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) was due to come to an end on 31st October 2020. However, with further COVID-19 lockdown restrictions announced, the CJRS has been extended until the end of April 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.
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.
During this webinar, we share some of the key lessons learned from processing payroll in a pandemic, and how it prepares us for payroll in the ‘next normal’. Plus, we recap recent changes to the furlough scheme and what these changes mean for your business.
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.
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.
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.