Payroll Tips

For a better 2019 transform these 5 payroll challenges into New Year’s resolutions

Author: Ian Hurst — Managing Director, Paymaster People Solutions Payroll in 2018 has been a challenge. Then again, Payroll every year becomes more and more challenging as we try to keep up with all the new things being introduced. Old ways of doing things has also become more and more complicated. It seems to me [...]

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The Payroll Industry—What’s in store for 2019: A look at what we can expect from the payroll industry in 2019

Author: Matt Newnham 2018 has almost come to an end, and the Payroll and HR industry has pulled through another year. With a New Year just around the corner, one needs to ask what the future holds.  Will it be more of the same, or will some drastic shake-ups take the industry by surprise? To [...]

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Keeping Employee Records

Employers should familiarise themselves with those employee records that must be retained if they are not to incur severe penalties. These records can be maintained electronically and copies of documents scanned and kept online (which Paymaster People Solutions can offer you as a service). Employment legislation Employment legislation specifies that:  • The records an employer [...]

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How much does your payroll department cost you? — Hopefully not more than R70 per employee, per month!

Author: Ian Hurst — Managing Director, Paymaster People Solutions The past — What might the typical legacy payroll costs include? Payroll software annual licence-fee Payroll software support contract Payroll software maintenance contract Printing cost of payslips Paper cost for contracts and all other documentation Staff salaries Staff benefits Computers Licences for support software Bank transfer [...]

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Self-evaluation: Does your organisation’s payroll comply with international best-practice? 5 key areas to assess

Author: Ian Hurst — Managing Director, Paymaster People Solutions Before we attend to the issue of how to conduct the self-evaluation, let’s be clear on one thing: every organisation is different. Organisations have different needs and expectations of their payroll. Organisations allocate their human resources, finance and payroll responsibilities in many different ways. Consequently, be [...]

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Why old software will slow you down

Author: Ian Hurst — Managing Director, Paymaster People Solutions Recently I conducted an informal survey amongst some of my friends. I asked how many of them still use their (Telkom) landline at home. Almost 90% confirmed that, on their landline, they only receive calls from call-centers, debt collectors and similar types of calls. They acknowledged [...]

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10 Steps that ensure a smooth running payroll department

Author: Ian Hurst — Managing Director, Paymaster People Solutions There is nothing worse than that sinking feeling when you’re told that there’s a $%&*#@ with your payroll. You cannot understand it — you’ve checked the payroll before it was released! You were sure that the payroll was correct! You’ve tirelessly been doing your best to [...]

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Which employee-related records must I keep in order to sleep peacefully at night?

An organisation has a legislated obligation to keep employee-related records South African legislation makes it very clear that you, the employer, have an obligation to keep employee-related records. You need to make sure that the paperwork is accurate, on time, and available to your employees, to you company-representatives, and to any government representative who may [...]

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Hat 10 — The payroll professional as the moral compass; the litmus test

Hat 10 — The payroll professional as the moral compass; the litmus test Cooking frogs and lobsters We all know how to boil a frog: slowly. This way, frogs don’t know that they are being boiled. We all know how to cook a lobster: not one at a time. Oh! Why may this indeed be [...]

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Hat 9 — The Payroll Professional as Problem Solver

Hat 9 — The Payroll Professional as Problem Solver Today I just want to say well done. No advice, no ideas, no clever words. Just well done! To all the payroll people who have sacrificed their time, who have given up on family and friends to solve a problem often not of our own making [...]

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