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 €249
Multiple employers, unlimited employees €349
Phone/email support Free

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

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Let us show you around the software’s functionality and how to create and customise your personal contracts of employment and company handbook.
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Under the Employment Act 2019, it is now a criminal offence for employers not to have contracts of employment in place for their staff. Watch our 2 minute video to find out how Bright Contracts can help.

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Our regular employment law webinars will keep you up to date with the topical HR issues that our employers face day to day.
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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.

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Oct 21

Posted by
Jennifer Patton

The Employer & Maternity Leave

The main provision of the Maternity Protection Acts 1994 and 2004 is to provide for 26 weeks' maternity leave with protection of employment for female employees. In addition, an employee is entitled to further leave, known as additional maternity leave, up to a maximum of 16 weeks.

Since the 1st of October 2017, female employees are entitled to extend their maternity leave beyond 26 weeks where the baby is born more than 2 weeks before the expected week of confinement. In the event of a multiple birth, an employee is still only entitled to the 26 weeks maternity leave (or any extended leave due to a premature birth) and 16 weeks additional maternity leave.

The Maternity Protection Acts 1994 and 2004 also provide for:

- Leave on health & safety grounds if the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Acts 2005 to 2014 require it.

- Leave of an employed father from his employment, on the death of the mother during her maternity leave.

The Acts cover all female employees (and male employees after the death of the mother following birth) from the first day of their employment and that includes apprentices, agency temps, officers or servants of a local authority and all civil servants.

Since the 1st of October 2017, female employees are entitled to extend their maternity leave beyond 26 weeks where the baby is born more than 2 weeks before the expected week of confinement – the due date to put it more simply. The amount of extended leave will be equivalent to the duration of the premature birth period. The premature birth period means a period which commences on the actual date the child was due to be born and expires 2 weeks before the end of the expected week of birth.

For example: If the baby is born 2 weeks early, then the employee will be entitled to 26 weeks consecutive maternity leave PLUS the extension to her maternity leave by the premature birth period which is 28 weeks.

Some common questions in relation to maternity leave include:

When must an employee commence maternity leave?

An employee is required to take pre-confinement maternity leave of a minimum of 2 weeks and a maximum of 22 weeks before the end of the week in which the baby is due meaning the employee must have a minimum of 4 weeks maternity leave remaining after the birth of the baby.

How must an employee notify their employer of their intention to take maternity leave?
The employee must notify their employer at least 4 weeks before the commencement of maternity leave, which must state the date on which the leave is due to commence AND produce a medical certificate confirming the pregnancy and the expected week of birth.

When does additional maternity leave commence?
It must commence immediately after the 26 weeks maternity leave or any extended leave due to a premature birth except where the mother avails of any transferred paternity leave which must be taken before the commencement of the 16 weeks additional maternity leave.

Does an employee accrue annual leave whilst on maternity leave?
Yes!The employee is treated as being in employment while on maternity leave or additional maternity leave. This means they continue to accrue annual leave. They are also entitled to leave for any public holidays that occur during their maternity leave (including additional maternity leave).

What are an employee's rights on Fixed-Term Contracts?
Women employed under fixed-term contracts may not be entitled to the full period of maternity leave or additional maternity leave if their contract ends while they are still on maternity leave, as their maternity/additional maternity leave will also end on the same day. The expiry of an employee’s contract of employment during maternity leave will not affect her entitlement to Maternity Benefit.

When an employee goes son maternity leave it is vitally important that the employer doesn't fall out of touch with the employee and also to keep them informed about any business news, for example, any changes in management and staff, particularly in their own team.

And lastly don’t assume the employee on maternity leave cannot attend social events. Attending a work social event might provide some very welcome relief and be a good way of catching up (both from the employee’s and the employer’s perspective).

Bright Contracts' handbook includes each family related leave policy including Maternity leave under the 'Leave & Benefits' section of the handbook. If you'd like to download a trial of our software to preview these sections click here.

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Changes under the Family Leave and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2021

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