May 2022

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BrightPay Customer Update: May 2022

Welcome to BrightPay's May update. Our most important news this month include:


Free webinar: Broaden your service offering like never before [bureaus]

Tedious payroll tasks such as backing up data, annual leave management and payslip distribution can now be more efficient, thanks to cloud technology. In our upcoming webinar, we’ll be discussing how you can use this technology to automate your workflow, broaden your service offering to clients, and most importantly, increase profits.


Free webinar: Streamline your payroll workflow like never before [employers]

As a busy employer, tedious payroll and HR tasks can now be a thing of the past, thanks to cloud technology. Discover how you can automatically back up your data, breeze through annual leave requests and streamline employee communications, in our upcoming webinar this month.


Impress employees with an employee self-service app

Improve employee satisfaction and workplace communications with an employee self-service app. The benefits?

  • A payslip hub where employees can access their entire payslip history, at the tap of a button.
  • Employees can update their personal details, automatically syncing with the payroll software.
  • Employees can request annual leave through the in-app company calendar.

It’s time for your bureau to harness the power of cloud technology 

Cloud technology brings your bureau to the next level. Not only does it make it easier to grow your practice by increasing your service offering, but it also saves you money and improves your time efficiency. Learn how to harness the power of cloud technology for your bureau in the free guide below. 


Streamline time-consuming payroll and HR tasks 

Cloud technology has completely transformed how employers process payroll. This includes streamlining tedious manual tasks such as payslip distribution and annual leave management. Download the guide below to learn how cloud platforms supercharge your payroll workflow today.


Integrate with Surf Accounts for a smoother and easier workflow 

Send your payroll figures directly to the general ledger in Surf Accounts thanks to the power of API technology. This allows both software to communicate with one another, providing you with a smooth and seamless payroll workflow. Save time, hassle, and unnecessary workloads. Click the links below to register for our upcoming webinar and to learn more about how this integration works.


Have you heard the latest news on Auto Enrolment? 

Last month, there was an update in the Dáil about Automatic Enrolment, with the system to be set up by 2023 and enrolments to begin as early as 2024. It's important as a business owner to stay ahead of the curve and start preparing for automatic enrolment now. Here’s everything you need to know so far: 

 

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Apr 2022

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BrightPay Customer Update: April 2022

Welcome to BrightPay's April update. Our most important news this month include:


Keep your payroll data safe from harm's way  

Whether you manually back up your payroll data or don’t back up your data at all, it’s important to consider the risks involved. With BrightPay Connect, your clients' payroll data is automatically backed up to the cloud every 15 minutes, with a chronological history of these backups kept for you to restore at any time.  


Free Webinar: Increase your business’ efficiency with flexible same-day payments

Our integration with direct payments platform Modulr, offers you the flexibility to schedule payments in advance and make same-day payments when processed before 2 pm. Join our upcoming webinar on 7th April to find out more about Modulr and how to offer payments as a service to your clients. 


Make your payroll bureau stand out

In a world where customers have infinite choices, it’s important to stand out from the crowd. There are many factors which employers take into consideration when outsourcing their payroll to an accountant, such as security, compliance and reliability. In this guide, we examine the impact that cloud platforms have on these factors, and how you can differentiate yourself in the industry.  


Supercharge your payroll workflow

From automatic data backups and annual leave management to employer dashboards and employee apps – cloud platforms can enhance your entire payroll workflow. Discover how by downloading our free guide.


5 payroll mistakes to avoid

Mistakes happen – whether it’s due to human error, non-compliance or untrained staff. In our recent blog post, we go through five common mistakes to avoid when running payroll, along with two solutions to prevent these mistakes from happening again. 

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Mar 2022

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BrightPay Customer Update: March 2022

Welcome to BrightPay's March update. Our most important news this month include:


Additional public holiday in Ireland 

The extra once-off public holiday on 18th March 2022 was brought in to recognise the efforts of the public and in remembrance of those who lost their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that employees are entitled to an additional day’s paid leave. 


Upcoming webinars you don’t want to miss 

 Connecting payroll and payments with Modulr

Register for our upcoming joint webinar with Modulr on 10th March to discover how you can make payments to employees from within BrightPay.

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BrightPay’s integration with Surf Accounts: How it works 

Join our upcoming webinar on 23rd March at 11.00 am where we discuss BrightPay's new API integration with Surf Accounts. 

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Make your payroll bureau stand out

In a world where customers have infinite choices, it’s important to stand out from the crowd. This guide will showcase ways that you can grow your practice while saving money, time, and improving efficiency. 


Supercharge your payroll and HR processes

Your payroll and HR processes can be more integrated thanks to cloud technology. This guide will showcase six ways that cloud platforms enable employers to work more efficiently, by streamlining administrative processes and delegating manual tasks to their employees. 


BrightPay & Relate Software Merger - 6 Months On 

In September we announced that we have joined forces with Relate Software. Over the past six months, we have been working hard to merge both companies into one, and we are now jointly operating as Bright Software Group. By operating as Bright, we have access to additional resources to improve the services and support we provide to our customers.

There are no changes to the functionality of the software or the support you may receive from our team. 


New bill for remote working  

The government wants to introduce legislation that will underpin employees’ right to request remote work. BrightPay, in tandem with BrightPay Connect, will allow for completely seamless “working from home” functionality, where there are multiple individuals who work on or require access to the same employer files. 

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Feb 2022

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BrightPay Customer Update: February 2022

Welcome to BrightPay's February update. Our most important news this month include:


Webinar: Updated EWSS guidance  

Register for our upcoming webinar on 4th February at 2.00 pm where we will be joined by guest speakers from the Revenue Commissioners to discuss the upcoming changes to the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) which will take effect on 1st February 2022.


Integrate with Surf Accounts 

BrightPay’s latest API integration with Surf Accounts allows both the payroll software and the accounting software to directly communicate with each other to upload the payroll journal seamlessly. This eliminates the need to manually export and import the file, ensuring no manual data entry errors occur.


Protect your business from data loss  

It is essential that you backup your payroll data to protect your business, your clients, and their employees. Backups protect against hardware failure, virus attacks, natural disasters, and human error. BrightPay Connect will automatically backup your payroll data to a secure server every 15 minutes. 


Pay employees through BrightPay 

Get greater flexibility when paying employees with BrightPay’s payments partner, Modulr. Schedule payments in advance or make last-minute changes at the click of a button as you can make same-day payments when processed before 2 pm.


Keep up to date with us 

In 2021 we hired 40 fantastic employees and we are looking to hire more. Follow Thesaurus Software on LinkedIn to keep up to date on company news, industry insights, and all our latest job postings. 

Posted byHolly McHughinCustomer Update


Jan 2022

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BrightPay Customer Update: January 2022

Welcome to BrightPay's January update. Our most important news this month include:


5 ways to boost the efficiency of your payroll process      

Boost the efficiency of your payroll process by using cloud technology. BrightPay Connect enables your HR and payroll processes to be more streamlined than ever before. Join our webinar to find out how your business can benefit.


How to make a profit while streamlining your payroll services 

Kick-off the new year by aligning your payroll software around key goals that will help propel your company into the future! By introducing cloud technology to your payroll, such as BrightPay Connect, your payroll and HR processes can be more streamlined than ever before.


BrightPay seamlessly integrates with Surf Accounts 

Using API technology, BrightPay will produce the payroll journal in a file format that is unique to Surf Accounts. This allows users to easily send their payroll figures into their general ledger at the click of a button and avoid any manual processing errors.


2022 is the year of the payroll app 

An employee app has many benefits, including improving employee engagement and reducing admin work for employers. BrightPay Connect gives employees access to their payslip library 24/7, the ability to request annual leave, and update personal details. Book a 15-minute online demo to see for yourself.


Transform your payroll this year with digital banking 

BrightPay users now have access to Modulr, the payments platform behind banking app Revolut, to pay employees. Having an integrated system between the payroll software and the digital finance platform can offer a smoother, more efficient payroll workflow each pay period.

Posted byHolly McHughinCustomer Update


Dec 2021

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BrightPay Customer Update: December 2021

Welcome to BrightPay's December update. Our most important news this month include:


Time to renew your 2022 payroll licence

The quickest and easiest way to purchase your 2022 licence is online. The order process is straightforward and takes approximately 3 minutes to complete. Once your order is complete, you will receive your invoice along with your licence key which you will need to activate your 2022 licence.

Please note: BrightPay 2022 has not been released yet. We will send you another email once the software is available to download and install. The estimated release date is mid-December.


No annual leave headaches this Christmas  

Trying to accommodate staff leave over the Christmas period can be stressful as it's a very busy time for leave requests. BrightPay Connect's annual leave management tool will ensure managing staff holidays over the Christmas period is a stress-free experience for everyone.


Your holiday payroll guide covered 

It’s coming close to the end-of-year madness, and as payroll processors, you’re likely to be particularly busy in the lead-up to Christmas. Read our tips on managing the annual leave requests, Christmas bonuses, and holiday pay in our latest blog.


5 payroll resolutions for January 2022 

With the new year approaching, now is the perfect time to reflect on your business’s past year and decide what you want to do differently for 2022 to grow the success of your business. Here are five payroll resolutions that you could take on for 2022.


Free Webinar: Pay employees through BrightPay  

BrightPay have recently partnered with Modulr, the payments platform, to enable the ability to pay employees directly through BrightPay with same-day payments and without the need to create bank payment files. Register for our upcoming webinar on 9th December.

Posted byHolly McHughinCustomer Update


Nov 2021

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BrightPay Customer Update: November 2021

Welcome to BrightPay's November update. Our most important news this month include:


New: Pay Employees through BrightPay

BrightPay is excited to introduce our latest integration with the payments platform, Modulr. This integration will give you a fast, secure and easy way to pay employees through BrightPay without the need to create bank files. Join our free webinar to find out how it works.


What to Include in a Hybrid Working Policy 

Having hybrid working policies and agreements in place is essential when returning employees to the office and agreeing on a split between working remotely and working in the office. Book a demo of Bright Contracts to see how they can help your business today.


Next Generation Payroll Trends for Accountants 

In today’s world, payroll can (and should) be profitable for accountants. Join our upcoming webinar where we explore various ways that accountants can automate payroll processes and become more efficient.


The App that Every Business should be using 

Give employees more control with BrightPay Connect’s employee self-service app. Employees can view their payslips and HR documents, request annual leave and view their leave balance taken and remaining and can even update their personal details. Book a free 15-minute demo to find out more.


The Year that was: 2021 in Review 

2021 was a year of both personal and business challenges. COVID-19 changed life as we knew it and resulted in a lot of changes being made worldwide. New policies were introduced, people's places of work changed as well as a number of other adjustments.

Join Bright Contracts for a look back at 2021 where we detail all the employment law changes that were made and a look forward as to what the year 2022 will bring.

Posted byHolly McHughinCustomer Update


Oct 2021

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BrightPay Customer Update: October 2021

Welcome to BrightPay's October update. Our most important news this month include:


EWSS eligibility rules and rates for October

Revenue have announced that the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) eligibility rules and rates will remain unchanged for the month of October 2021.


5 ways to boost the efficiency of your payroll process (for employers)

Join our upcoming webinar on 20th October where we discuss practical ways you can streamline payroll and HR processes within your business using cloud technology.


6 tips for payroll success while making a profit (for bureaus)

Join our upcoming webinar on 7th October where we discuss practical ways you can streamline payroll and HR processes in your practice using cloud technology while making a profit.


Set up BrightPay for multiple users 

Each BrightPay licence key can be installed and activated on up to 10 PCs. If shared access is required, the data location can be set to your server or cloud environment.


Let’s talk about family leave 

Join our sister product Bright Contracts for their free webinar on 19th October about all things family leave related. From Maternity Leave to Parent’s Leave, Bright Contracts gives you all of the information about entitlements and pay that employers need to know.


A step closer to Sustainability  

Earlier this year at Thesaurus Software we formed a ‘Green Team’ that will identify and implement opportunities that can improve the sustainability of our company. Follow us on our journey to keep up with our latest projects.

Posted byHolly McHughinCustomer Update


Sep 2021

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BrightPay Customer Update: September 2021

Welcome to BrightPay's September update. Our most important news this month include:


Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) changes in October

Join BrightPay for a free webinar on 30th September where we will be joined by representatives from the Revenue Commissioners to discuss upcoming changes to the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme in October.


A video message from Paul, CEO of Thesaurus Software  

Watch a short video where Paul talks about how our add-on product BrightPay Connect can reduce your stress and perhaps even help improve your bottom line as an accountant.


Link your payroll data to the cloud

With BrightPay Connect, you don't need to worry about manually backing up your payroll data. When you link an employer to BrightPay Connect, it will be automatically synchronised to the cloud as you run your payroll or make any changes. 


What happens if I don't submit Revenue's Employer Eligibility Review Form?  

Failure to complete and submit the EWSS Eligibility Review Form that confirms the required reduction and related declaration will result in the suspension of payment of the EWSS claim and possible penalties.


Customer survey 2021 results 

The results are in for BrightPay’s annual customer survey. Our key findings include a 98.8% customer satisfaction rating, which is fantastic news! Some customer comments include:

“I found the functionality during my use of TWSS and EWSS outstanding”.

“A big thank you for your excellent TWSS / EWSS updates throughout the pandemic, they were very beneficial”.

“It is great to have an Irish company providing such a high level of service, support and innovation - the webinars are extremely useful”.

 

Posted byHolly McHughinCustomer Update


Aug 2021

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What happens if you don't submit Revenue’s Employer Eligibility Review Form?

The Irish government has extended the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) until 31st December 2021. The scheme gives employers impacted by COVID-19, a subsidy per employee to help keep them in employment. On 9 July, Revenue published guidelines to highlight the changes to the EWSS applicable for the period from 1 July 2021. The main change made to the scheme was in relation to eligibility.

To assist employers in ensuring continued eligibility for the scheme, from 30th June 2021, all employers are required to complete and submit an online monthly EWSS Eligibility Review Form (ERF) through ROS by the 15th of each month. Companies claiming EWSS must fill out a monthly eligibility form, showing their revenue for 2021 remains at least 30% below the reference period in 2019 and a declaration to confirm that the information submitted is correct and accurate to the best of their knowledge. Failure to complete and submit the EWSS Eligibility Review Form that confirms the required reduction and related declaration will result in suspension of payment of EWSS claims.

Revenue has stated: “Where Revenue determines that an employer, at any time over the term of the scheme, claimed and received payment by applying accounting practices that are clearly not appropriate, or by deliberately misrepresenting the true financial situation of the business, it will be excluded from the EWSS in its entirety. No further claims will be accepted, and all subsidy paid and PRSI credit issued will be immediately repayable together with interest and penalties. The business may also face possible criminal prosecution.”

The government has paid nearly €4 billion to date in EWSS payments on top of the €2.9 billion paid under the earlier TWSS. Revenue have launched an investigation on companies that are suspected of overclaiming pandemic wage subsidies.

According to Revenue’s code of practice for audits and non-audit interventions, officials can make unannounced site visits, conduct profile interviews with business owners, carry out assurance checks, and initiate investigations. Please ensure you are submitting correct information to avoid any penalties.

Upcoming webinar

Join BrightPay for a free webinar on 30th September where we will be joined by representatives from the Revenue Commissioners to discuss upcoming changes to the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme in October and the Employer Eligibility Review Forms. There will also be a live Q&A session to answer any questions that you may have.

Limited Places Remaining – Click here to reserve your place.

 

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