While BrightPay remains a desktop solution, the software can be installed at ten different locations on ten different PCs or laptops. BrightPay payroll files can be accessed remotely through cloud environments like a shared server, Google Drive or Dropbox. This flexibility will allow users to continue to operate their payroll as normal. In addition, you can log into your BrightPay Connect account to view your payroll information at any time. Read our step-by-step guide that explains how to use BrightPay when working remotely.
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme allows all UK employers to access financial support to continue paying part of their employees salary that would otherwise have been laid off due to COVID-19. From 1st July, businesses have the flexibility to bring furloughed employees back to work part-time, while still being able to claim under the CJRS for hours not worked. Click here for more information regarding changes to the scheme from 1st July. BrightPay has been updated in line with these changes to support flexible furlough and the phased rule changes for August, September & October.
Employers will need to make a claim for their grant for their furloughed workers through HMRC's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme online service. BrightPay includes a CJRS Claim Report which can be used to ascertain the amounts needed for input into HMRC's online service. BrightPay's CJRS Claim Report has been upgraded to facilitate flexible furlough and to support the changes to making a claim from 1st July.
Please note, we've had to make some changes to how amounts are calculated in the CJRS report. Click here for details as well as how this could affect you.
HMRC have advised that if an employee needs to take time off sick or to self isolate due to COVID-19, the first 3 waiting days that normally apply for SSP will be disregarded and the employee will be entitled to receive SSP from the first day. BrightPay 2020/21 has been programmed to automate COVID-19 related SSP, where this is to apply. The online service that employers can use to reclaim COVID-19 Related Statutory Sick Pay is now available here.
All of our staff can perform their roles from home, and all staff are issued with laptops and access to our phone and email systems. Our customer support is still very much open for business and we will continue to support our customers through the COVID-19 pandemic. Apologies if you hear any domestic background noise while talking to a support operative. This may be unavoidable and we ask that you bear with us for the duration. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact our customer support team here.
With the emergence from lockdown becoming clearer, businesses will need to start to put plans and COVID-19 policies in place for their employees to go back to the workplace safely. This webinar will examine key facts & updated guidance on COVID-19 payroll impacts. Understand what the lockdown easing will mean for your business as you reopen and what COVID-19 safety policies you should introduce.