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CIPD HR Software Show 2017

Posted by Emma Clare

19/06/17 17:09

Carval showed its latest and most comprehensive array of fully integrated HR and Payroll software at the CIPD HR Software Show on 14 - 15 June 2017 at Olympia West, London.

A big thank you to all the many visitors to this year's CIPD HR Software Show that took the time to visit Carval on stand H320. In addition to enquiries for HR software and Payroll software there was a lot of interest in Carval's fully integrated Time Management solutions - which include T&A, rostering and timesheets - and also outsourced payroll bureau services.

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Topics: HR and Payroll News

What are the pros and cons of payroll outsourcing?

Posted by Emma Clare

30/05/17 15:51

Original article by  for Employee Benefits 

Need to know

  • The costs of payroll outsourcing can be outweighed by the timesaving efficiencies it creates, which allow employers and staff to focus on other areas of business operations.
  • Pensions auto-enrolment can create its own payroll challenges, with fluctuating eligibility among employees on variable pay. Outsourcing payroll can help employers overcome this issue.
  • Employers should bear in mind that even though they are handing their payroll process to someone else, they are ultimately responsible for their organisation remaining compliant with legislation.

Payroll processing is a complex and time-consuming, critical business task, which is why many employers decide to outsource the job to dedicated payroll service providers with the latest technical resources, and enable their staff to add value elsewhere in the business.

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Topics: Outsourced Payroll

Organisational structure - the heart of Carval HR Unity

Posted by Emma Clare

17/05/17 12:30

Carval HR Unity is an establishment or “post-based” HR system. Here we look at the significance of this and why it's important to take the time to ensure this aspect of your system is set-up.

Every organisation has a structure or "establishment" of sorts and the larger the organisation the more complex that becomes. There may be many different companies, at different locations, with different departments and within them, or even across them, different teams of people in different posts doing different jobs.

The beauty of Carval’s HR Software is its flexibility. Our establishment or “post-based” system can accommodate unlimited companies, employees, locations, departments and cost centres. Both companies and employees can be flexibly sub-grouped and a dynamic company organisation chart is available at the touch of a button.

The importance of posts

Every employee's job description, the skills that they require, their contractual terms, the remuneration and benefits that they receive and who they report to is defined ultimately by the post that they are in. If they change post or job then these things will likely change also.

Here lies the benefit of an establishment-based HR system like Carval HR Unity over a person-based HRIS: all these key details are held against the post so you don't have to re-enter them for every employee that holds that post, or change employees' details every time they change job. This doesn't mean that you lose the flexibility to deal with exceptions - simply that processes run a lot more smoothly with a lot less input from you.

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Topics: HR Software Guides

Gender pay gap reporting - the clock is now ticking

Posted by Emma Clare

07/04/17 11:47

From 6 April 2017 employers in Great Britain with more than 250 staff are required by law to publish statutory calculations every year showing how large the pay gap is between their male and female employees.

Image source: Acas

There are two sets of regulations. The first is mainly for the private and voluntary sectors (taking effect from 5 April 2017) and the second is mainly for the public sector (taking effect from 31 March 2017). Employers will have up to 12 months to publish their gender pay gaps.

Employers must publish the following four types of figures annually on their own website and on a government website:

  • Gender pay gap (mean and median averages)
  • Gender bonus gap (mean and median averages)
  • Proportion of men and women receiving bonuses
  • Proportion of men and women in each quartile of the organisation’s pay structure

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Topics: HR and Payroll News

Are you ready for the Apprenticeship Levy?

Posted by Emma Clare

22/03/17 14:50

From 6 April 2017, employers with a paybill of more than £3 million per year will be liable to pay a new apprenticeship levy.

Employers operating in England and that pay the apprenticeship levy will be able to access funds for the training and assessment of apprenticeships through a Digital Apprenticeship Service Account.

To help you stay ahead and plan for the upcoming change, here is a selection of practical guidance and information to help your business prepare, compiled by XpertHR.

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Topics: HR and Payroll News

Payroll legislation update: Apprenticeship Levy

Posted by Emma Clare

07/03/17 15:33

As presented at the Carval National User Conference on 13 October 2016

The apprenticeship levy was first announced in the Summer Budget 2015 and will come into effect in April 2017.

The Government introduced the levy as part of a drive to train three million new apprentices by 2020, by aiming to replace all taxpayer funding of apprenticeships for companies of all sizes. As presented to Carval's payroll software users at the Carval National User Conference in October 2016, the apprenticeship levy will include the following:

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Topics: HMRC Payroll News & Updates

National Sickie Day: 5 reasons the first Monday in February is the worst

Posted by Emma Clare

06/02/17 11:55

Dubbed 'National Sickie Day', the first Monday in February is the day of the year which has traditionally seen the highest number of workers calling in sick. 

After noticing a rising trend in people asking for the first Monday in February off, employment law firm ELAS dubbed it “National Sickie Day” seven years ago.

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Topics: HR and Payroll News

14 Useful Resources for UK Payroll

Posted by Emma Clare

04/03/16 15:56

This rather handy list first appeared on The Learning Centre

Any users of our Payroll Software that are interested in ways of keeping things straight with HMRC will find it of interest.

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Topics: Payroll Software Guides

HR Tips: National Minimum Wage compliance information for employers

Posted by Emma Clare

04/02/16 13:30

HMRC have produced some useful information in the form of a factsheet advising employers of the checks they undertake to ensure that an individual is being paid at least the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

Below is a synopsis including:

  • What happens in a compliance visit
  • What happens after the visit
  • The penalties that may apply and
  • Their ‘naming and shaming’ policy

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Topics: Payroll Software Guides

HR Tips: The Top 10 Reasons Employees Resign

Posted by Emma Clare

26/01/16 14:58

January is the month when 18% of employees in the UK start thinking about looking for a new job.

According to a new survey by Glassdoor a third of UK workers quit their jobs for the same reason. Read on for the top 10 reasons employees resign...

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Topics: HR and Payroll News

Discover the tools behind great HR

Carval has been helping organisations streamline their HR and Payroll since 1986. We'd love to help you too! 

Read on to discover ways to:

  • Make your payroll processes accurate and efficient
  • Automate everyday HR admin jobs to drive efficiency and policy adherance
  • Get the time and tools to deliver strategic HR projects that make a difference
  • Deliver a great service to your employees.

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