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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.

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Aug 18

Posted by
Jennie Hussey

Back to Basics - Disciplinary Steps & Sanctions

Another question that comes up from time to time is how and when to initiate the disciplinary procedures - How many warnings can an employee receive before being dismissed? When do I give a final warning? Can I fire my employee for committing an offence of gross misconduct?

The first step is always to inform the employee of issues that you may have, even minor issues; whether it is with their job performance, their time keeping, or even a breach of company rules, by means of informal counselling. The employee must be given the appropriate time/measures to defend themselves or at least be given the chance to rectify the problem. Prior to taking the decision to invoke the disciplinary procedure, the employer must ensure that the situation has been thoroughly investigated.

The following disciplinary procedures should apply in matters of discipline; constant repetition of minor offences, willful negligence or unsatisfactory performance or complaints, that are found to be proven against the employees.
The stages in the procedure are as follows:

• Stage 1 - Verbal Warning
• Stage 2 - First Written Warning
• Stage 3 - Final Written Warning                                                                                                                        The final written warning will state clearly that the next stage may be termination of employment if conduct and/or performance does not improve.
• Stage 4: Action Short of Dismissal
In exceptional circumstances, and depending on the individual case, The Company may exercise its discretion to suspend with or without pay. Demotion to a lower position or rate of pay and transfer to another position may also be considered. This is action short of dismissal.
• Stage 5: Dismissal
In an instance of gross misconduct, a full investigation will be conducted and a disciplinary meeting will be held. This will follow the normal procedures outlined above, but the outcome, if found to be gross misconduct, will almost certainly result in dismissal due to the serious nature of the situation.

At each stage in the procedure a disciplinary meeting should be held, where all the facts will be considered and any mitigating circumstances discussed, as well as timelines imposed for improvements, etc. Where a warning is issued, a copy will be placed on the employees personnel file for a defined period. All warnings issued under this procedure will state clearly that the employee will be liable for further disciplinary action should their performance not improve or should there be a further breach of company rules or procedures. In the event of no further transgression occurring and the performance improving, the warning will be removed after a period of no more than 12 months and the employee’s file will be clear. The employee will also be advised of his/her right to appeal against disciplinary action taken.

This is an area where employer’s need to tread carefully, at all times fair procedures must be applied and the company’s’ policy regarding disciplinary steps and sanctions should be adhered to. Once these steps are followed there is no reason why an employer cannot dismiss an employee without repercussions. Most employers tend to fall down and lose Unfair Dismissal cases brought against them, not because they didn’t have disciplinary procedures in place, but because they did and they failed to actually follow them.

Bright Contracts has a very robust Discipline and Grievance Policy set out in its Handbook with all the relevant procedures that an employer needs. To download a free trial of Bright Contracts click here. To request an online demo of Bright Contracts, click here.

 

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