Education Retainer

The retainer can comprise any of the elements listed below, so as to provide a solution that meets your school’s budget and requirements.

Employment Law

This can cover the following elements:

  • A review of your current contracts of employment and Employee Handbook and providing amendments as required (and an annual review thereafter);
  • An annual review to discuss current and emerging issues facing your school and to review the overall service and support offered;
  • A newsletter to update you of current and forthcoming employment law issues;
  • Training at your school for your key management staff in employment claims avoidance;
  • A named specialist employment law solicitor to provide clear, simple and commercial telephone and email advice and support.  This covers all day-to-day employment law issues, but excludes ‘projects’, which are larger individual pieces of work requiring the dedicated input of a single solicitor over a protracted period, such as advising in relation to the employment law aspects of a merger of 2 schools.  Generally, most straightforward ill-health, disciplinary and grievance issues would come within the scope of the retainer;
  • Discounted hourly rates for dealing with ‘projects’; and
  • Optional insurance policy covering employment claims and expenses

Employment Retainer

HR Support Element

This can cover the following elements:

  • Provision of a detailed Managers’ Guide for core employee procedures – Poor Performance; Disciplinary; Grievance and Ill-Health procedures, providing step-by-step guidance and template letters;
  • Access to a named specialist HR Adviser who will provide clear and simple telephone and email HR advice and support.  As with the employment law element, this covers all day-to-day HR issues but excludes ‘projects’;
  • A discounted hourly rate for dealing with ‘projects’;
  • Advice on when to consult, communicate or negotiate with your school TU representatives;
  • A quarterly review meeting to review service and support offered and discuss current and emerging issues facing your school; and
  • Optional insurance policy covering employment claims and expenses.

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