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  • Prepare your small business for auto enrolment Jan 9, 2017

    If you are a small employer with even one employee you will need to comply with automatic enrolment (AE) by carrying out a number of duties. Your staging date dictates the commencement of your auto enrolment duties. At this date, you must automatically enrol all eligible employees into a qualifying auto enrolment pension scheme.

    Once you have chosen a scheme for your staff, you need to assess all employees to see which staff need to be enrolled. Eligible jobholders can choose to opt out of the scheme after they have been enrolled. Employees do not have the option to opt out before they have been enrolled. You will need to monitor all staff on an ongoing basis to see if any changes occur which result in further employer duties.

    Good payroll software will automatically include auto enrolment functionality as part of the existing payroll package. There are also a number of free payroll software options available offering full auto enrolment functionality to micro employers with three or less employees.

    If you are using HMRC’s Basic PAYE Tools (BPT), be aware that it does not and will not cater for automatic enrolment. Employers who use BPT will need to either process auto enrolment and calculate contributions manually or choose a commercial payroll software provider. If you are migrating to a different software provider, check to ensure you can easily import your payroll data from BPT.


    The Pensions Regulator (TPR) advises employers to complete the following:

    1. Confirm who to contact
    Let TPR know who the primary point of contact is so that letters and emails containing auto enrolment help and guidance will be sent to the correct person.


    2. Choose a pension scheme
    Make sure you have a pension scheme in place or chosen that can be used for automatic enrolment. Ensure that the pension scheme will accept all employees.


    3. Work out who to put into a pension
    Once you reach your staging date, you will need to assess all employees to see who you need to put into a pension scheme.


    4. Communicate with your staff
    Your payroll software should automatically produce the appropriate letters explaining to each staff member how automatic enrolment applies to them and what their rights are.


    5. Declare your compliance
    You will need to tell TPR that you have met your legal duties by completing your declaration of compliance 5 months after your staging date.


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  • 10 Things Employers need to know about Auto Enrolment Dec 9, 2016

    With the introduction of auto enrolment, employers across the UK have a number of new administrative duties that must be carried out. Some employers seem to think that auto enrolment is burdensome, complicated and time consuming, however this is not the case. With the right tools in place auto enrolment can be simplified and automated.

    Here are 10 things you need to know when implementing auto enrolment in your workplace:

    Preparation

    • Pension Scheme Setup – Some employers are required to set up a pension scheme in advance of staging and there are a number of various pension providers to choose from. It is important to choose a pension scheme that is suitable for you, your employees and your payroll system. BrightPay currently supports 17 different pension schemes. If an employer has no eligible jobholders then a pension scheme does not need to be set up.
    • Automated Software – For auto enrolment to be easy, it is important to have the right software in place. Make sure that you have payroll software that can simplify and automate the various auto enrolment tasks. Be aware that HMRC Basic PAYE Tools does NOT cater for auto enrolment.
    • Pre-assessment – Before staging it is important to know how much auto enrolment is going to cost your business. This can be done using BrightPay’s pre-assessment tool. This tool is also useful for assessing employees before the staging date to find out whether or not you need to set up a pension scheme.
    Staging Date

    • Assessing and Enrolling Employees – At staging, you must assess your employees and determine whether they are eligible jobholders, non-eligible jobholders or entitled workers. Most payroll software will assess employees for you and notify you when an employee needs to be enrolled. You must enrol all eligible jobholders into a workplace pension scheme.
    • Communications – You must communicate with ALL workers to inform them of how auto enrolment affects them and what their rights are, not just those who have been enrolled. These communications must be sent within 6 weeks of the staging date. Most payroll software includes personalised letters that can be sent directly to the employees.
    • Postponement – Employers have the option to postpone the assessment of employees for up to three months. Postponed employees also require an auto enrolment letter. After postponement, you must re-assess employees and enrol any eligible jobholders.
    • Opt In & Opt Out Requests – As eligible jobholders are automatically enrolled into a workplace pension scheme, they have the option to opt out of the pension scheme within one month of being enrolled. If this occurs, the employer must arrange for a full refund of all contributions made to date. Non eligible jobholders have the right to opt in to a pension scheme. In this instance, the employee must be treated as if they were an eligible jobholder, e.g. it must meet minimum contribution amounts. Entitled workers may also choose to join a pension scheme, however this does not need to meet the criteria for auto enrolment.
    After Staging

    • Ongoing Duties – Auto Enrolment does not end at staging – there are a number of ongoing duties that the employer is responsible for. All employees must be assessed each pay period in case an employee becomes an eligible jobholder, e.g. if they turn 22. If this occurs, the employee must be enrolled or postponed, as at staging. It is also important to deduct and contribute both employee and employer pension contributions. You must communicate with the pension provider each pay period to notify them of the various contributions being made through a contributions file and make the payment to the pension scheme.
    • Declaration of Compliance – A declaration of compliance must be completed within 5 months of the staging date. This is to notify the Pensions Regulator that you have complied with auto enrolment.
    • Re-enrolment – Every three years after staging employers must re-assess employees and re-enrol any eligible jobholders. Again you must communicate with these workers and complete a re-declaration of compliance.
    Have the above 10 tips answered all your auto enrolment concerns? If not you can read our Beginner's Guide to Auto Enrolment for Employers. The Pension Regulator's website is also a great resource for auto enrolment information.

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  • Why will BrightPay Cloud make managing payroll easier? Nov 18, 2016

    BrightPay’s latest add-on BrightPay Cloud was launched earlier this year. There is now 25% off BrightPay Cloud for tax year 16/17. BrightPay Cloud is not a cloud version of the payroll but rather an optional add-on that offers significant online benefits including:

    Automatic Cloud Backup - BrightPay Cloud will automatically backup a payroll file every 15 minutes when open and again when closing.It will keep a chronological history of all backups that can be restored at any time. BrightPay payroll and BrightPay Cloud are synced to capture annual leave and changes to employee details.

    Employer Dashboard - Your employer online portal will give you an overview of your employer details, employees. payslips, any outstanding amounts due to HMRC and reports that have been set up in BrightPay payroll. You can also access a company annual leave calendar making it easier to manage staff leave.

    Employee Self Service - You can invite your employees to their own personal online payroll portal. Employees can view and retrieve their historic payslips and other payroll documents such as a P60, P45, or P11ds and Auto Enrolment communications. These documents can be exported to pdf and printed.

    Payslips - Employees will have the option to download their payslips. These payslips are automatically added to the employees’ self service portal each pay period, thus eliminating the need to print or email payslips with full access to historical payslips.

    Annual Leave - Employees can request annual leave through their self service portal. They can also view all leave taken to ascertain what annual leave is remaining. Employers will then receive notification of the request which they can either approve or reject. Annual leave that is approved will then be added, updated and synchronised to payroll

    Company Calendar - BrightPay Cloud includes an employee calendar, which keeps records of all employees’ past and future leave including annual leave, unpaid leave, absence, sick leave and parenting leave. This is an employer wide calendar encompassing leave details for all active employees.

    Invite your Accountant - Employers can add their accountant as a user to BrightPay Cloud. Your accountant can access any reports that have been set up and saved in BrightPay Payrol,l giving your accountant full visibility to all payroll data and payments to HMRC to help your accounts management.

    25% Discount off BrightPay Cloud

    Save 25% when you buy BrightPay Cloud 16/17. To avail of the discount, you can purchase online or contact our sales team on 0845 3004 304 or [email protected]. Offer expires 31st December ‘16.

    Book a BrightPay Cloud Demo
  • Benefits of BrightPay Cloud for Employers Sep 2, 2016

    BrightPay has just announced the launch of BrightPay Cloud!!!

    We understand that employers now want 24 hour online access to their own company payroll and employee information. BrightPay Cloud offers a flexible cloud solution to do just that. BrightPay Cloud is an add-on product to the BrightPay software which offers automated cloud backup, employer online access, an employee self service portal and more. BrightPay Cloud offers significant advantages for employers, including:

    Cost Savings: Employers who still print employee payslips can now eliminate the cost of printing payslips. Employees can access their payroll documents on the employee self service platform.

    Employer Access: BrightPay Cloud offers 24/7 online access to payroll data, including access to payroll reports, employee pay data, a company-wide annual leave calendar and more. This powerful dashboard allows employers to have their payroll information in one place and is available through any web browser.

    Employee Access: Employees can now access their payslips and personal contact information online at any time. Historical payslips and payroll documents such as P60s are now stored in one place. Employees can also request holiday leave.

    Annual Leave: An annual leave request feature is available in the employee self service portal. Employees can simply select what type of leave they wish to request. The request is automatically emailed to the employer, who can then accept or reject the leave request via their BrightPay Cloud dashboard. All employee leave will be reflected on the employer’s company-wide calendar.

    Smart Reporting: Payroll reports that have been saved in BrightPay will automatically be synced to BrightPay Cloud. Bureaus and employers can be given full access to these reports.


    Please note: although BrightPay Cloud allows payroll information to be stored online, the payroll software itself remains desktop based.


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  • Need help with Auto Enrolment? Auto Enrolment Webinar !! Jul 5, 2016

    Whether you are a butcher, a baker or a candlestick maker, if you employ at least one worker then you will have to comply with your employer automatic enrolment duties. It will be important for you to understand what you need to do and when you need to do it. This will depend on how many employees you have, whether or not you need to enrol employees into the scheme and much more.

    Completing auto-enrolment and maintaining compliance can be a challenge, there are many factors to consider including:

    • What happens at staging?

    • How will I communicate with staff?

    • How are contributions calculated?

    • Can I postpone auto enrolment?

    • Do I have to set up a pension scheme?

    • What if employees want to opt out or in?

    • Who will deal with ongoing administration?

    • What happens if I don’t comply?

    Join BrightPay for an auto enrolment step-by-step webinar has been specifically designed to help employers understand the processes involved in completing their automatic enrolment (AE) duties.


    Key Benefits

    By attending this online live webinar, you will receive a comprehensive overview of the stages of auto enrolment. The presentation will take you through what you need to know to help you be auto enrolment compliant and above all avoid penalties and fines.

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  • Employers - Beware of what happens if you don’t comply with auto enrolment? Jun 7, 2016

    There are a number of duties that employers need to undertake to comply with automatic enrolment. Even if there are no eligible job holders, certain steps need to be followed. The responsibility of auto enrolment does rest with the individual employer. If an employer fails to comply the Pensions Regulator (TPR) will take action. They may issue you with a notice or penalty.

    TPR will enforce penalties if the employer chooses to ignore their automatic enrolment duties. The enforcement action starts with statutory notices being issued to the employer. This is then followed by penalty notices and further non-compliance may lead to court action. TPR does want to work with employers to make sure they understand their employer duties.

    Download this guide to understand what happens if you do not comply with automatic enrolment.



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    Auto Enrolment Training for Employers

    Join BrightPay for our auto enrolment training and avoid fines from the Pensions Regulator. By attending this online live webinar, you will receive a comprehensive overview of the stages of auto enrolment. The presentation will take you through what you need to know to help you be auto enrolment compliant and above all avoid penalties and fines. You can send us questions relating to auto enrolment before the webinar that will be addressed in the Q&A section at the end of the webinar.

    Reserve your place here.
  • Auto enrolment explained for small and micro employers May 30, 2016

    BrightPay are running a series of automatic enrolment (AE) training webinars to explain to small and micro employers what their new AE duties are. These events are run online and are specifically tailored to help you through your auto enrolment journey. Auto enrolment does not have to be a daunting or time consuming task. BrightPay’s webinars have been divided into useful and practical steps to you with your AE duties. Helpful tips will let you know what you need to do and when you need to do it. It will be very important for you to understand each of the timings and tasks of the auto enrolment process.

    19th July - Auto Enrolment training for Employers

    Our step-by-step webinar has been designed to help employers understand the processes involved in completing their automatic enrolment (AE) duties. Every employer with at least one member of staff now has new duties, including enrolling those who are eligible into a workplace pension scheme and contributing towards it. This is called automatic enrolment.

    Benefits

    By attending this online live webinar, you will receive a comprehensive overview of the stages of auto enrolment. The presentation will take you through what you need to know to help you be auto enrolment compliant and above all avoid penalties and fines. You can send us questions relating to auto enrolment before the webinar that will be addressed in the Q&A section at the end of the webinar.

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  • An Ideal AE Solution for HMRC Basic PAYE Tools Users May 26, 2016

    With the introduction of auto enrolment, employers are faced with a number of additional duties each pay period. As HMRC’s Basic PAYE Tools (BPT) does not cater for auto enrolment, users are left to their own devices with many feeling abandoned and forgotten about.

    The Pensions Regulator introduced an AE toolkit for these employers, however with the amount of manual entries needed, the scope for error and the extra time required, it does not make BPT a feasible option for any employer.

    Many employers are reluctant to change from BPT to commercial payroll software due to a fear of high prices, hidden costs, and the burden of moving payroll data from one software to another. However, a number of free and inexpensive payroll software solutions exist that can allow BPT users to save time and increase efficiency.

    An Ideal Solution

    Employers with 3 or less employees can benefit from a free BrightPay licence. For employers with more than 3 employees, BrightPay’s standard licence is just £89 + VAT per tax year. Both licences include free phone and email support and full auto enrolment functionality, with no hidden costs.

    What’s more, BrightPay have introduced a seamless import from HMRC Basic PAYE Tools so that you can easily transfer your payroll data to BrightPay within minutes.


    Once you have downloaded BrightPay, simply click ‘Import from HMRC Basic PAYE Tools’ at the bottom of the screen.


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    The company is now set up in BrightPay (including employee details and mid-year totals) and is ready for you to start processing payroll.


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    For more information visit www.brightpay.co.uk or phone 0845 3004 304. You can also download a 60 day free trial with no limitations to the software.


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    Free Auto Enrolment Webinar

    Due to auto enrolment, every employer with at least one member of staff now has new responsibilities, including enrolling eligible employees into a workplace pension scheme and contributing towards it.


    Who needs to be enrolled? What are the new employer duties? How is a pension scheme set up? Join BrightPay, NEST and thePensions Regulator for an auto enrolment webinar, where all your questions can be answered.

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  • What's new in BrightPay 16/17? Mar 30, 2016

    Tax Year Updates: 2016/17 rates have been applied to the BrightPay 16/17 release. For a comprehensive breakdown of tax year updates click here.

    Staging date API: The Pensions Regulator recently launched a staging date API. This staging date tool links directly to the Pensions Regulator's website to retrieve your staging date, which will then automatically pre-populate the staging date field in BrightPay.

    Pre-assessment report: Users can create a PDF report previewing what automatic enrolment will look like prior to staging. This report will include details of each employee, their age, their predicted worker category, estimated qualifying earnings plus the total estimated value for the employee and employer contributions. PDF Example: Pre-assessment Report

    Post-assessment report: This report allows users to perform a post-assessment review, which will provide a snapshot of what automatic enrolment looked like on your staging date. This will include details of the worker category for each employee, assessment dates and postponements.

    HMRC's Basic PAYE Tools (BPT) import facility: Users can seamlessly import employer and employee data from HMRC's Basic PAYE Tools directly into BrightPay in less than one minute. Read: BrightPay for HMRC Basic PAYE tools users.

    Batch Facility: Users have the option to process auto enrolment for more than one employee at the same time. These processes include batch enrolment, printing and emailing of all AE communications and batch postponement.

    NEST's API / web services tool: BrightPay offers the NEST API / web services facility to streamline the data transfer process each pay period. Click here to find out how the BrightPay and Nest API works. Using this API, users will be able to submit their pension data file directly from BrightPay into the NEST portal. Read: How useful will the NEST API or web services tool actually be?

    CIS Facility: BrightPay has a fully integrated CIS facility which will support processing subcontractors. Note: CIS functionality is not available for free BrightPay users or BrightPay for MAC users.

    Payrolling of benefits: BrightPay supports calculating the PAYE on expenses and benefits for each pay period.

    P11D's - BrightPay allows users to process P11D's to send to HMRC. View a list of expenses and benefits. Note: Expenses/benefits and P11D functionality is not available for free BrightPay users.

    Price: There are absolutely no changes or increases in BrightPay's prices for the above features. For bureau customers, BrightPay remains at £199 + VAT per tax year. This includes unlimited employers, unlimited employees, automatic enrolment functionality and free phone and email support. For single employers, BrightPay remains at £89 + VAT per tax year. This includes unlimited employees, automatic enrolment functionality and free phone and email support. BrightPay continues to offer a free licence to employers with three or less employees, which includes automatic enrolment functionality and free phone and email support.

    Customer Service: Due to our growing customer base, we have recently grown our support team with three new employees Debbie Clarke, Donna Walsh and Oliver Sheridan joining the team. We continue to strive to improve our customer satisfaction rate of 98.5% for the customer support team. Testimonials for the support team include “very patient and excellent”, “helpful and informative” and “very efficient help”.

    Auto Enrolment Reporting: BrightPay's analysis reporting tool allows you to create, customise and save your reports for future use at any time. Auto enrolment reports can also be created to include the following - worker category, enrolment dates, opt-in & opt-out dates, employee & employer pension contributions, etc.

    Enrolment and contributions file reminders: Once payslips are finalised in a given pay period, users will now see notifications reminding them if there are any outstanding files still to be submitted to their pension provider.

    RTI reminders: BrightPay will continue to alert you of any RTI returns that you have outstanding for submission to HMRC.

    Still to come ...........

    Employer Cloud Portal: BrightPay will soon be launching BrightPay Cloud which will provide:

    • Secure Online Backup
    Automatically backs up your BrightPay data to the cloud. A historical set of backups is maintained. Your data file can be restored from an online backup at any time.

    • Employee Self-Service
    Enables employees to log into a web-based portal using their PC, Mac or smartphone to retrieve payslips, view their calendar, request annual leave, view/update personal information, and more.

    Bureau Client Self-Service
    • Enables payroll bureaus to provide an online portal not only for their client's employees (i.e. employee self-service as described above), but also an employer portal for direct use by their clients, enabling them to view payroll reports, P30s, calendars, all employee information, and more.
    BrightPay Cloud will work directly with BrightPay 2016/17, but will also allow you to upload your BrightPay 2015/16 data to immediately have a full year of historical data to power the self-service features.

    BrightPay Cloud will cost £49 per employer, per tax year (with discounted bulk pricing for bureaus also available). We'll have more news very soon.


    Pensionsync: BrightPay's development team are working with Pensionsync over the coming months to add their API facility for our users. The Pensionsync API facility automates the pension data transfer between payroll and pension provider. The API will allow users to directly transfer pension file data from within BrightPay to NOW:pensions, The People's Pension, NEST, Legal & General, Aviva and Smart Pension. Watch this video to see how BrightPay and Pensionsync will work together to streamline your automatic enrolment processes. There will an additional charge for this facility.

    Smart Pension API: With Smart Pension, there are no employer charges to set up your AE pension scheme. BrightPay will soon offer the Smart Pension API facility to customers. This API facility will work in the same way as the NEST API / web services too. There will be no additional charge for this facility.

    RTI Batch Processing: BrightPay’s development team are also working on a RTI batch processing feature which will allow bureau users to send RTI submissions for multiple companies at the same time. This service will only be available for single director companies.

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    Read in more detail: BrightPay 2016/17 is Now Available. What's New?
  • Auto Enrolment explained for Employers with BrightPay & NEST Mar 29, 2016

    According to research by small employers (1 - 4 employees) usually spend a total of about 10 hours overall carrying out all their automatic enrolment duties.

    What you pay and the amount of time you spend on setting up automatic enrolment will depend on various factors, including how you use business advisers, how you run your payroll and which pension scheme you choose.

    Join BrightPay for our automatic enrolment webinar for employers. John Hale from NEST will also present; NEST - Helping auto enrolment work for you.

    12th April | 10.30 am

    • BrightPay - Auto Enrolment Training for Employers

    • NEST - Helping make auto enrolment work for you

    BrightPay’s Agenda

    Auto Enrolment Overview

    • "What is auto enrolment?" – A quick recap

    • Personal services workers

    • Employee safeguards

    • Single director companies and similar

    • Pension scheme selection

    • Pension Integration & API / web service tools

    Auto Enrolment Process

    • Pre staging checklist

    • Pre-Assessment Report

    • What happens at staging

    • Submissions to pension schemes and recent developments (APIs)

    • Employee communications

    • Employees opting out and opting in

    • Postponement

    • Declaration of compliance

    • On-going AE responsibilities and keeping records

    • Automatic re-enrolment

    • Penalties

    • Salary sacrifice

    • HMRC Basic PAYE tools & The Pensions Regulator AE toolkit

    • Auto Enrolment in BrightPay

    • Q & A
    NEST’s Agenda

    • Why NEST

    • Setting up NEST

    • Using NEST ongoing

    Register today

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  • Do you need help setting up your NEST Pension scheme? Mar 21, 2016

    NEST joins BrightPay for an auto enrolment webinar that is tailored to help employers with their new duties. NEST has been set up by the government especially for auto enrolment. John will explain that every employer has access to a workplace pension scheme that meets the requirements of the new pension rules.

    John Hale from NEST will present what you need to know to set up your NEST pension scheme along with information that will explain how to use the scheme on an ongoing basis.

    Research by the Pensions Regulator states that small employers with between one and four staff members usually spend a total of about 10 hours overall carrying out all their automatic enrolment tasks, over a 12 month period before their staging date. Make sure you understand what your auto enrolment duties are. Join our auto enrolment online training for employers today.

    12th April | 10.30 am
    • BrightPay - Auto Enrolment Training for Employers

    • NEST - Helping make auto enrolment work for you
    Full Agenda
    Register here


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  • Employers paid between £200 and £1000 for Auto Enrolment advice Mar 11, 2016

    Recent research from the Pensions Regulator(TPR) advises employers on the auto enrolment advice that is available to them. This research reports that small employers (with employees between 1 - 4) who have already staged have paid between £200 and £1000 for advice, and the average cost being around £440. This fee was for general advice for setting the client up for AE, which included choosing a scheme, employee assessment and setting up the employee and employer contributions within the payroll. These costs will of course vary depending on what level of service the payroll advisor will offer.

    Join BrightPay for our auto enrolment webinar series that has been specifically developed for employers who wish to process their auto enrolment duties themselves.

    Online Training - Auto Enrolment Webinar for Employers
    12th April

    Our step-by-step webinar has been specifically designed to help employers understand the processes involved in completing their automatic enrolment (AE) duties. Every employer with at least one member of staff now has new duties, including enrolling those who are eligible into a workplace pension scheme and contributing towards it. This is called automatic enrolment.

    Full Agenda

    Benefits
    By attending this online live webinar, you will receive a comprehensive overview of the stages of auto enrolment. The presentation will take you through what you need to know to help you be auto enrolment compliant and above all avoid penalties and fines.

    Register here

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  • Auto Enrolment & Payroll Software: Process inhouse or outsource? Feb 22, 2016

    The Pensions Regulator recommends that employers choose Payroll software which is specifically tailored to AE.

    It is important to check with your payroll software provider to establish how it handles automatic enrolment and you should test it well ahead of your staging date, to make sure it works.

    Many software solutions will allow you to streamline the Auto Enrolment processes, reducing your workload.


    Process In-House or Outsource Auto Enrolment
    Are you going to process auto enrolment in-house or will you outsource it to a professional? It is important that you weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of both.

    Do you have the time, staff resources, and software resources required to deal with AE? Will it be more efficient to outsource to a payroll bureau or accountant?


    Processing In-House

    By processing AE in-house, it means you can keep control of the process within the company, and not have to give information to an external source, and it also alleviates the high costs of outsourcing to an accountant or payroll bureau.

    However, with processing in house comes a number of disadvantages. Do you have the software resources or will you need to invest in keeping the process in-house? It can be very costly and time consuming to research the different software solutions available to choose from, not to mention the high costs charged by many software providers.

    You also need to make sure you have the staff resources. Due to the number of additional tasks that come with AE, there is an increased workload that you need to consider.

    Finally, you may not have the experience and expertise required for managing it in-house. AE is very complex and researching all the rules and regulations is very time consuming. Because of the lack of experience, there is also a higher risk of non-compliance.


    Outsourcing

    When we look at outsourcing Auto Enrolment to an accountant or payroll bureau, the advantages and disadvantages are reversed.

    The auto enrolment process will be managed by a professional with experience and know how, which reduces the risk of non-compliance. It also means that you have a reduced workload, and do not need to spend time and money investing in both software and staff resources.

    However, you do lose control of the process and employee information to an external source, for a high fee.


    Processing In-House v's Outsourcing

    You need to analyse both the advantage and disadvantages of managing payroll in-house and outsourcing it to a professional.

    You need to decide which option will benefit your company the most.

    Whether you are processing auto enrolment in-house or outsourcing to a professional, make sure that suitable software is being used.

    Join BrightPay for Auto Enrolment Training for Employers where we will be joined by John Hale from NEST. More information and full agenda is available here.

    Written by Karen Bennett | BrightPay payroll & auto enrolment software
  • Auto Enrolment: What records & reports need to be kept? Feb 19, 2016

    After an employer’s staging date, they must keep certain records on aspects of their compliance with the new duties. Employers must preserve these records and produce them to the regulator, if requested.

    By law, there are two different types of records that an employer must keep. These are:

    • Records about jobholders and workers: eg name, National Insurance number, opt-in notice and joining notice

    • Records about the pension scheme: eg employer pension scheme reference and scheme name and address.
    Most of these records must be kept for a minimum of six years, with the exception of those relating to opt-outs, which must be kept for four years.


    Some payroll software packages allow flexible reporting which is a very useful feature. Within your payroll software, you should be able to customise reports, choosing the information you want see. You should then have the ability to save it as a template, save favourite reports, and open multiple reports side-by-side.

    Join BrightPay for Auto Enrolment Training for Employers where we will be joined by John Hale from NEST. More information and full agenda is available here.

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    Written by Karen Bennett | BrightPay Payroll & Auto Enrolment software
  • Auto Enrolment Checklist to ensure you have Automatic Enrolment Covered Feb 2, 2016

    With the introduction of auto enrolment (AE), employers will want to ensure that the payroll process is smooth, uncomplicated and have minimum impact on the day-to-day running of their business.

    Join BrightPay for our step-by-step webinar that has been specifically designed to help employers understand the processes involved in completing their automatic enrolment (AE) duties. Every employer with at least one member of staff now has new duties, including enrolling those who are eligible into a workplace pension scheme and contributing towards it. This is called automatic enrolment.

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    Guest Speaker: NEST - Helping make auto enrolment work for you

    NEST has been set up by the government especially for auto enrolment. We’re here to make sure that every employer has access to a workplace pension scheme that meets the requirements of the new pension rules. But we do more than just meet the regulatory minimum.

    John Hale from NEST will explain why you should choose NEST as your AE scheme while demonstrating the benefits of the high-quality features. The webinar will show you how to set up a scheme with NEST and reveal what employers need to be aware of on an ongoing basis.

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