Blog entries by Karen Bennett

  1. Annual leave management is an important role within human resources. It goes without saying that the larger the business, the more time must be spent on dealing with annual leave requests, updating company calendars, and ensuring that any leave is reflected in the payroll for the current pay...
  2. At the beginning of lockdown the best bit of news anyone received, after mounting job uncertainty, was the introduction of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, (or furlough scheme to the layman). The scheme was praised by many (myself included, and I am not easily impressed - ask my boyfriend)...
  3. It’s rare that we get good news nowadays. The last time I felt overjoyed by anything was when McDonald’s opened their doors again. Three months, lots of HMRC payroll updates and 10lbs later, the joy has subsided. But recently we were gifted with some brilliant news: if you have been required to...
  4. At BrightPay, we take customer satisfaction very seriously. We know that when you purchase your license and use BrightPay, we need to provide more than just great payroll software. Our customer support is absolutely fundamental to our success and to the growth of BrightPay in the UK. It's why so...
  5. Payroll is the life-blood of any business. Employees expect, and rightly so, to be paid accurately and on time, every single time. If your staff are having consistent issues with their payslips, it’s only a matter of time before it begins to affect employee satisfaction, productivity and,...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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,...
  15. 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...