Blog entries by Karen Bennett

  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...