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It has never been easier to create your contracts of employment.

With Bright Contracts, creating thorough, tailored, professional contracts of employment is quick and easy. What was once a very expensive and time-consuming process (often involving a third-party service provider) can now be done on your PC.

  • Set up as many employees and contracts as required – there are no limits to how many can be added. You can import employees from a CSV file or sync with BrightPay.
  • Tailor your contracts by selecting or entering the employment details for each employee. All types of worker are accommodated. On-screen help gives a clear and concise explanation for any details you may not understand and for what the various choices mean.
  • Add your own text content to any contract. Browse our library of sample additional contract content to cover every eventuality.
  • Customise the contract styles, fonts, page size and margins. Optionally include your company logo.
  • Preview contracts as you build them. Print contracts or export to PDF when ready.
  • Add headers and footers with smart-text.
  • Record the contract date of signature.
  • Minimise effort by copying the settings from other existing contracts.

Your Employee Handbook. Your way.

Bright Contracts starts with a ready-made handbook that fully conforms to the latest employment law guidelines. Additional sections  that may apply to your business are a click away. You can be up and running in minutes.

  • An immediately intuitive and clear user interface makes working with your handbook quick and simple.
  • Start with the ready-made handbook template and add any additional sections that may apply. Edit, delete or re-organise the built-in content, and easily add your own content.
  • Optionally include a cover page with your employer logo.
  • Customise handbook fonts, colours, numbering, page sizes and print margins.
  • Include flexible headers and/or footers with smart-text.
  • Preview your handbook on-screen at any time while you build it (whole handbook or single section). Print or export to PDF when ready.
  • Print a handbook signature page tailored to your workflow.
  • Add your own private notes to help keep track of your decision making.

It‘s like having your own personal employment law expert.

You do not need to have any employment law or HR experience to use Bright Contracts – it's designed for everybody. Our goal is to help you fulfil your employer obligations quickly and easily, giving you more time to run your business.

  • The handbook and contract content for Bright Contracts has been created by a team of experienced HR and Employment Law specialists, all holding Chartered CIPD status and with many years of experience in the fields of HR and industrial relations.
  • On-screen help is included throughout Bright Contracts to explain any choices you may not understand and walk you through the options.
  • When employment law changes, you don't need to worry. We'll send out updates to the content for employment contracts and handbooks, which you can preview or accept with a single click.
  • Handbook content updates are non-invasive. If you have customised the built-in handbook, your hard work will not be modified. Instead, you will be notified of what's new with the option to preview the new content suggestions.
  • Contract content updates will be applied to new contracts only. Your existing agreements with employees will stay as they are word-for-word, just like they should.

Helping you stay in control.

  • The Bright Contracts employer summary gives you an overview of the state of your employees, letting you know if there are any upcoming or outstanding tasks to take care of.
  • Bright Contracts keeps a copy of each handbook version that you give to your employees. Previous versions can be viewed or re-printed.
  • Priority warnings are flagged for employees who:
    • Do not have a handbook
    • Do not have a contract
    • Have an expired contract
  • Other warnings are flagged for employees who:
    • Do not have the latest version of the handbook
    • Have a soon to expire contract
  • Optionally password-protect your employer data and/or any exported PDF documents.
  • Take snapshots of your data and roll-back at any time.

Latest from the Blog.

24
Mar 17

Posted by
Laura Murphy

The Apprentice Levy, what it means for SMEs

The apprenticeship levy is due to come into effect on 6 April 2017. It is a levy on UK employers to fund the costs of apprenticeship training.

One of the aims of the apprentice levy is to ensure SMEs have access to funding to hire and train apprentices, so that they can build a talented and skilled workforce for the future.

The Apprentice Levy

From 6 April 2017, employers with a paybill of more than £3 million will be subject to a levy of 0.5%. Through a digital account these employers will be able to access the apprentice levy fund, which they can use to pay for apprenticeship training and end-point assessment (the assessment of apprentices by an independent organisation, required before they can complete the apprenticeship).

SMEs

It is estimated that 98% of UK SMEs do not have a wage bill of £3 million, meaning most will be exempt from the levy. However, SMEs will still be able to receive government funding towards the costs of apprenticeship training and assessment through co-investment.

How it will work

  • Employers will simply use the register available on the apprentice service to select each of the following:
    • the training they want their apprentice to receive
    • the approved trainer
    • the assessment organisation

Assistance with this is available from the National Apprenticeship service

  •  The Government will pay 90% of the price agreed with the training provider, up to the maximum allowed by the funding band for the relevant apprenticeship standard or framework. This is referred to as co-investment.
  • Employers with less than 50 employees will not be required to contribute to the cost of the apprenticeship where the apprentice is:
    • Aged 16 to 18
    • Aged 19 to 24 and has previously been in care or has a local authority education, health, and care plan
  • Additionally, the Government will pay a £1,000 grant to companies that take on a 16-18 year old apprentice.
  • Businesses will also receive a grant of £1,000 when taking on apprentices who are aged between 19-24 and have previously been in care or have a Local Authority Education, Health and Care plan.

Overall, the new apprentice levy should provide a real opportunity for SMEs. By taking advantage of the funds available, SMEs have the prospect of significantly improving the skills and expertise of employees and ultimately their own competitiveness.  

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