In July HMRC announced that a small number of their customers were experiencing problems when submitting Real Time Information (RTI) data for employees with National Insurance numbers with prefix 'KC'. From 15 November 2016 HMRC will be able to accept Real Time Information data with this National Insurance number prefix. Carval can confirm that an updated Government Parameters XML file to support the KC prefix will be available to import at this time. Until then you should continue to follow existing guidance when submitting your Real Time Information.
Britain’s leading free-from bakery brand,Genius Foods Ltd has selected Carval's HR Unity solution to manage HR and Payroll functions for 550 employees across the company’s four locations. HR Unity has reduced time spent on administration by automating manual tasks; improved the quality and accuracy of data; increased efficiency in processing payroll enabling the company to extend the deadline window by a week; and improved business visibility providing management with an accurate view of costs versus productivity.
“We wanted a solution that would grow with our business and had a well-defined features roadmap, giving us the confidence that this solution would continue to evolve and remain leading edge,” explained Stewart Ross, Business Systems Manager at Genius Foods Ltd. “Carval ticked all the boxes, it offered the best functionality and value added services for the price point. Also its project deployment approach was a better cultural fit for Genius Foods multisite manufacturing business.”
With an aggressive timeline of three months in place, implementation work commenced swiftly. Prior to launch, extensive training was delivered to managers, HR and Payroll personnel, in addition to user workshops being held across the company. The process accelerated user adoption at a pace that even surprised the implementation team.
“The feedback we received from the user workshops was overwhelmingly positive. In fact the users were so keen for more functionality that we changed the scope of the project mid way through the implementation and accelerated the launch of the HR self-service module. The system is so intuitive to use that we didn’t experience any reluctance from staff, in fact it was the exact opposite!” commented Stewart.
Genius is using several of the HR Unity modules, including HR Management, Payroll processing which is handled remotely by Carval, Time and Attendance and Mobile Apps. All the modules are fully integrated and seamlessly blended, which ensures that data once entered is immediately available throughout the system.
This year Carval’s National User Conference is being held at the Wyboston Lakes Executive Centre near Bedford. Delegates at the event on Thursday 13th October will enjoy a full day of learning opportunities, workshops, networking and more. Carval HR Unity software customers can claim one free place per company. However places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Therefore we would recommend booking early.
Carval Computing has announced that Bostik UK Ltd has invested in its HR software to manage administration for 415 staff across its three sites in Stafford, Leicester and Dalton. Bostik UK Ltd is using HR Unity to manage all employee data, including benefits, training and holiday entitlement for all of its staff, with plans to integrate absence management. The adhesive specialist company is currently rolling out Carval’s HR Unity online employee self-service feature, helping to meet its environmental targets to reduce paper use and benefitting employees by providing them with full control of their personal data. Since first implementing Carval’s software, Bostik UK Ltd has seen efficiency benefits from time saved in HR reporting and management, and expects a return on investment within three years. Bostik UK Ltd selected HR Unity for its single, central HR database and comprehensive yet easy to use reporting functionality, which its previous system was unable to match. Following the implementation of the employee self-service feature, the company plans to deploy Carval’s integrated Time and Attendance solution.
Congratulations to Carval's South of England User Group on a successful inaugural meeting on 29th June. The event was well supported. The next meeting is being planned for February 2017.
Tony started with Carval in July 2016 as a Sales Executive and has over 7 years’ experience of software sales. Outside of work Tony runs a children’s entertainment business and looks after a team of talented performers that provide entertainment at children’s parties and events in and around Northamptonshire. “I’m looking forward to using my previous experience and increasing my software knowledge to have a long and successful career at Carval.”
The Department for Work and Pensions has released a small number of National Insurance Numbers with a KC prefix (e.g. KC123456B). Whilst these codes are valid, HRMC was not expecting them to be used and therefore neither the HMRC RTI system nor Carval Uniwage can currently validate them correctly. HMRC is working hard to resolve the issue at their end and as soon as a resolution is provided Carval will provide an update to allow the entry of KC prefixed National Insurance Numbers. Read on for the recommended work around.
Tom Negal has recently joined Carval as a software consultant where he will be specialising in our Unitend Time and Attendance module. Tom originally joined Carval back in March 2010 as a Junior Support Desk Operative and over his four years with Carval developed a really good background knowledge of all our products and also completed his CIPP National Payroll Certificates qualification. He then opted to further his career by moving into a School Services company as a Payroll Officer, later being promoted to a Payroll Implementation Officer implementing School Payrolls from start to finish. "I really enjoy working with customers and will always do my best to help them to my best ability. I am extremely happy to be coming back into Carval as a Time and Attendance Software Consultant and supporting all the existing and new customers. I'm looking forward to my future within Carval Computing."
As a supplier of HR software to schools and academies Carval is delighted to confirm that it has achieved SIMS Technical Partner accreditation for reading and writing data to SIMS for a second year. Technical Partners are checked and verified to ensure customers get the very best out of SIMS. Being able to share staff details between Carval's HRIS and the SIMS MIS enables schools to benefit from enhanced human resources and absence management features without the need to double enter data. Carval's solutions for schools also include: Single central record, Workforce census return, Payroll software, Outsourced payroll services, HR advice services.
CIPD HR Software Show, 15-16th June 2016. Olympia, London, Stand H320. Carval Computing will be showing the latest enhancements to its HR Unity solution at this year’s CIPD HR Software Show. The new developments in HR Unity v5.8 include time-saving features that benefit both the HR team and business managers, such as multi-tier authorisations within the Self-Service module, which give greater control of the approval chain. The Rostering module includes new functionality that enables managers to calculate employee costs within a project or shift budget. New features in the Schools module, which is an increasingly important market for Carval, enable the configuration of pension returns, management of single central record outputs and workforce census details. The Carval Payroll Bureau solution also includes new automation features that allow a virtually unattended process flow.
Carval Computing, provider of fully integrated Human Resource Management and Payroll software and services, has announced that Oakbank Secondary School, in Keighley, West Yorkshire has recently invested in HR Unity, reducing duplication of data entry and saving administration time in the process. The school is using Carval’s software to administer HR processes and payroll for over 300 full, part time and casual staff working in different positions in the school, including teachers, invigilators, catering and premises staff, all with different rates of pay and pension entitlements. Full case study available for download.
The event will be held on Thursday 13 October at Wyboston Lakes Executive Centre, Bedford. Guests are optionally invited to attend a dinner on the evening of Wednesday 12 October. Booking will be opening soon. Carval HR Unity users please watch your inbox for further details. Those wishing to suggest agenda items or enquire about exhibition opportunities please contact Emma Clare at Carval.
Automatic-enrolment of employees into pension schemes under workplace pensions reforms started back in October 2012. Initially the legislation only applied to the very largest firms, but was gradually rolled out to medium and then small businesses. Many of Carval's clients had staging dates in 2013 and will now therefore be reaching the third anniversary of this process. This is a key time for them, as any employees that initially "opted out" of enrolment will now need to be reassessed.
We'd like to welcome Tom Duke to the Carval Software Support Team and Tracey Lattimore to the Carval Payroll Bureau. Read on to find out what makes them tick.
The National Portrait Gallery is establishing a Carval user group for London and is inviting expressions of interest. The intention is to hold the first meeting this summer. User groups are a great way to network with other users, exchange ideas and to have a say in the on-development of the HR Unity system. The National Portrait Gallery uses Carval's Unistaff HR Software, Uniwage Payroll Software and Unity Online Self-Service module.
Independent construction supplier streamlines HR processes, including absence management, training and compliance for over 420 staff in 17 sites across the UK.
George Osbourne delivered his budget for 2016 on 16th March. Here are the salient points that payrollers need to be aware of.
Check out Carval's blog for a rather handy list of tools and forms for communicating with HMRC.
Carval HR Unity v5.7 is due for release at the end of this month. This is a mandatory upgrade for all Uniwage payroll software users but also includes a host of new features for our Unistaff HR software users too. Below Steff Cowell and Michelle Ginnelly from the Carval team highlight their favourite new features in this release.
Historic Scottish golf course and retail business manages seasonal demands for staff with integrated Time and Attendance, Payroll and HR software from Carval. Discover more and download our free case study.
We have a new face at Carval. Karen Hughes will be providing administrative support to our training department and projects team, as well as other really important jobs that help our company run smoothly like making sure we all hand our paperwork in on time... and have enough coffee.
Carval HR Unity v5.7 will be released at the end of February 2016. This is a mandatory upgrade for all Uniwage payroll software users in preparation for Year End and the start of the new tax year, but there are also plenty of new features for our Unistaff HR software users too.
Did you know that your Uniwage Payroll Software includes the functionality to download messages direct from the HMRC website? Our blog post explains how...
We'd like to welcome Ellen Hinton who has joined Carval as a Helpdesk Support Analyst. Ellen has been working in IT for over 17 years, having experience of both development and support gained across the private and public sectors. Outside of work Ellen lists her interests as walking in the country, volunteer work, reading, exploring cultural and historical places and socialising with friends and family in local social clubs.
The Carval helpdesk will be available at the following times over Christmas and New Year:
Thursday 24th December - 09:00-13:00
Christmas Day - Closed
Boxing Day - Closed
Sunday 27th December - Closed
Monday 28th December - Closed
Tuesday 29th December - 09:00-17:00
Wednesday 30th December - 09:00-17:00
Thursday 31st December - 09:00-13:00
New Years Day - Closed
HR Unity v5.6 includes enhanced rostering, new performance review module, e-recruitment, automatic expenses calculation, integration with SIMS Education system and support for facial recognition.
Carval Computing will be showing the newly launched HR Unity v5.6 at the CIPD Annual Conference & Exhibition, 4-5 November, Manchester Central Stand: F62.
New features include an enhanced rostering system, a new Performance Review module, e-Recruitment, and a new Expenses feature enabling automatic calculation of mileage from postcodes. The Time and Attendance module has been updated to support facial recognition terminals, increasing security and reducing attendance fraud. Carval has also achieved accreditation with Capita as a SIMS integrator, with its HR software fully integrating with the schools administration system, reducing the duplication and management of HR data.
The dust is settling after the excitement of our National User Conference on 20-21 October. Held for the second year at Whittlebury Hall, deep in the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside, we were pleased to welcome over 100 attendees. The early feedback is that you found it a useful and stimulating day, with plenty of information for both payroll and HR specialists.
The following changes are coming to payroll next year, and rest assured Carval payroll software development team is already on top of them.
The clocks will go back by one hour on Sunday 25 October as British Summer Time (BST) ends for another year. If you use Carval Unitend Time and Attendance software there are some essential steps you must take.
Carval will be holding a coffee morning at the Interchange Business Centre in Newport Pagnell on Friday 25 September to raise money for Macmillan. Feel free to pop in and join us for tea, coffee, cake and a chat from 9.30am.
Two lucky Carval HR Unity users can win a free place at the CIPD Annual Conference worth over £600. Held in Manchester on 4-5 November 2015, the event is a highlight in the annual HR calendar and a great opportunity to discover new ways to be effective at work. Meet with like-minded HR professionals for two days of outstanding learning and networking opportunities. Learn new, practical approaches to common HR problems and return to work with a clear focus on the future.
Carval HR Software users may have noticed a new voice on the support desk recently: We're delighted to welcome Tim Ezard to the team and have asked him to introduce himself...
This year Carval’s National User Conference is being held at Whittlebury Hall Hotel on Wednesday 21st October. Delegates will enjoy a full day of learning opportunities, workshops, networking and more.
Whether you're a new user or want to become a whiz at report writing we've got a training course or workshop to suit. We can also provide on site training for up to 6 people at a time.
Just by way of a final reminder the deadline for returning forms P11D and P11D(b) is the 6th July, so employers will need to submit these now if they haven't already done so. Where employers fail to submit their P11D and P11D(b) returns employees may have incorrect tax codes (and tax bills) and any delays beyond the 19th July might result in a penalty being charged. Carval's Uniwage payroll software includes an Expenses and Benefits module to make this process simpler. Please contact our support or account management team if you need any help.
Changes to HMRC's news feed mean Uniwage users have temporarily lost the ability to view it from their payroll software. This will be handled in our next release but in the interim HMRC news can be viewed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs.atom
Interested in finding out a bit more about Carval's new e-recruitment software? Join a free webinar.
Carval Computing will be showing the latest enhancements to its HR Unity solution at this year’s CIPD HR Software Show, on 17-18th June, Olympia, London, Stand H320. The new features include a new e-Recruit module, enabling companies to manage the entire recruitment process online from within the HR software, and a significant new Timesheets upgrade.
The forms P11D, and where appropriate P9D, which report details of expenses and benefits provided to employees and directors for the year ended 5 April 2015, are due for submission to HMRC by 6 July 2015. The process of gathering the necessary information can take some time, so it is important that it is not left to the last minute to avoid late-filing penalties. Carval's Expenses and Benefits module enables you to record all the necessary information and print P11D forms and P9D forms for each employee.
Carval have today launched an exciting new addition to the HR Unity range: e-Recruit. Available to users of Unistaff, the new e-Recruitment module enables the HR department to create a vacancy post and post it online from within their HR software. The system also allows the creation of questions for applicants and designing how the web page looks. Employee data from successful applicants is retained and used within the company HR system, removing the need for re-keying of personnel details. The e-Recruit module has been developed as a result of customer demand and will be available from 1st June, rolling out to customers over the summer.
Payroll and HR Software company takes top honours at premier South West Business Event after demonstrating continued strong growth and increased customer satisfaction. Carval Computing has won the Herald Business Award for Best Medium-sized Business of the Year. The award presentation was made at a black-tie, gala dinner held at the Plymouth Pavillions and comes only four years after Carval won the award for Best Small Business at the inaugural event in 2011. Now one of the most anticipated dates in the South West business calendar, the awards celebrate the very best in the region’s business and entrepreneurialism. Carval is a specialist supplier of fully integrated HR, Payroll and Time & Attendance software and apps, and has seen particular growth in the demand for its Payroll Bureau Services.
Carval has published a paper on getting staff buy-in for Time and Attendance software. Clocking in and out benefits staff too, says Carval Computing. Carval, a specialist supplier of fully integrated Human Resources, Payroll and Time & Attendance (T&A) software, has today published a paper outlining the benefits to staff of using time management solutions, with guidance on how to gain staff buy-in.
What to do to update employees tax code for the new tax year in Carval Uniwage payroll software.
Discover Carval's integrated HR and Payroll Software at the Payroll World Spring Update and Client Payroll Conference 2015.
National Insurance for U21s. As of April, employees U21 will have a new NI category so that employers do not have to pay National Insurance for them. The Uniwage Year End will automatically move any employees U21 on to the appropriate NI category so that the employer doesn’t have to do anything. Uniwage will also notify employers when the employee reaches 21 and will change the NI category back for them.
The clocks will go forward by one hour on Sunday 29 March as British Summer Time begins for another year and if you use Carval Unitend for Time and Attendance monitoring there are some essential steps you must take.
Remember that Carval offers some great prices on payroll stationery, so contact us for a quote secure seal tri-fold P60s, tri-fold and bi-fold payslips now.
Carval Computing, a specialist supplier of fully integrated Human Resources, Payroll and Time & Attendance software has clocked up another successful year following its record growth in 2013. The company has announced another 31 new customers signed up in the last twelve months, with the Payroll Bureau growing by 46%. 2013’s staff increase of 35% has been followed with new HR development, including a restructuring of the Support Desk resulting in dramatically improved customer service. Carval has also achieved BACS accreditation for its bureau service, allowing the company to process BACS payments on behalf of third parties.
Staff at leading heating and air conditioning manufacturer give HR Self-Service portal warm reception and benefit from HR administration efficiencies
HMRC has asked Carval to tell our payroll software users about a new tax break for married couples. Uniwage v5.4 already supports the two new tax code suffixes so our payroll system users are all ready for this change.
HMRC have announced that employers will not incur penalties for delays of up to three days in filing PAYE information. Late payment penalties will continue to be reviewed on a risk-assessed basis rather than be issued automatically. There is no change to the filing deadlines. This means filing on or before each payment date unless the circumstances set out in the sending an FPS after payday guidance apply.
The Yorkshire Dales National Park has recently extended its use of HR Unity to include the Time and Attendance (T&A) and HR modules. The Yorkshire Dales Park Authority has been using Carval’s Payroll Software since 2012, and is now using the system for HR administration for around 130 permanent staff, plus its governing committee of 22 Members and seasonal employees. The Carval T&A solution replaces a standalone system, which did not collect the required data or link to payroll. Now staff hours are fed directly to payroll, streamlining operations and improving accuracy.
We're pleased to confirm that as of January 2015 Carval's payroll bureau has been audited by Bacs inspectors to ensure it meets the exacting standards set by their Bacs approved bureaux scheme (BABS). We can pay your employees via Bacs if you are using our payroll software or payroll bureau service.
We've updated our training schedule with some new courses to help you get the most from your constantly evolving system. So whether you're a new user or want to become a whiz at report writing we've got something to suit.
To get the most from Carval's great new Unity Online employee self-service module why not book yourself onto a one day workshop? Self Service training has a duration of 1 day and aims to meet the following objectives:
* introduction to the administration of the Self Service system, e.g. user profiles and security
* a working knowledge of the different elements of the Self Service module
* navigation within Self Service
* managerial functionality within Self Service
We will shortly be launching Carval HR Unity v5.4, which is the mandatory spring upgrade for our Uniwage payroll software users. It includes:
* Everything you will need to successfully close this tax year and start the next.
* Our all new self-service module with a new dashboard facility, easier navigation and a whole host of tweaks and modifications that streamline usability and enhance productivity.
* The solution also offers optional smartphone apps on both iOS and Android.
Clients will receive their v5.4 upgrades via the post for self-installation. However for a small fee Carval can perform this upgrade for you and ensure everything goes smoothly with this big release. Availability is limited so please arrange your upgrade at your earliest opportunity.
Carval's Uniwage Payroll Software has gained HMRC recognition for 2015/16 for:
HMRC regularly consult with payroll software developers on changes to handling payroll in the UK. Carval's Technical Director Jason Sweby was invited to attend a consultation meeting at The Treasury regarding the proposed legislation to allow companies to voluntarily payroll certain benefits in kind (BiKs).
An exciting new feature to enable you to manage documents directly from within HR Unity.
HMRC has asked Carval to encourage employers to notify them of any employees who are impacted by the introduction of the van benefit charge that will apply to zero emission vans from 6 April 2015.
3 top reasons employees don't request flexible working plus a free guide to make sure your business reaps the benefits.
HMRC is introducing a new Generic Notification to remind employers that the temporary SCON will not be available for use from April 2015. If by the 15th December 2014 any employer is still not using the correct SCON they will receive a GNS message as a further reminder that they must take action to start and record the correct SCON. They will also receive the GNS message each time they make a subsequent submission using the temporary SCON. If Carval Uniwage payroll software users receive the new notification and are satisfied that the temporary SCON was not used on their last submission they should notify HMRC at email@example.com
HR Unity v5.3 now shipping, provides totally new Self-Service solution, dashboards and many other productivity improvements. Carval Computing, a specialist supplier of fully integrated Time & Attendance (T&A), Human Resources and Payroll software has today announced that its HR Unity app is now available for download directly from the Apple iTunes App Store and from the Google Play Store. The new app, which runs with HR Unity version 5.3, available from 14 December, complements HR Unity desktop and web payroll, HR and T&A software solutions. The app has features and functions for both staff and managers and is designed for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It requires iOS 6 or later and is optimised for iPhone 5. The Android version works on all devices running Android v2.3 and onwards.
Here are Carval's Help Desk opening times for the festive period.
May we take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Wednesday 24 December: 09:00-13:00
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: Closed
Saturday 27 December: Closed
Sunday 28 December: Closed
Monday 29 December: 09:00-17:00
Tuesday 30 December: 09:00-17:00
Wednesday 31 December: 09:00-13:00
Thursday 1 January: Closed
Friday 2 January: 09:00-17:00
Parents will gain greater flexibility in how they share the care of their child in the first year after birth as new regulations regarding Shared Parental Leave (SPL) come into force today (1 December 2014). The new rules, which apply to couples with babies due or children matched or placed for adoption on or after 5 April 2015, will allow parents to choose whether they want to share the mother’s maternity leave. For the legal ramifications see Blake Morgan’s legal expert, Sarah Peacock, writing in Payroll World below.
Discover Carval's HR Software, Payroll Software and Payroll Services for Schools at the NASBM National Conference 2014. One of the only two-day event solely dedicated to the school business management professional, where all content is tailored specifically to the audience, including national networking opportunities, high quality keynote speakers, interactive workshops, policy direction and practical tools to take back to your school. Our two-day National Conference is held in November each year. The event attracts 200 delegates, the majority being School Business Management professionals, representing primary, secondary and special schools and academies. An exhibition runs alongside the conference featuring over 80 exhibitors’ stands. Each year, delegate and exhibitor space is oversubscribed. This year's conference will take place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 November 2014
Consortium uses Carval solution to manage complex payroll for 2000 teachers and support staff across 33 schools and academies.
We held our biggest and best HR software user event in 2014 at Whittlebury Hall, Towcester. Delegates enjoyed a networking dinner on 21 October, followed by a full day of workshops and learning opportunities on the 22 October 2014.
HR Practitioners still prefer traditional professional networking over Social Media, finds survey by Carval. Professional memberships, conferences and exhibitions top of HR and Payroll Managers list for keeping current with their industry.
More than five million British workers face uncertainty after leaked emails revealed that their tax bills for last year may have been wrongly calculated. HM Revenue and Customs has privately admitted that those who underpaid or overpaid income tax last year may still have paid the wrong amount. Most have already been sent new tax demands or sent repayments – but now face the prospect of having their bills recalculated once again. HMRC has stopped sending repayments until the crisis is resolved. HMRC said tens of thousands would ultimately be affected but admitted it currently had no idea about the scale of problem.
HM Revenue & Customs will be able to collect up to £17,000 a year of tax debts directly from high earners’ pay packets, under new powers. The change, expected to raise £115m in the 2015-16 tax year, has aroused less controversy than plans to deduct the money from bank accounts because it spreads payments over the year and does not affect those earning less than £30,000, who will still be subject to the £3,000 limit. HMRC has introduced a sliding scale so only those earning more than £90,000 would face a £17,000 deduction. It has also guaranteed that it would not take more than half the salary of those affected.
New on the Carval blog: Work-life balance has hit the HR headlines again this week with the CEO of a $2 trillion investment fund quitting his job when his daughter presented him with a list of 22 milestones in her life that he had missed.
People are finding it more challenging than ever to juggle the demands of their job and the rest of their life, putting in extra hours, or using their smartphones to be on call when they're not physically at work. Also in environments where there have been cutbacks or layoffs people can be afraid it may happen to them so put in more hours to prove their commitment.
Work related stress already costs Britain 10.4 million working days per year. The human costs of unmanaged work related stress extends far beyond this. A key way to protect your employees mental health against the potential detrimental effects of work related stress is to ensure they have a healthy work-life balance. Read on for some practical tips.
PAYE schemes that haven't submitted an EPS in 14/15 will soon receive a HMRC GNS message regarding claiming the Employment Allowance.
HMRC is phasing in the implementation of penalties for the late filing of PAYE, and, as part of this, has started to issue electronic generic notification service (GNS) messages to all employers, to confirm when the new in-year penalties will apply to them. Initially messages are being sent to employers who have schemes of 50 or more employees. If you use Carval Uniwage payroll software and are to receive one of these notifications, it will appear in your "DPS" software.
Here's what you need to know.
We were delighted to spot an article in RetailTechnology (www.retailtechnology.co.uk) not only eschewing the benefits of workforce management (WFM) technology in general, but highlighting one of Carval's integrated payroll and HR software users, Thomas Sabo, as a particular success story in this arena!
At Carval National Payroll Week is very important to us, a highlight in our calendar. We don’t expect you to share our excitement and, in fact, we would expect you to be blissfully unaware, especially if you have outsourced your payroll.
Two lucky Carval HR Unity users can win a free place at the CIPD Annual Conference worth £665.
On Friday 22 August HMRC started to send letters to employers who are disputing a PAYE charge. HMRC has been undertaking a review to identify the root causes thoroughly and improve their systems wherever possible. This review has shown that, while there are a number of different reasons for disputed charges, the main cause is duplicate employments. HMRC has taken a number of steps to improve their processes and systems and issued update advice to employers.
A batch of Real Time Information (RTI) 201 letters containing incorrect information about over payments has been sent to employers and agents in error. HMRC has advised that any employer or agent receiving one of these letters in August should ignore it. Those wishing to check their tax position can do so on the Business Tax Dashboard. HMRC apologised for any inconvenience caused.
Check out our latest blog post: A combination of holidays and unexpected sickness could leave you unable to pay your employees therefore it is of paramount importance that you consider what you would do in the event of an emergency. A part of every company's business continuity should include a plan B.
The Carval North East User Group holds its inaugural meeting on 25 September at Homes for Northumberland in Blyth. To receive details on this and future events please register below.
This year Carval’s National User Conference is being held at the prestigious Whittlebury Hall Hotel and Spa near Towcester in Northamptonshire. Delegates at the event on Wednesday 22 October will enjoy a full day of learning opportunities, workshops, networking and more.
Carval announces new Self Service module to streamline the user experience and increase productivity. Completely rewritten Carval Self Service is optimised for use with any browser capable device running Windows, Android, or iOS.
HMRC has asked Carval to share updated RTI guidance for the late notification of leavers with our UK payroll software users. It is now acceptable to show the payment date as either the current FPS payment date or the last date the employee was paid. If using the date the employee was last paid, include a late reporting reason 'H' - correction to an earlier submission.
Check out our latest blog post - How to stop your flexible working scheme going belly-up. Flexible working schemes have some great benefits but they do require careful planning. When introducing any sort of change in the workplace consultation is absolutely key, to make sure that what you are considering will be valued and is workable.
Check out our latest blog post - 6 reasons flexible working is great for your business. Should the thought of an influx of flexible working requests strike fear into the heart of business owners? Not necessarily - there are several really great reasons to consider requests with open arms and a firm eye on the bottom line.
Every company now needs to provide workplace pensions for its employees. Most staff, except for those on very low wages or working part time, will be eligible, and those whose pay varies may slip in and out of eligibility. How do you keep track? Not only do you need to keep track and make the calculations, which could be different each month, you also have to prove that you have complied.
It's summer, staff are on holiday, and then you are struck by sickness, or other unexpected absence. What do you do about the payroll? Paying your staff, your most valuable asset, late simply isn’t an option.
At the Learn Centre’s annual conference HMRC admitted that there are 12,500 cases of disputed PAYE charges awaiting resolution. Read more on the payerti.org website.
Following customer feedback, HMRC has published a short guide to help employers prepare for the introduction of late filing penalties from October 2014. You can access the helpsheet using the following link: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/news/paye-late-pen.pdf
The forms P11D, and where appropriate P9D, which report details of expenses and benefits provided to employees and directors for the year ended 5 April 2014, are due for submission to HMRC by 6 July 2014.
The process of gathering the necessary information can take some time, so it is important that it is not left to the last minute to avoid late-filing penalties.
Carval's Expenses and Benefits module enables you to record all the necessary information and print P11D forms and P9D forms for each employee.
HMRC have asked Carval to pass on information to our payroll software users regarding: Promoters of Tax Avoidance Schemes, End of Year Expenses and Benefits and Telling HMRC your business has ceased.
HMRC has asked Carval to let our payroll software users and contacts know that a number of employers have incorrectly been sent an interim penalty warning letter when they have, in fact, submitted all of their RTI returns for 2013/14
Carval Computing is to showcase two new mobile Apps for iOS and Android mobile devices at the HR Software Show, to be held at Olympia, London, on the 18 – 19 June. The two new Apps, designed for both staff and managers, is Carval’s latest development in its on-going commitment to provide fully integrated, easy to access, easy to use HR software.
HR Unity users Selwood Group Limited, based in Eastleigh, Hampshire, are interested in establishing a User Group for the South of England. User groups are a great way to network with other users, exchange ideas and to have a say in the on-development of the HR Unity system. If you think you might like to get involved please register your interest here and we will pass on your details.
HMRC has asked Carval to let our payroll software users and contacts know that subject to certain stringent conditions, anyone who has deliberately defaulted on their tax responsibilities will have their details published by HMRC.
HMRC has asked us to let our payroll software users know that following recent changes to the Charities Online service, HM Revenue & Customs has updated its demonstrator to include instructions on how to activate the service and new images of the Charities Online screens that have recently changed.
HMRC has asked us to let our payroll software users know that it has improved the information and supporting guidance on the Business Tax Dashboard PAYE screens following customer feedback.
Carval Computing Limited has been installing Time and Attendance systems (T&A) and software a since 1986. While there are many reasons touted by organisations for introducing T&A systems, including ensuring Working Time Directive and Health & Safety compliance, in our experience the real driver is a tacit desire to maximise productivity and minimise costs by tackling absenteeism and increasingly by implementing the most efficient working practices. To win the fight, one needs clear information and T&A technology is the foundation stone of “addressing the issue”.
Opportunities to improve employee engagement start with the recruitment process – or even before – and continue throughout the employee lifecycle. The good news is that technology can really help you get that buy-in from your people. Read on for 5 top tips for using your HR software to improve employee engagement…
HMRC has asked us to pass on updated information and guidance to our payroll software users on the following subjects:
* In-year interest on late payments: Important information on how to avoid late payment interest and what to expect if a 2014 to 2015 PAYE or CIS payment is late.
* How HMRC has improved the Generic Notification Service (GNS) messages for 2014 to 2015.
* Udated guidance on eligibility for the Employment Allowance for Independent Pharmacies and their ability to claim the Employment allowance.
We'd like to introduce the latest member's to Carval's front line support team: Colin Meacham, who brings a wealth of public sector payroll experience, and Les Chilton, with a strong background in IT.
HMRC has asked Carval to let our payroll software users know that they have published three updated toolkits to help minimise common errors. These cover:
* Company Losses
* Property Rental and
* Directors’ Loan Accounts
Carval is delighted to be supporting client the National Housing Federation at the organisation's annual Human Resources event. The conference program provides the latest updates and advice on HR issues for housing associations including hot topics such as the future of reward, managing restructures, effective internal communications and how to boost performance.
Carval's head office moves to new offices in Plymouth Science Park's Phase 2 development today. Unfortunately our building sustained significant damage during the harsh storms that hit the South West during the winter. However our business continuity plans kicked in fast and we were up and running in temporary accommodation in under 24 hours, with all critical services switched to our Newport Pagnell offices in the interim.
From 6 April 2014, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) will use PAYE income information reported in real time to calculate tax credits awards.
Tax credits claimants’ Renewals Notices will show the total gross pay for the year, and may therefore include income from more than one source. The Notice will explain that this has come from details their employer has sent to HMRC. The Renewals Notices will not show hours worked. This post includes infomration to employers on what to do if your employees appraoch you for information.
The final date for sending Full Payment Submissions for 2013 to 2014 has now passed. Employers who still need to send PAYE information for 2013 to 2014 that they would normally have reported on a Full Payment Submission (FPS) must now report this by using an Earlier Year Update (EYU). To avoid a late filing penalty for 2013 to 2014, employers should ensure that they have reported all their 2013 to 2014 PAYE information to HMRC by 19 May 2014.
Carval Computing, a specialist supplier of fully integrated Human Resources, Payroll and Time & Attendance (T&A) software, has seen impressive growth over the last 12 months; adding 35 + new contracts; increasing turnover by 39% and experiencing positive staff growth of 35%.
Visit the Carval Blog for the latest informal highlights from HMRC’s Payroll Software Support Team, including:
* National Insurance contributions: Limited Liability Partnerships
* The Income Tax (Pay As You Earn) and the Income Tax (Construction Industry Scheme) (Amendment) Regulations 2014
Visit the Carval Blog for the latest informal highlights from HMRC’s Payroll Software Support Team, including:
* Common reasons for contacting HMRC
* Correcting a 2013-14 real time PAYE submission
* Limited Company Subcontractors claiming back CIS deductions
* Employer Bulletin Issue 47
* Overnight subsistence allowance paid to lorry drivers
HMRC has issued a document containing details of some of the common queries their Contact Centre operators are currently dealing with and some pointers as to where customers may find the correct information.
This week's round-up of informal highlights from HMRC featuring:
Real Time Information
- Final 2013-14 submissions
- Correcting Full Payment Submissions (FPS)
- Correcting Employer Payment Submissions (FPS)
- Electronic Message Updates
Percentage Threshold Scheme ends allowing for the introduciton of the Health and Work Service
Form P9X - Tax codes to use from 6 April 2014
Reminder for employers operating Appendix 6 arrangements
Toolkits to help minimise common errors
Employment Related Securities Bulletin
Employment Related Securities – register, self certify and file online
NICs regulations in respect of various matters have been published
Registering as a new employer
We'd like to extend a warm welcome to the newest member of our technical team, Tris Anley, who will be working from our Newport Pagnell office. Below Tris, tells us a bit about his role, himself and the experience that he brings to Carval.
On the 9 April 2014 Carval Computing Limited received notification from HMRC to advise that 'Uniwage' payroll software had gained recognition for the following 2014-15 RTI messages:
• Full Payment Submission
• Employer Payment Summary
• NINO Verification Request
• Earlier Year Update
Learn how to send scheduled reports with your Carval HR software, Payroll software or Time and Attendance software.
Carval's Support Desk will be closed on the following dates:
Good Friday - 18 April 2014
Easter Monday - 21 April 2014
Support is available to those customers with appropriate out of hours support contracts.
Informal highlights from HMRC as a result of listening to employer feedback and working in partnership with you, featuring:
NICs Employment Allowance
PAYE: What to do if your employee asks why they don't have a new tax code
Are you completing P9Ds needlessly for emplyees in receipt of medical benefit?
New product features for Education unveiled at the Academies Show | Stand Number: 140 | 30 April, ExCeL, London
Carval Computing, a specialist supplier of fully integrated Human Resources, Payroll and Time & Attendance (T&A) software, has today announced that it is to increase its focus on the Education Sector. The company’s flagship software suite HR Unity has been developed to enhance the functionality currently available in schools’ resource management systems. An interface for one of the leading resource management solutions, CMIS from Advanced Learning is now available with SIMS from Capita to follow shortly.
This provides comprehensive HR software management features and enhances absence management without compromising the resource allocation features that schools and colleges rely on. The fully integrated solution also enables schools to produce school statistics reports such as the workforce census return to the Department for Education. Carval’s solution has been designed to meet the needs of primary/secondary schools as well as tertiary and higher education establishments.
We're delighted to announce that Michelle Barker, Carval's Operations Manager, had a beautiful baby girl, Eboni, on 8 April.
Mother and daughter are doing well!
Ofsted ranked ‘exceptional’ Academy School in Hackney invests in new integrated HR software and Payroll solution to meet expansion plans.
Carval's pick and mix range of payroll software and services offer you the flexibility to find a solution that's just right for your business. So whether you want to outsource your payroll entirely, or just the final payslip production, then Carval can help.
Each Carval client benefits from the services of a dedicated Account Manager. While our helpdesk team are on hand to deal with day-to-day enquiries, your Account Manager is your central point of contact here at Carval. Their role is to keep the lines of communication open and to work with you to ensure that you are getting the most out of your Carval HR Unity software.
The clocks will go forward by one hour on Sunday 30 March as British Summer Time begins for another year and if you use Carval Unitend for Time and Attendance monitoring there are some essential steps you must take.
The information you enter on your payroll feeds into the real time submissions you send to HMRC and then directly into HMRC's IT systems. If your payroll information does not match the data held by HMRC, it may result in them issuing the wrong tax codes to your employees and former employees. It may also result in erroneous charges. HMRC have put together a guide that tells you how to avoid the most common problems, including:
* What causes a duplicate employment?
* What happens when HMRC discovers a duplicate employment
* Hints and tips on avoiding the creation of duplicate employments
* Other general hints and tips
There may be occasions when employers can't reconcile a charge shown on HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) records to theirs. Here are a few steps employers can take to eliminate some of the most common errors and resolve the issue without having to contact HMRC.
On 19 February HMRC began to correct an issue in their system which, where an employee has had two or more employments with the same employer, had resulted in some employments being merged in error. Prior to their corrective action some accounts on HMRC’s Business Tax Dashboard will have been incorrect. They are currently updating affected employer records and the Business Tax Dashboard will show corrected figures shortly:
Having listened to stakeholders and employers involved in the RTI pilot HMRC have adapted their systems so that employers can send their 2014-15 submissions from 6 March.
Carval Computing, has been selected by Sentinel Housing to supply its fully integrated staff management solution HR Unity. The new system will include HR and Payroll software, Time and Attendance and, Employee and Management Self-Service facilities, and will cover all 200 staff that work for the Association. HR Unity is being implemented as part of Sentinel’s strategic drive to support staff and managers with more automated systems, enabling them to take on more responsibility and ownership as they provide better services to the community.
AAF International, a leading manufacturer and marketer of commercial air filtration products, has successfully deployed Carval Computing’s complete HR Unity portfolio of integrated Payroll, HR, Self-Service and Time and Attendance software solutions. AAF is using the software to streamline its HR administration and payroll software processes and support the company’s People Centred Management (PCM) methodology . Just four months after installing the new system, AAF has noticed a series of significant benefits including valuable time savings.
Do you have your staging date coming-up in the next 12 to 18 months? If so it's very important to have an action plan in place. Carval's Uniwage payroll software has all the tools you need to manage the monitoring of eligibility, opting-in and out, communications and record keeping. If you'd like a hand making sure everything is set-up and ready then our consultancy team is on hand.
HMRC has decided to stagger the start of new, automated, in-year late payment and filing penalties, to give HMRC and employers more time to adapt to reporting in real time
HMRC has published guidance for businesses and charities on how to claim the Employment Allowance, which will reduce their employers Class 1 NICs by up to £2,000 every tax year.
MVV, a specialist in Energy from Waste processing plants, has selected HR software from Carval Computing. Carval’s HR Unity will cover staff at both UK sites at Devonport Dockyard, in Plymouth, Devon and Ridham Dock, near Sittingbourne in Kent. Carval is also supplying Employee Self-Service capabilities. The new HR software will streamline operations, replacing a manual paper-based system, saving time and providing a better service to employees and the business.
Carval offers a range of very competitively priced payroll stationery, including a variety of payslips and tri-fold P60s from seven pence per piece. These are available to anyone - you do not have to be a user of our payroll software. Contact us for a chat about your requirements and a quote.
The deadline of 31 January for self-assessment is looming and requests for replacement documents are putting pressure on payroll personnel. Discover how Carval can help make this process easier - for your payroll team and for your employees.
“Hello everyone, my name is John Herbert and I am the new HR Software Consultant at Carval Computing. Having come from a training and software support background, I am looking forward to helping new and existing customers implement the Carval brand successfully into their working environments."
Carval Computing has been selected by the Newcastle Theatre Royal Trust to provide Payroll and HR software. As well as providing in-house payroll processing and HR functionality, Carval’s HR Unity system will enable the iconic Theatre Royal to comply with new pensions and auto-enrolment legislation for its 150 strong workforce.
HMRC has provided updated guides to provide employers with advance notice of new data items for 2014-15, and any resulting changes to the PAYE reporting process, as well as some basic information on the new online appeals facility from April 2014.
Here we highlight some of the changes coming to payroll and RTI from April, some of which may necessitate changes to your current payroll procedures. All of these are, of course, fully covered by v5.1.0 of Carval's Uniwage payroll software.
HMRC is chasing employers as soon as an incorrect RTI submission is made, even though the guidance for correcting an error is to do it in the next Full Payment Submission (FPS). The contradiction is leading to a number of employers being contacted unexpectedly by HMRC’s Debt Management & Banking (DMB) team.
If you use Carval's Uniwage payroll software then our great workshop will give you all the tools you need to prepare for your payroll year end, walk you through the tasks involved and help you avoid unnecessary audit by HMRC.
The Carval support desk will be open at the following times over Christmas and the New Year:
We'd like to take this opportunity to wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!
Carval Computing has been selected by the National Housing Federation (Federation) to supply fully integrated Payroll, Time and Attendance and HR software. The Carval system, HR Unity, went live recently and is now handling two payrolls that cover all 135 staff at the Federation, as well as providing a flexi-time system and a full range of HR features. Additionally, staff are able to check their personnel records and outstanding leave balances using the Self-Service facility provided by the system. HR Unity replaces the organisation’s old payroll software that did not meet the requirements of RTI (Real Time Information). Having worked with HMRC on the RTI Pilot Scheme, Carval was one of the first vendors to bring to market a fully compliant solution.
Innovative jeweller and retailer manages continued growth with fully integrated staff management solutions
Carval Computing, a specialist supplier of fully integrated Human Resources, Time and Attendance (T&A) and Payroll software, has promoted Jason Sweby to Technical Director. This will support the company’s continued business growth and the increasing demand from customers for creative solutions that incorporate the latest advancements in technology. In his new role, Jason, a graduate in computer science who has worked at Carval for over 15 years, heads up a dedicated team of software developers that has doubled in size in the last 18 months.
CIPD Annual Conference & Exhibition, 6 –7 November, Manchester Central (formerly GMEX) Stand Number: 555
Carval Computing, a specialist supplier of fully integrated Human Resources, Time & Attendance and Payroll software, will be showcasing Carval HR Unity v5.0 at the CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition. Now shipping, this latest version is a major upgrade providing new automated features and users’ short cuts throughout the product range and includes support for iPhone/iPad. HR Unity takes a single platform approach to providing Payroll, T&A and HR software and is the only suite of products currently on the market that are truly integrated using the same employee database.
Carval Computing, a specialist supplier of fully integrated Payroll, Time and Attendance and HR software, has continued its recent track record for growth with a further 10 major contracts signed in the last three months. Significantly, all of the new customers are using two or more modules from Carval, benefiting from the integration within the system. All customers will be running HR Unity v5.0, the latest version that will be on show at the CIPD Annual Conference & Exhibition.
On Thursday 17 October close to 100 users of Carval’s HR Unity software gathered at the Jury’s Inn Hotel in Milton Keynes for the company’s National User Group Meeting. The event marked the official release of HR Unity v5.0 and users got to explore the raft of new features available to them across the Human Resources, Payroll, Time and Attendance and Employee Self-Service modules.
From 28 October, HMRC will begin sending letters telling an employer that they are going to cancel their PAYE scheme if it was opened after 5 April 2013 but has been inactive for 120 days. The process will not cancel any schemes registered as annual schemes.
From 21 October, HMRC will start to send three types of generic electronic messages to warn the employer if their PAYE submissions or payments appear to have fallen into arrears.
From 20:00hrs on Friday 18 October 2013 to 07:00hrs on Monday 21 October 2013, most of HMRC's public facing IT systems are being upgraded and will undergo planned maintenance.
HMRC have been looking into the reasons why there may be differences in the tax they say is due, to that employers think is due. The findings of this analysis, undertaken over the summer, has now been published in a report "Reconciling 2013 PAYE Charges".
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is developing a new online service for small and medium businesses. The new service will bring together in one place everything businesses need to manage their tax affairs. From a personalised homepage they will be able to view key information and access online services to manage their business tax affairs, for example: file tax returns, check and make payments, view important dates for future action.
HMRC is looking for volunteers to take part in a live trial of an early version of this new online service later this autumn. Volunteers will be able to access the service from any internet-enabled PC they are currently using and no special equipment or expert IT knowledge will be needed, just basic internet skills.
Worried about auto-enrolment? Outsource your payroll to Carval and have us take care of assessment and communication for you.
New workshops and speakers added. Currently sold out.
Discover how Carval's refreshingly simple integrated approach to HR software and a single source of real-time accurate data can:
•transform your business processes;
•deliver outstanding efficiencies;
•improve policy adherence and
•give you the tools, time and information required for confident decision making.
Carval HR Unity software users have the chance to win a free ticket to the CIPD Annual Conference in Manchester on 6 and 7 November 2013. Simply enter our free draw!
Carval has appointed Laura Buchanan to head up the company’s new Account Management function. The greenfield role has been created to accommodate rapid business growth over the past 12 months which saw Carval increase turnover by 30% and sign 40 new contracts. Laura, who brings with her a wealth of customer relationship and business development experience, will actively drive Carval’s customer service and support activities during a period of continued expansion.
Many HR Unity software users have their auto-enrolment staging dates coming-up and your software has plenty of tools to help you manage this important process. Carval's training department has put together a helpful webinar to talk you through the functionality.
While RTI has been a success for many employers, a significant minority are finding themselves pursued by HMRC for underpayments. What's going on?
Press release 08/03/13. Demand for staff time management functionality up almost 50% in last three years as recession hits.
Carval launched an exciting new version of their successful HR Unity Software at the CIPD HR Software Show, 19-20 June at Olympia. This release includes a new iPhone/iPad app which was very well received.
Press Release. 25 July 2013. Expansion results in office move and new Account Management function at Carval.
Almost half of employers regard vocational qualifications as equally attractive as academic ones, but employees are still unsure of its value, according to a report by Cranfield School of Management and learndirect.
Down-to-earth advice from mental health charity Mind on managing and supporting workplace mental wellbeing.
Press Release 19 June 2013. HR Software Show, 19-20 June, Olympia, London. Stand No: H155
Carval Computing will be showcasing Carval HR Unity v5.0 at the CIPD HR Software Show on the 19th and 20th June at Olympia. London. This latest version is a major upgrade providing new automated features and users’ short cuts throughout the product range and includes support for iPhone/iPad, with an Android version to follow later. HR Unity takes a single platform approach to providing HR, Payroll and T&A, and is the only suite of products currently on the market that are truly integrated using the same employee database.
HMRC has asked Carval Computing Limited to alert clients to the importance of including all employments on their alignment submission. This is because any failure to do so will mean that HMRC will automatically treat any omitted employments as having ceased.
Founded in 1986, Carval is a well-established player in the UK HR and payroll software market. Recent years have seen a sustained period of growth in terms of market-share, turnover and of course company size, resulting in a move to new larger offices.
March sees the release of the latest version of Carval's successful HR Unity software, which delivers unique levels of integration across human resources, payroll and time and attendance management.