Natalie Barbosa summarises some of the legal challenges facing fundraisers in the charity sector.
"We’re pleased that agreement could be reached in court today, 1st April, between the charity and those campaigning against us. This means that those Botton Village co-workers opposed to change have the option to be treated as employees of the charity until the case is heard in full, which may be some months away.
The option of temporary employment was offered several months ago by the charity. The agreement means that co-workers can continue to live with the people we support and receive a salary equivalent to other social care workers.
For the charity, it means that we will have the confidence that we are complying with our regulatory duties and providing the standard of care at Botton that people expect from us.
The agreement made today includes five co-workers. We very much hope the remaining co-workers will also sign up to this negotiated agreement and, by doing so, help reduce the tension being experienced by those we support within Botton Village.
The positive outcome in court follows the decision yesterday of co-workers in another Camphill Village Trust community, the Grange in Gloucester, to become employees. This means that Botton Village is the only remaining community run by the charity where some co-workers have yet to adopt permanent employment status."
We hosted a breakfast roundtable with Insider Midlands magazine that had attendees from a range of organisations addressing housing needs in the Midlands. The discussion explored JVs in more detail.
The decision of the Court of Appeal in The Harpur Trust v Brazel & Unison has made clear that employers can no longer legally calculate part-time holiday based on 12.07% of hours worked over a year.
Social landlords are seeing a rising number of Equality Act defences to possession proceedings. A recent Court of Appeal decision helps shift the likelihood of such defences succeeding.
On 31 July, the consultation period ended on MHCLG’s proposals for reforming the building safety regulatory system set out in the 'Building a Safer Future' document. We have submitted our response.
For decades now, fewer and fewer services provided by local authorities have been delivered directly by them. However, over the last couple of years, there are signs that this tide is changing.
The Government commissioned an independent review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 in July 2018. The outcome was published in May 2019 which highlighted areas for improvement.
In 2017, the NCVO commissioned a review of the tax reliefs available to charities. The brainchild of this review was published on 17 July 2019 in the form of the Charity Tax Commission report.
In 2014, the Charity Commission released its first guidance for charities on reporting serious incidents. The Commission has recently updated this guidance.
In the third part of our series on contract management pitfalls, we look at the risks and opportunities presented by instructing changes under construction contracts.
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