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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.

12
Feb 20

Posted by
Laura Murphy

Employment Law Changes 2020

This April sees a number of significant employment law changes. To help you keep up-to-date and ensure you are prepared for the changes we have outlined some of the key changes below.

Parental Bereavement Leave

The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 will come into effect this April. It is often commonly referred to as “Jack’s Law”, after Jack Herd whose mother campaigned for statutory leave following the death of her son.

Under the Act, employees who lose a child under the age of 18, or suffer a stillbirth from the 24th week of pregnancy will be entitled to two weeks leave. This will be a right from day one of their employment.

Employment Contracts a Day 1 Right

Currently an employer must give all employees a written statement of their terms of employment within two months of starting employment. From April the written statement must be given on the first day of employment. Additionally, the right to a written statement has been extended to workers as well as employees. Employers will need to be sure that they have processes in place to ensure they can meet this deadline.

Holiday Pay Changes for Variable Workers

Currently, the holiday pay reference period is 12 weeks. From 6 April 2020, the holiday pay reference period will increase from 12 weeks to 52 weeks. When calculating an employees’ holiday pay entitlement an employer will now be required to look back at the previous 52 weeks where a worker has worked and received pay, discarding any weeks not worked or where no pay was received, to calculate the average weekly pay.

It is hoped that this change will help to even out the variation in pay for workers, particularly those in seasonal or atypical roles.

National Minimum Wage Changes

The rates for the national minimum wage will increase on 1 April 2020. The national living wage rate, for workers aged 25 and over, will increase from £8.21 to £8.72. Click here for further details. 

How to Prepare

Employers are well advised to review their contracts of employment with staff and put practices in place to ensure the correct information is provided within the correct timeframe. 

To find out more about these topics and other legislative changes, register for our webinar here.

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