Written by Stewart Waddell
Published on October 8, 2019

The dark nights pulling in only mean one thing in the world of payroll - it won’t be long before it is Christmas payroll time!

Payroll in December can be pretty challenging, with less days within the month to pay our clients’ employees, so planning well in advance is key to ensuring a smooth period.

So what do you need to consider?

1. Think about the potential pay date well in advance and how this could affect your cut-off period.
2. Take into account whether BACS is actually open to process payments for the pay date you want.
3. Most importantly, are you giving yourself enough time to review the payroll before making the payments?

Employee payslips

Our ePayslips customers will find that their employees’ payslips will be published on time in the normal way with no delay, but if you have employees still receiving paper payslips, that need to be posted, you will need to factor in the postage delays and last postage dates around the busy Christmas period.

If you are not currently using epayslips. It may be a good time to think about switching to our epayslips platform, which is currently free of charge if you are a payroll customer – for more information on switching to epayslips please take a look at our solution www.epayslips.co.uk

Our office opening times

For our Dataplan payroll customers, our Christmas and New Year opening times are as follows:

Monday 23rd> December - Close at 12 pm

Tuesday 24th December - Closed

Wednesday 25th - Closed (Public Holiday)

Thursday 26th December - Closed (Public Holiday)

Friday 27th December - Open as usual

Monday 30th December - Open as usual

Tuesday 31st December - Open as usual

Wednesday 1st January 2020 - Closed (Public Holiday)

Thursday 2nd January 2020 - Open as usual

Submitting your change of pay date

If you want to change your December pay date, we will be giving details to all our clients shortly on the process. This year you will be able to control your pay date change through your payroll portal (either ePaysafe of VERA) as we are finalising new functionality to give you control of making this change.