saving benefits and 86% report cost saving benefits when using BrightPay.

Book a demo | Customer testimonials

Further increases to the minimum auto enrolment contribution rates

On the 6th April 2018, the total minimum auto enrolment contribution rate increased from 2% to 5%, representing a 2% minimum employer contribution with employees contributing the balance. Minimum contributions will undergo further increases on 6th April 2019, with the total minimum contribution rate increasing to 8%.

Minimum Contribution Increases (Phasing)

Payroll Bureaus - Say goodbye to manual payroll entry

We are sure you don’t enjoy that endless back and forth email exchange between you and your clients to request information about the time records and employee hours for their payrolls. BrightPay Connect is making things easier by allowing you to securely send payroll entry requests and payroll approval requests to your clients.

Find out more | Client Payroll Entry & Payroll ApprovalBook a demo

9 reasons why client cloud platforms will be central to the future of payroll services

Payroll servicing is evolving to encompass a move towards cloud access and flexibility for you, your clients and their employees. Be ready to offer a new level of payroll and HR related services by embracing cloud innovation. This checklist will make it feasible to offer cloud platforms to clients while streamlining your payroll processing and increasing your profits.

Download free guide

Employee Self-Service: Reduce your workload immediately

BrightPay Connect includes a powerful and secure online portal for employees. With the online portal, employees can view a payslip library where they can download historic payslips and payroll documents, eliminating requests to their manager. Employees can also update their basic personal details including their postal address, contact details, and emergency contact details on any internet browser or from the employee smartphone app. This will ultimately reduce administration duties for managers.

Find out more | Book a demo

How to make your payroll bureau more secure

Security is extremely important in payroll bureaus. After all, you are handling the personal and financial data of your clients and your client’s employees, which puts you at risk of data breaches and cyber attacks. Choosing a reliable system is the first step to keep all your clients’ data secure and avoid any risks.

Read more

Don’t mess with the minimum wagers or HMRC will make you pay

Back in August, the government made headlines in a name and shame exercise of epic proportions where they published the names of 239 employers who underpaid more than 22,000 employees. HMRC identified 5 main areas as reasons for national minimum and living wage underpayments.

Read more

Customer Case Study: Trendzer

Trendzer was using a complex and clunky payroll solution that offered only paper payslips up until December 2014. “We wanted an automated solution that was user-friendly and easy to manage. After trialling a few systems, we decided BrightPay was the best solution out there. BrightPay stood out to us as it was very simple to use and it had a clear, intuitive interface.”

Read full case study

Did you miss it? Important Pricing Update for BrightPay 2019/20

We introduced the initial version of BrightPay over seven years ago. Since then, we’ve added hundreds of powerful features and enhancements, with many more planned for the future. To keep pace with the value that BrightPay provides, we’re increasing our pricing from 2019/20 onwards. This will ensure that we can continue to develop and support the best payroll software in the UK.

Read more | View new features | View pricing

Steve Pipe’s gift copy of this Amazon best-selling book. Do you want it?

The book comes with an invitation to an executive briefing Steve Pipe has arranged for you. As you probably know, Steve is a former UK Entrepreneur of The Year who, according to LinkedIn, is also the world’s most highly rated accountant. The executive briefing starts at 11.00 am on the 4th of April, and you can reserve a virtual seat as our guest here. Best of all, you will also be able to instantly download your gift copy of the Amazon best-selling book that Steve first published his research in, AND the step-by-step system that makes it all really easy to do.

Register here

Are you missing out on BrightPay's newsletter? We will not be able to email you without you subscribing to our mailing list. You will be able to unsubscribe at anytime. Don’t miss out - sign up to our newsletter today!

Posted byRachel HynesinCustomer Update


Jan 2019

22

Customer Update: January 2019

Simplify your annual leave management with BrightPay Connect

Annual leave management is something a lot of payroll and HR staff consider to be an administrative nightmare. Having to manually approve requests, keeping track of employees annual leave remaining and inputting leave into the payroll software can be a frustrating requirement that takes up far too much time. Nowadays, employers prefer an all-in-one, self-service option, and that’s what BrightPay Connect offers.

Read more | Book a BrightPay Connect demo

Our new Smartphone Employee App - Online Payslip & Leave Request Features

The BrightPay Connect smartphone app introduces powerful features providing a digital payslip platform where employees benefit from secure access anytime, anywhere, using their smartphone or tablet. The employee app is available to download on any Android or iOS device. Through these app features, you can provide your employees with access to GDPR compliant self-service tools, a payslip library and a user-friendly holiday leave management facility.

    

Find out more | Book a BrightPay Connect demo

New Feature - Direct Integration with The People's Pension

BrightPay now offers direct integration with The People’s Pension. This integration links the payroll software and pension provider together so that users can seamlessly submit pension files to The People’s Pension from within BrightPay. With just one click, users can instantly submit contribution files to The People’s Pension, eliminating the need to export the file and then login to The People’s Pension portal to upload the file.

Find out more
 

Reasons to switch to BrightPay

BrightPay is the accountants favourite payroll software having just recently been voted the 2018 Payroll Software of the Year at the AccountingWEB Excellence Awards. Here are just a few reasons to switch to BrightPay:

  • BrightPay has a 99% customer satisfaction rate and a 99% satisfaction rate for customer support.
  • 99.5% of users describe BrightPay's interface as user friendly.
  • 99% of customers think that BrightPay offers value for money.
  • 86% of customers report cost saving benefits and 94% report time saving benefits.
Book a demo | View customer testimonials

Emailing Payslips, Employee Consent & GDPR Recommendations

Businesses must provide their employees with information on what happens to their payroll data. Employee personal data can be stored and managed by a payroll bureau, bookkeeper or accountant for the sole benefit of correctly paying their wages, paying the correct tax and providing a payslip. All of this legitimately falls under the remit of the GDPR legislation.

Learn more
 

BrightPay to exhibit at Accountex 2019 in May

That’s right, the BrightPay Team will be back at Accountex this year with a bigger and better stand. Don’t forget to call over and visit us and find out why BrightPay is the accountants favourite payroll software provider. Accountex is a world-class conference and exhibition offering free CPD workshops on all the latest knowledge and information about industry products and trends. Admission is FREE to pre-registered visitors.

Register today

BrightPay Connect snapshot video for Employers

BrightPay Connect, our cloud add-on, works alongside BrightPay Payroll. Automatically store payroll information in the cloud and enable online access anywhere, anytime for you, your accountant and your employees. Watch this video to see what you are missing!!

Book a BrightPay Connect demo

The Auto Enrolment Whistleblowers

Auto enrolment compliance is still very much at the forefront of The Pensions Regulator’s (TPR) objectives. However, a small minority of employers are still not complying with their auto enrolment duties. Some employers tell their employees that they would face a pay cut if they joined a workplace pension scheme. Others tell their employees that they have in fact been enrolled when a pension scheme has not even been set up. These employers are hoping that their auto enrolment duties will simply disappear or that their employees won’t even notice that they are being denied their rights.

Learn more

Read our Customer Case Study: Carlton Auto Engineering

We are a small, family run, motor vehicle repair workshop which is part of a national franchise group. Having decided that Sage 50 was not for me, I looked on the HMRC website for suggestions for alternative payroll suppliers. I found BrightPay and others (IRIS, 12pay, payroo, etc). Having watched the BrightPay demonstration video I decided to register for an online demo which showed me how simple the software was and how quickly I could process our wages.

Read case study here

BrightPay 60 Day Free Trial

The BrightPay trial is completely free for 60 days and includes full functionality, auto enrolment features and free support. The first thing to do is download and install BrightPay, which you can do by clicking here. There are also detailed online help guides available online to help you with the setup.

Download 60 day trial

Plus more for accountants...

Did you miss out on some of these new BrightPay Connect bureau features?

BrightPay Connect now includes essential features that will help you keep an audit trail of your client's employee hours and timesheets. The new client upload and payroll approval features will reduce your administrative tasks, increase productivity and improve how you manage your payroll workflows between you and your clients. BrightPay Connect now allows your clients to manage and send their employees hours to the bureau each pay period through the client portal which then synchronises with the client file on BrightPay on the bureau's PC.

Book a BrightPay Connect demo

Invaluable Time Savings with BrightPay Connect

Payroll documentation and client payroll reports that have been set up and saved on the BrightPay desktop application will automatically be synced to BrightPay Connect. Clients can then log in and view. This includes payslips, periodic payroll reporting, P60s, and P45s. Using the password protected self-service portal, your clients and their employees will be able to login online to view their payroll data that is only relevant to them. This will eliminate the administrative work and time it takes to send these documents to clients and their employees each pay period.

Learn more about the benefits for bureaus

The Accountant’s guide to planning the tax return season - (Accounting Web blog)

Most people seem happy to let life drift along, accepting the ups and downs without trying to influence outcomes. While that can reduce the pressure on standard day-to-day activities, when it comes to the tax return season, a little positivity is a necessity, while a high degree of control freakery is almost certainly going to be even more helpful.

Find out what Philip Fisher thinks

5 Traits of a Successful Payroll Bureau Service

Sure, accounting school was the best; invites to the coolest parties, skipping the queue in all the nightclubs, boys and girls falling at your feet. But now it’s time to buckle up because you’re a boss now, a sexy one, and playtime is over. But how do you succeed in the cutthroat and unforgiving world of payroll? Well I’m here to tell you. Here are 5 life changing tips on how to grow your payroll business.

Read more

Are you missing out on BrightPay's newsletter? We will not be able to email you without you subscribing to our mailing list. You will be able to unsubscribe at anytime. Don’t miss out - sign up to our newsletter today!

Posted byKaren BennettinCustomer Update


Nov 2018

28

Customer Update: December 2018

BrightPay announces API integration with The People’s Pension

BrightPay now offers direct integration with ‘The People’s Pension’. This integration links the payroll software and pension provider together so that users can seamlessly submit pension files to The People’s Pension from within BrightPay. With just one click, users can instantly submit contribution files to The People’s Pension, eliminating the need to export the file and then login to The People’s Pension portal to upload the file.

Find out more

BrightPay Connect’s New Bureau Feature: Client Payroll Entry (NOW LAUNCHED)

BrightPay Connect’s newest feature gives payroll bureaus the ability to send payroll requests to their clients. Clients can enter payments, additions and deductions for their employees and can also add new starters through their online employer dashboard. The information entered by the client will seamlessly flow through to the bureau’s portal, ready to sync back to the payroll software. Book a demo to see how seamlessly this new feature works.

Find out more | Book a BrightPay Connect demo

Free BrightPay Connect’s New Bureau Feature: Client Payroll Approval (NOW LAUNCHED)

The Payroll Approval facility enables bureaus to securely send their clients a payroll summary before the payroll is finalised. Clients can then review and approve the payroll for the pay period through their online employer dashboard. Ultimately, your client will be accountable for ensuring that the payroll information is 100% correct before the payroll is finalised. Book a demo to see how useful this new feature will be.

Find out more | Book a BrightPay Connect demo

Switch to BrightPay today and get 50% off plus one FREE BrightPay Connect licence (worth £49)

New customers can now save when they switch to BrightPay. Get 50% off a BrightPay 2018/19 licence PLUS receive one free BrightPay Connect 2018/19 licence. Offer valid for 2018/19 licences for the first year subscription only.

Book a demo | Purchase BrightPay

5 star rating on Software Advice website

Software Advice is the leading software review website for businesses navigating the software selection process. We are delighted to say that BrightPay has maintained a five star rating ?????.

Review BrightPay here | Trial BrightPay here

What are the biggest GDPR advantages of BrightPay Connect?

BrightPay Connect is an online payroll and HR solution that offers significant benefits to help your business comply with GDPR legislation. BrightPay Connect is an add-on product to the payroll software. BrightPay Connect increases the efficiency and effectiveness of payroll work within the remit of the GDPR guidelines.

Read more

Gift your employees this Christmas with One4all

With HMRC's Trivial Benefits scheme, you can gift a benefit up to the value of £50 completely tax-free to every member of staff. Gift your employees this Christmas with a One4all gift voucher and save over £48 per employee. With thousands of stores to choose from, it's the perfect way to show your employees you care.

Find out more

What do BrightPay Customers really think?

BrightPay has a whopping 99% customer satisfaction rating and has just been awarded the 2018 Payroll Software of the Year award. Here is what our customers say:

  • Have used Sage before and BrightPay has better functionality and is easier to use. Tim, Alan Barker and Co
  • Compared with the payroll software I used before, BrightPay is a joy to use. John, Acumen Business Services
  • I have always found BrightPay easy to use and excellent value for money. Liz, North Star Payroll
  • BrightPay is an excellent, easy to use product that has made my payroll processes fast, efficient and effective. Lesley Ann, Laws Accountants

Read BrightPay Customer Testimonials

Change announced to Apprenticeship Levy

The Chancellor Philip Hammond announced at the Conservative Party Conference that from April 2019 large employers paying the apprenticeship levy will be able to transfer up to 25% of their apprenticeship levy funds to businesses in their supply chain.

Read more

RTI - An Irish Perspective - Will it work in Ireland?

Ireland is set to follow in the footsteps of the UK and introduce Real Time Reporting which is called PAYE Modernisation in the Irish PAYE system. The Irish Government is recommending employers to prepare for PAYE Modernisation and familiarise themselves with their new responsibilities.

Find out more

The Accountant’s guide to planning the tax return season - (Accounting Web blog)

Most people seem happy to let life drift along, accepting the ups and downs without trying to influence outcomes. While that can reduce the pressure on standard day-to-day activities, when it comes to the tax return season, a little positivity is a necessity, while a high degree of control freakery is almost certainly going to be even more helpful.

Find out what Philip Fisher thinks

Benefits of BrightPay Connect for Employers

Employers can login online at any time to see up-to-date payroll information. Payroll data is stored in the cloud and can be accessed online however the payroll itself must be processed on your existing BrightPay desktop application. BrightPay Connect is an optional add-on that offers employers flexibility and online benefits, thus simplifying the process of payroll management.

Find out more | Book a demo | Watch video

Data Protection complaints increase since GDPR

Data protection complaints to the UK’s ICO rose to 4,214 in July compared to just 2,310 complaints received in May before the GDPR came into force. A spokesperson for the ICO said the increase was expected, as more users became aware of data protection because of publicity around the new rules and following a series of high-profile data scandals involving some well-known household names, like Morrison’s and Dixons Carphone.

Find out more

Are you missing out on BrightPay's newsletter? We will not be able to email you without you subscribing to our mailing list. You will be able to unsubscribe at anytime. Don’t miss out - sign up to our newsletter today!

Posted byKaren BennettinCustomer Update


Oct 2018

8

Customer Update: October 2018

BrightPay wins ‘Payroll Software of the Year’

BrightPay was announced the winner of ‘Payroll Software of the Year’ at this year’s AccountingWEB’s Software Excellence Awards. It’s a great achievement for BrightPay to win this prestigious award, especially considering the number of larger software companies offering payroll.

Find out more

Free CPD Webinar: GDPR 5 Months on!

This FREE CPD accredited webinar will look at what’s new in GDPR, how it may affect your business and what we have learned from the GDPR 5 months on. We will also have a look at how BrightPay can help your organisation utilise the new regulation to benefit you, your customers and your employees. The webinar will include a demo of how our new client entry feature can save you time and help you work towards GDPR compliance.

Register today | Full agenda

BrightPay Connect’s New Bureau Feature: Client Payroll Entry (Launching Soon)

BrightPay Connect’s newest feature gives payroll bureaus the ability to send payroll requests to their clients. Clients can then enter payments, additions and deductions for their employees and can also add new starters through their online employer dashboard. The information entered by the client will seamlessly flow through to the bureau’s portal, ready to sync back to the payroll software. Book a demo to see how useful this new feature will be.

Find out more | Book a demo

BrightPay Connect’s New Bureau Feature: Client Payroll Approval Request (Launching Soon)

The Payroll Approval Request allows bureau users to securely send their clients a payroll summary before the payroll is finalised. Clients can then review and approve the payroll for the pay period through their online employer dashboard. Ultimately, your client will be accountable for ensuring that the payroll information is 100% correct before the payroll is finalised. Book a demo to see how useful this new feature will be.

Find out more | Book a demo

New Customers: 50% Discount + 1 FREE BrightPay Connect Licence

New customers can now save when they switch to BrightPay. Get 50% off a BrightPay 2018/19 licence and one free BrightPay Connect 2018/19 licence. Offer valid for 2018/19 licences for the first year subscription only.

Book a demo | Purchase BrightPay

BrightPay secures investment from Hg

We are very excited to announce that BrightPay has secured investment from Hg, a specialist technology investor. This partnership benefits BrightPay as we can access the experience and support of Hg and its network, whilst retaining voting control of the business. “It’s great to secure an investment from a firm who both knows our market and has the experience to help us develop the business.”

Find out more

BrightPay Connect: The GDPR Survival Toolkit

BrightPay Connect is tailored to help you overcome some of the key challenges that the GDPR presents when processing payroll. The payroll itself is still processed on BrightPay’s desktop application, however, the payroll information is stored online on a secure cloud server, allowing us to bring you even more benefits to help you with GDPR compliance.

Read more

BrightPay Connect: The perfect HR solution for your business

BrightPay Connect has built-in features giving employers an easy to use HR solution where employers can seamlessly manage employee leave and upload HR documents, such as contracts of employment. Employees can request leave through their employee portal or smartphone app. These features will automate and streamline many of the day-to-day HR functions that you deal with.

BrightPay Connect | HR features

72 Hours: The timeline of a GDPR breach

With the GDPR now in full effect, it is important to be aware of the consequences that apply to those businesses that have chosen not to comply with the new data protection legislation. Any company now found to not be in compliance can face a fine of €20 million or 4% of their annual turnover, whichever is greater.

Read more

Are you missing out on BrightPay's newsletter? We will not be able to email you without you subscribing to our mailing list. You will be able to unsubscribe at anytime. Don’t miss out - sign up to our newsletter today!

Posted byRachel HynesinCustomer Update


Aug 2018

1

Customer Update: GDPR Special Edition

GDPR: Frequently Asked Questions

Our GDPR experts have put together a list of some of the frequently asked questions that we have been asked by our customers regarding the General Data Protection Regulation. Additionally, the legislation states that whenever a data controller (e.g. business / employer) uses a data processor (e.g. payroll bureau) there needs to be a written contract or Data Processor Agreement in place.

View all FAQs | Template Data Processor Agreement

 

Free CPD Webinar: GDPR 5 Months on!

This FREE webinar will look at what’s new in GDPR, how it may affect your business and what have we learned from the GDPR 5 months on. We will also have a look at how BrightPay can help your organisation utilise the new regulation to benefit you, your customers, suppliers and employees. The webinar will include a demo of how our new timesheet upload feature can save you time and help you work towards GDPR compliance.

Register today | Full agenda

 

Privacy Policies - A GDPR Requirement

One of the main principles of the GDPR is that data shall be processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner. These three elements overlap and all three must be satisfied in order to demonstrate compliance. The GDPR stipulates that anywhere personal data is being collected, either directly or indirectly, Privacy Notices should be in place.

Find out what to include

 

GDPR: The Right to Erasure at a Glance

Individuals have gained the ‘right to erasure’ or commonly known as the ‘right to be forgotten’. This new right came into force with the implementation of the GDPR. It essentially allows individuals to request for erasure of their personal details verbally or in writing.

Learn more

 

How can BrightPay Connect Help with GDPR?

Our optional add-on, BrightPay Connect is an online payroll and HR self-service tool that offers significant benefits to help your business or practice comply with the GDPR legislation. Accountants, employers and employees can instantly access their payroll information, enabling many routine payroll and HR related tasks to be automated. BrightPay Connect significantly increases the efficiency and effectiveness of payroll work within the remit of the GDPR guidelines.

BrightPay Connect & GDPR | Book a demo

 

3 GDPR Compliant Ways to Distribute Payslips

By law, employers must provide employees with payslips which include personal data such as proof of earnings, tax paid and any pension contributions. It is advisable that businesses take steps to protect and securely send this payslip information.

Find out how to comply

 

Are you missing out on BrightPay's newsletter? We will not be able to email you without you subscribing to our mailing list. You will be able to unsubscribe at anytime. Don’t miss out - sign up to our newsletter today!

Posted byKaren BennettinCustomer Update


Jun 2018

5

Customer Update: June 2018

Free Webinar: Payroll Data & GDPR - What you need to know

Employers must take steps to protect and securely manage employees’ personal data to comply with GDPR. Equally, where a business outsources their payroll to a third party (payroll bureau), they are legally obliged to provide assurances to safeguard the payroll information they manage on behalf of their clients. Places are limited.

Register here

Auto Enrolment: The True Consequences of Non-Compliance

If an employer fails to comply with auto enrolment, the Pensions Regulator will take enforcement action. Although the rollout of auto enrolment began in 2012, it is now that the true consequences of non-compliance are coming to light.

Read full article

How has BrightPay prepared for GDPR?

Data Protection has always been a concern for BrightPay and we have always aimed to act with complete integrity in this regard. In preparation for GDPR, we have had to complete a total review on how we gather, maintain and use data. We have taken steps to securely protect our customers information including increased encryption, securely deleting files from our servers and updating our privacy policies in line with GDPR.

Key changes | Updated privacy policy

GDPR - What to include in your template Data Processor Agreement

Whenever a data controller uses a data processor there needs to be a written contract in place. The contract is important so that both parties understand their responsibilities and liabilities. The GDPR sets out certain information which needs to be included in the contract.

Find out more | Template Data Processor Agreement

BrightPay Connect’s NEW Employee Smartphone App

BrightPay’s employee self-service smartphone and tablet app is available with our cloud add-on BrightPay Connect. The advancement of employee mobile apps offers many different advantages for employers, employees, and the business as a whole. For employers and HR Managers, the user-friendly portal will streamline payroll processing while reducing the number of payroll queries from employees.

Find out more | Book a demo

How BrightPay Connect can help with GDPR!

Where possible, the data controller should offer self-service remote access to a secure system providing individuals with access to their personal data. BrightPay Connect is a self-service option which provides online access 24/7. Employees can view and download current and historic payslips, P45’s and P60’s. Annual leave can also be requested which flows through as a notification for the employer to approve. Employee contact information can be edited and updated, keeping records accurate at all times.For payroll bureaus, your clients can instantly access payslips, payroll reports, an employee leave calendar, and amounts due to HMRC.

Read more here | Book a demo

Are you an employer who has to provide a pension?

If you are employing staff for the first time this year, it’s important to understand what to do and when, so you can meet your automatic enrolment duties on time. Your legal duties begin on the day your first member of staff starts work. This is known as your duties start date. Even if you think you won’t need to put staff into a scheme, you will still have duties.

Find out more

 

Are you missing out on BrightPay's newsletter? We will not be able to email you without you subscribing to our mailing list. You will be able to unsubscribe at anytime. Don’t miss out - sign up to our newsletter today!

Posted byKaren BennettinCustomer UpdateGDPR


Mar 2018

26

April Customer Newsletter - BrightPay 18/19 released

***** Please confirm whether you want to hear from us (GDPR related) - Important Update ****

From May 2018, we will not be able to email you about webinar events, special offers, legislation changes, other group products and payroll related news without you subscribing to our newsletter. This is due to the GDPR legislation. You will be able to unsubscribe at anytime. Don’t miss out - sign up to our newsletter today!

Subscribe now

 

BrightPay 2018/19 is Now Available. What's New?

The release includes exciting new features to make your payroll and auto enrolment journey easier and less time consuming including:

  • Auto enrolment minimum contribution increases (phasing) including letters 
  • Enhanced feature to email documents & reports
  • Improved calendar features
  • BrightPay Connect - Improved GDPR security and cloud functionality 
  • 2018/19 Scottish Rate of Income Tax (SRIT) codes, rates and thresholds
  • Payroll journal export to Sage, Xero, Quickbooks, Exact & Kashflow
  • API integration with Aviva
  • April 2018 National Living Wage rates

See what’s new | Buy now | Download BrightPay 2018/19

 

You need to activate your BrightPay Connect licence to backup your data

After purchasing BrightPay Connect, you will need to activate your licence key code. If the licence is not activated, your payroll data will not backup automatically. Employees will not be able to access their payslips or request leave on the self-service portal. Activate your licence key code now to start availing of the many cloud benefits. Haven’t tried BrightPay Connect yet?

Book a demo today | Find out more

 

BrightPay Announces API Integration with Aviva

BrightPay are delighted to announce that we are the first payroll software on the market to offer direct integration with Aviva. An API is a fully integrated tool that directly links both the payroll and pension provider together. This integration allows customers to submit their pension data file to the Aviva online portal from within BrightPay.

Read more here

 

Free Bright Contracts Webinar: UK Employment Law Overview

As busy employers it can be difficult to keep up-to-date with the constant changes in employment law. In this webinar our employment law experts discuss what is new in employment law, recent employment law cases and have a look at the most frequently asked questions that come through our support line.

Register for free webinar | Bright Contracts

 

For Payroll Bureaus / Accountants

Payroll Data and GDPR: What you need to know about consent, emailing payslips, and your legal obligation

In this guide, we will specifically look at the impact of GDPR on your payroll processing and address the biggest areas of concern. We will walk you through some important steps to achieve GDPR compliance.

Download here | Register for GDPR webinar

 

Understanding Minimum Contribution Increases (Phasing) and its Implications

Your clients will need to be ready to implement the increased minimum contribution rates for auto enrolment from April 2018 and April 2019. Our guide and free webinar look at what you must know about processing the increases in contribution rates in 2018 (and clients should thank you for it).

Download white paper | Register for free webinar

 

How BrightPay Connect can help with GDPR!

Under the GDPR legislation, where possible the controller should be able to offer self-service remote access to a secure system which would provide the individual with direct access to his or her personal data. BrightPay Connect is a self-service option which will give your payroll clients and their employees online remote access to view payslips and other payroll documents 24/7.

Read more here | Book a demo

Posted byKaren BennettinCustomer UpdateGDPRGeneral Data Protection RegulationNew Features


Feb 2018

1

Customer Update - February 2018

Free Webinar: What does GDPR mean for your business?

The countdown is on!! The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25th May 2018, however this date is a deadline as opposed to a starting point. With hefty non-compliance fines, it is important to make sure you are prepared. Register now for our free webinars designed specifically for employers and bureaus.

Employer Webinar (13th March) | Bureau Webinar (6th February)


Increased minimum contribution rates from April 2018

The automatic enrolment minimum contribution rates are increasing on 6th April 2018. The minimum employer contribution rate will rise from 1% to 2% of the employee’s earnings, while the total minimum contribution will increase substantially from 2% to 5%. How will this ‘phasing’ process affect opt-out rates and the public perception of automatic enrolment?

Find out more | Register for free webinar


BrightPay Newsletter - Are you missing out?

GDPR is changing how we communicate with you. After May 2018, we will not be able to email you about webinar events, special offers or other news without you subscribing to our newsletter. Don’t miss out - sign up to the BrightPay newsletter today!

Subscribe now


BrightPay & Aviva: Hello one-click pension submissions

BrightPay is delighted to announce that we now offer API pension integration with Aviva. This integration allows users to send enrolment and contribution files to Aviva at the click of a button, eliminating the need to manually save and upload files. Reduce your workload and the risk of error due to manual processing.

Find out more


Pre-order BrightPay 2018/19

BrightPay and BrightPay Connect are now available to pre-order. We will send you an email closer to the 6th April once your new BrightPay is released and ready to download.

Pre-order here


Keep your payroll data secure with BrightPay Connect

With BrightPay Connect, you don't need to worry about manually backing up your payroll data. The add-on will automatically and securely backup your payroll information each pay period ensuring that you never lose your payroll data. This also protects the payroll data against ransomware and similar threats.

Find out more | Book a demo


Automatic Enrolment: Shaping the savings landscape

Since 1 October 2017, thousands of start-up businesses have instant pension duties, and more than half will have to enrol staff into a workplace pension. The Pensions Regulator highlights the success of auto enrolment to date in its fifth annual commentary and analysis report.

Read full article

 

Posted byRachel HynesinCustomer Update