Karen Bennett

It’s widely accepted that the first human resources department was established as early as 1901 in the The National Cash Register Company. Since that time, the field of HR has come on leaps and bounds and become the beating heart of any thriving organisation. Today, almost half a million people...
Small businesses are the lifeblood of any economy. Over 99% of all businesses in the UK in 2019 were small businesses. That’s 5.9 million businesses with less than 250 employees, the general criteria which must be met to qualify as a “small business”. It’s also 5.9 million men and women who had...
For most of us, using a mobile phone in the workplace has always been a complete no-no. Like our classrooms at school, phones should be stashed away out of sight while in the office, right? Well, maybe. But that’s rapidly changing thanks to the myriad ways that employers are now using mobile...
Remote working is becoming more popular by the day, with companies seeing the value in allowing their employees to work from home. This has come with a vast range of benefits for both the employee and the employer. Employees don’t have to face grueling and expensive daily commutes, they can be...
If you are a human resources professional, then you’ve probably heard a lot about centralised HR systems by now. The internet is packed with blog posts, videos and articles all about how centralised systems can modernise human resources and bring old, paper-based systems into the twenty-first...
There are many reasons why you might be thinking about switching payroll software providers. Having the right provider for your business is crucial, and can mean the difference between an arduous payroll process that you dread every pay period, and a quick and easy payroll that you hardly think...
The government has reshaped the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to become more flexible with part-time furloughing of employees now being permitted. Since 1st July, employees can work some of the week and be furloughed for the remainder, in proportions to be agreed with their employer. When...
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COVID-19 was officially recognised as a pandemic on 11th March 2020, and since then our lives have been turned upside down. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was announced just nine days later on 20th March in a bid to help employers and businesses across the UK. Fast forward to six...
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Human resources is one of the most important aspects of any thriving business. A successful HR department is one that is constantly adapting to changes in the industry, provides opportunities for employees to develop, updates company policies and procedures in line with legislative changes...
BrightPay is currently used to process the payroll for over 250,000 businesses across the UK and Ireland. It has a 99% customer satisfaction rating. And the employee app, available with our Connect add-on, is now used by over 110,000 employees in the UK alone. Despite the fact that there are...
Over the coming weeks, if not already, many employers will expect their staff to return to work following the end of that dreaded holiday that no one wanted to take. If you hadn’t already guessed, I’m referring to furlough of course. I’m sure that after four months of binge watching below...
Welcome to the second instalment in my “working from home” series where I share some helpful tips on managing the various stresses that have arisen whilst working from home. In my last blog I talked about the affects remote working and lockdown has had on our sleep. In this blog I will be...
So it’s day 1,000,000 of quarantine and I am just as surprised as all of you to have made it this far. I am somewhat healthy, somewhat sane but most important, all in one piece. When all this started back in March, I don’t think any of us expected to be still working from home in August and for...
BrightPay Connect is an essential payroll and HR tool that works in tandem with BrightPay payroll software, enabling powerful features and benefits for employers and employees. The payroll is still processed on the BrightPay desktop application but the payroll information is stored and...
A key change to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme came into effect earlier this month - furloughed employees now have the ability to return to work part-time, while still being eligible for the scheme for the hours that they don’t work. When making a claim for flexibly furloughed employees...
Previously I discussed the tough topic of redundancies. As we’ve already ripped off the proverbial plaster, now is a good time as any to discuss another one - insolvencies. It’s bad enough having to let employees go but what if you can’t even afford to keep your business itself going? With...
So, your business is finally ready to reopen, you’ve researched all of the things that employers need to do to make their workplace COVID-19 safe, and you’ve made significant changes to how your employees work to ensure their safety as the pandemic continues. But one or more of your employees...
Keeping track of all of the changes being made to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme can feel like a full time job, especially since the government recently released new changes to the scheme. When COVID-19 first took hold, employers were more than a little confused as to the scheme and how...
Well things have been pretty crap lately haven’t they? Whilst the world has been falling apart before our very eyes it is only natural that we try and remain positive - it’s human nature. And while the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme helped to fuel this hope for millions of people during these...
More and more businesses are reopening at last. This is very good news for the economy as a whole, but also for business owners and their staff that depend on them. However, the shift brings with it some concern surrounding the responsibilities employers now face in regard to how they protect...

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