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An Employee Handbook Refresher Course for Independent Schools

Date: April 12 Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Cost: This event is being offered as a free education session.

As independent schools head towards the close of the academic year and prepare for, hopefully, a more normal summer, now is a great time to dust off your employee handbook for a fresh review. Whereas the past few summers were focused on COVID-related policies, there are many other policy areas, or your handbook as a whole, that may be ripe for an update. Join McLane Middleton’s Linda Johnson, Brian Garrett, and other members from the Employment and Education Practice Groups, as they walk through essential updates for employee handbooks. This webinar will cover the foundational policies for an employee handbook, such as policies relating to non-discrimination, accommodations, and professional boundaries, as well as new or emerging issues, such as policies regarding conflicts of interest, romantic relationships in the workplace, and other policy updates arising from the pandemic. We will provide attendees with a sample table of contents to help schools ensure that they are covering all the policies that generally apply to independent schools.


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Brian B. Garrett
Of Counsel & Chair of Education Law Practice Group

Brian is the Chair of McLane Middleton’s Education Law Practice Group and focuses his practice on understanding and serving the needs of PreK-12 independent day and boarding schools. Brian consults with many of the country’s leading independent schools to provide comprehensive advice on all aspects of school operations, including student and parent issues, employment matters, school governance and leadership, and general risk management. He partners with board chairs, heads of schools, financial officers, and other senior leadership members provide practical solutions to complex matters affecting their communities

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Linda S. Johnson
Director & Vice Chair Education Law Practice Group

Linda is the Vice Chair of the Education Law Group of McLane Middleton, P.A. For the past 30 years, Linda has been advising independent schools throughout the United States and internationally on all aspects of risk prevention and crisis response with a focus on promoting healthy relationships through the management and oversight of a healthy school culture. She assists schools in drafting policies and procedures to deal with all aspects of school operations but is especially known for her work regarding educational awareness on setting and maintaining appropriate boundaries with students. Linda often serves as a consultant to schools experiencing critical incidents relating to misconduct which has harmed students or employees, including coordination and oversight of third-party investigations. She advises administrators and boards on how to respond to complaints of misconduct responsibly, considering transparency, accountability, compassion and equity. Overall, Linda helps to guide schools to “do the right thing, the right way.”