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.
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.
|Single employer, unlimited employees||€149|
|Multiple employers, unlimited employees||€299|
Price is per user and subject to VAT. Price covers 12 months full use from date of activation.
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.
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.
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 a contract for each employee and record when they are signed. Archive old contracts. Base one contract on another for rapid creation.
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.
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.
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 An employee is flagged amber if he or she has an out of date handbook or soon to expire contract.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We've clarified the truth on some of the most common employment law myths.
Myth 1: No employment contract exists if there is nothing in writing or signed.
Fact: Even verbal agreements are binding. An employment contract exists from the moment a job offer is accepted. Legally, an employer should within two months of an employee starting work, issue a written statement of terms and conditions of employment. Even if this document has never been issued a binding employment contract still exists. The written statement does not have to be signed so if an employer issues one but the employee does not sign it, the employer and the employee are still bound by the terms stated in it.
Myth 2: Holidays start to accrue once the probationary period is successfully completed.
Fact: Holidays start to accrue from the first day an employee is employed. The existence of a probationary period will not affect a new employee's length of service or statutory employment rights.
Myth 3: Employees can say when they take their holidays.
Fact: Employees requests for annual leave can be refused by an employer for business reasons. However, when considering leave requests employers should also bear in mind the employees family responsibilities and entitlement to rest periods. Based on business needs employers can specify certain periods where annual leave can or cannot be taken. Employers should consult with employees at least one month before any holidays are due to commence.
Employers are advised to agree with employees how and when employees should give notice of annual leave. But in the absence of any agreement it is recommended that the notice period should be at least twice the period of leave to be taken. So for example if a weeks’ leave is requested then two weeks’ notice should be given.
Myth 4: Employees on long-term sick leave should be left alone.
Fact: Although employers should not put undue pressure on employees who are on long-term sick leave, they are entitled to find out more information about the illness with the aim of establishing when and how the employee could return to work. This would include consultation with the employee and, with permission, writing to the employee's GP (and any specialist) to find out about the employee's condition, the prognosis and whether there is anything the employer can do to help facilitate their return (such as reduced hours).
Myth 5: If an employee is on maternity leave it’s illegal for an employer to contact her about any work-related issues.
Fact: Employers can and should keep in contact with employees on maternity leave. It’s good practice to agree beforehand how this contact should take place and to be sensitive to an employee’s circumstances and preferences. You could agree when is best to telephone, write letters or email employees about workplace developments.
Myth 6: An employee’s continuous service resets after moving roles within a company.
Fact: Moving roles within the same company does not ‘reset’ an employee’s continuous service. Although after the move the employee may be in probation, this does not mean that their previous service for the same employer can be discounted.
Myth 7: A worker cannot be accompanied by a trade union representative at formal meetings unless the employer recognises the union.
Fact: Workers have a statutory right to be accompanied at formal discipline and grievance hearings by a trade union official, and there are no requirements regarding whether the specific union has been recognised by the employer or not. Alternatively, a worker can be accompanied by a colleague.