Karen Bennett

One of your legal and mandatory duties as an employer is to fully comply with automatic enrolment. Automatic enrolment was introduced in the UK to help more people save for later life through a workplace pension scheme. The Pensions Regulator recommends that employers use payroll software that...
How can you save on overhead costs? As COVID-19 restrictions have eased, business owners all over the country have cautiously reopened their doors after months of shutdown. It’s been an incredibly costly year for businesses, not only in revenue lost due to closure, but also in money spent on...
If you live in the UK then congratulations, coronavirus is no more! It has magically disappeared and we no longer have to abide by those annoying health and safety restrictions; freedom is ours! At least that’s what the government has led us to believe. In reality, we still have a long way to...
If you told me this time last year that I would still be banging on about furlough and SEISS grants then I would’ve scoffed at you from the safety of my disinfected from top to toe apartment. But here we are, a year later and not only is coronavirus still knocking about, but, thankfully the...
According to survey statistics from Statista.com, in 2020 there were 811,000 self-employed people in the UK, the highest number in any industry. And as I’m sure those of us who are self-employed can attest, money can be tight until you get your business off the ground. With the average time it...
Traditionally, encouraging employees to enrol in pension schemes has always been a difficult task. Such was the lack of uptake into private pension schemes, that the government was required to introduce pension reforms, through the Pensions Act 2008. Worried about the lack of retirement savings...
By law, employers must provide employees with payslips which include personal data such as proof of earnings, tax paid and any pension contributions. It is advisable that businesses take steps to protect and securely send this payslip information. Posting Payslips There is nothing in the GDPR...
Recent research published in March 2021 by the Government-backed Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) and jobs website Indeed showed that when a job advertisement was posted which offered flexible working, applications for those posts went up by 30% compared to posts which didn’t offer it. Because...
Integrating your payroll solution with your accounting software makes sense for many reasons, including efficiency, time-saving and improved workflows. Processing payroll is often seen as a time-consuming task, and without the right software it can be. If you don’t have an integrated system...
Leave management software allows managers, HR personnel and other assigned users, to have faster access to employees’ leave and to view absence patterns. But what’s the best software for managing employees' leave? Employers should choose a software that integrates HR and Payroll processes...
Furlough has become part of our everyday lives and vocabularies, but with the world slowly returning to normal, it has sort of been pushed to the back of our minds. That’s not to say it’s not still ticking away in the background, keeping many businesses afloat. But there is inevitably going to...
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is a government wage support measure. It is a temporary scheme designed to protect jobs in the wake of the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s there to support employers who are facing difficulties to continue paying employee wages rather...
Why is the BrightPay & FreeAgent API useful? The BrightPay API facility eliminates manually exporting a payroll journal file, saving and formatting the file, and uploading it to FreeAgent. This would be particularly time-consuming for an accountant with multiple clients. The API functionality...
During the COVID-19 lockdowns, many of us saw our time off as an opportunity to take up new hobbies, develop our skills or even retrain in a new area. Redundancies and having more free time on our hands forced us to rethink what we want to do in life. This has led to many people deciding to take...
A common challenge for many businesses implementing a new software in the workplace is the time and effort it takes to train employees on the new system. Training employees effectively can be a major hurdle for organisations to overcome but it doesn’t have to be. Here at BrightPay, we regularly...
By now, you most likely understand how the subsidy support works and what the rules are in relation to employee eligibility. However, calculating a CJRS claim and determining what you can claim for can be confusing. If you have made a mistake calculating past CJRS claims, then here is how you...
At BrightPay, we have no “typical customer.” Our software is used by businesses which only have one or two employees and by payroll bureaus who process payroll for thousands of employees. Small businesses (businesses with 0 to 49 employees) make up 48% of employees in the UK. So, while you may...
Thanks to the vaccine rollout we are seeing many businesses reopen and employees return to the workplace. More than 34 million people in the UK have now received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine. However, even if the government’s vaccine targets are met, the whole adult population will...
Shopping, getting a haircut, and socialising outside are no longer banned under Covid restrictions. Even better, today pubs and restaurants will welcome diners indoors, hotels will reopen, cinemas and theatres will reopen, and we are one step closer to a more ‘normal’ life. With more businesses...
Furlough is now part of our everyday lives and vernacular, an added bonus to our scrabble arsenal. It has offered a lifeline to millions of people and businesses in the country for the past year and will continue to do so until it’s scheduled end date of September 2021. You would have thought by...

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