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

Update: 10th July 2020

HMRC have made further changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. We have added
further functionality to the software to assist you with the changes. The changes include up and
coming reductions to the reclaim values.

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:

CJRS Important Dates

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been subject to numerous changes; the following document will try and summarise some of those that are upcoming.

PLEASE NOTE: The document above has now been updated to reflect the additional guidance published by HMRC on the 9th June 2020.

For further, software specific information, please follow the links below:

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.

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