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) has been extended until the end of September 2021. The government will pay 80% of wages for the hours not worked, up to a cap of £2,500, and employers will be required to pay employer National Insurance contributions and employer pension contributions. From July onwards, employers will be asked to pay a percentage of their employee wages as the scheme winds down.

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. From November, claims must be submitted via HMRC’s online claim portal by the 14th of the following month. 

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Free Webinar: CJRS Rule Changes, Furlough Extensions & Other HMRC Quirks

Join us as we examine how the furlough scheme rules are going to change between now and September and what these changes mean for your business. Plus, we will share some of the key lessons learned from processing payroll in a pandemic, and how COVID-19 has impacted payroll forever.

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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 avoid pitiful payroll processing during COVID-19

In this guide, we look at how accountants can overcome the payroll processing inefficiencies experienced due to COVID-19. Discover common sense ways savvy accountants are ensuring that COVID-19 doesn’t slow down their payroll performance. Plus you will learn how you can respond quickly and effectively to avoid disruption in the future.

What’s inside?

  • What payroll processing inefficiencies you shouldn’t accept
  • Top tips to ensure that COVID-19 doesn’t impact your payroll performance
  • How COVID-19 has impacted payroll forever
  • How BrightPay can help your bureau
  • Your next steps to efficient payroll
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How to avoid pitiful payroll processing during COVID-19

Leaving lockdown: How to manage the annual leave backlog

As lockdown restrictions are lifted across the UK, managers will likely be in a situation where many employees will ask to take leave at the same time. Read this blog to discover how you can manage the annual leave backlog. 

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Past, Present & Future

With the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to remain in place until 30th September 2021 in the hope of aiding economic recovery, here we look at some of the key milestones of the scheme so far and how the scheme will change between now and September.

Furloughed Employees & The National Minimum Wage Increase

With new minimum wage rates introduced on 1st April, many businesses are now wondering how this will affect furloughed employees. Read this blog to find out about the impact that this will have on furloughed employees.

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.

The fourth SEISS grant - details on when and who can claim 

Fortunately for millions of self-employed across the country, the government have announced a fourth SEISS grant. But what is different about the fourth grant? And who is eligible to claim, when can you claim and how much will you get?

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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