One of the major benefits of SmartPay™ is that all salary sacrifice and salary deduction administration (payrolls, windows, products, invoices) for numerous products (SmartTech™, Holiday Trading, Cycle To Work and Childcare Vouchers) can be managed from one central place.
There's task reminders and an outstanding tasks list in the SmartPay™ dashboard to make administration easier.
The payrolls section is where all payroll-related data can be managed, including all employee details. When adding payroll information in SmartPay™, the information will be reused and applied to all products within SmartPay™ so the client doesn't need to enter the same data multiple times. In order to create a payroll, we require the following information:
Name of client's payroll
The billing address/invoicing unit the payroll belongs to.
If there's only one billing address the payroll will be assigned to it by default.
Add the approvers who will be managing the payroll. They'll have access to edit any information relating to this payroll and to approve applications of people within this payroll.
Choose a colour to represent this payroll on the Payroll Calendar.
Choose the frequency that employees are being paid.
(Monthly/ Weekly / Fortnightly / Four weekly)
Enter the next payday ( e.g. 15/01/2018)
Approval date is only applicable if any of the products uses scheduled auto-approval and on this date all applications will be auto-approved accordingly.
It should always be before the "pay day" so that the one will be able to select any date before the first pay day.
Cut off date
At Cut-off date of each payroll period SmartPay™ will issue a deduction report to help you manage deductions.
It's important that Cut-off date is always before pay day so that the report can be exported prior to processing payslips.
(Day of the week, date of the month)
Choose the day that the payday repeats (e.g. each 4th Wednesday) or to repeat on the day of the month (e.g. every month on the 15th)
What happens if the date falls on the weekend or non-working day?
Choose whether to move the pay day forwards or backwards to the first working day available in case the pay day falls on a non-working day.
As part of each payroll, there's also a deduction report that makes processing deductions an easy process. Full details about where to find the report and how it works can be found in the article SmartPay™ deduction reports.
Another great thing about having one central payroll management hub is that our clients have all of their employees' data in one place, which is then distributed from the central location across the right payrolls.
The eligibility upload for the client's programme is fully integrated with SmartPay™ and the relevant employee data will be directly populated in the correct payroll once uploaded.
It's important to note that, upon uploading employees data, the client will have to also provide the name of the payroll each member belongs to (e.g. UK). Once uploaded, each employee's data will be accessible from the Payrolls section > View Members.
All SmartPay™-relevant data (e.g. salary, weekly hours etc) for the member is also editable from here.
To use pre-approval within SmartPay™, we require specific fields to be uploaded for each member. Read more about required fields for pre-approval in the article How pre-approval works in SmartPay™.
Pre-approval is a great tool meaning that approval for product selection can happen automatically and not rely on the client to manually do this.
All products' windows are managed via the "Windows Scheduler". It's really simple to use and works via a drag and drop system where the "product" is dragged to the date it needs to open.
The window section is to be found at the bottom of the Home page.
By clicking on the window, a closing date can be selected or the client can opt for 'rolling windows' by leaving the window with no closing date so that employees can apply at any time.
Each SmartPay™ product that’s enabled for the client can be managed through the Products Section. Each product has its own specifics, although there are some configurations that are common to all products.
For all products, clients can:
- Add Approvers
- Enable/Disable auto-approval ( Read more about How pre-approval works in SmartPay™)
- Add Product limits (maximum amount each employee will be able to spend on the product. Read more - Spending limits in SmartPay™ and how they fit together.)
- Add one or multiple deduction period options
- Apply custom text for Terms and Conditions
There are also some additional product-specific configurations. For some products the client is able to:
- Limit the number of applications per member per period
- Segment the product
- Customise the product name
- Define order denominations
- Enable/Disable Items Catalogue Categories and Manufacturers (SmartTech™)
- Choose an End of Hire option (Cycle To Work)
Any of the configuration options above can be revisited at any time and will be effective for all employees of the scheme.
Being a central hub for all salary deduction and salary sacrifice products, SmartPay™ will unify all applications for each product and will group them together for each employee so that they're easier to process.
Depending on the client's choice, applications could be automatically approved and checked against pre-determined limits and the National Minimum Wage rate relevant for that employee.
Alternatively, the client can use the post-approval option where they can manually approve applications for each employee.
To facilitate the manual approval option, we have made it easy to check existing deductions or any other active applications of the employee including their salary, personal and payroll information before approving.
Clients can keep track of all past and pending invoices as well as the current order running total. In the invoice section, the client can find all invoices and a break down of the amount per product. To make reconciliation easier, a report for each invoice is available to download to show a list of all applications contained in the invoice.
In the Reporting section, clients are able to track activity. We report on:
- Total Spending - this report shows the total spend for all SmartPay™ products, filterable by product and period.
- Total Number of Orders - this report shows the total number of orders for all SmartPay™ products and is filterable by product and period.
- Average Order Value - this report shows the average value of an order per product.
- Total Number of Eligible Employees - this report shows the number of eligible employees that have access to each of the SmartPay™ products.