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:

Details of how to manually calculate furlough payments are available here

Additional guidance has been produced to support with recent customer queries including:

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

Other Changes

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

Apply for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Government - Support for large businesses

Apply for the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Apply for the COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility

Because some elements of business support are devolved, the measures you can access may differ if your business is in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

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