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 An employee is flagged amber if he or she has an out of date handbook or soon to expire contract.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.

Joint Labour Committee Agreements

Despite significant changes in recent times, which altered the position where several industry sectors had national/regional level agreements in place that outlined minimum terms and conditions of employment, Bright Contracts continues to make this information available to employers who have prior commitments to employees whose contracts reflect the historical terms and conditions of employment in their sector. 

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.

May 16

Posted by
Laura Murphy

Annual Leave - Common Questions Answered

June is just around the corner and although the weather might not be totally cooperating, summer is here. For employers this means managing holiday leave requests.

At Thesaurus Software, processing annual leave is one of the most common queries we receive from customers. This is in line with the Workplace Relations Commission’s stat, that in 2014 the majority of calls received to their helpline were in relation to the Organisation of Working Time.

The above, coupled with the fact that there have been a number of recent legislative changes in the area, means that employers, quite rightly, will have queries on the matter.

Common queries include:

Who is entitled to Annual Leave?

All employees earn holiday entitlements from time worked. There is no qualifying period. Employees on maternity leave accrue annual leave in the exact same way as they would if they are working. This also applies to all forms of protective leave including parental leave, paternity leave, carers leave, and annual leave.

Are employees on sick leave entitled to annual leave?

New legislation has ruled that as of 1 August 2015, employees on certified sick leave, normally long-term sick leave, will accrue annual leave. Any leave accrued in this manner must be used within 15 months of the end of the leave year in which it was accrued. Further information on this can be found here. Employees on uncertified sick leave will not accrue annual leave.

What is included in holiday pay calculations?

There have been a number of European cases on this subject in recent months. The courts have thought us that as a general rule of thumb, when calculating holiday pay, employees should in no way be disadvantaged as a result of taking annual leave. The EU Court of Justice has ruled that holiday pay should not be based on basic pay alone.

Factors to consider:

  • Any regular shift allowance should be included.
  • Commission: if there is a regular commission structure in place this should be included in holiday pay calculations.
  • Overtime: If the employment contract stipulates that an employee must work a set amount of overtime each week then this is included in pay calculations. Regularly worked overtime, although not necessarily included in the contract of employment, should also be included. Irregular overtime should not be included.  

How to calculate holiday entitlement for irregular workers?

Holiday entitlement for workers with irregular hours should be calculated using an average of the hours worked in the previous 13 weeks.

Can an employer reject a holiday request?

Yes, employers have the right to specify when holidays should be taken. Requests for annual leave can be rejected based on the needs of the business. Equally, employers can specify when holidays should be taken, for example during periods of business closure.

In order to avoid confusion and conflict, employers are well advised to have clear annual leave policies and to ensure all staff are well aware of the protocols when it comes to leave.

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