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Jacksons Shield for Employment Law

Jacksons ShieldEmployment Law is a constantly changing area and 2017 witnessed a number of significant developments which is why we created Jacksons Shield.

Recent decisions on employment status suggests that many self-employed contractors should have worker status and many workers will be entitled to full employment rights.  Meanwhile, the modern workplace continues to evolve as employers and staff embrace new attitudes as to how, when and where we work.

Discrimination remains a fertile branch of law and one which employers take a huge risk not keeping up to date with, particularly given the increased focus on gender pay inequality and mental health in the workplace.

Finally, unresolved employment disputes are now more likely to develop into tribunal claims in the wake of the momentous decision by the Supreme Court on 26 July 2017 that the Employment Tribunal fees regime was unlawful, which led to the Government abolishing tribunal fees.

In light of these developments and their potentially serious consequences, but also so that you can take advantage of the many positive opportunities which they will bring, it is increasingly important to have access to the right level of support and protection to suit your business.


Jacksons Shield is a bespoke service which provides comprehensive employment law support for an annual subscription fee.


There are a number of ways for clients to benefit from Jacksons Shield depending on their size, circumstances and the level of support they require. The key elements of Jacksons Shield, common to all packages, are:

  • the Helpline – access to Employment Law and HR advice from qualified solicitors, including an out of hours service;
  • the Documents Review – an audit of your employment contracts, staff handbook, policies and procedures to ensure that you have in place the correct documents for your business;
  • the Insurance Option – an optional policy to cover the cost of litigation including settlements, awards and even enforcing restrictive covenants. The policy is unique in comparison with other similar products in the market as provided you take and follow our advice you will not be tripped up by reporting conditions, allowing you to retain the benefit of the cover and make pragmatic decisions rather than finding yourself forced to take the least risk option as many policies insist.

The cost of our packages will largely depend on the number of workers in the business (and there may be a premium for businesses with a history of claims in the last three years):


There are also three service levels to choose from:

Steel

  • Limited access to the Helpline (there will be charge for use in excess of a monthly allowance depending on your number of workers)
  • Full Documents Review
  • Template Contract of Employment
  • Template Staff Handbook
  • Template letters and documents
  • Quarterly training seminars at Jacksons’ offices
  • Bimonthly newsletters, weekly articles and special bulletins
  • Optional specific employment legal expenses insurance for bespoke cover

Chrome

  • Unlimited access to the Helpline
  • Full Documents Review
  • Tailored Contract of Employment
  • Tailored Staff Handbook
  • Fully drafted letters and documents
  • Employment Tribunal representation at £175 per hour
  • Discounted rates on our personal legal services for your staff
  • Quarterly training seminars at Jacksons’ offices
  • Bimonthly newsletters, weekly articles and special bulletins
  • Optional specific employment legal expenses insurance for bespoke cover

Platinum

  • Unlimited access to the Helpline
  • Full Documents Review
  • Tailored Contract of Employment
  • Tailored Staff Handbook
  • Fully drafted letters and documents
  • Employment Tribunal representation at £150 per hour
  • Discounted rates on all our business and personal legal services
  • Quarterly training seminars at Jacksons’ offices
  • Two annual (1/2 day) training sessions at your offices on your choice of topics
  • Bi-monthly newsletters, weekly articles and special bulletins
  • Our expert-written and constantly updated Employment Manual
  • Optional specific employment legal expenses insurance for bespoke cover

Jacksons Shield removes the risk from employment-related decisions and provides balance sheet protection in terms of your business’ Employment Law and HR costs. For a professional service and peace of mind, please contact a member of our Employment Team for a quote.

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