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May 5, 2021

What are the risks of payroll outsourcing?

Outsourcing your payroll, just like outsourcing anything in your business, does come with an element of risk. And not necessarily a fun kind of risk, like karaoke, blind dates, or opening a packet of ham that’s been in your fridge for a while. That being said, a small amount of risk can lead to great rewards - whether that’s a streamlined payroll experience or a delicious sandwich. We’ll walk you through the 7 most common perils of moving your payroll function from in-house to managed.…

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payroll professional considering the risks of payroll outsourcing
May 4, 2021

Outsourcing payroll for small businesses 

Timely, accurate payroll delivery is arguably one of the most fundamental parts of your business. Payroll has a key role to play in maintaining morale, productivity and trust. Issues small businesses may face with their payroll Unfortunately, in-house payroll functions are as reliable as the people doing the work. There's always a risk you may lose one of your key members of staff that do your payroll and they take all that knowledge with them. If this happens you could find it extremely difficult to…

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small business owner looking for payroll outsourcing for small businesses
May 3, 2021

The secret to delivering a great employee experience

How to keep employees engaged has always been a hot topic among HR professionals. But what if we were to tell you that a lot of businesses are doing it all wrong? Everyone knows by now that creating a happy workforce leads to more successful recruitment, retention, and productivity levels, which saves your business money. You hear of more and more of extravagant initiatives that employers are implementing to get their employees excited about working for them. From the humble Christmas party, to (paid) designated…

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how to give a great employee experience through payroll compliance
May 3, 2021

Your checklist for data that should pull from HR to Payroll

Payroll and HR, Bonnie and Clyde, Beyoncé and Jay-Z. You simply can’t have one without the other! Whether your payroll sits within the HR team, finance, or you have a separate dedicated team altogether, the two are always intricately linked. And having data accurately pull from one to the other is essential for accurate payroll processing and HR processes. How to transfer data? There are a few ways you can get data from your payroll and HR - namely carrier pigeon, letter and smoke signals.…

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Your checklist for data that should pull from HR to Payroll
May 1, 2021

What you’ll need to kick-start using APIs in payroll

Thinking about setting up an API integration to connect your payroll to other systems? Here’s what you need to know to get APIs to work for you. Why use APIs in the first place? It's common knowledge that different providers have different specialities and strengths. For example, if you go to a craft beer pub, although the mango IPA is delightful, chances are the wine might not be so great. It’s a given! (And we’ve tried it, believe us.) Likewise, a company that focuses on…

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What you’ll need to kick-start using APIs in payroll
April 28, 2021

The legislation that protects transgender employees

Diversity and inclusion is quickly climbing the business agenda. Something to consider is how you can better support employees with gender dysphoria, as well as transitioning and transgender employees. What is the legislation that protects transgender employees? What are your obligations as an employer? And what does best practice look like? Keep reading to find out. Gender discrimination Gender discrimination is on the rise, according to the World Economic Forum, the UK is slipping further down the global index. The UK was previously 15th and…

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transgender employees
April 27, 2021

Case law | Recent development in equal pay for Asda employees

The Supreme Court handed down its long-awaited judgment on Friday 26 March 2021. The ET, EAT and Court of Appeal had decided that the relevant employees (retail workers) were entitled to compare themselves with distribution employees in other establishments under section 79(4)(c) of the Equality Act 2010 (and section 1(6) of the Equal Pay Act 1970 as regards earlier periods). Underhill LJ, hearing the case at the Court of Appeal, said that the preliminary issue here (i.e. were they able to use the distribution employees…

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Equal Pay for Asda Employees
April 26, 2021

Case law | Sleep-in shifts: what hours count for the National Minimum Wage?

This case concerns the appropriate rate of pay for a worker when completing a ‘sleep-in’ shift and being on-call for the purposes of the National Minimum Wage Regulations 2015 (‘NMW’). The Facts Mrs Tomlinson-Blake was a care support worker employed by the Royal Mencap Society. In addition to her day care duties - for which she received a salary (salaried hours work), she did sleep-in shifts working specific hours receiving a flat rate allowance of £22.35 plus one hours pay of £6.70 (time work). She was…

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supreme court ruling sleep-in shifts
April 26, 2021

How to calculate employees’ pensionable earnings

We know that, as an employer, by law we must contribute to our employees’ pension. But what are pensionable earnings? And how do we calculate them? As an employer, you must now legally auto enrol your employees into your workplace pension scheme. Contributions must hit minimum contributions to be legally compliant and will reflect figures known as ‘pensionable earnings’ or ‘pensionable pay’. How do I calculate pensionable pay? Like with many things, there is more than one way to skin a cat. Pensionable pay can…

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how to calculate pensionable earnings
April 24, 2021

5 ways to get your people managers to approve holidays requests – fast!

Do your managers have holiday requests collecting dust in their inboxes, paper requests being used as coasters, and unaccounted for leave in their team? Driving people managers to quickly approve holiday requests can be challenging, but if not managed correctly it can lead to poorly managed rotas, staffing issues and disengaged employees. Check out our five top tips for streamlining the approval process and getting holiday requests processed in a jiffy. 1. Invest in software It’s time. Time to step away from paper and pen.…

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approving holiday requests