Providers need to be alive to the risk of contractors becoming insolvent and how to limit the resulting inevitable disruption.
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.
Housing associations must continue to deliver core functions effectively and compliantly notwithstanding the uncertainty over the standards to which you will be held in the future.
Over the last few years the meaning of “asset management” has changed from being all about repairs to understanding that assets might not stay in an organisation forever.
The Grenfell Tower tragedy has understandably prompted a fundamental reconsideration of how building safety is approached for High-Rise Residential Buildings.
Results from the latest three-yearly valuation of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) are starting to trickle through.
The potential for Brexit with or without a deal causes uncertainty, and credit rating agencies do not like uncertainty.
Let’s face it, Wills are underappreciated and often overlooked. In fact, around 54% of the British public do not have one!
A recent case throws light on the scope of the exemption for “land transactions” from the need for an OJEU tender process.
A leaked report into maternity services at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust revealed by The Independent has been described as the “largest maternity scandal in NHS history”.
The Pensions Regulator is showing its determination to improve the prudent management of Local Government Pension funds by digging deep into the internal workings of these funds.
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