Introducing Dual Employment

We love giving you a great payroll experience and, once again, the SimplePay team has been hard at work to respond to your payroll needs. We are delighted to introduce you to dual employment on our system.

Dual employment occurs when:

  • you have an employee on your payroll with two active employments AND
  • you want to keep the two sets of pay separate on your payroll records.

In practice, this usually means that the employee is assigned two different employee numbers and/or IDs.

SimplePay has provided better support for dual employment as follows:

  • To enable dual employment, there is a check box under Other Statutory Info on an employee’s Basic Info screen that says Allow Multiple Employment. Tick this checkbox to allow you to capture two employees with the same PPSN.
  • When adding two employees with the same PPSN without setting the checkbox, you will encounter a validation error. This is to ensure that you do not accidentally capture an employee twice on the system when it is not dual employment, but simply a duplicate.
  • Allowing dual employment on the system will assign different Employment Identifiers to the employee, ensuring that submissions to Revenue are reported correctly. You can read more about Employment Identifiers here.

This extended functionality of the system is also outlined on our help page here.

If you have any queries, do not hesitate to reach out to our Support team.

Team SimplePay

We Have Expanded Our PRSI Classes

Simplicity forms the foundation of our company ethos. It’s in our name, in the way we conduct business and in the way we build our system. However, we realise that sometimes you have specific needs that require us to make some tweaks or expansions. With this in mind, we are happy to announce that we now support PRSI sub-classes A8 and A9 for employees employed under a Community Employment Scheme.

When adding a new employee, you will now see “A (Normal)” and “A (Community Employment)” as drop-down options for PRSI Class. There is no difference between the two PRSI sub-classes for employee PRSI contributions. However, selecting “A (Community Employment)” will impact the employer PRSI contribution. The contribution rates for PRSI can be seen here.

For more information on PRSI, head over to our help page.

As always, if you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact our support team.

Team SimplePay

Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference

Sometimes small changes make a big difference, so you may spot some modifications that we have made to leave.

  • A new report

We have added a new report called Leave Days Report. This report shows the specific days that employees have taken/will take leave for the specified leave type and period. It complements our current Leave Report, which shows you the total number of leave days taken during the period, made up of the individual days shown on the Leave Days Report. This added leave report will simplify your payroll duties, as you can confirm leave dates with employees or managers. It is also useful in the management of employees and communication with other departments.

  • Visual tweaks to entitlement policies

We have made it clearer to see whether or not an employee is on the default company leave policy. When going to an employee’s profile and clicking on Leave > Entitlement Policies > Edit, (company default) will now display next to the leave policy if the employee is on the company’s default policy. In addition, we have updated the heading to display as Active Entitlement Policies.

You can still see the company default policy by going to Settings > Leave > View (next to the leave type) and scrolling to the bottom. However, we have changed the heading to Active Entitlement Policies (company defaults) to align with the changes made in the employees’ profiles.

We hope that these small changes will make a big difference in your payroll experience. If you need any help with leave management, refer to our help page here. For more information on reports, click here.

Team SimplePay

Extension of Pay & File Deadline for ROS Customers for 2019

On 9 May 2019, Revenue announced an extension to the ROS return filing and tax payment date for certain customers.

The new deadline of 12 November 2019 applies to:

  1. Customers who file the 2018 Form 11 return and make the appropriate payment through ROS for Preliminary Tax for 2019 and Income Tax balance due for 2018
  2. Beneficiaries who received gifts or inheritances with valuation dates in the year ended 31 August 2019 and who make a CAT return and the appropriate payment through ROS.
  3. PAYE customers who are required by Revenue to file a Form 12 for 2018 and who opt to use the online version.

To qualify for the extension in 1 and 2 above, both the return and payment must be done through ROS, otherwise the original 31 October 2019 deadline applies.

Updated RPNs for DEASP Budget Changes

The increase in DEASP pensions and payments announced in Budget 2019 came into effect last month. Revenue updates over the first weekend of April 2019 means that you can expect new RPNs for employees as of 8 April.

An automated update of RPN information is regularly done by the SimplePay system. However, we recommend that you do an update of RPNs before processing payroll, in case changes were made by Revenue after our automatic system update. Read more about manually updating RPN’s on our help page here.

You can read more about the DEASP pensions and payments in Budget 2019 here. Then click on Social Welfare to navigate to the relevant section.

Should you have any queries regarding the updated RPN information, you can contact Revenue’s National Employer and Employee help lines.

For any other assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our Support team.

Team SimplePay

Customise System Items

SimplePay is all about you, our users. So when you asked for more power to customise the system to suit your payroll needs, we listened. We’re delighted to announce our latest feature – the ability to create custom items that follow the same tax and payroll rules as system items.

This new feature allows you to:

  • Create multiple items of a certain type:
    • Employer Loans
    • Savings
  • Customise the names of these items. For example, you may want to differentiate between different types of commissions.
  • Map different versions of a specific type of item to different Xero accounts. For example, you may want to give an annual bonus to two different employees but you want one of them to be mapped to an account in Xero called “Director’s Costs” and the other to an account in Xero called “Employee Costs”. You can add the bonus to the payslips as two different items.

How does it work?

When creating a custom item (Settings > Custom Items > Add), there is now an option to select create a copy of an existing system item. Select the system item that you wish to use and give it a custom name. You can then add it to your payslips in the same way you would the system item of that type (Regular Inputs or Payslip Inputs).

Read our help page here for more information on creating custom items.

New Feature! Custom Employee Info Fields

You were onto something! Thanks to your suggestions on ways of making SimplePay even greater, we are happy to announce our newest feature! While we have built our system on simplicity and compliance, we understand that sometimes you have unique needs. Our new feature therefore gives you the ability to add your own fields to an employee’s Basic Info screen.

Want to capture an employee’s nickname or cellphone number? Add a custom “Text” field.

Want to record the date that employees completed their orientation training? Add a custom “Date” field.

Want to record an employee’s marital status? Add a custom “Dropdown” field with options to select from.

You can now capture the information that you want, with added features coming soon!

To learn more about how this functionality works, head over to our help page here.

We’d love to hear from you if this feature enhances your payroll experience. In addition, if you have any trouble with this new feature or would like some further guidance, please reach out to our friendly support team who would be happy to help.

Team SimplePay

New Live Chat Support

We’re making it even easier for you to get the support that you need with the introduction of our live chat functionality. When logging into the SimplePay system, a new icon now appears in the bottom corner that allows you to initiate a live chat with our friendly support team.

This means that you can start a chat from any area in the system while capturing payroll and get the answers that you need. To send our support team a message, simply click on the chat icon and then click New conversation.

Then type your message and send. Please note that while we strive to minimise our response times, these may vary during peak times.

If the chat indicates that the team will only be back tomorrow, please do not hesitate to send us a message and we will respond as soon as we return in the morning. Alternatively, our comprehensive help site is also always available for more information.

If you have a longer query, you are of course still welcome to send this to our support team via email at [email protected]

We look forward to helping you!

Team SimplePay