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BrightPay Blog

Mar 2018


The ins and outs of PAYE Modernisation

The objective of PAYE modernisation is to deliver Real Time Information (RTI) so that Revenue, employers and employees have up-to-date information relating to tax deductions and pay. This will improve the transparency and understanding of the PAYE system for all stakeholders. For example, this will ensure that the right tax deduction is made at the right time from the right employees and that employers pay over the correct tax deduction and contribution for every employee.

SMART PAYE sets out the key design principles of the project. The project will meet its objectives while also ensuring the benefits to all stakeholders by working to these principles.

What are the benefits?

For Revenue:

  • Statutory in-year returns
  • Making compliance easier
  • Accurate up-to-date income details
  • Reduced customer contacts
  • Timely targeted interventions

For an Employer:

  • Seamless integration into payroll
  • Minimise employer cost to comply
  • Abolition of P30s, P45s, P60s and end of year returns
  • Right tax paid on current due dates
  • Time savings

For an Employee:

  • Simplified online services
  • Maximise use of entitlements
  • Automatic end of year review
  • Real time accurate data
  • Transparency

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Mar 2018


St. Patrick's Day 2018 - Employers; is it Saturday 17th or Monday 19th?

This year St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday, leaving many businesses confused as to how the benefit for St. Patrick’s Day should be given. We’ve clarified what you need to know here:

Monday 19th March 2018 may be a Bank Holiday, in that the banks are closed, but it is a normal working day and not a Public Holiday, Saturday 17th is the Public Holiday. Many businesses that operate Monday to Friday will honour Monday 19th as the holiday and close that day, but this is not a mandatory requirement. It is a requirement that full-time employees, and eligible part-time employees, are given their public holiday statutory entitlement for Saturday 17th March.

What is the Statutory Entitlement?

An employee is entitled to their employer’s choice of the following in respect of a public holiday:

  • A paid day off on that day
  • A paid day off within a month of that day
  • An additional day of annual leave
  • An additional day’s pay

Open for business on 17th March & 19th March?

Businesses that are open for business on Saturday 17th March should treat Saturday 17th March as the Public Holiday. Employees who are scheduled to work on that day should receive one of the last three options above. Employees who are not scheduled to work on 17th March may receive any of the four options. In this situation, there will be no further requirement to offer an additional benefit on Monday 19th March, this will be seen as a regular day.

Mar 2018


Less than 3 months to go: Are you prepared for GDPR?

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be implemented in Ireland in May 2018 with the aim of protecting all EU citizens from privacy and data breaches in an increasingly data driven world.

Unfortunately, many employers do not realise that 25th May 2018 is a deadline as opposed to a start date. It is important that all employers are ready and GDPR compliant by this date, with potential fines for breaches as high as €20 million or 4% of global turnover.

All employers process large amounts of personal data, especially when it comes to their customers and their employees. Consequently, the GDPR will impact most if not all areas of the business and the impact it will have cannot be overstated.

Organisations need to act now to prepare for the potential changes to their systems and procedures. The introduction of GDPR is just three months away, and by now all businesses should be taking action.

As part of our own preparation, we need your help. After 25th May 2018, we will not be able to email you about webinar events, special offers, legislation changes, payroll related news and other group products without you subscribing to our mailing list. You will be able to unsubscribe at anytime.

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Free Webinar: GDPR for your Payroll Bureau

BrightPay by Thesaurus Software is hosting a free webinar on 8th March to help payroll bureaus prepare for GDPR. In this webinar, we will peel back the legislation to outline clearly:

  • What is GDPR and why is it being implemented?
  • Why employers need to take it seriously
  • How it will impact payroll bureaus
  • How to prepare for GDPR
  • How we are working to help you

Places are limited - book your place now!


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Posted byRachel HynesinPAYE ModernisationPayroll Software

Mar 2018


Bad Weather equals staffing headaches – what can be done?

With the recent bad weather, many businesses across the country have been forced to close or get by with skeleton staff. The question now on most employer’s minds is do they have to pay staff who are unable to come into work, whether because of workplace closure or inability to travel.


There is no legal obligation on employers to pay their employees if the business was forced to close due to extreme weather conditions or if employees were unable to travel to work due to bad weather. However, it is important to be aware of any custom and practice in the organisation or contractual clause, which may override this position.

The general advice to employers is to be as flexible as possible. The handling of bad weather and travel disruption can be a real opportunity for an employer to boost staff morale and show yourself as an all round fair employer. Possible considerations might include:

  • Can you be flexible with regard to working hours or working patterns?
  • Is it possible for employees to work from home or even at a different location?
  • Would it be possible for the employee to work back the time missed at a later date?
  • Rather than deducting pay for time missed you could offer that the employee take annual leave for the time. Whilst offering this as a solution is recommended, enforcing it without the agreement of the employee would not be best practice. 

A company policy on absence due to inclement weather should address the situation where employees are unable to attend work, due to weather-related circumstances. Having such a policy should also mean there is much less scope for confusion and disagreement.

An Inclement Weather policy is available within the Optional Sections of the Bright Contracts Handbook.

Feb 2018


Getting Ready for PAYE Modernisation

January 2019 will see the introduction of PAYE Modernisation - the most significant reform of the Irish PAYE system since its introduction in 1960. This new system will mean that employees’ pay and deductions will need to be reported to Revenue in real time.

PAYE Modernisation will be operational for all employee payments being made from 1st January 2019 and will make it easier for Revenue, employers and employees to ensure that the right tax is deducted and paid at the right time.

As a result, employers and payroll bureaus will need to review their current business processes and practices in order for the new requirements to be met.

Free PAYE Modernisation Webinars

To help with the rollout of PAYE Modernisation, BrightPay by Thesaurus Software have teamed up with Revenue to bring you free online training webinars. These webinars are designed for employers and payroll bureaus to discuss what PAYE Modernisation will mean for your business and to help you prepare for the transition to the new system.

Our next PAYE Modernisation webinars take place in March and are free to attend. Guest speakers include Sinead Sweeney (Revenue) and Sandra Clarke (Irish Tax Institute).

If you are unable to attend the webinar at the specified time, simply register and we will send you the recording afterwards.

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Posted byRachel HynesinEventsPAYE Modernisation

Feb 2018


Free Webinar: Irish Employment Law Overview

As busy employers it can be difficult to keep up-to-date with the constant changes in employment law.

Bright Contracts by Thesaurus Software is hosting a free employment law webinar on Thursday 22nd February. Our employment law experts will discuss what is new in employment law, recent Workplace Relations Commission cases and have a look at the most frequently asked questions that come through our support line.


  • Employment Law - What’s new?
  • Recent WRC cases
  • FAQs from our support line
  • Bright Contracts: A simple solution

Places are limited - book your place now!!

If you are unable to attend the webinar at the specified time, simply register and we will send you the recording afterwards.

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Posted byRachel HynesinBright Contracts NewsContract of employmentEmployee Records

Feb 2018


The benefits of offering cloud payroll services

Accounting firms and payroll bureaus are increasingly moving into the cloud to offer clients a more flexible and streamlined payroll and HR service. Many believe that payroll isn’t a profitable service due to the complexity of the work, the manual administrative time required and the increasing number of mistakes when it comes to recording employee leave.


The actual process of running payroll is straightforward enough due to easy to use features in your payroll software. But what about the administrative payroll and HR related tasks such as processing & sending payslips, managing & recording employee leave, retrieving lost payslips, backing up your payroll data, sending payroll reports to clients and updating employee records? All of these tasks can take a considerable amount of managerial time to process and correct especially where errors have occurred.


The payroll landscape is changing and many payroll bureaus are offering clients a higher level of cloud HR functionality that automates otherwise time consuming tasks. Online access to payroll information for your clients and their employees offers significant benefits for today's bureau which can streamline many workforce management tasks.


Cloud Backup

Storing payroll information and data protection continues to be a challenge for payroll bureaus. With a cloud backup tool you will never lose your payroll data again. You don’t need to worry about backing up your payroll data. Where your payroll software is integrated with the cloud, your payroll data can be synchronised to the cloud whilst maintaining a chronological history of your backups. You can restore or download any of the backups to your PC at any time.


Eliminate Paper & Postage Processing

The concept of paper payslips that need to be downloaded and emailed or printed and enveloped and then posted is an outdated process. More and more employees want their payslips to be accessible and securely stored online. Payslips and other payroll related documents such as P60s, P45s and employment contracts can be easily accessible on an employee self-service online portal. With the cloud, payroll bureaus can avoid spending time printing, emailing and resending lost documents to employees. An online employee self-service option allows employees to view current and historic payslips and access all employee HR documents.


24/7 Online Accessibility

A cloud client and employee dashboard provides 24/7 flexibility and control of payroll information. Clients can access all employees’ payslips, payroll reports, amounts due to Revenue, employee contact details and can even approve annual leave requests. Employees can access their self-service portal on their computer or via their smartphones to view and access payslips and easily submit holiday requests.

Increased Bureau Productivity

Cloud functionality allows for many payroll related tasks to be synchronized with your payroll software. Payroll bureaus radically save time as they no longer need to send payslips to employees, send payroll reports to clients, resend lost payslips, look up holiday leave remaining for employees or manually process and record employee leave on the payroll software.

Annual Leave Management Tool

Annual leave requests can be approved in the cloud where clients can view a company-wide online calendar to easily approve leave while managing staff availability for their business. Employees can benefit as a cloud portal will calculate accurate leave balances in real time. HR managers or supervisors can be given access to approve holiday requests, without having access to view the payroll information.


Full integration with payroll software

Payroll software systems that offer full integration with the cloud is a must. Integrated payroll and cloud systems enables users to share and synchronise payroll data in real time. An online dashboard can link to clients payroll data that is saved on your payroll software ensuring all information is current and correct.

Embrace cloud payroll functionality

Using the cloud to automate many daily payroll and HR related tasks will improve efficiencies for payroll bureaus, employers/clients and their employees. BrightPay Connect is one such cloud solution that fully integrates with BrightPay Payroll offering:

  • Cloud backup
  • Bureau / client online dashboard
  • Online payroll reporting
  • Employee self-service
  • Online leave management 
  • Safely store HR documents online
  • Update employee details
  • Affordability with discounts for multiple purchases
  • Easy of Use


Book a demo to see how BrightPay Connect can improve your payroll service and improve your profits.



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Posted byKaren BennettinEmployee Self ServiceNew FeaturesPayroll

Feb 2018


PAYE Modernisation - Why it’s the SMART choice.

The current PAYE system is changing. The new system will be known as ‘PAYE Modernisation’. This change will be the biggest to hit PAYE since it was introduced almost 60 years ago. PAYE Modernisation will affect every business across the country. Instead of submitting an annual P35, employers will now have to calculate and report their employee’s pay and deductions as they are being paid.

PAYE Modernisation will no doubt be a huge change for employers but ultimately, employers will see a benefit from the change. Here are some of the key benefits employers can expect to see from PAYE Modernisation


  • Seamless integration into payroll.
  • Minimize employer cost to comply.
  • Abolition of P30s, P45s, P60s and end of year returns.
  • Right tax paid on current due dates.
  • Time savings.


We already have the relevant experience to ensure that PAYE Modernisation will be a seamless process for employers. In our BrightPay UK payroll software, we implemented what’s called RTI or Real Time Information which is a similar concept to PAYE Modernisation. Book a demo today to see what PAYE Modernisation will look like on your payroll software.



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Posted byCailin ReillyinPAYEPAYE Modernisation

Feb 2018


BrightPay Customer Update - February 2018

PAYE Modernisation is coming…. Are you ready?

The Irish PAYE system is currently undergoing a massive overhaul, with new changes being implemented from 1st January 2019. This is called PAYE Modernisation. The existing system was introduced nearly 60 years ago and so this update is long overdue. What do you need to do to prepare for this new system?

Employer Webinar (27th March) | Bureau Webinar (28th March)

Increase to Minimum Wage from January 2018

The National Minimum Wage for an experienced adult worker has now increased to €9.55 per hour from January 1st 2018. This is the third year in a row that the National Minimum Wage has been increased but this is by far the largest with an increase of .30c.

Find out more

Is it discrimination to top up Maternity Benefit but not Paternity Benefit?

September 2016 saw the introduction of Paternity Leave, that for the first time ever allowed fathers/partners to take two weeks paid leave on the birth of a child/placement of a child for adoption. The question then arose that if by topping up Maternity Benefit, would an employer by default have to top up Paternity Benefit?

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Keep your payroll data secure with BrightPay Connect

With BrightPay Connect, you don't need to worry about manually backing up your payroll data. The add-on will automatically and securely backup your payroll information each pay period ensuring that you never lose your payroll data. This also protects the payroll data against ransomware and similar threats.

Find out more | Book a demo

Introducing…. New Features for BrightPay 2018

BrightPay 2018 is now available to download with a number of exciting new features. This year, we have introduced a payroll journal export to accounting packages, including nominal ledger mappings to Sage, Xero and Quickbooks.

Find out more | Book a demo

Automatic Enrolment - Mandatory Pension Reform for Ireland

The Irish Government aims to bring in an automatic enrolment system where all employers would enrol their employees into a workplace pension scheme. All employers are likely to have certain mandatory duties to complete, including choosing a suitable pension scheme, informing employees about their rights and making an employer contribution to each employee’s pension pot.

Find out more

Free Webinar: GDPR for Payroll Bureaus

The countdown is on!! The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25th May 2018, however this date is a deadline as opposed to a starting point. With hefty non-compliance fines, it is important to make sure you are prepared. Register now for our free, CPD accredited webinar which takes place on 8th March.

Book your place now

BrightPay Newsletter - Are you missing out?

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Posted byRachel HynesinCustomer Update

Jan 2018


How will PAYE Modernisation affect your payroll bureau? Only 10 Places Left!!!

Revenue are joining Thesaurus Software for a series of free, CPD accredited webinars detailing what you need to know about PAYE Modernisation.


How will PAYE Modernisation affect your payroll bureau?

There are just 10 places left for our next webinar which takes place this Thursday! With almost 1,000 accountants and payroll bureaus already registered, this is your last chance to register. 


  • An introduction to PAYE Modernisation including recent changes
  • What direct effect will this have on employers?
  • What direct effect will this have on employees?
  • What are the possible downsides for employers?
  • Revenue’s delivery schedule 
  • The role out of PAYE Modernisation in the UK
  • Processing manually or using payroll software?
  • The letter of engagement
  • How will PAYE Modernisation affect your payroll service
  • Communicating these changes to your clients. 

Don’t miss out - book your place now!!


Payroll Bureaus: Getting Ready for PAYE Modernisation
The next webinar in the series takes place in March where there will be a key focus on what payroll bureaus need to do to prepare for PAYE Modernisation.

Find out more | Register now


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