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:
    • Monthly Commission
    • Non-monthly Commission
    • 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

Year-End Filing

We wish to remind you that all e-submissions of employment income for 1 January – 31 December 2018 is due by 1 March 2019.

As with last year, you can submit your IR8As directly from SimplePay if you participate in the Auto-Inclusion Scheme (AIS). Enable this function under Employer Filing Details. To help you avoid filing errors, our pre-validation functionality will check your data before submission.

Our online help provides detailed instructions on how to complete the filing process on SimplePay, including a helpful video guide which shows a step by step navigation for year-end filing.

Please get in touch with our support team if you need any assistance with the year-end filing process.

Team SimplePay

Customise your CPF calculation settings with this new feature!

We are happy to announce the launch of a new feature that gives you more control over how CPF is calculated on Additional Wages (AW). Since you have more insight into the earnings of your employees, you can now customise your CPF settings by choosing the method that most accurately calculates CPF for your employees.

When calculating CPF contributions, the additional wage (AW) ceiling is calculated as:

102 000 – Total Ordinary Wage subject to CPF for the year.

Since the total ordinary wages (OW) subject to CPF used in the formula cannot be accurately determined until the end of the year, an estimate needs to be made. We’re now giving you the option to choose how this estimate is calculated.

If it’s the employee’s first year of employment with your company, you can select to estimate total OW using:

  • Year-to-date OW on prior payslips (subject to CPF) + a projected OW for the remainder of the year based on the current month’s OW, or
  • Year-to-date OW on prior payslips (subject to CPF) + a projected OW for the remainder of the year based on the current month’s basic salary, or
  • Year-to-date basic salary on prior payslips (subject to CPF) only (i.e. no projection for the remainder of the year).

If it’s not the employee’s first year of employment with your company, you can select to estimate the total OW using:

  • The previous year’s total OW, or
  • Year-to-date OW on prior payslips (subject to CPF) + a projected OW for the remainder of the year based on the current month’s OW, or
  • Year-to-date OW on prior payslips (subject to CPF) + a projected OW for the remainder of the year based on the current month’s basic salary.

At the end of the year when all actual figures are known, the total CPF liability for the year can be accurately calculated. Please be aware that the CPF for December could therefore include an adjustment for any over or under payments made in prior months. For that reason, we stress the importance of selecting the method that will most accurately determine CPF. This will prevent unusually large CPF payments due at the end of the year. Alternatively, this could also occur if an employee is terminated.

To learn how to customise your CPF settings, view our help page here.

Team SimplePay

Increased Security Features with 2-Factor Authentication

At SimplePay, protecting your data is a fundamental part of our business. That’s why we have the highest of security standards in place to ensure the privacy and protection of your information.

We want your time using SimplePay online to be enjoyable and worry free. One of the ways that users put themselves at risk of cybercrime is with their choice of passwords or by saving their passwords to the device they are using. When it comes to internet security, you can never be too careful. We are therefore launching an optional security feature, called 2-factor authentication. This feature requires users to enter a verification code as an additional step when logging into SimplePay or when changing their password.

With this feature, users can establish a device as a trusted device, so that they only have to do 2-factor authentication every 30 days. All other devices will require 2-factor authentication with each log in.

As this is an opt-in feature, you will need to request it from our support team, at no additional charge. To learn more about how it works, read our help page here.

Just another way that we are helping you to stay safe online.

Team SimplePay

New Feature: More Leave Functionality

Been wanting more control over employee leave balances? We have heard your requests and are excited to announce the launch of a new feature which allows you to customize your leave settings even more.

Want to stop employees from logging leave if it will result in a negative leave balance? No problem!

Our new feature allows you to do just this. If a self-service leave request will result in the minimum balance not being maintained, you can opt to:

  • prevent the leave request from being logged (see image below), or
  • warn the employee of the outcome if they continue (see image below).

For more information on leave settings and setting this up, refer to our help page here.

We hope you love the new feature and, as always, we welcome any feedback that you may have.

Team SimplePay

Edit: Please note that there was an error on the previous version of this blog post where it stated that you could set a minimum leave balance for employees to maintain in preparation for the annual shutdown of your company. The feature is currently only available for setting a minimum leave balance of 0 or a negative number, not a positive minimum balance, which is likely to be developed shortly in the future. Our apologies for the error.

We’re Making It Easier to Identify Draft Documents

Getting confused between the draft payslips that you saved to your computer and the finalised payslips that you gave to your employees?

To make it easier for you to keep track of versions of your documents, we have added a stamp to the draft version of the following documents:

  • Payslips
  • Monthly CPF Returns

To remove the stamp, simply finalise the document by clicking on the Finalise button or link for the document.

For more information on these processes, refer to the following help pages:

Let us know if there are any other features you would like to see on the system – we’re always looking for ways to make payroll better for you!

Your App can now Integrate with SimplePay!

After receiving many requests and putting in plenty of hard work, we are happy to announce that we have built a SimplePay API!

If you’re a non-technical person, just think of an API as a way for other systems to talk to our system. For example, an HR system that wants to sync employee information to payroll, or a time and attendance system that wants to automatically send hours worked through to SimplePay, can do this via an API. If you’ve ever wished SimplePay could integrate with another HR or time and attendance system in this way, get in touch with them and tell them about our API.

If you are a developer and have been interested in SimplePay integrating with your system,  take a look at our Developers page.

Our API allows you to:

  • Obtain information about the company and all employees, pay points and pay frequencies within the company.
  • Create, update and delete employees.
  • Access payslips for employees.
  • Create or view calculations on a payslip.
  • Access monthly reports, such as a Transaction History Report.
  • Record leave and obtain leave balances.

We hope that you are excited about the launch of our API. We’re just getting started, so be sure to let us know what functionality you’d like to see in the API in future.

Tax Certificates Now Available via Employee Self-Service

At SimplePay we strive to create value for you by meeting your payroll needs in a simple and easy manner. With that in mind, we are thrilled to announce the launch of a new feature to make the tax year-end even easier for you – employees can now view their tax certificates via the self-service function.

This means that you can release IR8As to your employees at the end of the tax year at the click of a button. Employees will be informed via email that their tax certificates are available on their employee self-service. You can also attach a PDF of their tax certificate in this email.

Please see the following help page for more information on the steps to enable and use this function.

Team SimplePay

Sparkling New User Interface Design!

We have officially launched our new user interface design!

We hope that you like our new look, which is designed to make it easier and quicker for you to find what you are looking for. The new user interface has a fresh and modern look and feel, with more user-friendly navigation. Of course, we haven’t lost sight of your needs and all the usual features and functions that you have come to expect with SimplePay are still there.

Take a moment to explore the new user interface design. You will discover:

Improved Navigation:

  • The tabs that were previously at the top of the screen have been moved to a menu on the left-hand side.
  • No more overlooking the actions on the right of the screen, as these now appear on the top of the screen when clicking on a menu item.

Shortened and more relevant terminology:

  • Submissions is now called Filing, and Payment Runs has been changed to Pay Runs.
  • Payment Frequencies has also been shortened to Pay Frequencies.

New icons:

  • The top-right hand corner of the screen has 2 new icons: the Help icon and the Profile icon.
  • The Help icon has the following options:
    • Help for this page: see help pages specifically for the screen you are on (if available),
    • General Help: navigate to our help site, where you can browse various topics.
    • Support: Contact the Support team or grant them view-only access from this screen.

  • The Profile icon has the following options:
    • Companies: This allows you to add, delete and switch between companies.
    • Billing: This shows you all your billing information.
    • User Profile: You can change your password here, or switch between roles if you have more than one role.
    • Manage Users: This allows you to add, deactivate and manage the users in SimplePay for your company, including changing their permission settings or role.
    • Logout: Keep your information secure by logging out of SimplePay when you’re done.  

Improved payroll screen:

  • The payroll screen is divided into 3 columns, making it easier to do payroll.
  • Adding a regular item is now done by clicking on Add next to Regular Inputs.
  • Clicking on Add next to Payslip Inputs lets you add a once-off item to this payslip only.
  • To view a previous payslip, add a payslip or change payslip dates, click on the date dropdown field next to Payslip in the last column.

Mobile responsiveness:

  • The new user interface also has improved mobile responsiveness. This will be developed further in the upcoming weeks.
  • Mobile responsiveness means that SimplePay is more compatible with mobile phones and tablets, allowing you to process payslips on the move.
  • Employees can more easily use their phones to access their payslips and make leave requests, without needing to download any apps.

We hope that you are excited about the new user interface. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please also let us know what you think of our new look – all comments and feedback are welcome. We would also love to hear suggestions for new information or topics for our help site or blog.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Team SimplePay