COVID-19: Information for Payroll Professionals
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak in the UK, there have been a range of measures introduced by the Government and HMRC which have a direct impact on payroll.
IRIS is continually working to keep our customers updated with the latest advice and guidance on handling the changes, including the implementation of new features in our software.
We understand that it may be difficult to digest all the information out there, know which sources can be trusted, and at the same time, keep abreast of the most recent guidance.
Our experts at IRIS are constantly updating this page to help and advice to support you, the payroll professionals.
Furloughed Employees and the Job Retention Scheme
On 20th April, the Government launched the portal for submitting claims for furlough payments under the Job Retention Scheme. The portal is accessible here
Several guides and helpful documents have been produced by IRIS to help with calculating and submitting claims. Guides for processing furlough payments within our payroll software are available here:
- Earnie IQ
- IRIS Bureau Payroll
- IRIS GP Payroll
- IRIS PAYE-Master
- IRIS Payroll Business
- IRIS Payroll Professional
Details of how to manually calculate furlough payments are available here
Additional guidance has been produced to support with recent customer queries including:
- Calculating salary sacrifice pension contributions for Job Retention Scheme claims
- Correcting mistakes with furlough calculations
- IRIS Job Retention Scheme Reclaim Calculations and Rounding
Changes to Statutory Sick Pay
On 4th March the Government announced temporary changes to the rules regarding Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) to help with those suffering from Covid-19.
The change removed the need for ‘waiting days’ and allows employees to receive SSP from their first day of sickness. Further details, including how to manage this in our payroll products, are available here
The Government also made a last-minute change to Off-Payroll Working, delaying its introduction until April 2021. Further details are available here.
Free Covid-19 Webinar
For guidance on all the changes introduced for Covid-19, register for one of our free webinars covering:
- Latest updates and news from Parliament and the Government
- New practices to follow within your payroll software, such as how to process SSP for the zero waiting days methodology
- Updated HR advice and guidance such as working from home best practices or how to carry on with recruitment
- Rules and best practices for self-isolation using technology to enhance your working from home requirements
- Tips on home working
To check dates/times and register for free, click here.
Other Sources of information
Government - Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme up and running
Government - Coronavirus (Covid-19): Guidance on Job Retention Scheme
Government - Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme calculator
Government - Suspending Direct Earnings Attachments(DEAs)
Government - Support for small and medium-sized businesses
Government - Support for large businesses
ACAS - Coronavirus: advice for employers and employees
The Pension Regulator - COVID-19: what you need to consider
The Pension Regulator - COVID-19 guidance for employers
The Pension Regulator - COVID-19 technical guidance for large employers