BrightHR launches Furlough Navigator to support UK companies

Users of the Furlough Navigator from BrightHR can record the status of employees and seek guidance on matters relating to the furlough scheme.

Employers can view which employees are on furlough, who’s still at work, and for how long, allowing for a gauge of availability across the workforce during COVID-19.

In addition, the tool allows for furlough corresponding and job retention claim archiving for five years with the aid of BrightHR’s unlimited document storage.

“Once the COVID-19 pandemic started to impact our clients, we saw their people management priorities change overnight,” said Alan Price, CEO of BrightHR. “We recognised this and wanted to help them navigate through these uncharted waters. We did this by changing the focus of our entire development team so that it only built features to help customers manage the current situation.

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“We pivoted very fast, stripping back features to make them as simple as possible and get them into the hands of our clients as quickly as possible. The data determined our decisions, as once we saw a shift in the type of features employers were using, we took action.”

BrightHR customers can use the Furlough Navigator tool in tandem with the company’s 24/7 BrightAdvice helpline, which provides additional advice from UK-based specialists on the furlough process.

Working with charities

An emphasis has been placed on aiding the charity sector, as demonstrated by BrightHR’s partnership with charity and volunteer network NCVO to offer a discount of 25% to its members.

“Charities are playing a vital role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Andrew Walkey, head of membership and enterprise at NCVO. “However, many have also taken a serious financial hit and are in desperate need of support.

“Charities will be reluctant to furlough staff at a time when they’re most needed, but they may also choose to do so in order to ensure their long-term sustainability.

“Every penny really counts at the moment, so it’s enormously helpful that BrightHR, will be offering a discount to charities at such a difficult time.”


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Aaron Hurst

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