This chapter is designed to explain the processes that are available within the EASY system to enable you to manage expense claims of the staff within your area of responsibility.
After reading this chapter you will be able to:
· Use the Expenses Status page
· Authorise an Expense Claim
· Reject an Expense Claim
· Accept an Expense Claim
The EASY system receives regular downloads of data from the NH Electronic Staff Record (ESR), and it is this data that provides the background record that enables an employee to quickly complete a claim for the reimbursement of mileage and other expenses.
The process of completing an expense claim is covered by another chapter of the EASY manual. However, you may find that the workflow diagram below provides a useful overview of the Expense processes.
When one of your employees’ submits an expense claim you will receive an email advising that you need to authorise their expense claim. At the same time your Reminders menu will be updated with a message showing the number of expense claims that are waiting to be authorised (see below):
To progress the expense claims you will need to access these through the Expenses Status screen. To display the Expenses Status page, you can either click on the link in the Reminders menu or click on the Expenses link in the Navigation menu.
The Expenses Status screen (see below) gives you an overview of the expense claims that require your attention. The staff who have submitted an expense claim will appear within the section that relates to their particular pay group.
The entry for each member of staff shows the number of claim items submitted with the total number of miles and/or amount being claimed.
There may be situations where a Trust requires certain expense items to be accepted by the Finance Department before they are passed for payment. Where that is the case, the person responsible for accepting such claims will see the number of claims that require their attention in the Authorised column.
To view the details of the expense claim, click on the name of the employee whose claim you wish to review.
Click "Assignment" to view claim details
The Assignment Claims screen shows the individual claim items that the employee has submitted for authorisation.
While the details shown in the table above areself-explanatory, it may be useful to explain the purpose of the icons that appear in the table.
The world icon is used in conjunction with mileage based journeys. By clicking on the world icon on the right-hand side of a journey’s row, a window will appear that shows the calculated mileage and the route that was obtained from Google Maps for that journey.
An exclamation icon indicates a warning condition, which means that a validation check has been triggered. When you hover over the icon with the mouse pointer some text appears below the pointer giving a brief explanation for the warning. In this case, the number of miles claimed by the employee is considered to be higher than would be expected, but it is still below the maximum allowable.
The user comment icon shows that the employee has provided additional information that they feel is pertinent to that claim item. To view the additional information provided,click on the user comment icon to display Additional Information window (see below).
For some expense types the Trust may require the employee to provide a receipt. When completing acclaim that requires a receipt, the employee can either indicate that they have forwarded it on to their manager or they can attach a file that contains the receipt. The Receipt column in the table may contain a list box or a link to the file that is stored in the EASY system. The presence of the list box means that you will need to indicate what action you have taken with the receipt; you may need to refer to the guidance provide by your Trust. To view the file, simply click on the link.
Authorising Expense Claims:
To authorise the items claimed by the employee, you must ensure that the tick box at the left-hand side of each row is ticked.
When you enter the screen each of the boxes will be ticked. At the bottom of the table there are options to Mark All (tick all the boxes) or Unmark All (untick all the boxes); these options, as well as clicking on the relevant box to tick or untick the relevant box, provides a great deal of flexibility.
Click on the Authorise button at the top right-hand side of the Submitted Claims section to accept the items that are marked with a tick. The system will require you to confirm your authorisation by entering the appropriate characters from your security word.
When you click on the Authorise button a confirmation message similar to the one below will appear at the top of the screen.
The Submitted Claims table will be updated with the number of claims remaining to be authorised or rejected.
The authorised expense claims will be queue for extraction in the next payment run except where a particular type of expense requires acceptance by the Finance Department.
Rejecting Expense Claims:
To reject any items claimed by the employee, you must ensure that the tick box on the left-hand side of each row is ticked, which will highlight the selected row.
Click on the Reject button at the top right-hand side of the Submitted Claims section to reject the items that are marked with a tick. The system will present you with a window in which you can enter the reason why you have rejected the expense claim
When you select the Reject button an email is sent to the employee, and the Submitted Claims table will be updated with the number of claims waiting to be authorised for this individual. If there are no further claims to be processed, the table will show that no submitted claims have been found.
To process the expense claims of other employees, click on the Expenses link in the shortcuts provided at the top left-hand side of the screen.
This will return you to the Expenses Status screen with the list of employees who have submitted an expense claim.
Accepting Expense Claims:
As mentioned earlier, it may be your Trust’s policy that certain types of expense claims will need to be accepted by the Finance Department before being passed for payment. As a designated Accepter a message may appear in your Reminders menu when an expense claim requires your attention.
The EASY system may also send an email to designated Accepter(s) where the Authority parameter has been set accordingly.
You can view the Expense Status page by selecting the Expenses link in the Navigation menu or by selecting the link in the Reminders menu. The pay groups that have employees whose claims are authorised and require acceptance will be shown in a table similar to the one below.
The Assignment Claims page is displayed when you select the name of the employee whose claim is to be processed.
Click on the Accept button at the top right-hand side of the Authorised Claims section to accept the items that are marked with a tick. The system will require you to confirm your acceptance by entering the appropriate characters from your security word.
When you select the Accept button a confirmation message similar to the one below will appear at the top of the screen.
Once a claim has been accepted it will be queued ready for extraction in the next payment run.
In the event that an expense claim does not meet the Trust’s acceptance criteria, you may reject those claims marked with a tick by clicking on the Reject button at the top right-hand side of the Authorised Claims table. The procedure for rejecting an expense claim is explained in the section above.