In an effort to address wage inequality and stimulate economic growth, president Cyril Ramaphosa signed the national minimum wage bill into law last month.
The National Minimum Wage Act stipulates that the minimum wage is to be administered on an hourly basis and is set at R20 per hour. This minimum wage will be effective from 1 January 2019.
This means that the hourly rate will need to be changed for employees who are currently earning a wage lower than R20 per hour. To review or edit the hourly rate for employees, go to Employees > Bulk Actions > Regular Inputs and select “Basic Salary” and “Hourly Paid” under Filters.
Remember that a change in the ordinary hourly wage will also impact the rate for Sunday pay and public holiday pay. For more information on these, refer to our help page here.
Impact on ETI
The ETI Act states that when there is no “wage regulating measure”, the minimum wage to qualify for ETI is R2 000 per month. SARS has confirmed that the national minimum wage does not count as a wage regulating measure and the R2 000 minimum stands. However, the national minimum wage should ensure that employees will meet this minimum anyway.
Proposals have been made by professional bodies to amend the ETI Act to clarify this and to replace the R2 000 minimum on ETI with a use of the national minimum wage, but this potential change has not yet been approved.
If you have any further queries regarding the impact of this Act on your payroll and on the system, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Today we’d like to highlight a useful feature on the system that many users are not aware of. The Copy first value down feature makes capturing repetitive data for employees much faster. The following example explains how it works:
Bob has 7 employees who are hourly paid. All employees work the same number of hours each month, but the number of hours worked differ from month to month.
To capture these hours quickly for a particular month, Bob can:
- Go to Employees > Bulk Actions > Payslip Inputs.
- Use the filters to locate the fields that he wishes to capture information for.
- Enter the hours for the first employee.
- Click on the arrow next to the column name and select Copy First Value Down.
- All hours have been copied down. If Bob is happy with this, he can click Save. If one employee did not work the same amount of hours as the rest, he can change it just for that employee.
It’s as simple as that!
Found this article useful? Let us know in the comments section below and we will be sure to highlight more features like this in the future.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.