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Award In Payroll Techniques.

This on demand 30 week programme builds on the learning content of the Payroll Assistant course. It is aimed at those wanting to enhance their knowledge of payroll techniques and who have successfully completed the online assessment of the Payroll Assistant course.

If you want to gain a formally recognised Payroll Qualification, you can on completion of the course complete the BTEC/Edexcel Award in Payroll Techniques assignments, for an additional fee of £240 +VAT.

Your payroll course overview:

Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training



Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training

16 Week


Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training

CPD 28 hrs


Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training

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This course is suitable for those wishing to expand, refresh or consolidate their payroll knowledge, incorporate Statutory Payments, Court Orders and Student Loans into their working environment and gain a recognised qualification.

By the end of the programme you will be able to confidently deal with all the common problem areas, such as deductions from wages, recovering overpayments, and the payment of expenses and holiday pay. Statutory payments, maternity, paternity, adoption and sick pay as well as leave entitlements, Court Orders and Student Loans are also covered.  Also included is an overview of the impact on payroll of other legislation, including Working Time Regulations, the National Minimum Wage Act, and the Asylum and Immigration Act.

Lawful deductions from pay

  • The 'protection of wages' provisions of the Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA96), and how to avoid problems when recovering overpayments of wages and how to legally recover overpayment of holiday pay from leavers

Working Time Regulations

  • The rights of workers and their implications for payroll, compliance with the weekly and nightly working limits, the three key calculations for complying with the paid annual leave rules, which employees and business sectors are excluded, record keeping requirements, and the restrictions on working hours when employing children.

Asylum and Immigration Act

  • The simple procedures to avoid penalties when taking on new employees

Court Orders

  • All of the different types of court order in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
    • calculating attachable (arrestable) earnings
    • calculating
      • Deductions from Earnings Orders (DEO)
      • Attachment of Earnings Orders (AEO)
      • Council Tax Attachment of Earnings Orders (CTAEO)
      • Income Support Deduction Notices (ISDN)
      • Earnings Arrestments (EA)
      • Current Maintenance Arrestments (CMA)
      • Conjoined Arrestment Orders (CA)
    • Determining priorities when more than one order is in force
    • Determining which court orders take priority or suspend Student Loan Deductions, fines and penalties
  • Step-by-step calculations with examples and exercises

Student Loan Deductions

  • The two forms can trigger student loan deductions
  • Calculating the deductions using calculator or tables
  • How to avoid penalties because of non-deduction due to late receipt of P45
  • When to stop deducting
  • How to complete a P45 when an employee leaves
  • Reporting requirements

Statutory Maternity Pay

  • Significance of form MATB1
    • How to determine the Expected Week of Childbirth (EWC)
    • The Qualifying Week (QW)
    • Maternity Pay Period (MPP)
  • Entitlement to SMP including:
    • the requirements for notification and medical evidence
    • length of qualifying service
    • calculating average earnings
    • checklists to decide on entitlement or exclusion
  • Other key factors including:
    • early birth
    • pregnancy-related illness
    • working for more than one employer
    • when to start paying SMP
    • how much SMP to pay
    • how much to recover and entitlement to Small Employers Relief (SER) recording requirements
    • fines and penalties

Maternity, Paternity & Adoption Rights

  • Entitlement to and differences between Ordinary Maternity Leave (OML)
  • Compulsory Maternity Leave (CML)
  • Additional Maternity Leave (AML)
  • notice periods
  • terms and conditions during periods of leave
  • returning to work
  • Time off for ante-natal care
  • health and safety assessments
  • maternity suspension
  • Calculation of SMP and Maternity Leave
  • Step-by-step calculations, examples and exercises
  • Checklist of changes to Statutory Maternity Pay and Parental Leave
  • Entitlement, evidence and what 'parental responsibility' means
  • notice and postponement, effect on terms and conditions
  • recording requirements
  • SPP and SAP
    • tables
    • forms
    • calculations
  • Time off for Dependants
  • Handling emergency requests for time off
  • who is entitled and under what circumstances
  • who are 'dependants'
  • evidence and recording requirements

Overview of Shared Parental Leave and Pay (ShPL & ShPP)

  • Eligability criteria for ShPL & ShPP
  • Notice requirements
  • Qualifying criteria
  • Rate of ShPP

Statutory Sick Pay

  • How to determine a Period of Incapacity for Work (PIW)
  • how and when they link together
  • how to fix Qualifying Days (QD)
  • which days are Waiting Days (WD)
  • Entitlement to SSP
    • the requirements for notifying incapacity
    • the use of self-certificates
    • the provision of medical evidence
    • withholding payment for frequent short absences
    • obtaining medical advice
    • calculating average earnings
    • making decisions on entitlement and exclusion
  • Other key factors:
    • the calculation of SSP
    • when SMP must be paid instead of SSP
    • recording requirements, fines and penalties
  • Step-by-step calculations
  • examples and exercises
  • SSP forms
  • Using the E14 Help Book to check for PIWs that link
  • applying linking letters issued by the Benefits Agency to reduce SSP entitlement
  • when and how to complete forms SSP1


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