Karen Bennett

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. HMRC have advised that if an employee needs to take time...
As the government’s furlough scheme winds down in upcoming months, employers will need to contribute to employees’ wages and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will end fully at the end of October. Currently, employers can claim 80% of a furloughed employee’s wage costs, to a monthly maximum...
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The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme allows for employers to access financial support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary that would otherwise have been laid off due to COVID-19. The scheme was originally available for four months starting from the 1st of March 2020, but this has...
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the past few months have been like a soap opera - full of twists and turns that are so quick you develop whiplash trying to keep up with it all. It’s been a constant sensory overload of information and each daily press conference jumps from one issue to...
As the lockdown has been lifted in parts of the UK and businesses are beginning to open, the end is also nigh for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) which will be closed to new applicants from the end of June. The scheme has helped millions of people during lockdown - paying up to...
Payroll can at times get a bad rep as many people think it’s very complicated. For many business owners, it’s the source of enormous stress and this is why many choose to outsource it to an accountancy firm that can take care of it for them. But thanks to improvements in payroll software and...
Recently Facebook acknowledged an embarrassing data breach but this time it wasn’t a manipulative abuse of user data for political gains. Instead, the problem was the corporation’s own payroll. The payroll details of 29,000 current and former employees were compromised when a thief stole...
How useful would it be to empower employees while drastically cutting down on time-consuming payroll admin tasks? LinkedIn’s Workplace Culture Report disclosed that nine out of ten, or 86%, of millennials (those between the ages of 22 and 37) would consider taking a pay cut to work at a company...
Join BrightPay on 11th June for a free COVID-19 webinar. This webinar will examine key facts & updated guidance on COVID-19 payroll impacts. Understand what the lockdown easing will mean for your business as you reopen and what COVID-19 safety policies you need to introduce. Free Webinar: Click...
Right, I can barely keep up with all this furlough scheme nonsense. It’s like a day-time soap opera giving us twists and turns and highs and lows every couple of days as we watch from our sofas eager for the next development. I wrote last week about how the government was set to announce...
Undoubtedly, many employers dread the repetitive and time-consuming task of manually entering the same information into more than one system. With the traditional usage of software, at some point, they will need to talk to each other. Take payroll and accounting software for example. Employee...
If you had told me six months ago that a global pandemic would force us into lockdown, everyone would be working from home, people stopped hugging each other and that the government would be paying 80% of our wages I would have laughed at you and demanded a big gulp of whatever you were...
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has advised the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be available for employers for furloughed employees until the end of October 2020 and will introduce a new flexibility option under the scheme from August. This will apply to all regions and sectors in the UK economy...
Pensions, who needs ‘em eh? Well, actually...kind of everyone; they’re quite important. But look, we’ve all been there - your pension comes out of your paycheck and you die a little inside thinking of all the lovely clothes or holidays you could have spent it on. And you’re young! So you think...
Managing employee annual leave can be quite a challenge for any business. The volume and variety of leave requests and the need to ensure staffing levels are maintained can quickly make it an uncontrollable beast. But, with the right software and cloud platform, it’s now a beast that can be...
Self-employment income support scheme is rolled out as millions of eligible taxpayers are contacted by HMRC The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has been a literal lifesaver for hundreds of thousands of people across the country. The scheme, which has now been extended to the end of...
****Due to Demand - Extra COVID-19 Webinar Dates Added**** All businesses, regardless of size, will be affected by the government measures for the foreseeable future. As the COVID-19 virus spreads across the UK, the government has introduced measures for employers to continue to pay their...
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The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme allows employers to access financial support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary that would otherwise have been laid off due to COVID-19. Essentially, it’s a way of preventing layoffs and redundancies. If you have any employees who have been...
In my previous post, I talked about some major key points to come out of the new update to the Coronavirus Job retention Scheme update that was released by HMRC this week. But you know what? There was just so much to take away from it that I decided to do another which addressed the concerns...
If you’re like me, you will be devouring every bit of information you can get your hands on regarding the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (or furlough to the layman). So you will know that if an employer can’t maintain their workforce due to being severely affected by COVID-19 then they can...

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