WorkNest’s four-pillar approach to Health & Safety, Employment Law and HR allows school leaders and trustees to meet responsibilities, confidently.
Based on our extensive experience working alongside independent schools and Multi-Academy Trusts, we have developed and refined a General Risk Assessment specifically for education providers. This provides a focused assessment of your Health & Safety Management, Facilities Management, Curriculum-Related Risk and School-Specific Risk.
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How we help
Specialist advice and support for education leaders
At WorkNest, we recognise that every organisation is different. But with specialist sector teams, you can benefit from the shared insight and expertise of our advisors, who support hundreds of other education establishments that will be facing similar challenges to you.
Education clients at WorkNest benefit from:
- Specialist, dedicated advice from teams who understand education
- Education focused resources and templates that help you manage risk
- Independent Legal Expenses Insurance
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Experts in Employment Law & HR
All of our specialist Employment Law Advisers from our dedicated Education Team have a strong background in the sector. They have an expert understanding of school leadership, governance and strategy and vast experience in taking even the best organisations to the next level.
Your named Employment Law Advisers will:
- Draft bespoke contracts, handbooks and policies that are legally-compliant and align with best practice for education providers
- Work with you to overcome all employment challenges, including disciplinary, grievance, sickness absence, performance and dismissal
- Provide solutions-focused advice on all types of matters concerning structural change, including TUPEs, contractual terms and conditions, and settlement agreements
With WorkNest, qualified support is just a phone call away. Whether you require strategic advice, step-by-step guidance through a specific issue, or just the reassurance of a second opinion, we will help take the hassle and uncertainty out of complex and time-consuming employee issues, allowing you to focus on maintaining and improving educational standards.
Experts in Health & Safety
Managing risk, especially where children are involved, requires the expertise of an experienced health and safety professional. As an approved partner of the Institute of School Business Leadership, we are best placed to support you in creating a safe working environment.
Your dedicated Health & Safety Consultant will:
- Act as one of your legally-required competent persons to support you in meeting the requirements of health and safety legislation
- Create a bespoke Health & Safety Policy and Employee Health & Safety Handbook tailored to your organisation
- Conduct an on-site General Risk Assessment specifically developed for education providers and work with you to develop a Prioritised Action Plan
At WorkNest, we don’t believe in merely performing audits and handing back reports; we are committed to providing the best quality hands-on support and will work with you to implement practical solutions. Our comprehensive approach will allow you to confidently meet your legal obligations and protect those affected by your activities.
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24/7 unlimited support from your dedicated advisers
Whichever service you use, our highly qualified advice teams will form the bedrock of your relationship with WorkNest. You get named advisers, ensuring the support and advice you get remains consistent and from people who understand your business.
Employment Law Advice
Fast, pragmatic, commercial. Our Employment Law and HR advice line gives you and your managers access to truly unlimited advice on all of your people-related challenges, from the seemingly straightforward to the most complex.
Health & Safety Advice
Need a steer on risk assessment, help unpacking legislation, or guidance on your COVID controls? With our unlimited advice line support, you can relieve the pressures of regulatory compliance and dramatically reduce risk.
99.2% Client happiness rating
97% Client retention rating
Experts in the Education Sector
Experts in Employment Law, HR and Health & Safety
What makes us unique is that we combine the service quality of a law firm with the certainty of fixed-fee services to provide expert, solutions-focused Employment Law, HR and Health & Safety support tailored to your organisation.
Our people are the basis of our service. They are the reason why we have a 95% client satisfaction rate and an annual client retention rate of 97%.
Our sector experts help business leaders like you to:
- Proactively solve problems;
- Ensure regulatory compliance; and
- Achieve commercial objectives.
Who you’ll be working with
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Executive Director, Privacy International
WorkNest supports our 280 staff members with Employment Law and Health & Safety and has provided quality management training too.”
Head of Service Delivery, Catalyst Choice
We get a great deal of comfort and satisfaction knowing that we have support as and when we need it, in a decisive and responsive way.”
Group HR Director, Culina Group
We moved our legal support to WorkNest (formerly Law at Work) having previously used a time and line law firm. It was important, though, that an all-inclusive fee structure did not come at the expense of quality. Thankfully we’ve been delighted with the service we’ve received from WorkNest.”
What we recognised in WorkNest is the background that they have. They are able to supply knowledge and experience in a number of disciplines, which enables us to develop our business in a way that’s safe, to do it on time and with a quality to it.”
Director of Human Resources and Health & Safety,
Bluestone National Park Resort
Chief Executive, The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT)
As the company started to get larger, we knew we had to protect our employees and our contractors both onsite and in the offices. WorkNest is exactly what we needed to move the company forward.”
Operations Director, Beaverfit
Pineapple have worked with the team at WorkNest (formerly Law at Work) since 2003, and we have built a trusted partnership together. We particularly like WorkNest’s concise and practical advice concerning employment law/HR issues and also appreciate their totally supportive approach in all areas of health and safety.”
Pineapple Dance Studios
I’ve taken WorkNest into every organisation that I’ve worked with. I’ve introduced them to many teams and many colleagues and referred them with absolute pleasure because I genuinely trust in the service that we get.”
People Director, The Works