Aside from the COVID-19 pandemic, a key theme of 2020 has been diversity and inclusivity. This two-part update addresses this theme in detail
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.
Covid-19 has resulted, on the whole, in a marked co-operation between contracting authorities and their suppliers as everybody focuses on maintaining delivery as far as possible.
Employment Tribunal rules in favour of claimants in minimum wage case – has the interpretation of “working time” changed?
As we enter a recession, we have been here before, and a key question is what did we learn and how can we benefit from that learning?
It is anticipated that as lockdown restrictions ease, and particularly with children and young adults returning to education, cases of meningitis will start to rise.
As we continue to emerge from lockdown measures and deal with local measures and the short and long term economic impact of Covid-19, local authorities will need to re-assess how services will be delivered for years to come.
The Government first announced plans for a shared ownership right to buy in October 2019. At the time the sector raised concerns about the impact the plans would have on housing associations ability to borrow. An election and a pandemic later the Government announced, during the CIH Housing Festival last week, the return of the right to shared ownership as part of its Affordable Homes Programme (AHP).
Two final pieces of the possession jigsaw have been published on 15 September 2020. Mr Justice Knowles’ working group on possession proceedings has issued its guidance on the “overall arrangements” for possession proceedings.
One change proposed by the Building Safety Bill is the introduction of a duty holder regime, which will see statutory responsibility for the safety of higher risk buildings placed on key individuals
Throughout this pandemic, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been publishing various “Statements on Coronavirus” (Statements) which provide guidance on consumer rights during this time.
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