Contract of Employment and Staff Handbook Software

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What is it?

Bright Contracts is a software package that has everything you need to create and manage a professional staff handbook and contracts of employment. Getting these in place has traditionally been an expensive, complicated and time-consuming process. Bright Contracts makes it quick and easy.

Why should I use it?

Without employee contracts in place, an employer is risking large settlements in the case of staff disputes, and fines in the case of regulatory inspections. Having contracts also clearly defines the contractual relationship between you and your employees. Bright Contracts is the easiest way to get sorted.

How much does it cost?

Single employer, unlimited employees €149
Multiple employers, unlimited employees €299
Phone/email support Free

Price is per user and subject to VAT. Price covers 12 months full use from date of activation.

Feature Packed Software

Bright Contracts is teeming with useful functionality, from the obvious to the obscure. Yet it delivers it all in a neat, easy to use package. You'll wonder how you ever managed without it.

Unlimited Employees

Bright Contracts does not set a limit on the number of employees you can add. And there are no confusing price brackets that depend on the number of employees you have.

Create Your Staff Handbook

Use the suggested content or customise it to your needs. Add pre-defined sections or add your own proprietary sections. Re-arrange as required.

Create Employment Contracts

Create a contract for each employee and record when they are signed. Archive old contracts. Base one contract on another for rapid creation.

Styles, Fonts, Colours

With full control over cover pages, logos, headers, footers, fonts, colours, and more, you can ensure your documents match your corporate identity, or just simply make them look how you want.

Document Previewing

Before you print a handbook or contract, you can see an accurate on-screen preview of how it will look on page. Scroll, zoom and pan controls make it simple and flexible.

Keeping Track

An employee is flagged red if he or she does not have a handbook or contract. An employee is flagged amber if he or she has an out of date handbook or soon to expire contract.

At a Glance

The summary screen gives you an overview of handbooks in use, recent handbook updates, who does and doesn't have a handbook, and who does and doesn't have a current signed contract.

Guidance and Tips

Not everyone is an employment law expert. If you're not sure what to enter for a certain field, or you're not 100% sure what something means, click the handy tip icon for an inline explanation.

Always Up To Date

Employment law legislation changes over time. When it does, and the Bright Contracts handbook or contract template changes, you'll be made aware of the adjustment, which you can accept with a single click.

Bureau Version

Expand the services you offer or add a new revenue stream to your business wih the Bureau version of Bright Contracts, which allows you to create handbooks and contracts for unlimited employers and employees.

Industry Customisation

Bright Contracts partners with professional bodies and groups to create bespoke contracts and handbooks. Industry customisation is an excellent value added member offering for any professional group. 

Latest from the Blog.

Aug 16

Posted by
Laura Murphy

Can Employers Set Compulsory Retirement Ages

There is no statutory retirement age in Ireland. Up until recently the default position for many employers was to retire employees once they turned 65, however this may no longer be possible.

Legislation came into force in Ireland in 2016 which stated that compulsory retirement ages may only be set where they can be objectively justified. This means that employers can compulsorily retire an employee if they are able to justify their course of action.

Failure to have appropriate justification in place could leave employers open to an age discrimination claim.

Setting Objective Justification

What is an objective justification will very much depend on the role and the Company, however as guidance, some of the reasons which have been accepted by the courts in the past include;

  • Health & Safety: It may be justifiable to have mandatory retirement ages for employees who work in jobs which are physically demanding.
  • Succession Planning and establishing an age balance in the workforce: Employers need to plan for the future in order to ensure that they have the right people in place to support the business into the future. Mandatory retirement ages can promote this.
  • Encourage the recruitment and promotion of younger people: It has been successfully argued that mandatory retirement ages encourage employees to stay with, and progress within an organization and to motivate employees by the prospect of being promoted into more senior roles.

Employers may also wish to consider the State Pension age when looking at retirement ages. In January 2014 the State Pension age was increased from 65 to 66. This will be further increased to 67 by 2021 and 68 by 2028. If an employee is retired and is not immediately eligible for the State Pension this could lead to the company’s retirement age being challenged.

Fixed Term Contracts

Fixed term contracts are frequently used where an employee reaches retirement age but wishes to continue working. Under the new legislation, if offering a fixed term contract after retirement employers will also have to show objective justification for the termination of employment at the point of expiry of the fixed term contract.

What do employers need to do?

  • Employers are well advised to review their contracts of employment.
  • If a retirement age is included employers should ensure that there is objective justification for including that retirement age. Best practice suggests having more than one objective justification for a retirement age, which will help build a strong defence in any age discrimination claims.
  • Employers should reserve the right to review and amend the retirement age based on business needs.
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