New Leave Overview

With annual shutdown just around the corner for many companies, our dedicated team of coding elves have been cooking up a feature that a lot of you have been asking for.

This brand new Leave Overview page can be accessed under the “Employees” tab and  allows you to see all of your employees’ approved and pending leave in one place. Scroll backwards or forwards to see leave that has been recorded historically as well as leave that has been scheduled to be taken in upcoming months.

For a quick rundown on how to access and use the leave overview, check out the short video below.

Leave Calendar Updates

Just in time for the end of the year, we are super excited to present to you our updated leave calendar.

This new calendar is more than just a pretty face; it sports a number of new features to make leave recording simpler and more accurate.

Do you need to record a partial day of annual leave as well as one of hospital leave for the same employee on the same day? Just select the day(s) in question and the type of leave, tick the box for partial day and put it into the system. Repeat this as many times as needed.

Take it for a spin while you record leave for the upcoming December period and check it out in action in the video below.


New Futurebooks Blog Post

Futurebooks, a Xero partner accounting firm and one of our longest-standing clients in Singapore, has written a great blog post about us. Click here to see what they had to say about using SimplePay, as well as the details of some of our newest features.

Improved Self-Service Leave Workflow

You may have noticed that the leave hierarchy has had a facelift. The interface is now cleaner, more intuitive and easier to use. But the improvements go far beyond aesthetics; the entire approval workflow has been updated to provide you with a simpler and more reliable experience.

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Multiple approvers. You asked, we listened – employees and approval groups can now submit leave requests to more than one approver. You can also decide whether only one or all of the assigned approvers must respond to requests.

Approval groups have replaced the old leave hierarchy and can be comprised of individual employees, specific pay points or even the entire company. Where employees are part of a higher level group i.e. pay point or company, and are subsequently assigned to a more specific group, this latest assignment will take precedence. New staff will automatically be assigned to the relevant approval group. This allows you to manage complex situations with ease.

For example, let’s say you initially create one approval group for the entire company but later decide that certain departments should have requests approved by their HOD, you can simply create new groups for each department without having to individually move each employee out of the old group and into the new one. And, when staff join or change departments, they will automatically be added to the correct approval group.

Administrators can now be leave approvers even if they are not employees.

Mappings, requests and comments preserved. We’ve brought it all across to ensure that you still have all of your info without any of the issues.

Constantly improving. We will soon be introducing the ability to add users as approvers only, whether they are employees or not. And, to ensure that you always have the best and simplest experience possible, the rest of the leave management is also being updated to be more customisable and user-friendly.

And of course, as usual, we welcome any feedback or suggestions that you may have.

For more information on setting up approval groups, please see our help site.

New Website Just Launched

“I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone.”

Henry Rollins

We have been working hard on a new website design to provide you with an even better SimplePay experience and are very excited to announce that it just went live!

Along with a sleek updated look, our website also has shiny new Terms of Service and an improved Privacy Policy – please ensure that you read these as continued use of the system will be deemed as acceptance thereof.

At SimplePay we deliver “Payroll that simply works” in a beautiful way and we hope that you have an enjoyable experience navigating the new site.

As always, we welcome any comments or suggestions.

New Features

We’re happy to announce the following new changes that have recently been made to the system:

  • Company-wide setting for annual leave days entitlement per year. To change the annual leave entitlement, just go to Settings -> Payroll Calculations -> Leave, and enter the value there. The default for newly created companies will be 14 days.
  • Added ability to set full CPF contributions for employees in first or second year of permanent residence.
  • Employees can now see their available annual leave balance and history on self-service.
  • Fixed error where minimum SDL contribution of $2 was calculated for $0 income payslips, instead of $0 SDL contribution.
  • Round down total SDL on monthly CPF Return.
  • Pro-rata calculation for partial months worked / unpaid leave now uses correct MOM calculation, using actual number of working days in the month rather than in an average month.

CPF Changes in SimplePay – January 2014

SimplePay is pleased to announce the following changes in your payroll program:

The central provident fund board of Singapore announced that from 1 January 2014, the CPF contribution rates for low-wage workers will be increased to help them save more for retirement. Private sector employees and government non-pensionable employees, including first and second year Singapore Permanent Residents (SPR), who are earning monthly wages of between $50 to $1,500 will benefit from the changes.

The following changes will apply to wages earned from 1 January 2014:

i) Increase in Employee’s CPF contribution rate
The phased-in employer’s CPF contribution rates for all employees aged above 35 years old and earnings wages of >$50 to $50 to $500 to $750 to <$1500 will be increased to the full rates.

There is no change for employees earning wages of ≤$500 as they are not required to make employee CPF contributions.

The above changes has already been incorporated in your SimplePay payroll.

The Central Provident Fund Board