Charity Essentials - March 2021

Technical Issues in Charity Law: Government responds to Law Commission report

This week, the Government published its long-awaited response to the Law Commission’s report on Technical Issues in Charity Law.  The response promises some interesting developments for the charity sector since the Government has accepted most of the Law Commission’s recommendations, many of which were aimed at providing charities with greater freedoms and a broader range of powers to manage their assets and activities.

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Opinion piece - Tom Murdoch

Tom Murdoch on the Government’s response to the Law Commission’s recommendations in its Technical Issues in Charity Law report.

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Supreme Court decision: Mencap & sleep-in workers

Employers are not required to pay ‘sleep-in workers’ National Minimum Wage for time they are present but not awake for the purpose of working: : Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake [2021] UKSC 8.

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Vaccines – guidance for charities as employers

As the vaccine programme has extended to the wider adult population following the government’s priority listing issued late in 2020, organisations will be starting to look at reopening their workplaces in line with the roadmap out of lockdown.

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Immigration: Right to work checks – are yours up to date?

Since the beginning of 2021, the Immigration team have been extremely busy undertaking audits on organisations to ensure that they are compliant with their right to work checks. With the UK’s exit from the European Union, many organisations are becoming increasingly concerned as to whether their right to work checks are compliant. There has recently been an important update to the Employers’ guide to right to work checks.

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Charity Landlords: Electrical Checks compulsory for all residential tenancies from 1 April 2021

It has been compulsory for all landlords of residential premises to ensure that their electrical installations are inspected and tested before the commencement of any new tenancies beginning on or after 1 July 2020 and to thereafter regularly inspect and test those installations (at least every 5 years) since 1 July 2020. This obligation will be extended from 1 April 2021 to apply to all existing tenancies.

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Upcoming events

Virtual Charity Training: Safeguarding – a governance perspective - 31.03.2021

Virtual Charity Training: The essential trustee and governance in practice - 15.04.202

The law and practice referred to in this article or webinar has been paraphrased or summarised. It might not be up-to-date with changes in the law and we do not guarantee the accuracy of any information provided at the time of reading. It should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice in relation to a specific set of circumstances.

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