Current Government guidance is clear that both domestic and international school trips will need to be cancelled or re-arranged for the immediate future.
During 2017 and 2018, 20.1 million individuals in the UK volunteered for an organisation, club or group. Even though volunteers are often the bedrock of charitable organisations, they are not protected from sexual harassment within those organisations; a fact that many find hard to believe in light of the strength of the #metoo movement.
The Government is currently running a consultation process collating views on whether to extend the protection from sexual harassment provided for paid staff under the Equality Act 2010 to volunteers.
You would be hard-pressed to find anyone who would disagree with such a proposal in principle; however, there are wider issues that require thought. Volunteers would need access to employment tribunals to enforce their protections and the documentation that accompanies such processes. This is a major step for organisations that are often volunteer-led with scarce resources to defend tribunal claims and pay settlement monies. Culturally, such changes would blur the line between paid staff and volunteers and, whilst this might be the price to pay for the latter’s protection, it still requires some thought.
We would encourage you to participate in the consultation with your experiences and opinions. The consultation period ends on 2 October; you can find further information about the consultation, here.
For more information, please contact Dominic Curran.
The Government has announced changes to the newly extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CVJRS) and extended the payment of SSP in certain circumstances.
Katherine Sinclair and Libby Hubbard talk through the issues facing employers as they start to bring employees back to work.
The Court of Appeal has delivered its verdict on a High Court decision that the Right to Rent scheme was discriminatory and in breach of the ECHR.
With many of our updates over recent weeks highlighting the challenges that have emerged from lockdown, we are now seeing a trend of charities grappling with the challenge of emerging from lockdown.
In this update, we have focussed on the headline governance and regulatory issues that are facing RPs at this time. as we all deal with the Covid-19 crisis.
The law surrounding organ donation has changed. The Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill came into effect on 20 May 2020 and has implemented an opt-out system for organ donation.
Commercial and local authority landlords could benefit from urgently reviewing their legal options.
The Cabinet Office has published guidance asking for people to act responsibly, fairly and “in the national interest”.
To help our charity clients look to the future, we summarise key guidance and updates over the last week.
To receive invitations to our events, as well as information and articles on legal issues and sector developments that are of interest to you, please sign up to Newsroom.