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 (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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.