Add Supporting Documents to Self-Service Leave Requests

You asked and we delivered! We have expanded the self-service functionality so that employees can add documents when they request leave. Now employees can attach doctor’s certificates, birth and death certificates, or any other supporting documents to leave requests with ease.

To find out how to add documents as an employee, read more on this help page.

Leave approvers can view these documents without needing the employee to hand them to each person directly.

To find out how to view documents as a leave approver, read more about it on this help page.

Just another way that SimplePay is working to make payroll simpler for you!

The SimplePay Team

Accounting Splits made Easy

We’ve listened to your suggestions and are thrilled to launch our long-awaited Accounting Splits feature.

Now you can create groups of employees (known as Accounting Splits) based on your expense-tracking needs, and split payroll items according to how you wish to account for the various expenses associated with each specific group e.g. Directors. The Accounting Splits feature gives you more insight into your payroll expenses, promising to save you time and increase your efficiency.

The impact of the Accounting Split can be seen in the Accounting Info report, which shows the effect of the split across the various expense and liability amounts for the payment run – useful for reporting purposes.

In the past, our accounting reports only reflected a single total per payroll item making it difficult to identify expenses for specific employee groups e.g. Directors.

This new functionality also lets you map the payroll items for a particular Accounting Split, according to your company’s structure and needs, before posting the information directly to your journal in your accounting system.

If I’m a Xero user, how  do Accounting Splits differ from tracking categories?

  • Tracking categories let you see how different areas of your business are performing and can be used to keep track of cost codes – our accounting report will reflect payroll items lumped under one figure, but Xero will allow you to split accounts by tracking category.
  • In contrast, Accounting Splits will split figures on our accounting report as per the groups you created. When posting to Xero, you will be given the option to post to different accounts, based on the group.

More information about setting up Accounting Splits can be found on our help site.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to email us at [email protected] to assist you.

The SimplePay Team

Leave Take-Ons: New and Improved

We are very happy to inform you that we have re-designed the way that leave take-on balances are captured. The new and improved take-on screen will provide you with greater flexibility and is also more informative. Additionally, you will now have the option to add leave take-on balances in bulk.

Please note: the information in this blog post does, unfortunately, not apply to clients who are still on Version 1 of our leave system; however, we’re working very hard on migrating everyone to the latest version as soon as possible.

In cases where you previously used another payroll system before you started using SimplePay,  you can add leave take-on balances for your employees.

Alternatively, you might want to enter leave balances as at a particular date. The redesigned leave take-on screen allows you to do this too because you are able to choose the date for the end of the take-on period.

The system will automatically calculate the leave accrued from the start of the leave cycle to the end of the take-on period and will also take into consideration leave days taken and leave adjustments recorded on the system. It will even allow you to enter the number of leave days that were captured off-system.

Additionally, the system will automatically calculate a closing balance – as at the end of the take-on period – based on information in the other fields. However, if the leave policy allows for leave to be carried forward, you will be able to override the automatically calculated closing balance and enter the desired balance.

More information about leave take-on balances and the handy new take-on fields that we’ve added can be found on our help site.

Another great improvement is that it is now possible to add leave take-on balances for your employees in bulk – thereby eliminating the need to repeat the same steps over and over for all your employees.  More information about how to do these bulk inputs can be found here.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to email us at [email protected] to assist you.

The SimplePay Team

New Roles and Permissions

Another exciting new feature has just gone live!

In response to requests from many clients, we have increased the number of roles that you can assign to users on the system, each of which has a different set of associated permissions that determines what the user can see and do on the system.

Previously, you were only able to restrict the access of users to certain companies / payment frequencies / pay points. You will now still be able to do this… and more! There are now three possible roles that you can assign to a user: Admin, Leave Admin and Approval Only.

All existing users on the system will, by default, be assigned the Admin role. Therefore, they will still be able to do exactly what they were able to do in the past. Additionally, any restrictions to companies / payment frequencies / pay points that you had previously put in place, will still be in effect.

The two new roles – Leave Admin and Approval Only – were designed to make your life easier and give you more flexibility. For example, you can assign the Leave Admin role to someone who only administers leave but should not have access to any salary information, or someone who should only be able to approve leave / info update requests, can be assigned the Approval Only role.

However, if you have no need for these new roles, you can ignore these changes and continue as you did before – with all users having the Admin role.

If you would like to read more about the new roles that we have introduced, you can click here. Additionally, you can find more general information about managing users by clicking here.

Please note: this new feature has necessitated some terminology changes on the system: previously, we used to talk about multiple “roles” that could be associated with an email address. However, now we will refer to multiple “users” being associated with that email address. More information about multiple users is available here.

As always, your feedback will be highly valued, especially since we are considering adding more roles in the future.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to email us at [email protected] to assist you.

The SimplePay Team

New Look Payslips

You spoke… and we listened! We have received lots of feedback regarding our payslip design and numerous requests for an updated version.

Therefore, we are very pleased to announce the introduction of a new look payslip. We trust that you will find this new format fresher and more up-to-date.

All new companies added after 26 July 2017 will automatically have the new payslip format. However, you will be able to switch a newly added company back to the old payslip format by going to Settings > Payslip Settings and ticking the box next to Use old format (Version 1).

Additionally, all existing clients will be able to switch individual companies created before 26 July 2017 to the new payslip format in a similar way – by going to Settings > Payslip Settings and ticking the box next to Use new format (Version 2).

Alternatively, if you are a user with multiple companies, you could contact our support team to request the activation of the new payslip design for all the companies in your profile.

Here is a sample of the new design:

All the existing payslip features and settings will still be available; for example, if you want to use self-sealing confidential stationery, that is still possible.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to email us at [email protected] to assist you.

The SimplePay Team

Accounting for SDL Rounding Made Easy

We don’t want you to have to sweat the small stuff, so as always, we are doing our very best to make your life simpler and save you time – therefore, increasing your efficiency.

In the past, you might have had to do manual journals in Xero to account for the fact that SDL amounts posted from payslips had cents included, but SDL totals paid over to the CPF Board had been rounded down to the nearest dollar – meaning that the cents would have been dropped.

We are happy to inform you that you will no longer need to do these manual journals because of a new feature that we have introduced. Dealing with the differences in Xero as a result of SDL rounding, will now be as easy as clicking a link in SimplePay.

More information about this very useful and time-saving feature is available on our help site. You might want to look at the section about the Cutoff Date, in particular, to ensure that you use the new feature only from the month that suits you.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to email us at [email protected] to assist you.

The SimplePay Team

Lots of New Features

We are very excited to tell you about all the useful features we’ve developed over the last few months.

Brand new leave system

The new functionality includes the ability to allocate employees’ leave entitlement upfront by simply checking a box. Also, you will be able to create custom leave types so that our system can better mirror what is happening in your business.

Posting to Xero via bill

We have expanded our integration with the beautiful Xero accounting software. The functionality of posting to Xero via bill will allow you to post your SGD payroll to a bank account that’s in another currency, e.g. USD.

Improved tax clearance process

We have simplified the tax clearance process for foreign employees who cease to work for you in Singapore. Our system will automatically exclude such employees from the e-submission file for IRAS if you have checked the relevant box.

Expanded employee self-service functionality

Your employees can now use our Info Update Request feature to request changes to their personal information such as banking details. You can then simply click to approve the request, and the information will be updated.

Importing clocking data from Deputy

You can now import clocking information from Deputy directly into our system by downloading a CSV file from Deputy.

New help site

If you click on any of the links above, you will be directed to our expanded and comprehensive new help site. Many users have already found it to be very useful and informative – for both background on payroll concepts and system usage.

Coming soon…

We are busy integrating with IRAS to make filing seamless instead of manually uploading XML files. So watch this space for a significantly easier and improved filing process.

Hong Kong: This is currently in development. Please get in touch for more info!

We trust that all of this will make your payroll processing even simpler and, as always, we value any feedback you might have.

Payslips Delivered Right to Your Inbox

Amongst all the big updates that always come with the start of a new year, our tenacious developers have been able to sneak in some small but very useful features that we’re hoping will make your life just that little bit easier.

One of these handy new tricks is the ability to directly email payslips to employees via the employee self service feature. This makes it possible for employees to skip the login step and access their payslips directly from their email inbox in PDF format.

You can activate this right now by going to your Employees tab and clicking on the Manage Self Service option towards the right of the page. From there click on the Manage Payslip Settings option and tick the box labelled Attach payslips to emails on self-service release.

From now on, whenever an email goes out to employees notifying them that their payslip has been made available, it will also have a PDF copy attached.

For more information on any of the multitude of other time saving features that SimplePay has to offer, feel free to get in touch with our super helpful support team at any time.

Getting Started with Employee Self Service

Here at SimplePay, we believe that taking leave and getting paid should be the least stressful work related things that your employees can do. In the past, however, this hasn’t always been the case, mostly because of all of the red tape and paperwork involved in collecting payslips, and requesting and approving leave.

In our mission to make your payroll experience as simple as possible, we decided to address this issue by including a convenient and easy to use leave requesting and approval system. Your employees will never have to be late for the holiday of a lifetime because their leave didn’t get approved in time. Check out the rest of the post for more information on how you can make your life easier by using employee self service.

Once you’ve logged into SimplePay, click on the Employees tab and then select Manage Self-Service on the right side of the page.

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This will bring up a page displaying all of the employees in the company, with blank spaces in which you can fill in their E-Mail addresses. Go ahead and fill these in for all of the employees for whom you want to enable self-service, after which you can tick the Enabled box. After you have done this you can click on the Save button, which will send emails to everyone on this list, requesting them to create an account that they will be able to use to check payslips and request or approve leave.

The next step in this process is to go to Manage Leave Settings in order to set up your organisation’s approval groups.

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The first step will be to click on Add Group. This will allow you to tell SimplePay who will be applying for leave, and who will be approving it. When setting up who requests will be approved by, you will need to choose from one of four options for each group:

  • Single Approver – This person holds all the power. All requests get approved by them and them alone.
  • Any of – If at least one person on this list approves the leave, you’re good to go.
  • All of – Every single person on this list has to approve the leave request for it to be approved.
  • All in order – Each person on this list will be notified of the leave request only if the person before them in the list approved it.

Once you have selected which of these modes you want, you can click on the plus icon, select somebody from the list and then click Add. Repeat this process for each leave approver. Specifying who will request leave for this group works in the same way. Click on the plus, select the name and then click Add. Easy. To make things even simpler, if the whole company will be using the same leave approver(s), you can just select the company name from the drop down menu.

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Believe it or not, that was the hard part. From now on, your employees will be able to log into their own SimplePay account in order to view or download any payslips they have available or to submit leave requests.

To put in a leave request, employees can simply click on Requests and then Submit Leave Request. From there they can just select the days of leave that they want to request as well as the type of leave before clicking Confirm. After this there will be an option to record a personalised message that will be seen by whoever is approving the leave.

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As soon as they click Save, an email will be sent to the appropriate leave approver(s), notifying them of the request.

This email will contain a link to the Approval tab, which will allow yourself or the appointed employee to either approve or deny the request, along with a comment.

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So there it is. Getting the go ahead for that dream get-away has never been easier. If you can think of any way that we can make this process even simpler, please feel free get in touch with us and let us know.

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Updated Rates and IR8A Template

With the new year comes new opportunities. However that is not all the new year year brings, as there are also new CPF rates to consider as well as new templates for filing documents such as IR8As.

Thankfully, if you are doing your payroll through SimplePay you won’t have to lose any sleep over either of these since our dedicated development team have made sure that everything that needed updating has been sorted out well in advance.

SimplePay would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our Singaporean clients an awesome new year – we look forward to giving you the best possible payroll experience in this coming year.