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HR Advisory Service
Judicium Education's Employment Law & HR Advisory Service is designed to support Schools in complying with the legal requirements imposed upon them as Employers under the numerous sources of employment laws and regulations and in dealing with any workplace employment law and HR related issues that arise in the running of the School.
Excluding action against Governors and the Head Teacher personally, the service comprises:
1. Consultation with Employment law / HR adviser
An initial visit to your School by one of our employment lawyers - usually a former solicitor/barrister previously in private practice. The purpose of this visit will be to familiarise him/herself with your School, to discuss any employment related issues you may have that need resolving, and to review your existing employment contracts, documents and policies.
2. Drafting or updating employment documentation
Following our initial review, your employment contracts, policies and procedures will be drafted from scratch to form an Employment Handbook and other documentation. Alternatively, if your current documentation is suitable, we will amend or re-draft existing policies and procedures as far as necessary to improve management and comply with latest requirements in view of changes brought about by statute or case law. A set of employment contract templates will be produced covering each of the roles within the school and will be delivered ready for you to enter individual employment details such as name and address. All employment documentation will be tailored specifically for your School to reflect your activities and culture.
3. Advisory service for all employment law and HR related matters
Advice from an experienced employment law adviser by telephone and email on all employment law and HR matters including investigations, grievances, disciplinary proceedings, dismissals, redundancies, discrimination, restructurings and general employment law issues.
4. Assistance with employment letters
We will happily review and if necessary re-draft any employment law related document or correspondence you have drafted either independently or using templates supplied by us. An example of this might be a letter asking a teacher to attend a disciplinary meeting.
5. Annual onsite consultation with Employment/HR adviser
Following the initial visit listed in paragraph one, each subsequent year one of our advisers will visit your School at a time of your choosing. This visit can be used for any purpose including matters where you prefer to have onsite assistance such as redundancy meetings or complex disciplinary hearings.
6. Legal defence against claim in the Employment Tribunal
An Indemnity in respect of legal costs arising from the defence of a claim in the Employment Tribunal. Cover is in the sum of £100,000 per claim, and to a maximum of £250,000 in any twelve month period. Our lawyers will conduct any hearing before the Employment Tribunal should a dispute arise provided that such representation has been approved in advance by the legal expense insurer. Only disputes which arise after the insurance cover is in place will be indemnified. Please read the Policy in full and Key Facts document both of which are attached.
7. Protection against compensation award in the Employment Tribunal
The cover listed in paragraph 7 also includes, in the total sum insured, an indemnity in respect of compensation awards arising from an adverse finding of liability in the Employment tribunal.
8. Updating service
As employment law changes we will keep you informed of your obligations, redrafting documents and policies as necessary
Our newsletter goes out regularly, usually once per term, containing useful information about managing your employees and highlighting changes to the law in the education sector.
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.... that our HR Advisory service now includes an annual visit to your school. You can use this visit to apprise us of any new developments in your school or alternatively to assist you with any HR issues that are better dealt with face to face.
There is no extra cost for this visit and it is available to all HR Advisory clients old and new. If you would like to book a visit by one of our consultants to your school, please contact us on 0845 459 7013.
"Consistently high quality HR advice even in the trickiest of situations. Senior staff have been able to work much more effectively because of the excellent support the school has received.” Rosie Compton, Head teacher - Tower Bridge Primary School