BrightPay's COVID-19 Resources Hub

How to use BrightPay if you need to work from home

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.

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme & Furlough Leave

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) 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. The CJRS has been winding down gradually over the past few months, and the scheme will come to an end on 31st October 2020.

Furlough Pay in BrightPay HMRC Guidance

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Claim Report

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. The last day for making CJRS claims for periods up to and including 31st October 2020 is 30th November 2020. After this date, you will not be able to submit any further claims or add to existing claims. 

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Job Support Scheme - Coming Soon

The Job Support Scheme is designed to protect jobs where businesses are facing lower demand over the winter months due to coronavirus. The scheme will open on 1 November 2020 and run for 6 months, until April 2021. With the Job Support Scheme, businesses will continue to pay their employees for time worked, but the burden of hours not worked will be split between the employer, the Government (through wage support) and the employee (through a wage reduction). To be eligible for the scheme, the employee must be working at least 33% of their usual hours.

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Free Webinar: New Job Support Scheme Explained

The new Job Support Scheme will start in November to protect jobs where businesses are facing lower demand over the winter months due to coronavirus. In this webinar, we look at what you need to know about the new Job Support Scheme, including which employees are eligible, the level of government funding, and how the scheme is actioned through payroll.

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Processing COVID-19 related SSP in BrightPay

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. A Claim Report is also available in BrightPay to assist users in ascertaining the amounts needed for input into HMRC's Coronavirus SSP Rebate Scheme online service.

Processing COVID SSP BrightPay's SSP Claim Report

Redundancies & Furloughed Employees

New regulations which came into effect on 31st July 2020 have changed the way in which statutory redundancy and notice pay must be calculated in respect of furloughed employees. If a furloughed worker (including those on a flexible furlough arrangement) loses their job and is entitled to redundancy pay, this should be calculated on the basis of their normal pay, rather than on the basis of reduced furlough pay. When processing a redundancy payment through BrightPay, we would advise that you create a new addition called Redundancy or Redundancy Payment, leaving the Tax & NIC can be deducted options unticked.

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Redundancy in BrightPay

How To Action The Job Support Scheme In Payroll

With the Job Support Scheme, the employee must be paid their normal contracted wage for the time worked. For the time not worked, the employee will be paid up to two-thirds of their usual wage, with both the employer and the government both contributing to one-third of hours not worked. 

Flexible Furlough - Employees Returning to Work Part-Time

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. This new flexibility will help businesses with reopening and help boost the economy. 

New Coronavirus Fines introduced for Employers

New regulations were introduced on 28th September 2020 where employers can be fined for letting employees work when the employees should be self-isolating due to Coronavirus. The fine amounts range from £1,000, £2,000, £4,000, and £10,000 depending on the amount of fixed penalty notices that are issued.

Carry Over of Annual Leave: Government Relaxes Rules

The rules in relation to the carry over of annual leave have been temporarily relaxed to deal with the coronavirus disruption. Those who are unable to take their annual leave due to coronavirus may carry over up to four weeks’ paid holiday into the next two leave years.

Protect Your Employees During COVID-19

As the economy reopens, many businesses are concerned about the appropriate steps that employers should take to protect employees from COVID-19. Here we discuss 5 principles that employers should be following to protect employees as they come back to work.

COVID-19 Related SSP Made Easy With BrightPay

It was announced that the rules in relation to Statutory Sick Pay have changed as a result of COVID-19. Even as we return to work, the risk of COVID-19 is still present, and so it is important for all employers to understand how these changes will affect them. 

BrightPay Customer Support - Business as Usual

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.

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